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Matthew H.

119 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Speaks English, French
  • Teaching since 1988
  • Awarded Awarded Student Favorite from Takelessons Community from TakeLessons
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Matthew H.

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Beginner to intermediate Djembe is just plain fun and I love to teach it.

About Matthew

Learn How To Play An Instrument or Sing with VIP Online or In-Studio Music Lessons & Personal Coaching.. Develop The Sound & Singing Voice You Want & Need For Success! I'm Doing It, Others Are Doing It.., Now You Or Your Loved Ones Can Too! Book Today I'll Show You Exactly How! Easy "Baby

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Omkar
Was helpful at walking me through examples of sentences for pronouncing words/phrases.
Shelly P.
Matthew did amazing work with teaching drum to both of our sons. Thank you, Matthew!
Abdul
Matthew shared some really good insights of SEO with me and gave me a direction to work in.
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Murray P.

81 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks English, English
  • Teaching since 1999
  • Awarded Washington DC Percussion Award from Washington DC Orchestra
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Murray P.

81 Reviews
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In these lessons our focus is mainly on hand drumming, teaching the student techniques and styles for various styles of hand drums from around the world.

There are many aspects of djembe playing including strength and co-ordination that only can be improve in our lessons. This is why my djembe lessons will be fun and can be of a great help.

About Murray

I received my B.S. & Music Degree with concentration in instrumentalists from Morgan State University. I have been playing since the age of three years old and have been teaching since 2004. In 2016, I was accepted as a member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). I am very well

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Michael B.
Murray is an excellent instructor. He has a wealth of experience, knows his craft. He made me feel at ease with his style, encouraged me to experiment and take chances. I would sign up with Murray in the future.
Bruce A.
Great first lesson. Looking forward to the next!
Amy
Me Murray is the best. So kind and caring. My son loved his lesson!
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Joseph T.

9 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner
  • Personal Trainer Certification from National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Teaching since 2008
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Joseph T.

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Focus on basic technique, overall rhythm, and creativity. I have a Djembe available for use during lessons.

About Joseph

I have been playing music for over 25 years and teaching for nearly 20 years. I have been a successful part of Rock Bands, Jazz Bands, Blues Bands, Marching Bands, etc. So, whatever style of music you are interested in or wanting to learn, I can help! I am currently a working musician with mul

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Jordan C.
Joseph is a really good drum teacher. He definitely loves what he does!
Arianna J.
Great instructor! Very knowledgeable about what he is teaching and relays information in a relaxed and positive environment.
Mitchell
My 8 year old has been playing a few years but our local instructor moved. He really enjoyed his first lesson with Joe!
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Jesse M.

101 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Bachelors of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University
  • Teaching since 2006
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Jesse M.

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Learn about keeping basic time as well as how to generate good tone on the djembe.

About Jesse

*Disclaimer* I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with classic

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Romy R.
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
Dulcenea
Super kind, patient and teaches a lot in each session!
Alex
Jesse is very friendly and a fun teacher to be around.

Aaron B.

10 Reviews
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Starting at $23
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Teaches Intermediate
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Aaron B.

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Hands on technique on basic tones for a variety of drums, most importantly yours.
Stylistic and traditional rhythms as well as exercises to lay a solid foundation to build your skill on. Personal and fun to play at any level.

About Aaron

Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the

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Norm R.
Very patient teacher.
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Aaron is a good instructor. Luckily I practiced quite a bit before hands to be able to catch up with the speed. The video audio quality are not that great though.

Kevin F.

18 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 1988
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Percussion Performance, BMA Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University
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Kevin F.

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Djembe is an African drum that is very popular. I can get you started pretty fast!

About Kevin

I have a Percussion Performance Degree from Arizona State University, have authored over 6 books on how to play better including: ART Approach to Keyboard Percussion Sightreading, ART Approach to Rhythm!, Turn It Up & Lay It Down, The Book (with Joe Bergamini and Spence Strand) I have over 26 years

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Roberto de Ocampo
I am very happy with Kevin. He taught me a lot on the first class. He's very kind and patient in teaching me. I felt very at ease with him. I'm glad I chose him as my steel drum teacher. I highly recommend him!
Jonah
I had my first lesson with Kevin this evening and thought he was excellent. He was clear, personable, knowledgeable and understood well what I was looking for.
Jan Arleth
Respectful, knowledgeable, on task. I recommend to anyone.

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing djembe teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream djembe teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Djembe Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute djembe lessons is $68. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $130 per hour.
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$38 average
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$49 average
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$68 average

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Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

