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One-night Workshops | Private Drum Lessons | One-night Drum Circle How-to's | Weekly Classes


I offer private and group lessons, classes and workshops in North Grafton, MA, at varying times throughout the year. Classes are primarily for drummers who play skin drums, such as djembes, ashikos and dununs. 

This is an email that I received from one of my students:

"THANK YOU SO MUCH!  I am so happy that I have discovered you as a teacher!  It has helped turn drumming into something that I know I can become really, really good at and not just a hack.  You are BY FAR one the best teachers on the djembe that I have had and I have worked with a number of folks (privately and in workshops) to develop a decent slap and they've all said "it will come and you just have to keep working at it".....which I know is true, but doesn't go far enough!  You have a wonderful eye and ear and you have been able to clearly break it down.  And seeing that you also improved other student's sound just made it ever more clear that you clearly have a wonderful gift for teaching!  Many, Many Thanks!" - Otha Day, whose website is: Drum to the Beat

And here is another one:

Susan West is the best drum teacher I've ever had. She's thorough, patient, fun, and challenging. Gently, she really puts you through your paces! You learn at your own pace, & have a really good time bending your mind around rhythms!
- Mary Cote-Diaz, who runs the Worcester and Stow Drum Circles

A recent workshop

Private Drum Lessons - These are available by request. Please email me to schedule a time. Cost is $30 per half hour lesson or $55 for an hour lesson. 

Semi-Private Drum Lessons - These are available by request and are for 2 or 3 people. Please call or email me to schedule a time. Cost is $25 per half hour lesson or $50 for an hour lesson.

One-night Workshops - These 2-hour workshops are offered one Friday night a month (usually the fourth or last Friday). We will be focusing on technique (learning and having fun with it) and rhythms.

Our last one was a great evening of learning, challenging ourselves and finally pulling together with a terrific jam of the full rhythm.  What a great feeling to have it all come together!

The next one is:

Date TBA
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Cost $35

We'll start off the workshop with a review or introduction of technique for anyone who needs it. Then we'll be working on a fun rhythm created by Mamady Keita called Kanin!.  This rhythm is made up of 2 hand drum parts, 3 bass drum parts (kenkeni, sangban and doundounba), and a solo line that hopefully we will have time for. It's a really fun one! Come and experience the fun and excitement of learning to drum together in a group! Extra drums are available if you don't have one!

Register for the next Workshop


Regular Classes - If you get together a group, let me know and we'll see if we can get a class going. It could be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly - whatever works for you!

If you don't see the type of class you are looking for offered, please let me know and I'll see if I can get one on the schedule for you.

We accept Mastercard and VISA. This can be done online, or if you'd prefer to phone in your credit card information, please email us for the phone number.

If you wish to pay by check, please mail to:
The Grafton Drum Co-op, attn: Susan West, 221 Brigham Hill Rd., North Grafton, MA 01536

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