African Drumming Newcastle

Registrations open for Term 3 – 2020!

9 Wk Online Course – Wed Night – Starts 22nd July 2020
(2 Sessions to choose from 6pm and 7pm)

9 Wk Course Thurs Nights – Starts 23rd July 2020

Learn African Drumming Online
Learn African Drumming Online

NEW! – One on One Classes

NEW! – Dun Dun Classes – Mondays

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  • We’ve simplified our courses to follow 9 Week terms inside the school calendar.
  •  Registrations Currently Open for all locations:

NEWCASTLE | PORT STEPHENS | MAITLAND
(Some classes are online or available due to Covid19 disruption)

View Earthen Rhythm Calendar for all Classes and Events

NEWCASTLE – WEDNESDAYS

Now located in Waratah

9 Week Drumming Class
start Wednesday 22nd July

Weekly Wednesday Evening Adults (TWO CLASSES)
Session 1 – 6pm to 7pm
Session 2 – 7pm to 8pm
(Beginners & Intermediate Together)

“Playing drums and dancing together puts us in touch with a creative force that directly connects us to our own humanity” – Babatunde Olatunji

These dynamic classes will help you learn the art of drumming, relax and experience joy through the drum. Whether you are a beginner just starting out or advanced level wanting to be pushed to your limit, there is always something more to learn or experience.

We offer multiple levels in one class on a Wednesday evening.  Beginners will be introduced to the art of the djembe  and Intermediate levels will be extended with their technique and ability. Each class hosts a full array of djembe, bougarabu, bell and dun dun patterns. If you fancy one instrument over the other let us know.

NEWCASTLE – THURSDAYS

Venue:  Drum Studio Waratah
Teacher: Jim Chapman

9 Week Drumming Term
start Thursday 23rd July 2020

Weekly Thursday Evening Adults 7pm to 8.30pm
(Beginners & Intermediate Combined)

Beginners  and all levels – Djembe 1 & 2 Together

For Beginners

This class will help you get the basics, turning  beats into rhythms. The class is a safe and fun learning environment that will support you in your understanding and rhythmical ability. Djembes, Bougarabou’s and dun duns are available to play, so you need not worry about having your own drum (see our gallery to put names to drums). Just come with an open mind, loose clothing and be ready to live!

Fore Intermediate/Advanced

Practice and study the art of the djembe here. This class will push your skill and understanding of rhythm. It is designed to move much faster than the beginners and reach into the cultural depths of each rhythm.

Slaps, tones, and bases are simple to understand yet difficult to play with clarity. In this class you will learn to play each beat with consistent precision and speed. This class is also a dynamic learning environment, using body percussion, mouth percussion, percussion instruments and dancing to support your growth in rhythm.

All rhythms are sourced from West Africa and occasionally fused with inspiration from Australian percussionists.

PORT STEPHENS – THURSDAY
(Returning to face-to-face 23rd July)

9 Week Drumming Term starts Thursday – 23rd July

Beginners  and all levels – Djembe 1 & 2 Together –  (Thursday 6.30pm – 8.00pm)

NEW LOCATION: Birubi Community Hall, 1 Fishermans Bay Rd, Anna Bay.

This awesome beginners class focuses on fun and introducing you to the art of the djembe drum and the rhythms of West Africa.

It’s an easy going class, where you’ll get to play the rhythms with a  group. (15+  people).

By the end of the 9 weeks you’ll be able to play between 1 and 3 rhythms. We encourage people to commit to the 9 weeks, because that way they see progression and grow in their ability. The 9 weeks is complimented by free Youtube Training videos to help improve your rhythm as you go.

MAITLAND, NSW – MONDAYS
(Joining Wednesday Nights)

NEW LOCATION – Linuwel School
133 Morpeth Rd, East Maitland.

Beginners  –  (Monday’s  6.30pm – 8pm)

Beginners  and all levels – Djembe 1 & 2 Together

This class will help you get the basics, turning  beats into rhythms. The class is a safe and fun learning environment that will support you in your understanding and rhythmical ability. Djembes, Bougarabou’s and dun duns are available to play, so you need not worry about having your own drum (see our gallery to put names to drums). Just come with an open mind, loose clothing and be ready to play!

DRUM HIRE

No Drum? No problem.  Hire one of ours

Quality Drum hire is available for a small extra cost.

COVID19 UPDATE: Local to the Hunter? We can arrange a hire drum for you! Just get select ‘yes’ to drum hire and then we’ll get in contact.

COST

Heaps of Fun! Low Cost & Great Value

  •  Full Price – $225 (byo drum) – $246.80 (includes drum hire)
  • Concession – $166.65 (byo drum) – $197.48 (includes drum hire)
  • Please note that all online transactions incur a paypal  (2.7% + 30c) and associated bank fees. See registration page for more details.

Need Flexible Attendance? (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE)

We have a Flexi pass of 5 weeks or 10 weeks. This allows you to attend anytime you like.

PLEASE READ FIRST: To be eligible to purchase you are required to attend at least 2 previous 9 Wk Courses.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • If you can’t make any of the 9 weeks, please let us know asap, but payments are non-refundable or transferable.
  • Classes are subject to change and every effort will be made to inform students of these changes via email, website and facebook updates.
  • Classes only run if minimum numbers are met.
  • Drum Hire is subject to availability
  • Flexi-passes are only available if minimum student quotas have been established to run the class.
  • We reserve the right to cancel classes if minimum numbers are not met.

FAQS

Xmas & Gift Vouchers Available

Contact

(e) africandrumdance@gmail.com or

(mb) 0407177564

Testimonials

“What a fabulous year I’ve had with Earthen Rhythms! The performance we did at Salas for the jungle themed party was incredible with the fog filled stage and the life like animal statues. our drumming certainly added to the atmosphere.
Drumming in the Newcastle Mall for Run Newcastle was also a buzz with Newcastle’s fittest and finest gliding past us wearing a smile or crazy costume or even stopping for a quick dance.
Finishing the year with an excellent gig at the Junction Markets, hyping up the Christmas shoppers and even jamming with a French horn player and accordion muso for an African/French spliced sound.
Mega thanks to you Benjie for all the fantastic classes, performances, events and bringing like minded people together. Merry Christmas!”  

– Michelle Ryan

I have to say…
Tonight’s class was EXCELLENT!
So challenging, exciting and educational/ informative. I couldn’t even wait to get home to post it (I’m in the car).
Awesome work Benjie
Thank you.

–  Camille Meaney

Wow, wow, wow. Just home from a Drumming class in Maitland. I’d have to say that Benjie is the most genuine, patient and enlightened individual I’ve met in a long time. I think it’s fair to say that I’m the worst and most ‘unco’ drummer he has had to date, yet he was patient and offered genuine support.If you’re looking for something fun, inclusive and different, give it a go. You won’t be sorry.

– Vicki Childs

Joining the Maitland class on Monday’s is one of my BETTER ideas 🙂
It’s a GR8 fun night with wonderful people & Benjie is the best teacher you could have. I’m hooked 🙂 Come along & join us – you’ll love it.

– Christine Gardner

Great fun at Living Smart Festival at Speers Point. Drumming Workshop with Earthen Rhythms was awesome. Thanks Benjie.

– Marilyn Anderson

Never felt so empowered and enthused what an inspiring soul. Can’t recommend this enough. Everyone should have a shot at finding the beat.

– Lissette Denise

Benjie would have to be the most patient person I know and his lessons are sooo much fun -thank you so much

– Anita Marshall