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"Rhythm is the Soul of Life"

~Babatunde Olatunji

Rhythm for Renewal Drumming


What I have come to understand,

over the years of dedicated study with Baba and various other teachers, is the transformative powers of rhythm through drumming and movement. 


What propels me

in this field of work is Baba’s clarity of mind that this material was intended to be passed on.


What inspires me

is the pure joy I gain from guiding people in rhythmic movement-in-sound.


One of the things I have heard most over the years from people

who hear about my rhythm through drum classes or see my performance ensembles is

“…….there is no way I could possibly play like that because I have no rhythm.”


The truth is if your heart is beating you have rhythm.

And I can offer some basic skills to tap into your innate rhythm through the drum.

What will you

how will I
teach you?

  • Skills: eye-hand coordination, listening, general organization within body, mind & spirit

  • Capacities: perseverance & resilience while learning rhythmic patterns on the drum

  • Cultivation: joyful connection with self and others through pure rhythm

  • Introduce the language of the drum: Baba’s gun go-do pa-ta method

  • Teach basic techniques & rhythmic patterns on the drum

  • Introduce other percussion instruments along the way

  • Orchestrate multiple part pieces, guiding you in ensemble playing

  • And….eventually perform what we have learned for family & friends!

Class Description


My classes are generally geared toward the beginner, but I gladly welcome those with experience. 


I teach toward ensemble playing with an awareness around connection and the importance of the space between.


I love working with classes on an ongoing basis as we build basic rhythmic skills, slowly adding pieces to our repertoire.

Drums provided (African-style).

Class Offerings

Community Ensemble Class

(6:30)* 7:00 - 8:00pm

Monday evenings

Beginning June 10

*"Basic Fun" -damentals mini-class starting at 6:30

for those new or needing review/practice

Rising Tides, 560 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA


$20 per class

Drums provided

Space is limited ~ please register.






"I have had the privilege of both sitting in a drum circle with Jennifer and also having my daughter learn drumming from her.  We have both had amazing experiences.  What I find with Jennifer is that she is very captivating; percussion lives in her soul so deep that when she taps into it and invites you along, you can come with her to where she is going.  She has an amazing capacity to hold the space and the music and everyone in the circle while reading that space and creating what is needed from a new place EVERY TIME.  The infamous Baba clearly still lives through Jennifer and we get to experience that as well each time we drum with her.  Every time she creates a piece and shares it with our community, we are left resonating and vibrating at a higher level.  It's a special kind of magic to be sure. " 


Life Coach, Writer

"Drumming with Jennifer is not just fun — it feels like getting a psychic massage. By the time we’re through, I’m always really mentally focused and energized. It’s a great mental and physical tuneup that helps me be both happier and more effective afterward."


Donna, Developer Advocate

“Excellent at building rapport and bolstering confidence, Jennifer is a well-loved teacher. She builds foundational capacities for future success. She has an uncanny ability to differentiate her teaching to meet the needs of the students in front of her at any given moment. She inherently knows how to meet her students by creating a non-judgmental, safe space where creativity is given permission to thrive in an atmosphere of collaborative support. She is truly an expert at teaching sophisticated, multi-part rhythmic pieces, where students gain skills in nuanced communication, resilience and perseverance. They naturally become solution-oriented, problem solving co-creators in their world.”



"It is a great honor to give my strongest recommendation for Jennifer Nori. I have known and worked with her, first as a colleague at Waldorf High School of the Peninsula, where we collaborated on an unprecedented interdisciplinary program with her African-Style Drumming Ensemble that remains a highlight to this day, of both my professional and artistic career. 


In the years that followed I continued to assist Jennifer on her singular project of bringing to light the lessons of ancestral memory within the auto-ethnographic: through poetry and prose, music and visuals, she has brought to life uncanny revelations between her rich Native American and European heritages, along with her profound discipleship with the great Nigerian master of rhythm, dance and culture, Babatunde Olatunji.


Here at SF State, in 2013, we were very proud to invite Jennifer to participate on our annual ImprovisAsians festival panel to discuss her archival work, accompanied by a concert with students and faculty, in Knuth Hall, bringing the audience to their feet in appreciation.”



Dr.HM, SF State, Professor of Creative/World Music

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