Sound and Rhythm Drumming Studio


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Internationally accomplished instructor teaches students the rhythms, beats, and phrase displacement of African drumming

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Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Must be 13 or older. New clients only. Classes must be used by the same person. Must provide sticks, snare drum, and stand for snare drumming classes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose Between Two Options

  • $24 for four basic African hand-drumming or snare-drumming classes (a $50 value)
  • $40 for eight basic African hand-drumming or snare-drumming classes (a $100 value)

During hand-drumming classes, beginners learn how to pound out infectious rhythms using their hands to strike traditional African drums, such as djembes and dununs. For snare-drumming classes, students bring in their own drumsticks that they’ll use to practice rhythms on metallic drums before they progress to more advanced beats and phrase displacement with guidance from the instructor.

Classes range from 15 to 20 students. Hand-drumming classes are held Sunday from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday from 8:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., and Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Snare-drumming classes are held Sunday from 1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m., Tuesday from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., and Wednesday from 8:35 p.m. to 9:35 p.m.

Sound & Rhythm Drumming Studio

Clifford Koufman’s fascination with drums of all kind has taken him around the world in search of guidance from renowned musicians by the likes of Bruce Becker, Arabic master drummer Souhail Kaspar, Guinean Grandmasters of the djembe Famoudou Konate, and Mamady Keita. Koufman has used his refined drumming powers and extensive musical experience for good as a therapeutic music specialist who has visited several Portland-area children’s hospitals and as the founder of Sound & Rhythm Drumming Studio. There, since 1999 he has specialized in teaching one-on-one and group West African drum lessons on authentic djembes and dununs, demystifying concepts such as beat displacement and polyrhythms for his hand-drumming protégés. Students can also bring drumsticks and learn to tame a standard drum kit, learning the music theory and time-keeping techniques needed to perfectly execute Rachmaninoff’s little-known triangle solos. Nashville-based musician. Nashville numbers system, African drumming and drum set.

Customer Reviews

Great instructor, not trying to sell you anything. It's been really fun and a good learning experience. I did not know about them before my Groupon.
Janice L. · January 18, 2013
Clifford is a great instructor!
Mai F. · April 4, 2015
Clifford is very easy to work with. My son has mild ADHD and Clifford was very calm and patient with him. Great teacher.
Beth I. · May 1, 2014

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