Information about the classes at Drumz Austin

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Summer classes are drawing to a close and I am going to be traveling a bit the last two weeks in July and also the last ten days in August! I look forward to returning to the regular six week class sessions in the Fall and hope to see your smiling faces again in September ( along with a lot of new ones!). It has been another amazing year of teaching and I believe my trip to Guinea in West Africa in January to study again with Mamady Keita will be an experience that will deepen and enrich my teaching and drumming skills for ever more. Getting to experience Africa first hand and learn this music and the traditions while actually feeling, breathing, smelling, touching and tasting this rich and beautiful culture, was a powerful experience for me and I will be forever grateful for all that I learned. I am excited about teaching you all much more of what I learned in Guinea in the Fall and I thank-you each of you for your dedication and commitment as students of the drum this last year. Thank-you for supporting me as a teacher and thank-you so much for your continued support of DRUMZ during this challenging economic time! Shopping locally in these times is more important to small Austin businesses than ever before. I will be teaching several workshops during the remainder of the summer here at DRUMZ, including an Intermediate/Beyond Beginner Djundun workshop on July 22, a Wednesday evening from 7-9pm and also a Beginner's Discovering the Magic Workshop from 7-9pm on Friday evening July 24th. Please call DRUMZ to register for either of these or for more information, or check out "Workshops" on the website! Also check in with for updates.
May all of our rhythms be in celebration of diversity, may all of our rhythms be bridges to understanding, and may all of our rhythms be instruments of peace, of healing, of joy, and of hope! Axe Axe
In love and gratitude,

"The BASICS: BEGINNING ON THE DRUMMER'S PATH", a class for beginners! This class meets from 8-9pm on Wednesday evenings at DRUMZ, 3700 1/2 Kerbey Lane in the purple Cottage behind "Caroline's". This is a six week session for $90 or classes are $17 each drop-in basis. Begins September 2nd. NO PREVIOUS MUSICAL EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY AND DRUMS ARE PROVIDED FOR THE BEGINNER CLASSES! Come join us for a fun, creative, musical experience where we learn a new language , the language of the DRUM, with which to communicate and connect with other's and to express ourselves and our spirits in a vibrant and joyful new way! Rhythm is our natived tongue and we can all learn to speak expressively with our instruments through the Universal language of music. We will learn and explore West African style rhythms and songs as well as improvisational pieces! Join us and reclaim the musician inside YOU!

BEYOND BEGINNER CLASS , FOR THOSE STUDENTS WITH PREVIOUS DRUM EXPERIENCE . This class Meets 6:45pm-7:45 PM, SIX WEEK SESSION, Six classes for $90 or $17 per class drop-in at DRUMZ .Teacher, Sherry Gingras STARTS Sept. 2nd. Join this class for a faster pace, more complex rhythm patterns, and beginning experience with soloing.

Thursday Morning Women’s Drum Circle/Class, “ Remembering Rhythm” will meet from 10:30am-11:30am at Drumz! This is an all level class but the beginner’s session is recommended first to cover the fundamentals! $90 for six weeks session. Begins Thursday,Sept. 3rd!

**(NEW!) Thursday evening: Serious Drummin’ Djundun Classes for Beyond Beginner/Intermediates! 6:45pm-7:45pm Please bring your own sticks! (sticks are available for sale at DRUMZ or you can find large drum sticks at music stores) This class is new and will be a weekly class which will take place the first six weeks in the Fall session. I will then determine if this class needs to be an on-going class or just an occasional option for a six week session periodically. Limit 12 students. Please let me know if you are interested in
this class.

Thursday evening INTERMEDIATE Level Djembe Class. 8-9pm. This class will focus on more advanced rhythms and the djembe, though djuns will be played in this class as well.
We will work with more complicated intro pieces and breaks with djembe and djuns and some traditional solo work on djembe as well.


Saturday morning Beginner Class- 10-11am begins September 5th.
Saturday morning Beyond Beginner – 11am-noon begins September 5th.

All classes with teacher Sherry Gingras