Drum In Joy!
A West African drumming-inspired course to build confidence + community, and encourage overall good health + happiness!
Please note: MONDAY and TUESDAY EVENING CLASS SESSIONS HAVE FILLED!
A new session of Drum in Joy begins in September 2023 with THREE class options: Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings or Tuesday evenings!
Do you yearn to learn how to drum?
Do you love to move and groove to music and want to do so without self-consciousness stifling your steps?
Do you wish to sing with an open heart and share that compassion with others?
Do you wish to experience the magic of creating music with a group and sending that music out into the world?
Feeling relaxed and at ease with a drum.
Moving your body with freedom.
Singing with a group, without hesitation.
Experiencing unfettered exuberance!
Introducing: Drum In Joy!
If ever there was a time that we needed to gather love, kindness and creativity around ourselves and one another, it is NOW.
In this series, Rural Soul Music Studio founder Chelsie Henderson will guide you through 10 weeks of group drumming - with movement and singing sprinkled in! - rooted in music from West Africa.
You will begin with the basics and by the end will be playing as part of an ensemble (musical group), and will be invited to play for community events. Special guest instructors - local and far-flung - will join along the way.
This is for you if you desire to...
Dig into the roots of music and honor traditional West African music with its rich history, culture and meaning.
Learn a new skill that you will have for life and can share with others.
Stretch your physical and mental wellbeing.
Move beyond a rhythmic or playing “plateau”.
Be a part of a close knit and caring community.
Share your skills with friends and family (perhaps even teach them yourself!)
Meet other fun, unique and compassionate people.
Let go of blocks in your life and get out of your comfort zone.
Learn from master dancers and drummers from the traditions that we study.
SHARE JOY THROUGH MUSIC!
Drums are among the world's oldest musical instruments. Drumming today has been scientifically proven to benefit the body and mind by reducing tension, anxiety, depression, and stress; boosting the immune system and increasing energy; helping to control chronic pain; releasing negative feelings and emotional trauma; improving joint mobility and motor skills; and building social interactions and community!
Here’s how it works:
10 weeks of invigorating IN PERSON GROUP CLASSES on Mondays or Tuesdays from 6:15-7:30 pm, or Tuesdays from 10:30 -11:45 am at Rural Soul Music Studio (90 Broad Street, Schuylerville). The classes will run from September 11 (M) + 12 (T) through November 13 (M) + 14 (T).
GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. You will have the opportunity to play as a group at our final celebration, drum circles, parades, festivals and even open mics. This is totally optional but so fun and often people’s favorite part of being in the group!
The final celebration of both class sections will be held on Friday, November 17 at 6:15 pm (location TBD).
ONE-ON-ONE TIME. You will be invited to schedule a complimentary 30-minute private lesson! This is your time to shine: improve your technique and work toward your goals. Even though this is overall a group experience you will get valuable individual insights and guidance to play with more confidence and ease over time.
BONUS MATERIAL and GIFTS!
Inspirational emails with tips and resources to keep you motivated and to dive more deeply into the traditional music, techniques, and culture we are studying.
VIP access to visiting master musicians!
An invitation to the Drum in Joy Facebook page where all members can connect and share.
5% off djembes, dunduns and other accessories for sale at the studio!