African drum classes

I offer one-to-one and group tuition in music (general, notation and theory) and especially West African Drumming, notably djembe, dun duns, percussion and song. I have a number of spare drums you can borrow at my classes. See our F.A.Q.

Both of my weekly djembe classes for adults/teens run in parallel so you can attend either, and usually cost £35 monthly or £12 weekly (add £1/week drum hire), but do check for changes in case of cancelled sessions or extra weeks in a month.

When? Where? Levels
Tuesday evenings Clophill [not currently running] 0-3
Thursday evenings St. Albans 0-3

"Thanks for being an awesome djembe teacher! We may not be the best, and our timing is all adrift, but you have the knack of making us feel comfortable with what we are doing - I would have done a runner long ago!! Can't wait for the New Year's lessons..." - Djan & Mike

St. Albans Djembe Group

My Hertfordshire class meet on Thursdays at Saint Albans Sub Aqua Club.

"Yesterday I drove to the Dive Club with clenched teeth and murder in my heart after an annoying wasted day of failed customer serfice at The Apple Store. Three hours later I drove home singing along to the radio with joy in my heart!" - Lynn Atkins

[ Bedford Djembe Group rehearsing at The Arena Building in November 2009 ]Bedford Djembe Group

My Bedford class used to meet on Tuesday evenings at The Clophill Centre, near Hitchin and Luton, but are now seeking a new venue.

If you live further west in Buckinghamshire, or can't make those days, check out Justine Hart's Vitae Drum Circle in High Wycombe and Wendover, which I often attend on Wednesdays. If you're in Birmingham, check out Nigel Sadler's classes.

Past groups

In April 2016 I taught an afternoon of workshops at The Courtyard Centre in Biggleswade, geared for different levels, and afterwards enjoyed delicious snacks and smoothies in their lovely Cafe! :-)

[ Secret Bass drum group at Little Berkhamsted Fete, photo by David Cory ]

For many years I previously led another drumming circle in Hertfordshire called Secret Bass (seen here), and also taught evening classes at the University of Hertfordshire.

I was a guest teacher from 2012-2015 at a community group in Milton Keynes.

In 2013 I taught classes for children aged 7-11 at Southcott Village Community Centre near Leighton Buzzard, and at St. Albans before my adult grouo there. These classes have ended but might restart if there's enough demand.

In November 2013 I ran another After School Club for KS2-age children at a school in Bedford.

I may also travel to Dunstable, Luton, Northampton or further afield if demand is high enough. If you'd like me to hold a drumming group in your area, either for a regular class or a one-off event (perhaps a fun birthday or Christmas party?), then please contact me to discuss your needs.