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Thursday, April 22, 2010



Beginner's Introduction to Hand Drumming workshop will be held at DRUMZ on May 7th from 7pm-9pm with long time Austin hand drum teacher and DRUMZ owner, Sherry Gingras! "DICOVERING THE MAGIC OF HAND DRUMMING", Celebrating Creativity, Compassion and Communication , is a workshop designed for beginners and novices who have just begun their journey on the drummer's path! If you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm! Join us and explore and discover new ways to reconnect to your own heart and spirit while at the same time connecting to the hearts and rhythms of each person in the circle. Learning to listen more deeply to the heart, our inner drum, helps us each REMEMBER the time and space at the core of our being that is in complete harmony and time with ALL things. No previous musical experience is necessary and drums are provided for your use and for sale!

Indigenous cultures have always recognized the significance of the arts and music in their lives and have always used creative arts, rhythm, movement to help people connect to the community and to connect to the highest part of one's self! The sharing and expressing of rhythm with others is a human birthright and is an important part of being human. Through group drumming and community music making we strengthen and establish strong community bonds and our combined drum voice can become a voice for our collective spirit....our community! The barriers we have constructed around our differences can melt away and we are inspired and uplifted by our common humanity....our oneness with all things. We ARE the music! We ARE the rhythm!

Join us for this fun two hours and learn the FUN-damentals of hand drumming, the drum language, some exercises to develop hand technique, a traditional African rhythm and song, and experience an improvisational closing rhythm where we are invited to play any instrument in the store and empower our group intention with our collective musical creation!
Please feel free to call Sherry at 453-9090 to register or for more information. COST:$30
Space is limited so please call early to reserve your spot!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


HAND DRUMMING CLASSES AT DRUMZ!
THE NEXT SESSION OF HAND DRUMMING CLASSES AT DRUMZ WILL BEGIN the week of April 26th, 2010! Please call DRUMZ at 453-9090 for more information or check back for the new schedule at the end of March! Class schedule will follow the same basic format as the current session. Classes are taught in 6 week sessions, are available for all levels of players including those who are brand new drummers with no previous experiences! Drums are provided for the Beginner Level Classes. If you can talk you can sing, if you can walk you can dance, and if you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm and you CAN drum!!! Classes are $90 for six weeks of one hour classes. MC/VISA accepted. You may register by phone, email, or in person at DRUMZ at 3700 1/2 Kerbey Lane, Austin, Texas, 78731.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


DRUMZ, A World Percussion Paradise on Kerbey Lane! Celebrating Creativity, Compassion, Connection, and Communication through rhythm since 2002! Please join us!

WINTER II CLASSES BEGIN AT DRUMZ FEB.24th

PLEASE REVIEW THE WINTER ONE SCHEDULE BELOW FOR THE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS. ALL THE CLASSES REMAIN THE SAME TIMES AND DAYS AND COST FOR WINTER II SESSION AS IN WINTER I.

Please call Sherry Gingras at DRUMZ if you have any specific questions (453-9090) or email her at: sdrumz@austin.rr.com. Classes meet for six weeks and cost $90 for the whole session( $15 per class if paid at once) or classes may be taken on a drop in basis for $17.50 each. We play on WEST AFRICAN DJEMBE DRUMS and DJUNDUNS and learn ensemble -style !

BEGINNER HAND DRUMMING CLASSES meet Wednesday Evening from 8-9pm beginning Feb. 24th and another Beginner class meets on Saturday mornings from 10am-11am beginning Feb. 27th. No previous experience is necessary.If you have a heartbeat, you HAVE rhythm!

BEYOND BEGINNER HAND DRUMMING CLASSES meet Wednesday evening from 6:30pm-7:30pm beginning Feb. 24thand another class meets Saturday Mornings from 11:15am-12:15pm beginning Feb. 27th! For those already on the drummer's path with a good command of the drum language and an inner need to move on to the next level and a faster pace with more complex rhythm patterns.
INTERMEDIATE HAND DRUMMING Class meets Thursday evenings from 8-9pm. Class begins Thursday , Feb. 25th. Please speak to the instructor to enroll in this class! Sherry Gingras at 453-9090.

BEGINNER DJUNDUN CLASSES meet Tuesday evening starting March 2nd from 6:15pm-7:15pm. Class begins Tuesday, March 2nd. Djunduns are provided for your use during this class.

