Teachers at the Old Town School

Michael Taylor

Percussion, Djembe

Taylor (aka Michael Taylor) is a Chicago area percussionist, entrepreneur, educator, recording artist, performer and facilitator, specializing in the West African djembe and dunun drums. He founded his business Holy Goat Percussion in 1995, is the Director of the Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy-Chicago School of Percussion (2006) , a branch of the Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy international schools. He received the TTMDA Instructor certificate, a degree in djembe offered exclusively by Grand Master Drummer Mamady Keita in 2005 and was the first person in the world to take and pass the highest level of TTMDA Senior Instructor in 2006. He teaches, performs, imports, sells and repairs drums and does classes and workshops on traditional West African djembe technique, rhythms and songs. Taylor teaches in the Chicago area at Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy-Chicago, the Old Town School of Folk Music, Merit MusicSteckman Studio of Music Chicago Waldorf School, Chiaravalle Montessori, in the Chicago Public Schools, the Cook County Department of Corrections and privately at his studios in Oak Park.

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Communication (emphasis in Public Relations) and a minor in Philosophy, Illinois State University, 1991

Started at the Old Town School in March of 1997


Group Classes for the session beginning 10/30/2017

Djembe Ensemble with Michael Taylor
$172 ($163 members)
for 7 weeks
11/05/2017 – 12/17/2017Sundays · 1:30 PM – 2:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Introduction to Djembe (West African Drumming) with Michael Taylor
$172 ($163 members)
for 7 weeks
11/05/2017 – 12/17/2017Sundays · 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Introduction to Djembe (West African Drumming) with Michael Taylor
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/10/2018 – 02/28/2018Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Djembe Ensemble with Michael Taylor
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/14/2018 – 03/04/2018Sundays · 1:30 PM – 2:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Introduction to Djembe (West African Drumming) with Michael Taylor
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/14/2018 – 03/04/2018Sundays · 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000