Course Description

Afro-Latin music's distinctive percussion sound is the conga; percussionists may perform with just about anyone! Students will understand the Puerto Rican bomba and plena and the fundamental Cuban tumbao pattern utilized in son or salsa (including cha cha and mambo). Harper will loan djembes to all students who register for the course.

Course Outline

Week 1
Lesson 1. Intro to the program
What will students be doing for eight weeks 
Each student will receive a djembe
Lesson 2. Introduction to Congas and Interactive using djembes, other students clapping, and maintaining tempo
Lesson 3. How to maintain a djembe

Week 2
Lesson 4. Djembe intervals
Lesson 5. Detune heads
Lesson 6. Djembe Sounds and Techniques

Week 3
Lesson 7. Open Tone, Closed Tone, Open Slap and Closed Slap
Lesson 8. Open Tone, Closed Tone, Open Slap and Closed Slap
Lesson 9. Bass Tone, Heel Stroke, Toe Stroke, and touch

Week 4
Lesson 10. Warm-up Exercises
Lesson 11. Coordination Exercises (pic of the band)
Lesson 12. Permutation - (Lesson 7,8, 9) Tone, Slap, Mute, Bass

Week 5
Lesson 13. Warm-up Exercises
Lesson 14. Coordination Exercises -Syncopation using other instruments with the conga
Lesson 15. Coordination Exercises-Syncopation using other instruments with the conga

Week 6
Lesson 16. Mano Secreta-technique
Lesson 17. Rhythm and patterns
Lesson 18. Traditional rhythms 

Week 7
Lesson 19: Traditional rhythms 
Lesson 20. Salsa, Hip-Hop and Pop
Lesson 21. Salsa, Hip-Hop and Pop

Week 8
Lesson 22. Playing with clave
Lesson 23. Rhythms with clave
Lesson 24. Playing as a group

Students Showcase: Students will form a circle. Some will hold clave sticks, others tambourine, clapping hands to tempo through synchronization.


Ages 16+

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Section Title
Afro-Latin Drum Circle
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Mar 23, 2024 to May 18, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $249.00
Section Notes

Minimum 6, Maximum 16
Victor Gonzalez, Instructor
No class on Sat, 30 Mar 2024, Spring Break
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