At the Cooperman booth, PASIC 2009.

Patrick Graham has taught nationally and internationally at events and for organizations such as McGill University (Montreal, Canada), the Université de Montréal (Montreal, Canada), Cirque du Soleil (Montreal, Canada), the North American Taiko Conference (Los Angeles, USA), the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Nashville & Indianapolis, USA), the Japan Frame Drum Association (Tokyo, Japan), the Miyamoto Unosuke Taiko-kan Drum Museum (Tokyo, Japan), the Brhaddvani Centre (Chennai, India), as well as co-ordinating the North American Frame Drum Association gathering in Toronto.

Patrick offers private lessons (in person or online), small and large group workshops, and demonstrations geared to beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels. Drawing on 15 years of experience as a professional musician, Patrick customizes his teaching to suit the specific needs of the student. Students are encouraged to develop their own musical voice. Subjects include:

  • Rhythmic development, with or without instruments, utilizing vocal, walking and clapping exercises based largely on South Indian Karnatak rhythm theory.
  • Percussion techniques on instruments such as various hand drums, frame drums, the Irish bodhran, Japanese taiko and percussion, as well as multi-percussion installations. Lessons focus on the exploration of both traditional and non-traditional techniques.
  • Developing an approach to improvisation, on a variety of instruments.

For more details regarding these activities, group workshops, and private lessons, please contact Patrick directly (