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The Djembe is a traditional hand-drum originating from West Africa and is central to the musical traditions of peoples such as the Malinke. More recently artists such as Ben Harper have made the djembe more recognised in popular culture. Notable exponents in Australia include the Bangoura brothers from Guinea.

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Japanese Taiko drums are the largest drums in the world. Also known as festival drumming, the style of playing is called Wadaiko, known for its rigorous training requirements and awe-inspiring stage performance. Groups such as Ondekoza (Demon Drummers), Kodo and Drum Tao have put taiko drumming on the international radar over the last 20 years. Notable groups in Australia include TaikOz & Rhythm Hunters.

2018 Classes

Djembe - TUESDAY 8.00 – 9:15pm
We are combining our djembe classes this term!
Djembe is traditionally played in a community setting, so we’re bringing all experience levels into one mega class to get that West African drumming spirit going strong. Instructor Luke will teach while the ever-fabulous Rose leads the beat on doun douns; both of them being Rhythm Hunters, these two represent the core of our community. All skill levels will be catered to, whether you’ve never touched a drum or have been playing with the masters for years.

Taiko 1 MONDAY 5:30-6:45PM
Taiko 1 goes over the basics of taiko form and rhythm.  Learn techniques and rhythms that you will expect to know in upper level classes. Instructor Tim will utilize rhythm and technique to put together a composition for students to perform, showing off the dramatic styles that make taiko so breathtaking.

Taiko 2WEDNESDAY 8.00 – 9:15pm
Our intermediate class, for those who want a faster pace and to learn more intricately timed rhythms, Taiko 2 moves more quickly than Taiko 1 and focuses on getting an intimate understanding of rhythm.

The Art of Taiko – THURSDAY 6:30 – 7:15pm
Taiko is as much an art form as it is a percussion style, drawing heavily from theatrical performance and martial arts. Instructor Heath, our resident form guru, will guide students through practices intended to strengthen the connection between body and drum. Formerly titled as the fitness class, this class will improve your posture, core strength, arm toning, and balance, all while teaching you how to get the best sound out of these magnificent drums.

Didgeridoo (Men Only) – MONDAY 5:30 – 6:30PM
Connect with this ancient Australian instrument under the direction of our highly experienced teacher Ian. Out of respect for the traditionals owners of the land on which The Rhythm Hut resides, we will only be taking men for this class.

Gosford Community Choir – MONDAY 7.00 – 8.00PM
Whether you’re a professional singer or have only done rehearsals in the privacy of your own shower, the community choir is a space where you can express yourself and learn how to find your voice among a group of fellow singing enthusiasts. Infinitely talented diva Sandy Bigara will provide coaching for each member, plus repertoire training and printed lyrics for each session of the choir.

Ukulele Club & Beginner classes – TUESDAY 4:15 – 6PM
Beginners and pros alike are welcome in this fun group made for anybody who loves these quirky little instruments. A beginner lesson runs weekly 4.15 – 5.00pm, followed by the uke club 5.00 – 6.00pm.

Kid’s Drumming – THURSDAY 4:30 – 5:15pm
For kids ages 5-12
Throughout the eight weeks, your children will be exposed to a variety of different drums and percussion instruments, as well as team building, creativity, and cooperative learning exercises.

Yoga Nidra - THURSDAY 8-9pm**
Relax and breathe with this ancient technique that brings you to a restful place halfway between sleep and consciousness
**On the first Thursday of every month, this timeslot is occupied by Didgeridoo and Flute Sound Healing

Class Pricing:

Full term of drumming classes – Djembe 1/2 or Taiko 1/2/3 (8 weeks)
Adults $195/Conc $136.50 (must show valid conc card)
* 2 or more adult full terms per person $350

Casual drumming classes 
Adults $30/Conc $20

Art of taiko
$90 term (Adults/Conc)
Casual class
$14 per class

* All taiko students are required to own their own taiko sticks. You may purchase them through The Rhythm Hut for $25 per pair, or bring your own.

Kids Drumming Class
$110 term (8 weeks) or
$15 per casual class

Didgeridoo classes (men only)
Full term (6 weeks)  $140 Adults/$100 Conc (must show valid conc card)

Community Choir classes
$10 casual class (cash only) – please contact Sandy on 0422 548 770

Beginner’s Ukulele
$5 per term photocopying + $40 per term (8 weeks)

Ukulele club
$5 per term photocopying + $40 per term (8 weeks)

Yoga Nidra
$10 per class or by donation

For further information about any of the above classes, or any other enquiries, please contact us on 4322 5971 or

Book into Term 1, 2018 classes below. Term starts the week beginning Monday 12th February 2018

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The Rhythm Hut cannot issue refunds on classes missed throughout the term. Classes cannot be credited towards another drumming term or other classes.

* Please keep in mind The Rhythm Hut is a not for profit community space, and payments kept up to date ensure the space can continue running


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