Mande Music School

Drumming is culturally rich educational fun

kids drumming 2Beating out rhythmic patterns is something that children do naturally whether drumming on their bodies, the kitchen table, or their desk at school. The Mandé Music School (MMS) is designed to harness that improvisational energy and give it a jenbé focus.

The jenbé is a traditional West Afrikan drum that since the 1950s has become the world’s most recognized and popular hand drum. It’s played from Australia to Brazil, China to Chicago, and throughout the Afrikan continent.  

The music school for children 5-8  years old meets on Saturdays from 10:00 to 10:45AM. Children 9-13 meet on Saturdays from 11:00AM until noon. Students learn the basic techniques of ensemble jenbé and dunun drumming, and how to play in ensemble — simulating traditional learning Afrikan styles that use ear training and melodic relationship placement. Class fee is $15.00 per class.

kids drumming 1During their MMS years children grow in self-esteem and self-efficacy, hone listening and leadership skills, practice techniques for working harmoniously with their peers and elders, and form trusting relationships in a traditional loving, structured, multigenerational, multiethnic extended family setting.

Through song, movement and drumming children learn to celebrate themselves, their culture and history. The Mandé Music School’s traditional village-style drumming offers children a tangible link to Afrikan culture, and a practical, fun way to learn about themselves, while making music in ensemble with their peers.  

Parent participation is essential to student success!!! The school requires parents to be active volunteers to TRIAAC to facilitate the collective well being of our children, families and the institute.

If you would like to enroll your child in the Mandé Music School, please call: 260 267-0596 or email: [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you and serving your child’s cultural needs.

In addition to our regular weekly classes, we also pro­vide drum­ming work­shops and presentations to day­cares, preschools, ele­men­tary mid­dle schools and various other facilities. If your facil­ity is inter­ested in sched­ul­ing a Mandé Music School Work­shop or presentation; please call: 260 267‑0596 or email: [email protected]