Djembe classes at St. Albans Dive Club

[ Drumming is fun! ]High energy African drumming and song on Thursday nights

I'm happy to announce that I'm back teaching drumclasses in Hertfordshire, where you can learn traditional rhythms from West Africa and sing the joyous songs they accompany. As well as djembe we play dun duns, Ghanaian drums and percussion. You can drop in any week, but you'll get the most out of it with regular attendance.

Where?

We have a great venue: St. Albans Sub Aqua Club, located in the clubhouse of an old Victorian swimming baths! It's easy to find, opposite St. Peter's School on Cottonmill Lane, AL1 1HJ within walking distance down the hill from the town centre and railway station.

There's plenty of on-street parking available (free after 6pm), but the small Dive Club car park only has a few spaces, so please leave them for disabled people and anyone bringing lots of big drums. We can't use the outdoor pool, but instead we'll play in The Lecture Room, and we sometimes have use of The Bar for cheap drinks (over 18's only).

When?

We meet on Thursday evenings, with the classes for various levels starting at 8pm and ending at 10pm. We welcome new members any week, so come along when you can, at 8pm if it's your first time. We'll pause for a short break from 9:00-9:15pm to chat, so bring a drink if you like.

We'll carry on drumming in the Half Term holiday. Any weeks where the class is not happening will be announced here and also on our (low-traffic) mailing list, so sign up for updates by sending me an email if you want to be kept informed of dates and other local drumming-related events/news. Here's a printable flyer if you have a noticeboard to publicise the sessions.

Levels

The sessions are structured so that everyone gets some focus on their level of playing ability. Please note that we've now changed the order of the sessions, so I can program up the Intermediate players with the bassline parts ready to support the Beginners and Improvers when they arrive. If you're not sure which category would benefit you most, just come at 8pm.

Times for different level players
Level Arrive at Leave at Focus time
3 7:00pm 10:00pm 7:00-8:00pm
0+1 8:00pm 9:15pm 8:00-8:45pm
2 8:00pm 10:00pm 8:45-10:00pm

Children

[I no longer run the parent & child classes from 5:45-6:45pm. See this page for details about children's classes.]

As long as they are keen players (not just being brought along due to lack of childcare at home) and can behave maturely, older children aged 12 and above are welcome (but not younger, as it changes the energy), accompanied by a parent. I also sometimes teach separate groups for younger children aged 7-11.

Cost

This cost includes use of dun duns, but djembe hire is £1 extra, so please let me know a day in advance so I know to pack a spare drum for you, or just turn up at 8pm any week if you have your own.

Subscribers

To encourage regular attendance which leads to faster progress, I also offer reduced prices to frequent attendees for 4-week blocks paid for in advance, at a cost of £35, saving £13 each month (please add on £1/week djembe hire as well).

Subscription dates for Autumn 2017
Month Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
September 7th 14th 21st 28th
October 5th 12th 19th 26th
November 2nd 9th 16th 23rd
December 30th Nov 7th Dec 14th 21st

This saves you money over the single weekly drop-in payment: basically the idea is that even if you can only make it to three weeks out of four, then it's still cheaper to subscribe. Plus, if you can't make it one week, you're welcome to attend my other group instead (at no extra charge to subscribers), as both groups run in parallel. Please note that payments are not carried forward to next month if you only make it twice one month (unless I have to cancel a session you paid for), but are just for the dates above.

If you join us at the start of a month, then advance payment can be decided upon at the end of your first session; if you love it, go for it! Or if you're not sure that you can commit, or if you join in mid-month, just keep paying weekly until subscriptions are due next month.

Your support is gratefully recognised and makes for a more cohesive group. By becoming a subscriber you are showing your support and you know that the group will be running even your absence, as we can't run on thin air.

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