TTMDA Chicago Djembe classes are fun and engaging class taught by M. Taylor, Senior Instructor at the Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy School of Djembe (the djembe is a West African hand drum). Students learn proper hand technique and timing in the context of learning traditional djembe rhythms. A djembe specialist for over 30 years, Taylor has been put on a mission by his Master Drummer teachers to be a “messenger of tradition”, so all lessons include the oral history of the rhythms (history, purpose, ethnic group, location), maps are used in discussions/explanations. These classes also include dunun lessons (cylindrical bass drums); dununs provided. Djembe’s may be rented if necessary, $5/day pair directly to Taylor. Experience not necessarily necessary!


To be sure what exactly is running, please consult the all-knowing Holygoat Events Page!

1) Click here for the Old Town School Djembe Ensemble Class, held Sundays 1:30-2:50pm

2) Click here for the Old Town School Intro Djembe Class, held Sundays 3:30-4:50pm

3) Click here for the Old Town School Intro Djembe Class, held Wednesdays 6:30-7:50pm

4) Classes outside of Old Town School, see below…

4) For my other, non-Old-Town-School public classes, I have 2 happening:
Both classes are open to youth and adults above the age of 7/8 (as long as they have the attention span and discipline to hang in there and learn with adults – most of the time,
this is no problem, but I want to set proper expectations).

Monday’s at Harbor Point: 155 N Harbor Dr, Chicago, IL 60601 – click here for registration and more info!
Class schedule is:
6-6:45 youth class
7-8pm adult class

Tuesdays in Oak Park:
405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
(Euclid United Methodist Church, where all are welcome)
6:30-8pm CST, $20/class
(cash preferred, negotiable for folks in financial hardship or if you have youth older than 7yrs)

If you need to rent a drum from me, it’s $5 per class and I’ll bring one for you – you would need to let me know beforehand by text/voicemail 773-909-8633 or via email at