BEYOND BEGINNER/ INTERMEDIATE DJUNDUN Classes meet at DRUMZ on Thursday evenings from 6:45pm-7:45pm. Class begins Thursday evening, beginning Feb. 25th. See class description in Winter One class info below.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN THE DRUMZ WINTER 2010 Schedule!
The DRUMSISTA Women's Performance Class which meets on Tuesday evenings will be meeting from 7:30-9pm rather than the earlier time mentioned previously! This class is 12 weeks and begins Tuesday, Jan. 12th! This culminates in a public performance on April 17th. Call for details:453-9090 or email Sherry at: sdrumz@austin.rr.com
You must have taken at least one beginner session to join this group OR have previous hand or stick drumming experience! Thanks!

The Beginner Djundun class will be meeting from6:15pm-7:15pm now on Tuesday evenings! This class also begins Tuesday, January 12th. Please call DRUMZ at 453-9090 to register or email Sherry directly at : sdrumz@austin.rr.com

Monday, December 07, 2009


Winter I Class Schedule 2010
Hand Drumming classes begin January 12,2010

With teacher, Sherry Gingras

DRUMZ....Celebrating creativity, compassion, connection & communication through rhythm!


Class sessions are six weeks long with classes meeting weekly.Cost: $90 per six week session ( $15 per class) or $17.50 per class drop in. There are duplicate classes offered in Beginner classes and also Beyond Beginner classes so that make-up classes during the sessions are available. It is not possible, however, to make up classes you miss in one session in the following session. Make-up classes do not carry over to another session but must be made up within the same six weeks session. Thank-you for your understanding and cooperation with this. I do try to provide the opportunity for people to make up a missed class within the session. And, of course, one always has the option of attending classes on a drop in basis if one knows in advance that several classes must be missed in a particular session! MC/VISA available. PLEASE CALL (453-9090)OR EMAIL DRUMZ (sdrumz@austin.rr.com)AND REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR THE CLASSES OF YOUR CHOICE AS CLASSES DO FILL UP! REMEMBER THAT GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR CLASSES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE! You may pay on the first day of class if you need to , but please call and confirm your spot in advance to insure that you get the class of your choice! Thanks!

*NEW CLASS*TUESDAY EVENINGS, THE DRUMSISTAS, PERFORMANCE CLASS for women will meet from 6:30pm-8pm for 12 weeks. This class will culminate in a performance in the spring at a big Benefit concert with the Djembabes and promises to be an exciting and powerful experience! It is necessary to have at least had one or two beginner sessions under your belt for this class as we will not be covering foundation instruction but will be working on material for the concert in the Spring! This class will involve djundun players, djembe players, shekere, krings, bell, and vocals! I look forward to working on some exciting new material with this group!This is a 12 week session of hour and a half class time. Cost: $250 total . Payment may be broken into two $125 payments for this class or save $25 up front and pay $225 at the first class for all 12 weeks. Class begins January 12th.

*NEW CLASS* BEGINNING DJUNDUN CLASS meets from 8:15pm-9:15pm on Tuesday evenings. This is a brand new introductory level class in djundun. If you have been fascinated by the powerful stick drums, the djunduns, this class may be for you! There is truly something very empowering and exhilarating about playing the djunduns. You do not need your own djun for this class, though students will need to purchase their own sticks for class and for practice! We will learn how to hold the sticks properly and the role each of the bass drums plays in the rhythm and in the ensemble, we will learn bell and djun combination patterns and begin our exploration of these powerful, exciting bass drums;the sangban, the kinkine, and the djundunba. We will begin to identify and discover the beautiful melodies these drums create in establishing the foundation for the rhythms. This class will take us to a whole new place of LISTENING and of FEELING! This class begins January 12th.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF HAND DRUMMING BEGINNER SERIES STARTS ON JANUARY 13th from 8pm-9pm. This class covers the fundamentals of hand drumming and rhythm, technique instruction, exercises to develop technique, a traditional rhythm pattern with all the parts of the ensemble from West AFrica, as well as an opportunity to explore grup music making and improvisation with many instruments. NO PREVIOUS MUSICAL EXPERIENCE is necessary! If you have a heartbeat, you HAVE rhythm! Join us and wake up your own inner rhythmic sensibilities while learning to share rhythm with others...a very basic human need! Watch your spirit soar and your creative potential unfold! Drumz are provided for classes and though it is always ideal to have your own drum for practice, it is not required. Class begins January 13th!

