106: African Drumming & Percussion

If You can Walk, You can Drum: A PlayShop in African Drumming & Percussion
African drum rhythms are the basis of many music forms. Mike O’Shaughnessy will introduce basic djembe drum and dun-dun techniques and rhythms for beginners and more advanced techniques/rhythms for experienced players.

The group will learn some specific African drum songs. Playing in a drum circle we will also develop some general percussion skills and musical awareness in a fun and supportive environment. ‘If you can walk you can drum’. The group will be suited to beginners, intermediate and advanced players since these can all combine together producing exciting and dynamic rhythms. Drums will be available for hire if needed.

Course Code: 106

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Dates: Tuesday 4th Jan – Friday 7th Jan

Cost: $200

Suitable For: Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced 

Ages: 14+

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Mike O’Shaughnessy

Mike O’Shaughnessy discovered the joys of drumming, percussion and marimbas in 1990. He has studied drumming, percussion and marimba music with many teachers in Australia, the UK, West Africa and at WAAPA in Perth.

He leads community drum circles and has taught African drumming and marimbas to adults and children for many years. Mike believes we are all musical and that music brings joy and expression into our lives. His classes aim to be fun to allow people at all levels to discover and develop their musical abilities.

He has played with numerous music groups including WAAPA’s ‘Defying Gravity’, ‘Acushla’, ‘Village Vibes’, ‘Afrotonic’ Dance Group and ‘The Spooky Men of the West’ choir.