Information about the classes at Drumz Austin

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


 MONDAY EVENING
 DECEMBER 3rd from 7-8:30pm

 This is a perfect introductory workshop for those folks considering handdrumming instruction for the first time! This is a great preliminary experience for anyone considering the six week sessions as well. In this workshop we will cover the fundamentals of hand drumming including basic hand technique, exercises to help develop technique, some rhythm basics, two West African rhythms and songs, an opportunity to experience an improvisational musical experience, how to select a good drum, drum circle etiquette and much more! DRUMS PROVIDED! No previous musical experience is necessary! All are welcome. If you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm. To share rhythm with each other and express ourselves rhythmically is an important and basic human need! Come unleash your spirit through rhythm and enjoy an evening making music in a warm, supportive circle with new friends and teacher, Sherry Gingras at her Drum store at 3700 1/2 Kerbey Lane. Phone 453-9090 to reserve your space. You may pay the night of the workshop but please call or email to hold your place as space is limited! MC/VISA welcome. $30.  Visit our website at: www.drumzaustin.com for a complete schedule of classes! A special four week Holiday Session begins November 12th at   

DRUMZ

3700 1/2 KERBEY LANE

               NEW WINTER I HAND DRUMMING CLASS SESSION BEGINS THIS WEEK!

TUESDAY EVENINGS BEGINNING November 13th from 6:45pm-7:45pm- DRUMSISTA CLASS is an all  women's multi-level drumming class working together on rhythms and songs that may be included in the SPRING DRUMSISTA 16 week PERFORMANCE CLASS which begins in late January and culminates in a big Public BENEFIT CONCERT in the Spring. You do not have to take the 16 weeks course as a result of taking this class, of course. It is totally a choice! Some drumming experience is necessary for this class.This is a six week session, Cost:$100.

TUESDAY EVENINGS Starting Nov. 13th from 8pm-9pm KRIN CLASS! MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE! Must have your own krin for this class. There are now several krins available for sale at DRUM.Z. Join us and learn to rock on the cool and organic African Log Drums! 6 Weeks, $100.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS-EXCLUSIVELY  DJUNDUN CLASS meets from 6:45pm-7:45pm. This is a FOUR WEEK SESSION and is a BEYOND BEGINNER?INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASS.COST:$70 per session Students must bring their own sticks and ideally, though not mandatory,  have a djun or djun set to practice on at home.

WEDNESDAY EVENING  BEGINNER AND  BEYOND BEGINNER  Exploring the Magic of Hand Drumming Class meets from 8-9pm. THIS IS A FOUR WEEK SESSION. THUS CLASS IS FOR ALL LEVELS OF PLAYERS INCLUDING BEGINNERS! COST: $70


SATURDAY MORNING "DISCOVERING THE MAGIC OF HAND DRUMMING" meets from 10-11am! This is an ongoing Beginner/Beyond Beginner level class in West African djembe. We will meet every Saturday morning through December 22nd. This class is offered as a session or may be taken on a drop in basis.  We learn basic rhythm exercises to develop hand technique, the drum language created by Babatunde Olatunji, Traditional Multi-part West African rhythm compositions and their songs and solo phrases, as well as creating in-the-moment rhythms in our closing circles each class. This is a multi-level class including those brand new to drumming! If you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm! Very warm and supportive classes and setting!  Feel free to drop in on a class and see if it's a match for YOU! 

SHERRY GINGRAS, OWNER OF DRUMZ AND TEACHER SINCE 1996, HAS TAUGHT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY TO PLAY AND TO APPRECIATE THE MUSIC AND RHYTHMS AND SONGS OF WEST AFRICA. SHERRRY HAS STUDIED WITH MANY AFRICAN TEACHERS, INCLUDING MAMADY KEITA AND FAMADOU KONATE, MOUSSA DIABATE, MOHAMED DIABY, ABU SYLLA, ALY CAMARA,  AND OTHERS. SHERRY BELIEVES IN THE HEALING POWER OF RHYTHM AND THE DRUM BOTH FOR THE INDIVIDUAL PERSONALLY AND FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR WORLD COLLECTIVELY. WHEN PEOPLE DRUM TOGETHER THEIR DIFFERENCES DISAPPEAR AND THEY ARE UNITED AND IN TOUCH WITH THEIR COLLECTIVE SPIRIT AND THEIR COMMON GROUND AS HUMAN BEINGS SHARING ONE PLANET!

