Hand Drum Classes in the heart of Ballard with Master Teacher, Will Matthews

Learn to play African and African Hand Drum rhythms in a casual, playful, group setting!

Play on djembes, ashikos, bougarabous and dununs and learn of their origins.

 

You're in good hands with Master Teacher Will Matthews, who for 28 years has been sharing his love of African and Afro-Caribbean Drum Rhythms with students of all levels. 

Will got his start at John's Music in the early 90's and went on to open his own shop/school, Fremont Drum, in 1994. Now located in Ballard, he is joined by his assistant teachers, Bob Howell and Roderick Overman. 

Whether you are a total Beginning Drummer or a savvy veteran of the hand drum, the Fremont Drum gang has got you covered.

 

 

Class Fee:  $20 per class

Unlimited Monthly Class Card (Level 1 only) :  $100

Two Class Tuesdays : Both classes for $30

  


 

Class Schedule 2019- 2020:

 

Monday Night Classes:

 

Beginning Drumming:   6 - 7 pm

(Level 1)

Students are exposed to a variety of West African and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. First one part, then another part and then together! Also: Basic hand technique. 

(Taught by Bob Howell).

cost: $20

 

 

Solo Class:   7:30 - 8:45 pm

(Level 4)

For Intermediate and Advanced Drummers.  This class brings the hand drummer into contact with traditional phrasing as well as many rhythmic building blocks used for soloing. 

(Taught by Will Matthews).

cost: $20

 


Tuesday Night Classes:

 

Advanced Beginning Drumming:  6 - 7 pm

(Level 2)

For Advanced Beginning Drummers. In depth exploration of West African and Afro-Caribbean Rhythm Dialogues using Will's book,  "Shadowing the Lion"

(Taught by Bob Howell) 

cost: $20

 

Beginning Drumming:    7:30 - 8:45  pm

(Level 1)

Students are exposed to a variety of West African and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. First one part, then another part and then together! Also: Basic hand technique. 

(Taught by Will Matthews)

cost: $20

  

 


Wednesday Night Classes:

 

Beginning Drumming:    6 - 7 pm

(Level 1)

Students are exposed to a variety of West African and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. First one part, then another part and then together! Also: Basic hand technique. 

(Taught by Bob Howell)

cost: $20

 

 

Ensemble Drumming:    7:30 - 8:45 pm

(Level 3)

For Advanced Beginning & Intermediate Drummers. West African and Afro-Caribbean rhythms in full Ensemble.

(Taught by Will Matthews).

cost: $20

 


Thursday Night Classes:

 

Beginning Drumming:    6 - 7 pm

(Level 1)

Students are exposed to a variety of West African and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. First one part, then another part and then together! Also: Basic hand technique. 

(Taught by Roderick Overman)

cost: $20

 

 

Performance Class:   7:30- 8:45 pm

(Level 4)

Fast moving explorations of Dialogues, Ensembles and Solos! (Teacher permission required)

(Taught by Will Matthews).

cost: $20

 


Saturday Classes:

 

Technique Class:   10:30 am - 11:30 am

(All levels)

Want a better sound out of your drum?  Wondering about time signatures?  Want to learn to tap your foot when you drum?  If so, this class is for you!

(Taught by Bob Howell)

cost: $20

 

 

Noon Jam!    12 pm - 1 pm 

All Levels welcome.  Come check out what everyone is talking about!

cost: FREE

  

DRUMS PROVIDED FOR ALL CLASSES  (no extra cost)

Drum Repair available

Free Drum Tuning!

 

2220 NW Market Street    (next to Bop Street Records)   

In the door, down the stairs, end of the hallway!

 

And in case some of you were wondering... yes, he changed his name from "Bill" to "Will" Matthews!

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   206.604.1972


 

Will Matthews in the classroom.

Drums in the classroom.

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