Collegiate Instructor

The demands of the contemporary percussion program are ever expanding. More and more we are seeing compositions call for the use of “African Percussion” and more specifically, djembe. As educators, we must acknowledge and attain culturally honest information about the music we teach, perform, and produce, in order to put forth an authentic presentation. Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy has developed a way to help the progressive collegiate instructor fortify their program with the tools necessary to achieve this authenticity.

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Qualified To

Incorporate djembe with Mandingue culture as part of contemporary percussion programs for progressive collegiate instructors.

To Become One

  • Sit for Collegiate Instructor test with a Senior Certified Teacher or Certified Teacher
  • Create a pyramid arrangement (suite of rhythms with transitions) of at least three traditional rhythms

Collegiate Instructor Test Requirements

  • Demonstrate all parts for this list of traditional rhythms, as taught by Mamady Keïta:
    • Moribayassa
    • Denadon
    • Kuku
    • Kakilambe
    • Lamban / Djeli Don
    • Tiriba
    • Garangedon w. Traditional Solo
    • Yankadi
    • Makru w. break & signal
    • Soli Rapide w. Traditional Solo
    • Dunungbe
    • Konowoulen 1
    • Zaouli 1, 2, 3
    • Zaouli 4
    • Kuku Traditional Solo
    • Mendiani w. Traditional Solo
    • Soli Des Manian w. Traditional Solo
  • Demonstrate all parts for these rhythms, as taught by Mamady Keïta:
    • Bolokonondo
    • Takosaba
    • Kedju
    • Lanaya
    • Matoto
    • Kudani


  • Organize a workshop with a TTMDA Senior Certified/Certified Teacher every three years
  • Annual membership in TTMDA community