If you’re looking for Los Angeles percussion classes or online classes through skype, click here to contact Jamie.
Jamie Papish, a well-respected Los Angeles music teacher, has been teaching many different facets of drumming and giving general percussion lessons and ethnic drum lessons to individuals and groups since 2001. He also leads percussion ensembles for community performances and has taught and demonstrated his expertise to many young children in schools across the country. He is a patient teacher who strives to have his students improve their skills from lesson to lesson.
Classes currently offered:
1. Beginning and Intermediate Doumbek (Middle Eastern Goblet Drum) for groups and individuals
2. Beginning and Intermediate Riq (Arabic Tambourine) for groups and individuals
3. Beginning and Intermediate Daf (Persian Frame Drum) for groups and individuals
4. Drum circles for corporate events, parties and rituals (Watch Jamie lead at 5:32 into the video)
5. Percussion Ensemble for intermediate level drummers These are original composition of Jamie’s that his percussion ensemble has performed or are currently working on.
Tablah Al Topanga
6. Beginning Frame Drum for groups and individuals
7. General Rhythm instruction for groups and individuals (student choice of drum)
Jamie has produced a instructional CD – Essential Bellydance Rhythms which he sells at to his students Here is an example of the CD:
Words from Students about Jamie
You did an incredible job of assembling a group of aimless hand drummers into a radiant and cohesive ensemble. Thank you so much for your time and energy.
Member of community drum ensemble ____________________________________________________________________________
Hello Jamie –
I want to thank you again for your willingness to work with my students last Thursday afternoon. It was a really nice session on basic hand drumming that I know they all enjoyed very much.
Many congratulations on the evening concert! I really loved the ensemble (the dervish was incredible!), and your playing was beautiful – tasteful and masterful and such a great part of the whole.
It was a real pleasure to meet you.
Safe travels and best wishes.
Dr. Amy Lynn Barber
Professor of Music
DePauw University School of Music
You might recall that I had the great good fortune of having you all to myself for an hour when you did your riq lesson at REMO a few months ago. I got a lot out of that lesson, I decided to upgrade my instrument, and then got in some good practice . . . just before breaking my left elbow. Ouch. It’s going to heal just fine, but it will be at least a month from now before I can pick up a frame drum. I’m just telling you all this because I want to assure you that I think the lessons at REMO are a great idea, and that I will hope you will continue. I will be back for more as soon as I can.
Thanks, and good luck
I took your class at the Equinox Festival and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the class. Very well done and you covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. I’m a mandolin, guitar player playing American roots music but I’ve been trying to expand my interest to some of the other world music about. I’m in the middle of promoting my new CD right now so I don’t have much free time now but I’d be interested in taking some private lessons from you at some point when my schedule frees up. I don’t necessarily want to learn drums because I don’t think bashing my hands on drum heads would be good for my string playing but I would like to delve more into the rhythm studies. Let me know if this is something you could and would want to do and I’ll check back in with you later.
Thanks for your time and again great class at the festival.
Flam On, Tom Corbett
Thank you, Jamie, for your thoughtful response. Your class is a growing and enriching experience already and I’m sure it will continue to be so. Like working out at the gym, a little pain means a lot for gain. Thanks again.
Now to my practice session!!!
Carli Simon Drum Student
Your class is a definite gift, and it is more than drumming……well at least for me. It is connection to earth and a great vibration, it is meditation and peace, and it is a heart experience.I don’t even mind my struggles as long as i can sit there and listen and enjoy the music. Yes it is a process ;-)!! I think we have a fabulous group with an amazing teacher 🙂 You are an awesome leader Jamie and i think that is what makes the class so much more fun along with your love for the drums and your giving energy. So really thanks to you for creating this circle of delight. Have a fantastic week and i will see you on Wednesday.
Smiles Monika Orban, Drum Student
Great to see you! Wonderful class! You bring much joy to me and all of us with your drumming and teaching and being who you are. Looking forward to it and the next class.
Herley Jim, Drum Student
Jamie just wanted to say thanks for the pointers on the technique, I’ve been working on it and already seeing the results and getting the hang of it, I am also trying to play looser and be more aare of my movements especially at lower volumes. It really helped out.
Vartan, Drum Student
Namaste Jamie and Melanie,
First of all I really want to express again, how thrilled I am that you two are teaching back to back drumming and belly dancing! I must have died and gone to heaven…. and as we all know heaven is right here and in each moment of our awareness! Hooray! Anyhow, last week’s drumming lesson was amazing. And I am really looking forward to continuing with the classes as much as possible. Unfortunately, I am unable to attend classes this evening. However, if possible… I may try to attend the daf workshop at Bang-a-drum this Thursday. Bang-a-drum is not too far from my office in Culver City.
Diana Fengler Shores, Drum Student