Drumming Classes

These drumming classes, taught by Wachira Waigwa-Stone, are designed for beginning to intermediate level, junior high and high school age drummers. Students will learn fundamental technique and basic rudiments (the syllables that are used to form the words and phrases of the drumming language), as well as explore rhythmic patterns, call and response, reading, and improvisation. Drills and exercises will be done each class with a practice pad and sticks, and then students will learn musical phrases, as well as create their own two or three-part layered rhythms using re-purposed and found objects such as buckets, pot, and pans.

Students will be expected to practice an hour a day throughout the week, in preparation for the following week’s class. A packet of take-home exercises will be provided.

During the second half of the semester, the class will have the opportunity to work with the Trash Panda Drum Group, who will come teach some masterclasses, set a piece on the group for the end of semester performance, and help the students come up with ideas for their own group composition, also to be featured in the performance.

COVID Updates


August 24-December 5

Drumming Classes

Intro to Drumming (VTDR1-20/21): Junior High + High School

Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:45 PM

Fall Session: $350.00

*Installment payments available. Please click on "Register Here" and choose the installment option. You will be paying the first installment out of eight (8) payments. Office staff will contact you during the summer to gather payment information to set up reoccurring installments.

Trash Pandas Drum Group Video