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Winter 2017 Group Classes


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Hand-Drumming Level 1: “Yes, I Have Rhythm!”
with Robert Wallace

Prerequisites: None
Course Description: In this dynamic 10-week course, you will learn hand-drumming basics: hand and body posture, how to create all notes, how to BREATH and RELAX while drumming, and 10 RHYTHMS from around the world: Samba, Salsa, HipHop, Zebolah from the Congo, Reggae, More! Course fee includes full-length Instructional DVD covering all rhythms taught. First-timers WELCOME! All drums provided, or bring your own.

Date and Time:
Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm
Starts January 30, ends April 3, 2017
10 Weeks
Payment: $295
(Includes full-length instructional DVD)

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check

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Hand Drumming Level 2: Beginning Ensemble Class
with Robert Wallace

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Level 1: “Yes I Have Rhythm” course or significant prior drumming experience.

Course Description: This hands-on 10-week course builds upon the basics of Level 1 and adds full arrangements of traditional and modern material from Guinee, Cuba, Brazil, Mali and the USA. You will BECOME a HAND-DRUMMER and will be able to competently play hand percussion in any musical setting. All drums provided, or bring your own.

Date and Time:
Mondays, 8:00-9:30pm
Starts January 30, ends April 3, 2017
10 Weeks

Payment: $295

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check

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Hand Drumming Level 3: Intermediate Ensemble
with Robert Wallace

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level 2 or extensive drumming experience.

Course Description: This challenging, high-energy course teaches intermediate drummers traditional Afro- Cuban material (Bembe, Mozambique, Makuta, Iyesa), contemporary Brazilian rhythms (Pagode, Samba Reggae, Partido Alto) and centuries-old material from W. Africa (Sunu, Aconcon, Kuku), as well as soloing techniques.

Date and Time:
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
Starts January 31, ends April 4, 2017
10 Weeks

Payment: $295

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check

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Performance Ensemble Class
with Robert Wallace

Prerequisites: This performance ensemble is for advanced students only.

Course Description: This course puts it all together: traditional material (Cuba, Brazil, Mali, Guinee), modern compositions, soloing technique, multiple instruments (chekere, caxixi, agogo, surdo, djundjun, djembe, conga, rebolo), & learning how to play MUSICALLY. Many students are gigging musicians looking to enhance their percussion repertoire.

Date and Time:
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:30pm
Starts January 31, ends April 4, 2017
10 Weeks

Payment: $295

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check

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Intermediate Level Conga Class: Afro-Cuban Roots & Salsa
with Edgardo Cambon

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Completion of Edgardo’s beginning course or significant playing experience.

Course Description: Learn folkloric Afro-Cuban rhythms such as Rumba, Tumbao and Marcha, as well as contemporary rhythms for Cuban Son music. Students will learn all fundamental notes for Congas, the importance of clave and the relationship of all rhythms with clave, and how to sing and play at the same time.

All drums provided, or bring your own!

Date and Time:
Session 1: 8-week series begins Wed. Feb 8, 2017, ends Apr 5, 2017 (no class Feb 22)
Session 2: 8-week series begins Wed. May 10, 2017, ends Jun 28, 2017
8 Weeks per session

Payment: $240 per 8-week session

Session 1: Feb 8-Apr 5, 2017
Wednesday Eves: 7:30-9:00pm

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check
Session 2: May 10-Jun 28, 2017
Wednesday Eves: 7:30-9:00pm

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check

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West African Rhythms
with Ben Isaacs

Prerequisites: The Beginning West African Rhythms course (6:30pm) has no pre-requisites.
The Intermediate West African Rhythms course (8:00pm) Prerequisites: Completion of Ben’s 10-week Beginning course or significant playing experience.

Course Description: These exciting 10-week West African Rhythms courses will focus on techniques, rhythms and arrangements for djembe and djun-djun. Students will learn rhythmic structure and drum music from Guinee, Senegal, Mali and Gambia. Students will also learn a modern composition of West African-inspired rhythms called “GemFoli” (the traveling rhythm).

All drums provided, or bring your own!

Date and Time:
Starts January 26, ends March 30, 2017
10 Weeks

Payment: $295

Beginning Course:
Thursday Eves: 6:30-7:45pm

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check
Intermediate Course:
Thursday Eves: 8:00-9:30pm

We accept debit cards, credit cards, bank payments and PayPal or pay by check


Location and Enrollment Information

Location:
Total Rhythm Studio
1705 Webster St.
Alameda, CA 94501
Plenty of free street parking
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To Enroll:

  • Pay Online with Paypal using the “Add to Cart” buttons above
  • OR E-mail or call 510-967-6135 with class selection(s)
  • Send a check for course fee, payable to “Total Rhythm”, to:
    Total Rhythm, 1705 Webster St., Alameda, CA 94501

Full course fee due prior to first session. If this is a hardship for you, please e-mail Robert@TotalRhythm.com and we can work something out.