Group Course for Beginners
Next course starts 26 April 2017
'Be patient with your drum, the night is long.'
– Zimbabwean proverb
Every culture on the planet has some form of drumming, and this fascinating course is a practical, hands-on introduction as well as an exploration of various drumming and rhythm traditions. Designed for absolute beginners, Waltons New School of Music's Introducing World Drumming course combines three essential elements to give participants a solid grounding in hand percussion from around the world:
- Learning how to play various world percussion instruments, including djembes, congas, bongos, dumbeks and assorted frame drums.
- Exploring the commonalities and differences of African and Latin American drumming and rhythms.
- Illustrating their applications in contemporary music.
Along the way, we will learn various hand drumming techniques and improve our rhythmic vocabulary with a combination of technical instruction, improvisation and ensemble skills, traditional ‘call and response’ aural learning and various notation and phonetic systems. All instruments are provided for use in the course, although it will be useful to have a hand percussion instrument in order to practice the rhythms and techniques at home.
Have you enrolled in this course?
See our Introduction Handout for tips on how to get the most from it.
What happens after the course has finished?
Two weeks before the end of each Introducing… course, you will be given options for continuing your tuition at the school. Although a continuation ‘Improvers’ course cannot generally be scheduled on the same day/time as the Introducing course, one can be arranged if enough students would like to continue and your teacher has timetable availability. Students can also continue their tuition with either private (one-to-one) or small group lessons with other class members (see Private, Partner & Small Group Lessons). We are happy to discuss these options with you.
A demonstration of some techniques covered in the course:
Introducing World Drumming is one of our group courses for beginners. Private, partner, small group and one-off 'intensive' drumming and percussion lessons are also available for students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Go to Departments & Faculty – Drums & Percussion for more information.
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Comments from Students
'Great classes and even better teacher – very knowledgeable and gives attention to everyone in the group.'
– M. Baca
'I had been looking for a course like this and am so glad I found it. Exceeded my expectations.'
– E. Donohue
'An incredible player and inspiring teacher!'
– A. Dermody
'A very positive experience and great teaching.'
– K. Goldbeck
'Really enjoyed the course and learned so much.'
– S. O'Reilly
Have you taken – or are you taking – this course? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Each term all feedback questionnaires are entered in a draw for a €50 gift token, which can be used either towards additional tuition at the school or for instruments, sheet music or accessories at Waltons Music shops.
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Marek Przekwas, Teacher
Marek received a degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Wroclaw in Poland before moving to Ireland. He was first introduced to world drumming at Waltons New School of Music and has since studied African drumming with the Guinean National Ballet soloist Libon Traoré in Guinea and the djembe grandmaster Mamady Keïta in Senegal, as well as Afro-Cuban drumming with Frailan Morán of the Afro-Cuban All Stars. Marek has performed as a drummer with a range of different groups, including Manden Express, a West African jazz ensemble (dundun and calabash); Afo, a West African percussion ensemble (djembe and dundun); Wassa Wassa, an African percussion group (solo djembe); Almond Blue, a jazz/bossa/swing group (congas, bongos and other percussion); and Village of Peace, an international reggae group (congas, bongos and other percussion). An energetic and creative teacher, he has taught world drumming at the New School and both African and Afro-Cuban drumming privately, and he has also given drumming workshops at the Body & Soul Festival, Electric Picnic and at community centres across Dublin.
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2016-2017 Third Term Course Schedule & Fee
10 weeks, 26 April – 28 June 2017
Wednesdays 7.30 – 8.30 pm
Tuition Fee: €170
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Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places are limited to eight, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Most of our group courses are fully booked well in advance of their start dates, so early enrolment is recommended.
Purchasing this course as a gift? Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.
Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.
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