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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Bachelors of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University
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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 bass, drums, piano, and ukulele or children under 10 years old. 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

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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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Peter Q B.

12 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish, English, Spansih
  • B.A Music from Whitman College
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Peter Q B.

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I have a Djembe from Ghana! Carved from one piece of African Hardwood. It is one of my favorite instruments!

About Peter Q

I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelor's degree in music from Whitman College with an emphasis in Jazz Performance. I can teach anyone to rock, swing or get unreasonably funky. Lessons can be casual or serious and I'm down t

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John G.
Peter is a great teacher. He finds what your level is and goes from there. Peter finds what kind of style of learning best fits you.
For me, when Peter is playing the drums or Piano after he has given me the structures/scales makes it very easy to learn. Very patient and encouraging. Ask yourself- Why aren’t YOU taking lessons with Peter?
Rami
Great teacher
Debbie P.
Perfect. He matched his lesson beautifully with the music I like and how I am likely to learn quickly. Could not ask for better.
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Matthew H.

132 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, French
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 1988
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Matthew H.

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

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Learn How To Play An Instrument or Sing with Celeb Online or In-Studio Music Lessons & Personal Coaching.. Develop The Sound & Singing Voice You Want & Need For Success! See How Associates Of Mine Made it On “NBC TV’s The Voice!" Learn Easy Achievable "Baby Steps" To Get You Started. 12 Steps

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Joel
Great instructor. Very patient. I learned a whole lot!
Cole T.
My grandson had a great lesson. Matthew is an excellent teacher for the beginner or non-beginner harmonica student. Very personable, knowledgeable and easy to understand.
Ricardo A.
Good first class season
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Kevin F.

26 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Percussion Performance, BMA Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University
  • Teaching since 1988
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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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Anne P.
So far so good. First meeting jitters are over. Kevin has a nice calm about him which makes it easy to listen. I've got some homework and looking forward to my next lesson.
Melissa
Kevin is wonderful to work with. Very knowledgeable, very calm, pleasant personality. He wanted to know first what I wanted to do, but was prepared to start me with the basics - scales - which is where I want to be proficient, so that I can master the instrument. I have no doubt that I can do that with Kevin. Just spent a few minutes practicing my C-major scale using the L-R-R-L-L method. Works great! I just checked email and he'd sent me the printouts he promised. Looking forward to next week!
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Murray P.

108 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, English
  • Awarded Washington DC Percussion Award from Washington DC Orchestra
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Murray P.

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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’v been playing drums since the age of three and now been teaching for over 17 years. In 2016, I was accepted as a member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). I am very well ro

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Kali
Murray is skilled at teaching and a talented artist. He's also creative when the student comes with special creative project - he would understand your artistic interest and adjust the lesson and approach for you as well as share his own creative experiences and insights.
Ami
My son really enjoys his drum lessons with Murray. Murray shows such enthusiasm when he teaches that it makes each lesson enjoyable and fun for my son. It is clear that Murray is a top notch professional drummer and his passion for drumming shines throughout each lesson. My son looks forward to each session. Very Highly
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Judah S.
First class teacher who is so skilled & so fun!

Aaron B.

17 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches Intermediate
  • Studio Recording and Production from Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences
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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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Great instructor! I look forward to my lessons
Julie
Aaron is so great at meeting me where I am musically and giving helpful guidance to progress. I really appreciate his approach.
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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 $60. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $70 per hour.
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$34 average
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$45 average
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$60 average

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"Great guy. Knowledge about many instruments. Very helpful lesson."
Jesse
Took Djembe lessons from Anthony L.
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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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"Had my first lesson with Scott today. I was very happy with the way it went . I'm 50 years old with no experience at all - so I can honestly say the lesson was enjoyable without any pressure."
Anthony
Took Djembe lessons from Scott S.
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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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"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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"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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"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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"First lesson, can tell we chose the right instructor. Excellent with my child. Knowledgeable.. my 11 year old is excited for more lessons!! :)"
Elijah
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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"Great instructor! I look forward to my lessons"
Patricia
Took Djembe lessons from Aaron B.
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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!