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. ‘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.
Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced (16+ years)View list of Student Requirements for this course
Mike O’Shaughnessy discovered the joys of drumming and percussion in 1990, listening to a group of African drummers playing through the night at a campsite in Wales! Since then he has studied drumming, percussion, and marimba music with many teachers in Australia, the UK, and West Africa. The last five years have included study of classical percussion at The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He has played drums and marimbas in numerous musical groups including Acushla, Village Vibes and WAAPA’s Defying Gravity and also been a member of The Spooky Men of the West choir. He leads community drum circles and has taught drumming and marimbas to adults and children for many years. He believes we are all musical and that music brings joy and expression into our lives. His classes aim to be fun, to allow people to discover and develop their musical abilities, and to enable people to play music together in community.