Ed Haggard & The Love Drums

Ed Haggard & The Love Drums

5.0 (7)
29 years in business

About this pro

I teach beginner and intermediate djembe, dundun, krin and bells. I have been drumming since I was 12. I learned on drum set playing along with records. I discovered West African and drum circle styles of drumming as an adult and have spent the last 20+ years focussed there. I lead a band called The Love Drums and am expert in re-skinning djembes and dunduns. I taught drum classes at University school of Nashville for 10 years and 7 years at Casa Dei Montesorri. I also taught drum workshops at Franklin Road Academy, Linden Corner School, Ensworth, Harpeth Hall, Abintra Montesorri and other schools. I taught many adult classes on my own in my home and other venues. I am a trained drum circle facilitator having graduated from Arthur Hull's training. I studied West African style drumming with Mamady Keita, Famadou Konate, Aly Scylla, Koungbanan Conde, Bolokada Conde, Weedie Braimah, Mamady Sano and others. I recorded an album called "The Love Drums" available at CD Baby, itunes, BandCamp and the other typical places. I played most of the parts on the album. My band has played at many venues and festivals. I produced a monthly event 99 times called The Love Drums Community Drum and Dance WhizBang in Nashville. We have played at Jeff Poppen's festivals in Red Boiling Springs for the last ten years. We have played at Burning Man events such as Transformus, Alchemy, and Serendipity.  I have a facebook page called Ed Haggard & The Love Drums and a YouTube channel called Ed Haggard

I LOVE to drum and to teach!  :)

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Nashville, TN 37211
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7 Reviews


  • Mike

    I have attended Ed's group classes in the past and would recommend Ed to anyone, both as a great drum teacher and human being.

  • Alyson Whitaker

    Ed is a wonderful teacher. He goes step by step at a good pace that keeps everyone on track. The rhythms he chooses are fun to learn and easy to remember. Give Ed a try! You won't be disappointed!!

  • Thomas

    I took lessons from Ed for years. His knowledge of the Djembe and other drums of West African lineage is extensive and he's able to teach in a way that makes the student feel comfortable and excited about learning. Whenever I'm in a drum circle, I can confidently be a part of and have loads of fun while participating, all because of what I've learned from Ed. Don't be shy, give it a try.

  • Dave Aguzzi

    Ed is an excellent teacher. He makes lessons fun and informative, presents everything in ways that are accesible and provides tools such as videos to practice with outside of lessons. I took lessons with a couple of other teachers, and Ed was by far the best.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1) Evaluate what you want, where you are in your learning/performing/jamming for fun path

2) Check out your drums.

3) Demonstrate basic sounds on the drums

4) Do basic exercises appropriate to your level.

5) Share common groove patterns, resources and make practice plan

6) Jam on some great grooves!

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

40 years of practice and performance

Taught around 4000 classes already

Hundreds of performances

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

typically $35 an hour at my place

add $10 -$20 travel expense depending on location.

How did you get started teaching?

I fell in love with the djembe, drum circles and West African style, started a study group and teaching came from that.

What types of students have you worked with?

beginner to intermediate level playrs in elementary school, middle school, high school, adults.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Jeff Poppen's Summer Solstice Music Festival and Family Camp Out

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Hire me.

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