Upcoming Workshops!

African DRUM RHYTHMS Sundays


African Rhythm Sundays


Begins: May 29 - June 3, 2018

5:00pm - 7:00pm (6 weeks) $165.-


Extraordinary workshops that capture the pure essence of Africa and her rhythms, songs and movements!


Come on out and see how great a drum class and experience can be! 

Trip To Africa

DECEMBER 15, 2018 ~ January 8, 2019

"A single journey can change the course of your life"


DrumConnection invites you to study djembe, dunun, dance and more in GUINEA this DECEMBER 15th thru JANUARY 8, 2019 . Alan Tauber & DrumConnection present: Drumming, Dance & MANDE Music in Guinea West Africa with WADABA! (Mamady Kourouma) teaching Djembe and Dunun... Dance classes, balafon, tambin, and more! Yes, this will be a totally amazing trip. Join us!


PLEASE Head on over to 2018 Trip To Africa Website for this year 2018. Find out more >>

Past Workshops


Abou Sylla's Intro to the Balafon Workshop

Saturday, TBA

5:00pm - 7:00pm

with Abou Sylla at DrumConnection

Come join master player and teacher Abou Sylla and learn how to get started on the Sousou Balafon. Using two special mallets on a wooden keyboard with calabash under as resonators. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL INSTRUMENT. You will LOVE it. Limited to 10.

dunun drumming workshop
Dunun (Guinea Bass Drum)


Introduction to Sabar Drumming

with Sipho Bellinger


7pm - 9pm

This workshop will provide an introduction to the Sabar drum including a brief history, the technique and sounds of sabar drums, and playing sabar rhythms.


Shekeré Workshop

with Bill Mitkoff


7:00pm - 9:00pm


This informative and fun workshop will give you some history and how the shekeré is used in folkloric traditions especially in Afro-Cuban and Latin music. The shekeré, a musical instrument that is fun and exciting to play, is a natural gourd instrument covered with strings, rope and beads to make a basket which strikes the calabash.


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Notation - my friend Rainer D.


Notation of African Rhythms

with Alan Tauber


7:00 - 9:00pm


In a rare workshop, Alan Tauber, master technician of the djembe, shares his expertise in notating African rhythms on the fly!  We will learn to hear a phrase and write it down on paper in a way that will remind you of what you played just moments before. This way, you can have a paper or digital system of keeping track of the music.


The Mystery of Notation - Let’s take the mystery AWAY!  We will use the world-wide standard for notation and embellish it a bit for our needs. We will learn to hear and notate hand-patterns, breaks, solo phrases, rolls and arrangements for the djembe and dunun drums. You may wish to bring a camera or a recording device, pencil/pen, and paper.


You probably won't need your drum, but you may want to bring it anyway. This is not a drumming evening! This workshop is all about how to really be able to write down what you are playing. It will be fun and focussed work, with instruction and practice time to give you experience with the notation system.


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Djembe technique in the relaxed position.


Djembe Technique Workshop  

with Alan Tauber


7:00pm - 9:00pm


Djembe Technique Workshop - Level II

with Alan Tauber


7:00pm - 9:00pm


Come learn the technique of the djembe and getting the sound you always wanted. Alan will show you how to make playing better, faster and more musical. You will get hands- on playing time and suggestions will be made for all students. You will leave playing so much better than you came.


A little ‘to-do list’ of things to focus on to make your djembe sound like a musical instrument will be highlighted. Do NOT miss this! I hope you will join us!

For beginners to professionals. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Response from the last Workshop:

Loved the workshop! Your expert and in depth analysis of each type of strike was crucial to my starting off without developing any bad habits. It will be very valuable to me as I evolve into a beginning drummer! You are kind, patient, very observant, and have a great sense of humor. This makes for a not only a helpful, but delightful class as well. 
Thanks again!
Sue M.

Sent from my iPhone"

Krin (Guinea Log drum)
Krin (Guinea Log drum)


Krin (Guinea Log Drum) Workshop

with Alan Tauber


7:00pm - 9:00pm

A few times a year we break out the Krin and show people the wooden log instrument that contains the tone, slap and timing strokes that we now play on the djembe. Many of the traditional rhythms that we play on the djembe originated on the Krin! The Krin is played with 2 thin sticks in a seated position.


Alan will focus a good amount of time on rolls in tones and slaps on the Krin for SOLO! This will help your understanding of ROLLS in general and it will all apply to the djembe. We could call this a ROLLS CLASS!


Please bring a recorder and maybe a pen and paper. And your Krin or use one of ours! Guinean and Nigerian Krin will be for sale. Sticks as well. 


No experience in drumming is necessary but not a bad idea:)


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Alan and Famoudou finish solo in Medford, MA 2004


Solo Djembe Workshop

with Alan Tauber

TBA 2018

7:00pm - 9:00pm


Learn what to do when it’s YOUR time to SOLO. How to Solo (Guinean Style) on your Djembe. This workshop includes Technique, tonal sounds, rhythms and phrases. For ALL drummers… beginners too. It’s FUN! If you already can solo, you will learn a LOT!


Alan will begin with the basics and show you how to gradually expand your soloing technique... even if this is your first time. We will learn how the masters do it. Solo expression and having FUN will be emphasized!

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