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drumming is in your hands….but it starts with your heart!

See Testamonials at the bottom of this page!

Lancaster, Harrisburg, and Reading Areas….

Fall 2019 Schedule!!

Private Lessons available at any location, please inquire!
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New Classes in Lancaster, Harrisburg and Reading!

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NEW All Level —Lancaster PA-Radiance!

This is an All-Level class that focuses on traditional hand and stick technique from West Africa. Rental drums are available, but you must RSVP that you are coming and request a drum! Tammi is back teaching at Radiance and in Lancaster! These will likely be on a Saturday morning, once per month.

TBD

Cost:
TBD

 

All Level, Lancaster

ALL-LEVEL CLASSES
in Lancaster PA
Tammi is teaching regularly in Lancaster again!
This all-level drumming class will start where you are at—at the basics and beyond— of the West African Djembe and Dununs. Tammi will lead you through some of the ancient traditional rhythms and inspire you to express the rhythms in your own soul. This class includes instructions in djembe and dununs, and Tammi encourages people to try both to gain a better understanding of the music. Also, these classes feed into a performance group, so who knows, you might be on stage some day soon! If this is your first time, contact Tammi and plan to come early for review of notes, etc.

Time: 5:15-6:45pm

Fall Session I:

September 24, October 1, 15, 22

Lancaster Location:
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
10 Delp Road
Lancaster, PA
Cost:
$15 per class, $55 for 4 sessions if you register for 4 in the first class

Drum Rental $2 please request rentals 24 hours notice.

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All Level —Reading PA 

Save the dates! This is an All-Level class that focuses on traditional hand and stick technique from West Africa. Rental drums are available, but you must RSVP that you are coming and request a drum!

Sunday Session Dates for Reading All-Level:

Dates:

July 14

August 4

August 25

September 22

October 20

November 17

 

Time:
9:30-11:00a

Location:
Pathways to Healing
1817 Bernville Road
Reading PA 19601

Cost:
$20 per class

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**Classes in Harrisburg, PA**

Studio Solomon 310 South 10th Street Lemoyne PA 17043

ALL-Level SCHEDULE Harrisburg

This all-level drumming class will start where you are —at the basics and beyond— of the West African Djembe and Dununs.

Tammi will lead you through some of the ancient traditional rhythms and inspire you to express the rhythms in your own soul. This class includes instructions in djembe and dununs, and Tammi encourages people to try both to gain a better understanding of the music.

Also, these classes feed into a performance group, so who knows, you might be on stage someday soon!

Registration
Pay Online at StudioSolomon.com or cash or check at the studio.

Pre-registration $20, $25 at the door.
Cash or check only at the door.

Special Bundle Pricing if you’re taking FUNdamental Rhythms class at 6 AND stay for All-Level class – just $30 for both!

Dates:

July 10

August 7, 14

September 4, 18

October 9, 23

November 6

December 4

 

Time: 7:15-8:45p

Location: Studio Solomon, 310 South 10th Street, Lemoyne, PA 17043

 

FUNdamental Rhythm Playing on Djembe and Dunun!

FUNdamentals of African Djembe and Dunun playing is an action-packed and FUN class designed to provide you with a foundational set of rhythms, skills and knowledge of this life-changing art form.  This class is designed to build and improve basic execution of  djembe drumming skills, techniques, and understanding of West African drumming. Learn about the history and culture of djembe drumming, reinforce and expand basic djembe drumming techniques, and improve/fine tune sound quality and execution. Recommended to take a Beginner West African Drumming Course prior to this course of study.

This class is not for first time beginners—however, whether you have previously had 1 class or 20, Tammi and her FUNdamentals of African Djembe and Dunun playing offer:

Learn popular rhythms on djembe and dununs

Feedback and coaching for improving sound quality
Play more combinations of notes in drill/exercise format
History and culture of African drumming

* This class runs in 4-week sessions, but drop-ins are accepted.

4-week sessions:

  1. July 10, 17, August 7, 14
  2. August 28, September 4, 11, 18
  3. September 25, October 9, 16, 23
  4. November 6, 13, December 4

 

 

Let’s Perform!

