Music Center offers new drumming courses

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BRATTLEBORO —The Brattleboro Music Center is offering African and Caribbean Drumming classes, beginning Monday, April 15.

Students will experience the joy of drumming through African, Afro-Caribbean, and Brazilian percussion music. They will learn drumming technique, traditional ensemble rhythms, and how to create their own rhythms in a supportive class environment. From the rites of passage music of Ghana to hypnotic trance rhythms from Haiti, students will experience the transcendent power of drumming to both energize and relax, and facilitate well-being.

No prior experience is necessary. Conga drums, djembe drums, and other percussion instruments will be provided. Beginner classes are held Mondays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. starting April 15. Intermediate classes are held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost for six sessions is $115.

Instructor Steve (Stevo) Leicach has been drumming for over 45 years. He teaches lessons on a variety of ethnic instruments, including conga drums, djembe, balafon, shekere, and talking drums; he also offers classes in blues harmonica and instruction in bamboo flute. Leicach has taught at schools, universities, and wellness centers throughout the Northeast. His expertise includes drumming improvisation, percussion theory, and traditional instrument making. His lifelong interest extends not only to the music of drumming, but to the natural elements that make up the drum itself.

For more information, visit the BMC website at www.bmcvt.org or call 802-257-4523.

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