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! :)
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
40 years of practice and performance
Taught around 4000 classes already
Hundreds of performances
typically $35 an hour at my place
add $10 -$20 travel expense depending on location.
I fell in love with the djembe, drum circles and West African style, started a study group and teaching came from that.
beginner to intermediate level playrs in elementary school, middle school, high school, adults.
Jeff Poppen's Summer Solstice Music Festival and Family Camp Out