Doumbek Sessions

Jill James Doumbek
The Doumbek (aka Dumbek, Darbuka) is a classic Middle Eastern hand drum used in traditional folk and dance music. Its clear sound and combination of deep bass and crisp high tones have also made it popular in the Western World for playing with a variety of musical styles.
These Doumbek sessions are an ongoing exploration and practice of Doumbek technique, traditional and contemporary rhythms designed for those with some Doumbek experience. (now also exploring the modern Turkish Split Hand technique).
If you don't have experience with the Doumbek and would like to arrange an introductory lesson please contact the Women's Drum Center 651-206-7617 or
**Please note that a Doumbek or small goblet drum will be necessary for these sessions . An African Djembe, while technically a goblet shaped drum, is not suitable for this class.
You can find a variety of Doumbeks from these local sources: Groth music, Guitar Center, Ellis’ Drum Shop or online If you're not sure which is the best type to use or purchase feel free to contact Jill.**
  • Sunday, February 15th
Time: 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Instructor: Jill James (Guest teacher)
Jill James started on a snare drum in good ol' 7th grade symphonic band when it seemed that the piano and saxophone were just not enough to satisfy a deep desire to acquire instruments and learn more music! She studied Jazz, West African and Cuban drumming at the University of MN-Duluth and went on to study other world percussion, including the Doumbek, on her own. Jill has taught group classes and individual lessons at the Women's Drum Center in the past and is excited to return for this series!
Fee: $15 per class

Preregistration is required at least 2 days prior to the class. If you want to pay at the class please let us know you are coming by emailing us at

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