Brunswick classes

Ray Demonstrating Djembe technique

What can you expect from African Drumming classes with Ray?

  • High quality, personalised teaching
  • Learn great technique on a range of percussion instruments
  • Learn how to hear, play and feel rhythms
  • Learn a number of West African and Afro Cuban rhythms and their accompanying parts
  • Experience of how rhythms relate to dance and songs
  • Many opportunities to learn perform and extend yourself at your own pace
  • Ray’s technical expertise and 30 yrs of experience in different genres of music
  • Very reasonable prices (classes are $25/$20con)
Benefits for students
  • Learn from one of Australia’s most experienced and respected musicians.
  • Have fun learning in a non competitive environment.
  • Challenge yourself to improve and learn more about the rhythms, songs and culture of the music being played and the goal of stepping up to an intermediate class as you improve and gain more experience.

Ray Teaching His Beginner Class

Brunswick Beginner Class

Ray runs his Beginner African Drumming and Intermediate African Drumming classes in Brunswick on Thursday nights.

His Beginner class is for new people who want to try out African Drumming for the first time and for those who may have played a few times before.

Ray will guide you through the basics of African drumming and show you how to get good sounds from the drums. You will enjoy learning about African Drumming, African Drumming rhythms and enjoy playing these rhythms with other people in a small group. You will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you can improve under Ray’s expert guidance.

There is no need for previous experience and you don’t need a drum. Ray will provide you with one for no extra cost.

So just come along and find out why African Drumming classes can be so much fun.

Djembe Class

Brunswick Intermediate Class

After you have done a few of Ray’s Beginner classes and if you want to improve and be challenged you can join his Intermediate African Drumming Class, which is also held on Thursday nights right after the Beginner Class. All those attending Ray’s African Drumming Intermediate classes have been playing for a year or more and have been through Ray’s Beginner classes or have had experience drumming somewhere else.

The intermediate class will build on the rhythms you have learnt already and Ray will teach you some variations to these rhythms. You will also learn new rhythms and start to learn how play some simple solo phrases. Ray’s Intermediate classes will challenge you to improve your playing and prepare you to progress to more advanced levels of playing.

If you have not drummed with Ray before and want to join the Intermediate Class then please call Ray to discuss how much drumming you have done and how much drumming experience you have. Ray will then advise you on the appropriate class to join.

Ray Explaining to Intermediate Class how the rhythm starts and finishes