Saturday, July 07, 2018





DRUMZ Hand drumming Class Schedule for SUMMER 2018!
Connect!   Create!   Communicate!    Express!
                    Please join us for the new session of hand drumming classes at DRUMZ starting Wednesday evening11th! Classes are in 4 or 6 week sessions. 
             We meet weekly for an hour unless otherwise noted.. Cost per regular session is $100.  The expression and sharing of rhythm is our birthright and is a basic human need! Rhythm is a natural part of who we are as human beings and everyone has a natural sense of rhythm….when we walk we express rhythm…when we talk we express rhythm…when we breathe we express rhythm…everything inside of us and every thing around us is in rhythm all the time! Come learn the basics of rhythm as we explore the fundamentals, learn a traditional West African rhythm and song, AND end each class with an impromptu in-the-moment rhythm we create together a safe and supportive circle of new friends!Music feeds the soul and frees the spirit! Don’t miss this opportunity to discover and explore the musician who lives inside YOU! 

         
Monday in Briarcliff  Afternoons at 4pm!
 Women’s All level hand drumming class in Briarcliff ( Lake Travis area) 4-5pm. Call Sherry at 512-453-9090 for details. Begins July 9th at 4pm.$100

Wednesday Evenings
Beyond Beginner Djundun classes- For those students who want to play the big African basss drums ( sticks will be available for purchase or bring your own. Djunduns will be provided or bring yours!) 6:45pm-7:45pm  Begins July 11th .$100 for 6 weeks. 
Beginner/Beyond  Beginner- “Exploring the Magic of Hand drumming” for those students just starting off on the drummer’s path and those who have starteds and are on their way! If you have a heartbeat, you HAVE rhythm! Beginners learn basic hand technique and fun exercises to develop the techniques, some rhythm fundamentals, drum circle etiquette, tuning a drum, selecting a drum, and African rhythm and song, and some improv secrets to playing percussion well with others in a group setting. Everyone has rhythm...it is our mother tongue and music is our Universal language! Come learn a fun, primal, creative, liberating  new language~the language of the drum. Meets 8pm-9pm starting July 11th.$100 for six weeks.

Thursday mornings 10:30am-12 noon
 WOMEN”S ALL LEVEL DRUMMING INCLUDES DJEMBE AND DJUNDUN. Special 1 ½ hour class for Beyond Beginner/Intermediate level players. $150 per six week session. Starts 7/12/18

Saturday Mornings
Beginner/Beyond Beginner Djembe and Djundun Class, This class will focus on both djembe and djundun as we explore the ensemble style playing of West African music. We will also work on technique and learn exercises to help develop good hand technique. This class is good for those newly on the drummer’s path as well as those who have taken a few sessions and want to continue to develop as drummers or to expand and add djundun to their experience as we will play both in this session. Class begins July 14th and is a 4 week session. COST:$70


 Beyond Beginner/Intermediate Krin Class-The African log drum is a dynamic and exciting instrument to play!  Played with special krin sticks, this class in Krin requires some knowledge of sticking technique and some previous Krin experience. We will have a beginner Introductory level in Krin this Fall! Class begins Saturday July14th from 11:15am-12:15pm. 
 Sherry Gingras                                                                                                                                                          
Drumz, A World Percussion Paradise
3700 !/2 Kerbey Lane, Austin TX 78731                                                                                                              
512-453-9090
sdrumz@austin.rr.com               
www.drumzaustin.com
For current class schedule, click link http://drumzaustinclasses.blogspot.com


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Saturday, January 06, 2018


NEW WINTER SESSION OF HAND DRUMMING CLASSES BEGINS JAN. 16, 2018 AT DRUMZ! Celebrating community , creativity, connection, and Communication through RHYTHM!


