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Since January 2018, the Tamburi Mundi Frame Drum Academy, led by Murat Coşkun, has been offering a frame drum course lasting several years. The goal is a comprehensive training on the frame drum with different focuses in the different academic years.

Lecturers: Murat Coşkun and Philipp Kurzke

Information on the basic course

In the basic course, the participants should receive well-founded basic knowledge, as well as impulses so that they can develop an individual style and find their own way. The focus in the first year will be on rhythm work and "timing".

Classes are primarily held in a group and occasionally one-on-one. In addition to the “main lessons”, which will be led by Philipp Kurzke and Murat Coşkun, guest lecturers will be invited to teach particular focal topics.

In addition to the specified topics (see below), the participants also have the option of specifying “desired topics”, which - if it is also in the interest of the other participants - can also be taken into account.

The training starts if a minimum of 6 participants have enrolled. The aim is to ensure work in the group, but also to offer each participant individual support.

Participants / Target group

The content of our training units in the 1st year is aimed primarily at artistically and musically active and interested people, professionals from the pedagogic field, i.e. musicians who work in the professional and semi-professional field, artists, actors, dancers, but also those interested in rhythm who would like to integrate frame drums into their work, as well as teachers, pedagogues, group leaders, educators.

Content of the course

The focus is on the practical use of different frame drums with a focus on: playing technique, rhythms, ensemble playing, arrangements, compositions, frame drums in different musical contexts (e.g. traditional music, baroque music, jazz etc.), solo/improvisation, accompaniment of other instruments or dance, expansion of the tonal spectrum (sounds, dynamics), expanded and innovative playing options, warm-up exercises and practical tips, notation and background knowledge about instruments, cultures of origin and the associated music. We will also incorporate our own creativity. Making music together will be an integral part of the training. The participants receive teaching material and “homework", which serves to prepare them more specifically for the individual stages of the teaching process.


- good basic knowledge of at least 2 (percussion) instruments, at least one of them being a frame drum

- knowledge of some basic rhythms (at least 4-6 rhythms)

- basic knowledge of reading sheet music and notation

- adequate coordination skills and flexibility

- willingness to practice and deepen the content independently.

Number of hours and structure (basic course, 1st year)

4 weekends of 16 hours each
1 weekend as part of the Tamburi Mundi Festivals with lessons and free workshops
1 exam weekend

Total duration 92 hours


At the end of the 11-month basic course there will be a written and practical final exam. After successful completion participants receive a certificate with detailed information on the course content. The participants must have been present at least 75% of the time.

Course fees


Frame Drum Seminar: 1200,-€  / 1080,-€ (reduced)

This does not include accommodation and meals costs.
The course fees can also be paid in installments if desired.

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