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"Friendly teacher! He customizes our lesson according to my needs and really supports me!"
- Rebecca
Took Djembe lessons from Murray P.
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"Aaron is a good instructor. Luckily I practiced quite a bit before hands to be able to catch up with the speed. The video audio quality are not that great though."
- David
Took Djembe lessons from Aaron B.
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"Excellent experience with my first 2 classes. Murray is patient and dedicated. I look forward to my future classes with him."
- Alex
Took Djembe lessons from Murray P.
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"Dave is patient and makes learning to play drums fun! He sets expectations that are both challenging and attainable for my 8 year old. I highly recommend him."
- Tammy
Took Djembe lessons from Dr. Dave Y.
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"Aaron is very patient, and keeps the classes interesting. My 7 year old son had another instructor for couple months earlier but lost interest in djembe. With Aaron, my son is enjoying the classes and started liking djembe again. Highly recommended."
- Arin
Took Djembe lessons from Aaron B.
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- David
Took Djembe lessons from Aaron B.
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"Super passionate, knowledgable and a great communicator!"
- Mat
Took Djembe lessons from Murray P.
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"Your going to love having Kevin as your music teacher! He's fun, friendly, patient and experienced! I've seen him perform at several shows around town and he knows how to perform many different styles of music.
Kevin is dedicated to your personal success and will help you reach your individual goals for vocals, guitar, drums, or other areas of music! You won't find a more personable guy with a big heart anywhere! You should totally give him a try!"
- Joseph
Took Djembe lessons from Kevin J.
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"Kevin was a very good Djembe teacher. He was very patient with me and did not rush me when I did not pick it up fast. He made the lesson very fun. Go to this guy"
- Michael
Took Djembe lessons from Kevin J.
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"Great guy. Knowledge about many instruments. Very helpful lesson."
- Jesse
Took Djembe lessons from Anthony L.
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Private Djembe Lessons Near You

The djembe is a percussion instrument with Western African origins. In the Bambara language of Mali, djé means gather and  means peace. The djembe drum's name literally defines its purpose — to gather people together in peace. 

The rope-tuned djembe drum features a goblet-shaped body carved from hardwood and a head fashioned from untreated rawhide, usually goatskin. A versatile instrument, Djembe is intended to be played with a percussionist's bare hands and has the ability to produce a wide range of tones and sounds. Although it might seem small in stature, beats played on the djembe project loudly, making it appropriate as a soloing instrument or to be played among other percussion instruments in a drum circle. If you're ready to gather people in peace, read on to learn why playing djembe is highly beneficial. 

Why Learn to Play Djembe?

The English word rhythm comes from the Greek _rhuthmos, _which means to flow. When a percussionist plays a rhythmic percussion instrument, like djembe which focuses completely on filling empty space with pleasing, well-timed sounds, he or she's able to enter a mental flow state. This mental flow state can be compared to the brain while in a deeply relaxed state, like meditation.

This flow state imparts all sorts of physical and mental benefits, such as lowered blood pressure, reduced sensations of pain, improved immune system response, and relief from anxiety and depression. Practicing drum playing, whether in a group or individually, has even been shown to help some patients overcome addiction. 

Participating in a drum circle provides a way to experience the community-forming benefits of playing djembe. Drumming in a group creates a sense of bonding and connectedness between group members, reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness. Playing djembe in a drum circle is a simple way to become a part of a bigger purpose. 

The Best Way to Learn Djembe and What You'll Study in Djembe Classes

You can easily find a variety of free djembe classes online, but the best way to learn to play djembe is by studying with a private djembe tutor. With a private teacher's undivided attention, you'll overcome personal challenges quickly and receive immediate feedback, before you develop bad habits with the instrument. With a private teacher, you can focus on the rhythms that interest you most, while learning at a pace that's comfortable for you.

Plus, your private tutor will customize each and every lesson to keep you interested and motivated. As a result, no two private djembe classes are exactly alike. Djembe lessons for children differ greatly in terms of teaching style and content from djembe classes for adults. Course content will also vary based on whether you're most interested in learning solo drumming or ensemble techniques. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Djembe Lessons

Beginner lessons are intended for students with little or no previous experience playing djembe. In beginner lessons, you'll be introduced to the basics of playing djembe. By practicing these introductory techniques, you'll develop the skills necessary for advancing to playing more challenging and complex rhythms. Your beginner djembe teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Proper hold, posture, and hand positions
  • Reading djembe notation
  • Understanding time signatures
  • West African drum terminology
  • Bass, tone, and slap techniques

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Djembe Classes

If you're familiar with the basic principles of djembe, then intermediate lessons are right for you! In intermediate classes, you'll improve your existing skills and be introduced to new rhythmic techniques. You'll work on perfecting your tone and keeping time. Your intermediate djembe teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Swing timing
  • Paradiddles
  • Muted tone
  • The roll and the flam
  • Exercises to build speed and stamina

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Djembe Lessons

Advanced lessons are perfect for students who've already reached a high level of proficiency on djembe. In advanced lessons, you'll push yourself to overcome personal challenges and perfect your playing techniques. Advanced lesson content depends greatly on the individual student's interests and goals, but your tutor might cover the following topics:

  • Polyrhythms
  • Improvisation
  • Solo and ensemble technique
  • Audition coaching
  • Performance preparation

How to Find a Djembe Teacher Near You

If you're ready to find your rhythm on the djembe, you'll need a teacher. Luckily, finding a djembe tutor on TakeLessons is easy! A quick search will direct to you to a long list of highly qualified and experienced teachers who offer private djembe classes near you and online. Before selecting the djembe tutor who's right for you, we recommend browsing several teacher profiles and reading through reviews left by other djembe students. 

The price of djembe lessons varies, but most teachers charge rates based on the length and frequency of lessons. With a variety of tutors to choose from, you'll be able to find a djembe teacher who fits both your budget and your schedule. Whichever djembe tutor you choose, private lessons are well-worth your time and monetary investment. You'll learn quickly and pick up new rhythms fast!