Experience African hand drumming

Percussion instruments were the first musical tools people created for use in group music-making.

 

They comprise the largest family of instruments, and virtually every culture on earth has some form of drumming.

People all over the world use drums to celebrate life, explore their creativity, and unite in rhythm.

One of the best reasons to use drums is that they are accessible to people of all ages and abilities — the drum is a user-friendly instrument that everyone can play.

This summer, you can take advantage of two opportunities to experience getting into the groove of African hand drumming.

In two separate workshops on July 9 and 23, local hand drumming instructor Monica Hofer will walk you through proper hand drumming technique and teach you at least two traditional rhythms that will be fun for both the novice and more experienced drummer.

If a more spontaneous style of group drumming is what you are looking for, join Hofer July 15 and/or Aug. 5 and discover the benefits of group empowerment drumming through HealthRHYTHMS.

Group empowerment drumming is not about learning specific rhythms and it is not about exceptional performance — rather, it is about community spirit and personal expression.

Group drumming is about giving people permission to play whatever is in their heart.

For more information or to register for this or other Courtenay Recreation programs, call Courtenay Recreation at 250-338-1000 or 250-338-5371.

For more drumming information, contact Monica Hofer at drumdeva@gmail.com.

— Courtenay Recreation

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