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Introducing World Drumming

A Group Course for Beginners

Next course starts 3 October 2018.

‘Be patient with your drum, the night is long.’
– Zimbabwean proverb

‘Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.’
Babatunde Olatunji

‘I had been looking for a course like this and am so glad I found it. Exceeded my expectations.’
– E. Donohue

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Course Description

Every culture on the planet has some form of drumming, and Waltons New School of Music’s Introducing World Drumming course is a practical, hands-on introduction and exploration of world drumming and rhythm traditions. Designed for absolute beginners, the course course combines three essential elements to give participants a solid grounding in hand percussion from around the world:

  1. Learning how to play various world percussion instruments, including djembes, congas, bongos, dumbeks and assorted frame drums.
  2. Exploring the commonalities and differences of African and Latin American drumming and rhythms.
  3. 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.

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Introducing World Drumming is one of the New School’s group courses. We also offer private lessons in several hand percussion instruments, as well as drum kit, for students of all ages and skill levels. See Drums • Percussion Tuition for more information.

Techniques Covered

A video demonstration of some techniques covered in the course:

Marek Przekwas

Marek PrzekwasMarek 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.


‘Great classes and even better teacher – very knowledgeable and gives attention to everyone in the group.’
– M. Baca

‘An incredible player and inspiring teacher!’
– A. Dermody

‘I had been looking for a course like this and am so glad I found it. Exceeded my expectations.’
– E. Donohue

‘A very positive experience and great teaching.’
– K. Goldbeck

‘Really enjoyed the course and learned so much.’
– S. O’Reilly

‘Loved every minute.’
– O. Seagrave

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2018-2019 First Term Course Schedule & Fee

10 weeks, 3 October – 12 December 2018
(No class on 31 October – Mid-Term Break)
Wednesdays 7 – 8 pm

Tuition Fee: €170


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. A number of our group courses fill in advance of their start dates, and early enrolment is recommended.


Purchasing this course as a gift?
Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.


Questions about the course?


What happens after the course?

Two weeks before the end of each Introducing course, participating students will be given options for continuing their tuition at the school if they’d like to do so. 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 the teacher has timetable availability. Students can also continue their tuition with private (one-to-one) lessons or ‘partner’ lessons with another class member (see Tuition Options – Private • Partner • Small Group Lessons). We are happy to discuss these options with you.

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