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS " BEYOND BEGINNER" CLASS meets from 6:45pm-7:45pm. This class is for those folks already familiar with playing West African rhythms and hand drums. If you have taken the beginner sessions enough times to feel totally comfortable with learning rhythms and that level of complexity, have a good understanding of the hand technique and just feel an inner need to "move onward" on the drummer's path, this class is for you! We work with more complex rhythms, move at a faster pace in class, and begin working on more complicated djun/bell combination rhythms. When learning to drum it is essential to feel relaxed and at ease and content with being where you are in your development as a drummer in order to develop more precision, fluidity, memorization, technique, balance, accurate timing, refined listening skills etc.BEING WHERE WE ARE is one of life's challenges, especially in our culture where moving ahead is promoted so ruthlessly! Master where you ARE, rather than always seeking to be somewhere else that you perceive to be a destination and you will see yourself grow and develop and unfold as the drummer that you ARE in a beautiful way.Class begins on January 13th!

THURSDAY MORNING WOMEN'S CLASS, "REMEMBERING RHYTHM" meets from 10:30am-11:30ish every Thursday morning! This is a really fun, supportive, relaxed group of women learning to make music together through our drums and rhythms and songs. It is an all level class but it is recomended that you have at least completed one Beginner Level session ( or have some drumming experience under your belt!) to attend this group as we do not cover the fundamentals in this class. Starts January 14th!

THURSDAY EVENING INTERMEDIATE/BEYOND BEGINNER DJUNDUN CLASS meets from 6:45pm-7:45pm. This has been an exceptionally fun class and the students attending these djuns classes have advanced with amazing speed! It has been wonderful to have a class where we focus exclusively on the powerful bass drums of the ensemble, the lovely, melodic Sangban, the precise, steady Kinkine, and the resonant, powerful djundunba! We work with djun/bell combinations and move at a relatively fast pace in this class. It is necessary to have your own sticks and a djundun or some form of drum to practice on with sticks for this class in order to progress and keep up with the other class members. I am offereing a new beginer djundun class on Tuesdays for students who do NOT have a djun and wish to begin this study. Class begins January 14th.

THURSDAY EVENING INTERMEDIATE DJEMBE CLASS meets from 8-9pm on Thursday evenings. In this class we develop more complicated "arrangements"with our rhythms, learn traditional solo patterns and phrasings, and in general work at a faster pace and a more advanced level. If you have a question on whether or not you would be at an appropriate level for this class, please feel free to call me and together we can make a good decision that can help you develop and grow as a drummer in a healthy way, with respect for the culture and the instruments we play without PUSHING yourself and thus impeding your natural progression as a drummer.Class starts January 14th.

SATURDAY MORNING BEGINNER CLASS meets Saturday mornings from 10am-11am beginning January 16th! Join us for a Discovering the Magic of Hand Drumming series and watch your inner musician and your creative spirit come to life! Please see the class description detailed above for Wednesday evening BEGINNER Class! If you need to miss a Saturday class you may always make up the class on a Wednesday evening! This class begins on January 16th! A little drumming and rhythm making and an enjoyable a breakfast at Kerbey Lane Cafe ( before OR after class) and your Saturday will start off like a dream!



SATURDAY MORNING BEYOND BEGINNER CLASS meets from 11:15am -12:15pm on Saturday mornings. This class is the same level as the Wednesday evening class and it is possible to go back and forth between the two classes if you must do so to accommodate your schedule or if you miss a class due to illness. Plerase see class description above! This class begins Saturday morning, January 16th.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

DRUMZ will begin the 2010 Winter Session on January 12th!
The schedule will be posted very soon! Gift certificates for our
six week sessions are available for holiday gifts! Classes are
offered in all levels! Sessions are still only $90 for six weeks of weekly
classes.There are some exciting NEW classes being offered in the Winter
2010 Session!
*A new class for Beginner Djundun will be offered
in the new session as well as a new 12 week women's performance class
on Tuesday evenings, "The Drumsistas!" . There will also be a new vocal
class," The JOY of African Songs", offered for men and women culminating
in a performance with THE DJEMBABES and " The Drumsistas!" at a
Spring Benefit Concert! We are also offereing a didgeridoo session with Eliot Stone!

Our regular classes are offered for Beginner , Beyond Beginner, and Intermediate
level students with a Djundun class offered for Intermediate/Beyond Beginners as
well.Please call DRUMZ at 453-9090 or email us at: sdrumz@austin.rr.com for details or to add your name to our email list for class information and schedules!