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  • Madrona MindBody Institute 310 Fort Worden Way Port Townsend, WA, 98368 United States (map)

Looking for a fun, relaxed and gradual way to learn hand drumming?

Want to continue drumming after Beginning Hand Drum Series I?
Or do you already have some hand drumming experience?
If so, please join this second series beginning drum class.


Following the Bill Matthews’ method of teaching and learning rhythms,, learn to play African, Cuban and Haitian ensemble hand drum rhythms as well as the basics of rhythm and small percussion parts.

In this second series you’ll continue refining your drumming and percussion techniques,  play more complex rhythms, while connecting to our local community and creating powerful ensemble rhythms.

As the week’s progress, we’ll delve deeper into each rhythm learning all the parts for drums, voice and small percussion, and how they blend together.

Some experience needed. This class is geared for beginners with some drumming experience and anyone wanting to renew their drumming wisdom at a slower pace. The intention is to have fun during a shared learning experience.

Please bring your own drum: djembe, ashiko, bougarabou, conga, etc. and one or two drum sticks. Or rent a drum, $5 per class: reserve in advance to guarantee availability. 

Optional: small percussion (bells, shakers, clave, etc.), personal recording devices, and/or any rhythm books by Bill Matthews. I may have some drum sticks and Bill's books for sale.

6 Week Series:
Monday Evenings 7:00-8:15pm
October 23 - November 27, 2017

Register in full by October 23rd: $90
Want to try the first class? $20 drop-in
Want to continue after the first class? $75 fee for remainder of series


Adrienne studied drumming with Bill Matthews, of Fremont Drum, in Seattle for 3 years in the late 90s. By her third year, she was invited to play in his advanced performance group, taught his beginning drumming classes, drummed for weekend African dance classes, and played with a local drumming band. Though she’s not a drumming expert, she learned a lot in a short amount of time and after all these years, still enjoys teaching beginners. Thank you Bill!