Please join us for a six week session of classes in hand drumming and enjoy the benefits that come with learning this exciting new language, the language of the drum! These benefits include: energizing and healing  the body, mind , and spirit, releasing stress and tension, raising your spirits, opening your heart, awakening your creative juices, honing your listening and communication skills, discovering a new creative pathway for the expression of your most brilliant SELF, igniting your passion , and meeting a truly wonderful group of folks who, like you, are drawn to the drum and to rhythm! Validate that musician that lives inside you and begin to really shine. Music is our Universal language and making music together is our birthright- not for a select few , for all of us!  And if you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm! Please call to reserve your space as classes do fill up! You may pay the first day of class. MC/VISA accepted.
 
TUESDAY NIGHT~6:45pm-7:45pm
DRUMSISTA CLASS for Women…starts Jan. 16th from 6:45pm-7:45pm ! This is a Beyond Beginner/ Intermediate level class and will be a four week class this session….more or less a primer for the Performance class slated to begin on Feb. 13th in preparation for our big Public Benefit Concert on Saturday night June 2nd at Unity Church of the Hills.
The excitement and fun and camaraderie of the Drumsista experience definitely takes you to a new level in your drumming and in your living! Join us and soar!

TUESDAY NIGHT~8-9pm
KRIN CLASS from 8-9pm on Tuesday evenings. This will be a six week class and you must have your own krin for this class. The African Log Drums are stick drums and they have an amazing and wonderfully  bright and powerful and unique wood sound!  Please talk to Sherry if you are contemplating this class for the first time! It’s incredibly fun and exciting to play krin!  Sticking experience is very helpful!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT~ 8pm-9pm
BEGINNER/BEYOND BEGINNER West African Ensemble style CLASSES- Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm ( starts January 17th) and also a SATURDAY MORNING BEGINNER/BEYOND BEGINNER CLASS meets from 10am-11am, beginning on January 20th.This class covers the FUN-damentals of hand drumming and is called “Discovering the Magic of Hand Drumming” . Drumming enhances the flowering of the human spirit! Join us! Cost:$100 for six week session .

WEDNESDAY NIGHT~ 6:45pm-7:45pm
BEYOND BEGINNER DJUNDUN CLASSES- Wednesday evenings from 6:45pm to 7:45pm. Begins January 17th!
These are classes designed for those students who have already acquired an understanding of the fundamentals of playing on bass drums with sticks and have a commitment to developing good technique and practice, and are ready to move beyond the beginner level classes offered  and on to more complex rhythms and patterns! ! Drumming is not about competition, it is about being where you are and being comfortable and content in that place! We play rhythms in this level that are more complex than the Beginner level classes and bring in djundun ( bass drum) with bell pattern combinations.Cost:$100 per six week session.

THURSDAY MORNING~ 10:30am-11:30am
All Women’s “REMEMBERING RHYTHM”  ALL LEVEL DRUMMING CLASS , Djembe and the West African Ensemble . Class meets from 10:30- 11:30am beginning Thursday , Jan. 18th.

THURSDAY MORNING~11:30am-12:30pm
All Women’s Beginning DJUNDUN Class begins Thursday mornings following Djembe class from 11:45am-12:45pm.
Please bring your own djuns if you have them! Several djunduns will be available to play if you do not yet have your own!  The djuns are powerful bass drums played with sticks and they add the POWER to the Ensemble which includes djembes, shakers, bells, often balafons and krins as well!

THURSDAY NIGHT`6:45pm-7:45pm
INTERMEDIATE CLASSES-Djembe and djundun Thursday evenings from 6:45-7:45pm beginning Jan. 18th,. These classes are for students ready to move to the next level. Practice is an important part of  learning to play any instrument well and this level does require practice! Practicing your drum is FUN and deeply gratifying so for most folks practice is hardly an issue and can be prioritized even with the busy lives we lead in the modern world. This class is for students who have been playing West African-style rhythms and working on developing good hand technique  for at least a minimum of five years with  traditional solos included and the necessary memorization skills and practice to carry off these longer compositions. Please talk to me first if you are new to this class and we can decide together which class would be your very best match.


