Hand Percussion

Course Descriptions and Tuition


These classes focus on many aspects of hand percussion. Courses are offered at all levels of experience. The Collective’s hand-percussion courses are taken as a group of eight. Tuition for an six-week block is $215. Tuition amounts and class schedules are subject to change without notice.


Conga Drumming – This course builds conga technique and explores the beautiful and complex conga rhythms of Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Djembe Drumming – This course focuses on the music of West Africa through the study of indigenous rhythms and songs. Djembe and other West African instruments are used to produce the rhythms of this rich musical culture.


Conga and Djembe Faculty


John Amira – John is a master drummer with over twenty- five years experience teaching and playing. He is the author of “The Music of Santeria”, and has taught and performed at Yale University, New England Conservatory and Mannes College. He has numerous recordings to his credit, as well as performances for theater and film.

Michael Wimberly – Michael holds a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music, and has had his compositions performed by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and the Joffrey II Ballet. He has recorded or performed with Steve Coleman, Mama Tongue, Parliament Funkadelic and Charles Gayle.