North Raleigh is finally getting West African drum classes! Susan Petrie from Orbital Rhythms is now offering beginner classes on Tuesday nights, for adult and kids over the age of 12. Classes will be held at Dynamic Sound Studios, 241 Horizon Drive off Six Forks Road near Sawmill Road.
The 75 minute class starts at 6:40 pm. The fee is $20.00 per class or $65.00 for the 4 weeks if paid in advance. The first session starts Tuesday, March 29th.
Learn to play the djembe (African hand drum) in a fun group setting. In these classes you will learn the basics of how to play bass, tone and slap, and simple African rhythms. The class will include both time for instruction and open jamming. You will become comfortable playing the drum in a group setting as well as community drum circles. No experience is necessary. Drums will be available for use during class or to purchase.
Beginners who are trying this for the first time are suggested to do all 4 classes, more experienced players can come anytime as a drop in!
Susan Petrie is a graduate of a two year instructor training program and continuing student of West African music, studying with Bill Schiedt at the Tam Tam Mandingue school of the djembe in Winston Salem, a branch of the Tam Tam Mandingue USA international School founded by Master, Initiated Djembefola Mamady Keita. www.TTMUSA.com She has also studied with other talented drummers around the country. Susan is also a dedicated member of a local performance group, Rhythmicity.
Susan has studied Drum Circle Facilitation with many world known teachers and a trained Remo Health Rhythms Facilitator. She will incorporate some “free form” drumming into the classes.
The Masters say the djembe is a traditional instrument invented by the Mandingue people of West Africa. It is the way of the djembe to give thanks to those who passed the spirit to us. It is our way of thanks to pass the spirit to those who will come next.
Email Susan at DrumWithSusan@gmail.com to reserve your seat! Or, for more information, call her at 919-601-6684