SATURDAY MORNINGS~10am-11am

BEGINNER/BEYOND BEGINNER DJEMBE & DJUNDUN CLASS meets Saturday mornings from 10am-11am and the new session begins Jan. 20th.This ”Discovering the Magic of Hand Drumming!” class is suitable for all levels of players.  Drumming ignites the human spirit and inspires the seeds of creativity within to awaken and blossome! Come and meet new friends, explore rhythm roots, learn a new language and enhance your communication skills, connect as a community, hone and deepen your listening skills, release tension and relieve stress, heal and energize your body, mind, and spirit! Simply celebrate the JOY of being alive!

SATURDAY MORNINGS~11:15am-12:15pm

BALAFON CLASS-Saturday mornings 11:15-12:15 starting Jan.20th, 2018! Come and learn the mesmerizing rhythms and melodies of the beautiful and unique West African  Balafon ….The balafon, similar in appreance to a Europran Xylophone, dates back to the courts of the Mandinka Empire and is still a popular West African instrument today.
 The Mandinka balafon, also called the bala or the balphone, is a kind of idiophone (an instrument which creates sound by vibrating. In the West, instruments like this are called xylophones. The balafon is associated with the Griot, an hereditary musicianship tradition of West Africa.

I look forward to sharing a rhythm with you soon! WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR! As 2017 has just drawn to a close may we each reflect with gratitude and reverence on the many gifts we have received and the many doorways that have opened for us throughout this last year….some with ease and some with anguish and many gracefully in between.  May we trust that they all bring us closer to the knowing that contentment with what IS , may be the greatest gift of all. May our oft times hard-earned growth in this past year move us closer to lives lived in balance, in peace, and in harmony within our selves and with each other and our world in the new year to come! And may our families, friendships, and our communities support us in gathering the courage and commitment we need to face and transmute the weight of the many global challenges we face into a collective presence of promise, creativity, and the illumination of powerful solutions.
Axe Axe…so be it…
Always love, Sherry




NEW WINTER SESSION OF HAND DRUMMING CLASSES BEGINS JAN. 16, 2018 AT DRUMZ! Celebrating community , creativity, connection, and Communication through RHYTHM!

Please join us for a six week session of classes in hand drumming and enjoy the benefits that come with learning this exciting new language, the language of the drum! These benefits include: energizing and healing  the body, mind , and spirit, releasing stress and tension, raising your spirits, opening your heart, awakening your creative juices, honing your listening and communication skills, discovering a new creative pathway for the expression of your most brilliant SELF, igniting your passion , and meeting a truly wonderful group of folks who, like you, are drawn to the drum and to rhythm! Validate that musician that lives inside you and begin to really shine. Music is our Universal language and making music together is our birthright- not for a select few , for all of us!  And if you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm! Please call to reserve your space as classes do fill up! You may pay the first day of class. MC/VISA accepted.

TUESDAY NIGHT~6:45pm-7:45pm
DRUMSISTA CLASS for Women…starts Jan. 16th from 6:45pm-7:45pm ! This is a Beyond Beginner/ Intermediate level class and will be a four week class this session….more or less a primer for the Performance class slated to begin on Feb. 13th in preparation for our big Public Benefit Concert on Saturday night June 2nd at Unity Church of the Hills.
The excitement and fun and camaraderie of the Drumsista experience definitely takes you to a new level in your drumming and in your living! Join us and soar!

TUESDAY NIGHT~8-9pm
KRIN CLASS from 8-9pm on Tuesday evenings. This will be a six week class and you must have your own krin for this class. The African Log Drums are stick drums and they have an amazing and wonderfully  bright and powerful and unique wood sound!  Please talk to Sherry if you are contemplating this class for the first time! It’s incredibly fun and exciting to play krin!  Sticking experience is very helpful!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT~ 8pm-9pm
BEGINNER/BEYOND BEGINNER West African Ensemble style CLASSES- Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm ( starts January 17th) and also a SATURDAY MORNING BEGINNER/BEYOND BEGINNER CLASS meets from 10am-11am, beginning on January 20th.This class covers the FUN-damentals of hand drumming and is called “Discovering the Magic of Hand Drumming” . Drumming enhances the flowering of the human spirit! Join us! Cost:$100 for six week session .

