Total Rhythmâ„¢ Workshops

All Workshops take place at the Total Rhythm Studio unless otherwise noted

These workshops give the drumming community an opportunity to try new styles and instructors they might not have been exposed to before. They are lots of fun and a great way to meet new people too!
-Shannon Hastings

Play Drums with the Black Panther!

Two-hour Drum Workshop with Massamba Diop,
lead drummer from the Black Panther movie!

3pm – 5pm

Join the lead drummer from Marvel Picture’s blockbuster movie Black Panther, Massamba Diop, for a hands-on, two-hour drum workshop in Oakland, CA!

East Bay Church of Religious Science
4130 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA

Course Description:

Massamba will teach all drummers (all levels welcome) traditional Senegalese rhythms which formed the basis for the percussion heard throughout the Black Panther soundtrack!

All drums provided (by Total Rhythm), or bring your own (djembe, dundun, conga, chekere). Massamba is a joyous and patient teacher overflowing with love for his country and the music it has produced. In addition to the Black Panther soundtrack, Massamba’s recording credits include Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock and James Brown.

All levels of drummer WELCOMED.

Workshop size is limited to 40 drummers,
so please enroll now to “Play Drums with the Black Panther!”

Payment: $30 advanced / $35 day of

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

Body Percussion Workshop
with Alyssa DeCaro

1pm – 3pm

Course Description: Step, clap, snap, stomp! Tune up your body as your most essential instrument. In this workshop you will learn the basics of body percussion as well as a fresh sequence of original body music by Alyssa DeCaro. We will focus on precise timing to develop groove together, explore how body percussion can add a sweet texture to any jam and most of all have a lot of fun. Discover the amazing instrument you carry with you!

If you are a percussionist, musician or dancer interested in expanding your musical range and timing, or you simply want more music in your life – THIS IS FOR YOU! These skills can be applied to any instrument or dance. All levels welcome.

Alyssa DeCaro is an international teacher, performer, percussionist, vocalist, and dancer dedicated to helping others tune in to their “essential instrument” through movement, breath, rhythm, and ensemble connection. She has 17 years of teaching experience and has performed at the TED conference, Bali Arts Festival, International Body Music Festival, as well as performed/choreographed with Gamelan X for 10 years. In 2006, Alyssa founded BODY OF SOUND workshops and retreats based on the concept that your body is your most essential instrument. Her work integrates the audience/performer and student/teacher relationships to create an interactive, rhythmic, ensemble experience. When leading groups, Alyssa has a natural ability to shape the collective field, transforming an ordinary room into an inspiring space where practice and play intertwine.

Payment: $25 advanced / $35 day of

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