Studio Solomon 310 South 10th Street Lemoyne PA 17043

A Performance-Geared Class Series where we learn at least two rhythms to put into our “performance” repertoir. The plan is to perform the rhythms at this coming It Makes a Village Recital Fundraiser on November 23 at 6:00pm

This series runs:
1. Friday October 11—6:30-8:00p

  1. Saturday October 19—10:30a-noon
  2. Friday October 25—6:30—8:00pm
  3. Saturday November 2–10:30 am – noon
  4. Friday November 8– 6:30 – 8 pm

 

Rehearsal TBD

Instruction includes all djembe patterns, village style dununs with bells, some fun breakdowns, how to stand and play, and more!

In order to be part of the performance, it is requested that you make 4 out of the 5 classes and attend rehearsal. If you cannot, please contact Tammi Hessen privately, so we can work something out!

$90 Price bundle for all 5 classes
$20 Per class

 

Build YOUR Drum Solo

Each drummer’s solo is unique and represents more than just that drummer’s skill level.

In this session, Tammi will lead you through a process of building your own unique drum solo using a variety of West African drum phrases, djembe techniques, and placement in the music. This class will provide more freestyle and individual attention.

$20 in advance
$25 at the door

Dates:

July 19th 6:30-8p

August 10 10:30a – 12noon

September 20th 6:30-8:00p

Pay Online at StudioSolomon.com
or
Pay at the door with cash or check

To Register for classes other than those at studio solomon (please do so that I know you are coming), contact Tammi Hessen (tammihessen@aol.com ) or 717.824.9392 or facebook message me

Payment

  • By check: Mail payment to Tammi Hessen, PO Box 20, Blue Ball, PA 17506 (also email me or call that you are coming)
  • Online at www.tammihessen.com (click on classes) or just paypal tammihessen@aol.com or Venmo!
  • In person at class

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Catch Bumbada Women Drummers out at performance events:

Dates so far:

July 31, 7:00 on the Pride of the Susquehanna’s Diversity Cruise

August 24th Fairie Festival, near Reading PA

September 8th at the Mural Festival in Harrisburg PA

September 28th, Goddess Festival Valley Forge PA

September 28th, Yoga Festival near Harrisburg PA.

October 6th at the Spirit of Oneness expo, afternoon TBD time

November 23, Annual “It Makes a Village” Fundraiser Recital

many more to come!

 

Tammi playing with other folks:

July 11 at Stoner Grille @ 6:30 for open Mic with NFP Trio

August 11 at Grandview United Methodist Church morning services

August 18th 11:30am Mount Gretna Arts Festival with the Carmitchell Sisters

 

 

 

 

many more to come!

see the “bumbada” link on this page!

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Testamonials to Tammi

I’ve had many teachers, but the uniqueness of Tammi’s instructions has influenced me to infuse the techniques, and rhythms that she have taught into my own fundamentals of learning and developing skills as a percussionist. –L.F.

Having Tammi as a teacher has been a real pleasure and an important part of my life for the past ten years. Tammi’s creative skills are evident through her music. I feel blessed to have her share her immense talents with me. –D.T.

Tammi is not only has a mastery of drumming, but is a master teacher as well. She knows how to teach all levels of learners with patience and encouragement. She is great at breaking down rhythms to digestible parts, and she brings a joyful spirit to all of her classes. Under her skillful tutelage, I have progressed further with my drumming than I ever dreamed possible!—E.O.

Tammi once told me that we are all responsible to continue in the traditions of why rhythms are played and to make sure they are not forgotten. She has instilled this in my heart as well as all her students that I just watched in their awesome recital at F&M. As these students continue in their lives they will remember, play and instill the traditions to whomever will listen. Watching Tammi with her students gave me a feeling of wishing my youth back and being able to have the opportunity to learn the djembe earlier.

I have been learning from Tammi for 4 years now. Her patience and perseverance resonate through her mastery of drumming skills. Whoever has learned from Tammi has truly been blessed. Thank you for sharing your talent and skills with us all.– A.D.

Tammi is a gifted djembe drummer and instructor; her inclusive teaching style is balanced with an ability to instruct through different methods until everyone “gets it.” –K.W.

 

 

 

Testamonials to Tammi