WEDNESDAY NIGHT~ 6:45pm-7:45pm
BEYOND BEGINNER DJUNDUN CLASSES- Wednesday evenings from 6:45pm to 7:45pm. Begins January 17th!
These are classes designed for those students who have already acquired an understanding of the fundamentals of playing on bass drums with sticks and have a commitment to developing good technique and practice, and are ready to move beyond the beginner level classes offered  and on to more complex rhythms and patterns! ! Drumming is not about competition, it is about being where you are and being comfortable and content in that place! We play rhythms in this level that are more complex than the Beginner level classes and bring in djundun ( bass drum) with bell pattern combinations.Cost:$100 per six week session.

THURSDAY MORNING~ 10:30am-11:30am
All Women’s “REMEMBERING RHYTHM”  ALL LEVEL DRUMMING CLASS , Djembe and the West African Ensemble . Class meets from 10:30- 11:30am beginning Thursday , Jan. 18th.

THURSDAY MORNING~11:30am-12:30pm
All Women’s Beginning DJUNDUN Class begins Thursday mornings following Djembe class from 11:45am-12:45pm.
Please bring your own djuns if you have them! Several djunduns will be available to play if you do not yet have your own!  The djuns are powerful bass drums played with sticks and they add the POWER to the Ensemble which includes djembes, shakers, bells, often balafons and krins as well!

THURSDAY NIGHT`6:45pm-7:45pm
INTERMEDIATE CLASSES-Djembe and djundun Thursday evenings from 6:45-7:45pm beginning Jan. 18th,. These classes are for students ready to move to the next level. Practice is an important part of  learning to play any instrument well and this level does require practice! Practicing your drum is FUN and deeply gratifying so for most folks practice is hardly an issue and can be prioritized even with the busy lives we lead in the modern world. This class is for students who have been playing West African-style rhythms and working on developing good hand technique  for at least a minimum of five years with  traditional solos included and the necessary memorization skills and practice to carry off these longer compositions. Please talk to me first if you are new to this class and we can decide together which class would be your very best match.


SATURDAY MORNINGS~10am-11am

BEGINNER/BEYOND BEGINNER DJEMBE & DJUNDUN CLASS meets Saturday mornings from 10am-11am and the new session begins Jan. 20th.This ”Discovering the Magic of Hand Drumming!” class is suitable for all levels of players.  Drumming ignites the human spirit and inspires the seeds of creativity within to awaken and blossome! Come and meet new friends, explore rhythm roots, learn a new language and enhance your communication skills, connect as a community, hone and deepen your listening skills, release tension and relieve stress, heal and energize your body, mind, and spirit! Simply celebrate the JOY of being alive!

SATURDAY MORNINGS~11:15am-12:15pm

BALAFON CLASS-Saturday mornings 11:15-12:15 starting Jan.20th, 2018! Come and learn the mesmerizing rhythms and melodies of the beautiful and unique West African  Balafon ….The balafon, similar in appreance to a Europran Xylophone, dates back to the courts of the Mandinka Empire and is still a popular West African instrument today.
 The Mandinka balafon, also called the bala or the balphone, is a kind of idiophone (an instrument which creates sound by vibrating. In the West, instruments like this are called xylophones. The balafon is associated with the Griot, an hereditary musicianship tradition of West Africa.

