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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? 

Curious about the joy and power of drumming rhythms?
If so, please join this 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 the first class you’ll learn elemental techniques, be able to join in and play simple 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.

No experience needed. This class is geared for total beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their drumming wisdom. 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.) and/or any rhythm books by Bill Matthews. I may have some drum sticks and Bill's books for sale.

7 Week Series:
SUNDAY EVENINGS 6:00-7:15 pm
May 6 - June 24, 2018*

Register in full by May 6, 2018: $105
Want to try one class? $20 drop-in

(*No class May 20th)


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!