West African Drumming

Ref: C2523891

This course uses the foundation skills of West African rhythms to play traditional rhythm pieces. We will use djembes (hand drums) and dunun (bass drums played with sticks). This course is not aimed at complete beginners (see my beginners course) but people who have existing experience or musical skills should enjoy the course as the rhythms as exciting and powerful and fun to play.

Course aim

To play drumming rhythm pieces from Guinea and Mali in West Africa.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Aimed at students with existing experience of drumming or musical skills. Contact tutor for further information

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Play djembe accompaniments for a traditional rhythm
  • Play bass drum parts for a traditional rhythm
  • Play djembe solo parts for a traditional rhythm
  • Understand the cultural background of the rhythm piece

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You are welcome to bring your own djembe or bass drum if you have one but I provide all necessary drums.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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West African Drumming


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