I look forward to sharing a rhythm with you soon! WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR! As 2017 has just drawn to a close may we each reflect with gratitude and reverence on the many gifts we have received and the many doorways that have opened for us throughout this last year….some with ease and some with anguish and many gracefully in between.  May we trust that they all bring us closer to the knowing that contentment with what IS , may be the greatest gift of all. May our oft times hard-earned growth in this past year move us closer to lives lived in balance, in peace, and in harmony within our selves and with each other and our world in the new year to come! And may our families, friendships, and our communities support us in gathering the courage and commitment we need to face and transmute the weight of the many global challenges we face into a collective presence of promise, creativity, and the illumination of powerful solutions.
Axe Axe…so be it…
Always love, Sherry



THE ARRIVAL OF FALL WILL SOON BE UPON US and the signs of this transition are slowly and quietly making themselves known to us through the annual and familiar shifts in Nature that bring awareness to the reality that another summer is ending. I am looking forward to the new season and the changes it brings to life...especially the enlivened plants and flowers and trees...I. too, can feel that energy surge...new beginnings...a new cycle...renewal. It is palpable in even the slightest hint of cool in an evening breeze, a change in the night sky, every slightly darkened dinner time and early morning breakfast, every lone leaf that falls or shows a tinge of Autumn's golden hue. The late summer brought with it some very harsh and dramatically high temperatures and record setting heat indexes that seemed surreal! Just as it seemed we might need to start thinking about finding another more reasonable state to live in ( just kidding!), Hurricane Harvey showed up and dropped the temperature dramatically lower and brought rains that we humans and every being still alive in these parts had desperately longed for since June! The price was high for the people and places South of us and the losses suffered on the devastated Texas Coastline will require years to recover and heal. Our hearts go out to the folks who have lost their homes and businesses and cherished possessions...their stability and balance and certainty.... their world now turned upside down and hope drowned.  May they all rise up from the wreckage of this experience with a deepened sense of what truly brings meaning and purpose to life here on Earth and what, in fact ,belongs to the realm of superficial. And may a strong sense of community arise in our consciousness and with it a commitment to respond through whatever means we we can muster, to share, to show we care and to help with the healing and well being in those places hard hit. If ever there was a time in our country when we must each search for and find ways to open and deepen our hearts, to reach across the lines and barriers we have constructed  around our differences and find our common ground with others, it s now. Helping our neighbors in need is one pathway.
One of the things I love the most about music in general, and drumming and rhythm in particular, is that it is also a very powerful and consistent pathway to bridging our differences and discovering our common ground...our connections. Drumming and rhythm deepen our connection to our own spirits and our own hearts in ways that overpower even our own resistance or trepidation around self- awareness or self-revelation or the value of our own authenticity. Eventually, if we stay on the drummer's path and delve into rhythm and the awakening of our natural rhythmic sensibility, we realize how much strength and understanding and courage and wisdom and value resides in our own unique inner being and the need to look outside of ourselves for guidance and answers begins to wane. We are free to BE more of who we ARE and we realize that simply being who we are is the greatest possible gift we could give to the world. When we release the bondage of living our lives solely by the structures and expectations imposed on us by others and trust instead our own inner knowing, we blossom...we are charged up and enlivened ....empowered to honor and develop and share our own unique gifts and talents and creative potential with the world! Fall is the perfect time to discover the magic and the mystery inherent in drumming and the exploration of rhythm and the transformative possibilities they hold might just be a key to a new way of being in relationship to your self, to others, and to all things. Community music making can be a powerful tool in rebuilding our world

Friday, July 21, 2017

  • Summertime....and the living is easy....
SUMMER ll is now in session at DRUMZ and is a shorter four week session ending the first week of August! There are some repairs happening, of fairly grand proportions,  at my location at 3700 Kerbey Lane in August and DRUMZ will NOT BE OPEN the last three weeks in August while the construction takes place! The Pilates Studio will be using my DRUMZ space for that month and I will be taking a much needed vacation! I will be resuming classes at DRUMZ on September 12th refreshed and renewed and excited to teach another year! I am hoping to do a number of exciting projects during my break ...including a new teaching DVD! The FALL 2017 SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED THIS WEEKEND! I am so grateful to each of you who have participated in the classes at DRUMZ....I have learned much from you...and enjoyed each of you SO much! I love what I do and you all have kept that love alive for 20 plus years of teaching West African style hand drumming ! I look forward to many more years and I send out my heart felt thanks for all that you have contributed to this drummer's story!
With love and gratitude, Sherry