West African Drumming

Ref: C2525351

Come and join us for a fun session of drumming. We will learn some traditional West African rhythms on djembe drums. We will also play some rhythm games and activities using boomwhackers. If you have always wanted to play music with other people this is a great opportunity. Stress busting, fun, exciting and mixing focus and relaxation. Good for people interested in mindfulness. All drums and equipment provided. Bring your playful self!

Course aim

To provide an introduction to drumming with other people. We will learn some basic techniques and rhythm patterns and have the chance to explore and improvise too.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Play the 3 basic sounds on the djembe
  • Play drumming rhythms as part of a group
  • Identify and play the call signal
  • Create rhythms using boomwhackers
  • Follow and understand signals and then use them to conduct the group

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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • We will play the drum seated with the drum between our knees so comfortable clothing is advised.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • If we get sufficient interest, we would like to run a regular drumming group

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West African Drumming


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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