Drum Lessons, Classes & Playshops

Learn To Play Hand Drums and Hand Percussion Instruments
In Santa Cruz, CA

for • Recreation • Performance Skills • Personal Empowerment & Rhythm as a powerful Life Practice
All Ages • All Levels of Experience 

Congas • Bongos • Djembe • Cajon • Doumbek/Darabouka • Frame Drums • Udu
• Shekere & Other Shakers • Tambourine • Afuce/Cabasa • Clavés, Bells, Blocks & More!
​​In a wide range of contemporary & traditional musical styles


Jim-Greiner-Conga-Playshop-3I teach private lessons and group classes in Soquel Village, just off Hwy 1 near the Bay Ave/Porter St. exit.
​I will also gladly go to any location in Santa Cruz County, and beyond, to give private lessons and group classes, play shops and community rhythm sessions/drum circles for groups of all sizes.

In all of my private lessons and group classes, I start you at your current level of experience (including none at all), and customize your rhythm journey to serve your goals.

Ongoing Classes, Groups and Play Shops:

Rhythm Power®: Djembe, Conga & Percussion Instruments of your choice  – Occasional Play Shops on Saturdays from 1 to 3pm $30. Ask about group discounts.
​Play Djembe, Conga, Doumbek, Frame Drums – your choice – to uplift and energize yourself, to jam with others, and to reinforce positive Life Rhythms through my Rhythm As A Life Practice program!
Conga – Ask about occasional group Play Shops
Beginning to Intermediate levels.  We cover traditional and contemporary Caribbean and popular musical styles, rhythms and techniques, improvising, and have great fun together!
Meditation Drumming – Private Lessons & Group Play Shops. Ground, center and uplift yourself while de-stressing with tranquil rhythms.  Using drumming as a Life Practice to reinforce your personal Flow State.
Third Friday Community Drumming Sessions: 7 to 8:30 pm– $10. I conduct Community Drumming Sessions on the third Friday evening of every month at the Congregational Church of Soquel, 4951 Soquel Dr., Soquel, CA 95073, in Soquel Village. Doors open at 6:30, so come check out the instruments and meet each other. All ages, and all levels of experience are most welcome!  I provide a variety of hand drums and percussion instruments, and bring your own favorites.  I demonstrate fundamental techniques on the instruments, and show you fun and easy rhythmic patterns that intertwine to create the Group Groove.  The theme is Playful Empowerment.  Come play with us!

All classes and play-shops are also available to schedule for private groups; bring your family, friends and colleagues together with rhythm!
Contact me for more information about customizing sessions for your group and event!


Private Lessons – Beginning to Advanced levels. Select times Mondays through Saturdays available: $75/hr or $250 for four lessons. $40/half hr 
• Focus on the instrument(s) and goals of your choice, or explore my huge collection of instruments from around the world.  For performance skills for all musicians, and for playful empowerment for all ages!  Create your own ongoing Rhythm Practice to release stress, ground and center yourself, and tap into, and reinforce, your own Flow State!
• Instruments provided, or bring your own.
• Ask about discounts for multiple lessons, and for groups of friends and families.

For more information, visit the following two pages on my Hands-On! Drumming® web site:
Rhythm Power®: Personal Enrichment & Empowerment and meditation drumming.
Percussion Education Classes & Lessons: Beginning To Advanced Levels

Ask about real-time Skype lessons with me: learn in the comfort and convenience of your own home!
I do have Gift Certificates available, as well… give the gift of play to your family, friends and colleagues!
*Bonus: my online audio rhythm loops are available to you for practice, play and meditation!          


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I’ve traveled the world on my rhythm journey, and I’ve been fortunate to have played with wonderful musicians from many rich cultures.  In the last 40 years, I’ve also performed in a variety of musical groups and situations, including playing worldwide for 20 years with one of America’s premier corporate events bands, at festivals with a number of headlining groups, and in concerts and clubs with touring bands of all types.  With these groups, I’ve become proficient in a ​wide range of musical styles, including:

Latin • Rock • R&B/Soul • Funk • Jazz • Reggae • Blues • Swing • Folk/Americana • Pop • Caribbean • African • World Music

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