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Continuing Education Courses


Percussion for the Non-Percussionist: Hand Drumming 101


September 21-December 13, 2020

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3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


This course is designed to help all music educators learn the techniques and rhythms associated with several of the primary hand drums utilized in the music classroom. We will explore conga (Cuba), bongo (Cuba), djembe (West Africa) and timbau (Brazil). We will also discuss the Remo tubano drum and how it can be utilized as a versatile hand drum to represent many of these traditional instruments. Students will leave this course with an understanding of strong overall understanding of the tenets of hand drumming technique as well as the specific techniques necessary to achieve the characteristic sounds out of the the conga, bongo, djembe, timbau and tubao. Students will also explore traditional, non-traditional and modern rhythmic applications for these instruments.


Chat Session

There will be one call to check-in and discuss final projects but it is not mandatory.



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Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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