• 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Join celebrated drummer and educator, Karin Rau, for three workshops providing a comprehensive overview of West African rhythms from Ghana, Togo, and Benin. Sign-up for this fun adventure -- take one workshop or all three!

Instructor Bio: Karin attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN to study percussion and music education. She played in the Concordia band, Percussion ensemble, Marimba choir, Javanese Gamelan ensemble, West African Drumming ensemble, and was principal timpanist in the Concordia Orchestra. She has also played percussion in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and Heartland Symphony Orchestra. She has a Masters of Ethnomusicology from Liberty University that has allowed her to conduct research in music from cultures all around the world. She has studied drumming and dance in Ghana and Guinea, taken Indian tabla drum lessons, and holds a World Music Pedagogy certificate from Smithsonian Folkways. Karin taught classroom music, directed elementary choirs, percussion ensembles, and African drumming ensembles in Minnesota public schools for five years. She currently teaches private percussion lessons, and instructs the West African drum and dance classes, Zimbabwe marimba ensemble, and facilitates drum circles at the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts in St. Cloud, MN. Building instruments like deerskin frame drums and Zimbabwe-style marimbas, swimming with the Master's swim team, and spending time with her husband and daughter are her favorite hobbies.

Location: Women’s Drum Center

Cost: $35.00 per participant / per class session

To Register:

  • To pay by cash or check at the event, register by email with your name and phone/cell number (in case of event changes): womensdrumcenter2@gmail.com.
  • Preregistration is required at least 2 days in advance.

Before heading to event: Check our Facebook page for any last-minute event news or cancellations. www.facebook.com/womensdrumcenter

Kpanlogo Rhythms: Jan 27

  • Learn the essential rhythms of the djembe, doundoun, kpanlogo drums, bells, and shakers.
  • Next, sing Kpanlogo songs and learn the clapping patterns that accompany the song.
  • Then, learn the basic dance steps that complement the rhythms of the drums.
  • Finally, after discussing the functions of this rhythm in its cultural context, we will put everything together in a culminating Kpanlogo celebration!
Date: January 27, 2018, Saturday, 1pm – 3pm

Kpatsa Rhythms: Feb 24

  • Learn the essential rhythms of the leading and accompanying drums, bells, and shakers.
  • Next, sing Kpatsa songs and learn the clapping patterns that accompany the song.
  • Then, learn the basic dance steps that complement the rhythms of the drums.
  • Finally, after discussing the functions of this rhythm in its cultural context, we will put everything together in a culminating Kpatsa celebration!
Date: February 24, 2018, Saturday, 1pm – 3pm

Gahu Rhythms: Mar 24

  • Learn the essential rhythms of the leading and accompanying drums, bells, and shakers.
  • Next, sing Gahu songs and learn the clapping patterns that accompany the song.
  • Then, learn the basic dance steps that complement the rhythms of the drums.
  • Finally, after discussing the functions of this rhythm in its cultural context, we will put everything together in a culminating Gahu celebration!
Date: March 24, 2018, Saturday, 1pm – 3pm

Contact Us

(651) 206-7617

Women's Drum Center
2242 University Ave West
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114, USA

info@womensdrumcenter.net
 

Music Partners