African Drumming Workshop St George & Sutherland Community College

African Drumming Workshop

Bust out of the covid blues! Come down for an African style boogie and bang your lil' heart out to the primal grooves of ancient tribal African rhythms on crackin' African djembe drums. You’ll learn a multi-layered African rhythm and feel the way the parts groove with each other under the direction of an experienced teacher and facilitator. Learn how to use the drum as a bridge from your monkey mind to the spaciousness within. Practice mindfulness, or rather mind-emptiness as you learn simple rhythms on a drum and enter the gateway into the timeless, flow space. Build confidence, technique and etiquette. Enjoy an open jam session for free expression at the end. Be surprised by what you learn in a small amount of time. This class involves a 30 min break to rest your hands halfway, please bring a snack or some lunch. BYO drum or hire one for $10 (please email tutor prior to arrange):

Course Outline:

Learn to play an African style rhythm on African drums (djembes).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to play the djembe (African drum).
  • Learn a basic African style rhythm.
  • Introduction to drumming notation.
  • Create music in a community environment.
  • Have fun!

What to bring:

BYO drum or hire one for $10. Please book drum hire at For more info contact
Lunch, we will take a 30 min break half-way to rest your hands.

About the Tutor:

'Hi there, I’m Sal & I’ve had the pleasure of teaching & performing African Drumming (Djembe) since 2007. I played the djembe as a hobby for some years and followed an exciting evolution from attending classes (just like this one!) to performing live, teaching and facilitating classes. I’ve taught at various community colleges and schools throughout Sydney, run Women’s sacred drumming circles and am part of a performance troupe which performs at both community & private events. African drumming is such a unique modality which transcends age, race, sex, religion and preconceived notions of musicality. It brings people together regardless of whether they have ever touched a musical instrument before, to create music – in the moment – to be – in the moment and to share that moment with others which is important right now more then we have ever known. “United we conquer, divided we fall.” – Aesop'

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled before the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.