Drum In Joy! 
September-December 2022

A 3-month West African drumming and movement immersion to build confidence and community



A new session of Drum in Joy begins on September 18, 2022.  M'bemba Bangoura will join us in October for a day of special workshops!

  • 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 all of the joy in your heart and share that joy 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 12 weeks of group drumming, movement and singing 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.


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:

3 months of invigorating IN PERSON GROUP CLASSES on Sundays from 4:00-5:30 pm at Rural Soul Music Studio (90 Broad Street, Schuylerville). The classes will run from September 18 through December 11. 

GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. You will have the opportunity to play for parades, festivals and even open mics as an ensemble.  This is totally optional but so fun and often people’s favorite part of being in the group!

RECEIVE A PERSONALIZED PLAN. You will be invited to schedule 1 complimentary 30-minute one-on-one lesson!  Improve your technique and really absorb the material. 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. 


  • 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 Resilient Drummers NY Facebook page where all members can connect and share.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  M'BEMBA BANGOURA will be our guest instructor on Sunday, October 2!  He will offer other workshops that day as well, and you all will have first dibs :)

Investment: 3 monthly payments of $130, or 1 payment of $375*

*This includes the fee for the special class with M'Bemba Bangoura!

Ready to Drum in Joy? Here’s what to do next…

STEP 1: Make your payment and secure your spot! Click here to Pay in full. Click here to pay in installments.  You will be directed to a secure PayPal Page to make your payment.

STEP 2: After making your payment you will receive a special welcome from me with some extra bonuses and your next steps! 

STEP 3: We Drum in Joy beginning May 24!

If you have any questions at all, please email Chelsie at ruralsoulmusic@gmail.com.


Do I need my own drum?

We do have drums for students to borrow.  In order to really be able to dive into the music and practice at home, we recommend eventually getting your own drum.


What if I can’t commit to every class and/or practice?  

No problem.  We take into account the reality that you are all happenin’ people and do not expect you to attend every single class and practice.  However, you will get the most benefit from  participating in most of them.  The extra mid-week practice sessions are offered as a way to help jumpstart your practice routines and give you space for asking questions, etc.

Are the sessions recorded?  

You are encouraged to record on your own devices during the in-person classes for practice purposes!

Do I need to have experience?  

No experience necessary.  Beginners are very welcomed.  Just think, everyone starts as a beginner at their craft at one point!

Can I still participate if I have mobility challenges?  

YES!  We understand that every body is different and strive for our programs to be truly inclusive and accessible for all.