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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
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  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches Beginner
  • 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 for bass, drums, piano, and ukulele or children under 10 years old. I highly recommend my studio partner Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with

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Liz S.
Talented teachers are rare. Like a great coach i sports... the coach doesn’t need to be the top athlete in his field to know how to teach each team member to hone their best abilities, he just has to know and see how to teach you how to get there. Being an outstanding teacher is a great talent all in itself... and that is Jesse. He has that quality and ability to lead, focus and take you where you want to go.
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.
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Matthew H.

147 Reviews
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Starting at $26
  • Speaks French, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Bachelors in Communication from Washington State University - Edward R Murrow School of Communications
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Matthew H.

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Teaching Djembe Is My Specialty.. Been Playing & Performing For 35 years now!

Beginner to intermediate Djembe is just plain fun and I love to teach it.
Drum Circle Anyone? So Much Adrenaline In A Big Drum Circle! Djembe On!

About Matthew

Master How To Play An Instrument or Sing with Celeb Online or In-Studio Music Lessons & Personal Coaching.. Learn How Associates Of Mine Made it On American Idol 2021 & “NBC TV’s The Voice!" Develop The Sound & Singing Voice You Want & Need For Success! Congrats Ava August 2021 - I'm So Prou

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Drew
Matt is an amazing teacher
Saikat
He helps understand the notes and converts them. He also gives great pop quizzes.
Eric B.
Matt helped me with exactly what I need.
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Sean C.

3 Reviews
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  • Music Performance Percussion from Colburn Conservatory
  • Teaching since 2011
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Sean C.

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I have been teaching for about 8 years with students ranging from beginner to advanced. All ages are welcome! I also welcome all different styles of music from rock, to jazz, and even classical. Each lesson is catered specifically to the student. I want each student to be able to reach their own specific goals, while having the time of their life!

About Sean

Drummer Sean C., 31, started playing at age 7 when he began studying with Mark Foster, a local free-lance percussionist in the Denver area. After high school he enrolled at the Colburn Conservatory in LA, where he studied with Jack van Geem, former Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Sympho

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Kristen S.
I can't say enough about Sean! He is funny and engaging. My 8 yo looks forward to his weekly online lessons and loves to practice. Sean presents material that is a perfect balance of challenging and achievable. It is so exciting to see my son's progress with the Djembe and his understanding of music theory grow. Sean is a fabulous find!
Nancy A.
It went perfectly fine.
Megan
Sean has been teaching my 10-year old son percussion for almost two years. Before covid, my son had lessons in-person. Since covid, my son has been doing lessons online. Sean has done an amazing job teaching my son in-person and online.

Sean really knows percussion. I've witnessed this both during lessons and when my family watched him perform with the Lone Tree Symphony. Sean is wonderful with kids. Although my son has attention issues, Sean is extremely patient, and he is able to efficiently redirect and focus my son. With Sean, music lessons are enjoyable. He has taken the time to get to know my son and how my son learns. I feel like the lessons are tailored extremely well for my child's abilities. Best of all, Sean is just a wonderful person. He's easy to talk to and has a great sense of humor. My son looks forward to his lessons with Sean each week. You won't find a better percussion instructor!
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Kevin F.

33 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • 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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Heather S.
Kevin is very personable and easy to work with. He provides simple explanations in a way that makes it “click.” I enjoy my lessons and would highly recommend him.
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Karen D.

36 Reviews
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  • Awarded Grand Prize Winner from Meridian Records
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaching since 1980
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Karen D.

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Djembe:
A rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa. Starting with basics of learning hand techniques, rhythms, tuning, and bass, tone, and slap, which have low, medium, and high pitch, to play along with songs.

About Karen

Hi! My name is Karen D. I’ve had the pleasure of performing, singing, writing, and recording since I was seven years old. Besides being an Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Music, I have been a lifelong student of the international world-renowned instructors Dante Pavone and Charlie Banacos.

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Stacie J.
Karen obviously loves the piano & guitar. She’s probably an excellent teacher for those instruments. Why do I say that? That’s what she talked about! She spent half my lesson trying to convince me to learn one of those instruments. Could work on listening skills! Not even sure if she owns a set of bongos herself. Didn’t start teaching me anything until last 10 min & then I had to leave early anyway. So 50 min out of 60 and about 5 I actually learned a few things I could have been practicing for at least 30 min of class. Use her if you want to learn something else other than bongos.
John J Conlon
Ms. Karen did a pretty good job, she had ideas for the lesson and provided ideas for the next lesson. She went out of her way to help me with this new idea---------"music" and "reading music." If there was any short fall in the lesson it was on my side and my preparation failings. I have no problem recommending Ms. Karen to others. Regards, JC
Troy W.
Extremely knowledgeable! Karen is a superb guitar instructor. Honestly, I was struggling. Discouraged! She helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses, and moved me from beginner to intermediate in a matter of months. If you’re getting tired of learning from YouTube and smart phone apps, let Karen kick start your guitar playing. You’ll be glad you did. Thanks Karen!!
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Kojo J.

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  • Teaching since 2005
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • History from Clark Atlanta University
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Kojo J.

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Love Djembe!? Have a child who loves to drum on everything in the house?
Learn all you you need to know to enjoy your personal djembe drum and bring joy to your family and community. Hi, my name is Kojo and I have been teaching children & adults the traditional music of the West African Djembe for a little more than 15 years. I bring my unique experience and teaching style which has been perfected through years of Teaching Artist work in Brooklyn, NY.
Looking forward to making music, and helping you reach your Djembe goals together!

About Kojo Ayinde

My name is Kojo, professional musician & educator with my specific focus on the Djembe orchestra of Guinea, West Africa. I began studying and playing Djembe back in 1992 in NYC with local master drummers between Manhattan & my home town, Brooklyn, NY. Soon after that I began studying with Djembefola

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Bert T.
Great experience as I’m a beginner Kojo was very patient and walked me through the basics. I can’t wait for the next session
Rachel
Kojo was very personal and adapted his lessons to fit my unique needs!
Julie G.
Patient and knowledgeable instructor.

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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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Average Cost of Djembe Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute djembe lessons is $81. 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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$55 average
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"Patient and knowledgeable instructor."
Julie
Took Djembe lessons from Kojo J.
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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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"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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"I can't say enough about Sean! He is funny and engaging. My 8 yo looks forward to his weekly online lessons and loves to practice. Sean presents material that is a perfect balance of challenging and achievable. It is so exciting to see my son's progress with the Djembe and his understanding of music theory grow. Sean is a fabulous find!"
Kristen
Took Djembe lessons from Sean C.
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"He's focus, attentive, with a thorough understanding of the pedagogical methodologies required to impart techniques and understanding of traditional Djembe drum!"
Baile
Took Djembe lessons from Kojo 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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"I started lessons with Kevin knowing nothing about playing the Djembe. He made broke down the fundamentals and made it easy to learn the basics and then build from them. He gives lots of great advice which helped me get engaged in a local women's drumming group. I credit Kevin's great lessons for getting advanced in that group (Women's Drumming Center/Minneapolis) to the more experienced drum circle. I would recommend Kevin to anyone who wants to take up playing drums of any kind."
marcia
Took Djembe lessons from Kevin F.
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"Great instructor! I look forward to my lessons"
Patricia
Took Djembe lessons from Aaron B.
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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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"Kojo was very personal and adapted his lessons to fit my unique needs!"
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Took Djembe lessons from Kojo J.
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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

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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!