Music Education

Astrologer Robin ArmstrongROBIN ARMSTRONG’S MUSIC EDUCATION
1965-2008: Began study of I Ching and Astrology and the nature of time.
1965-67: Studied Juice Harp with Sonny Terry at Bunkhouse in Vancouver(65). Continued to play and read poetry.
1966/Aug.: Blue Unicorn, San Francisco. Performed a 30-minute solo set playing the Juice Harp.
1968-1969: Two years studying meditation in India. Chanting and learning mystical sound vibrations.
1969-1971: Learning to play the flute. More or less self-taught.
1970-2008: Professional Astrologer: learning cosmic cycles, the timing and rhythms of life.
1972-77: Invented and constructed “CELESTIAL HARP” (72 strings)… A musical instrument designed to play a person’s horoscope and the I Ching.
1977-1998: Development of 11 Tuning Systems for Celestial Harp with Brian Roche.
1978-1979: Ear training courses at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
1990-1992: Percussion courses at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
1991-1992: Drum Ensemble courses & performances at Royal Conservatory of Music.
1991-1992: Private music theory instruction.
1992-1994: Drum Ensemble courses & performances at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Instructor: Paul Houle.
1997/02-12: Private Drum Conga classes with Doug Sole, at Soul Drums.
1997/03-04: World Circle Drumming classes with Doug Sole, at Soul Drums.
1997/03-04: West African Drum & Dance classes with Joseph Ashong, Soul Drums.
1997/05: Drums & Percussion Workshop with Rick Lazar & Mark Kelso at Soul Drums.
1997/04: Tabla Clinic with Ravi Naimpally at Soul Drums.
1997/05: Celtic Bohdran with Ben Grossman at Soul Drums.
1997/05: West African Drumming workshops with Abraham Adzenyah at Soul Drums.
1997/05: Master Frame Drum Class with Glen Velez at Soul Drums.
1997/05: Soul Drums: Weekend Drumming Retreat, Wildfire Education Centre with Doug Sole, Joseph Ashong, & Richard Greenspoon
1997/07-8: South Indian Mrdangam Drum lessons weekly with Balas for six weeks.
1997/08-10: Six weeks studying meditation in India. Madras, Kumbakonam, Puttaparti, Surat, Dwarka, Dakor. Chanting and learning mystical sound vibrations.
1997/10: Soul Drums: Weekend Drumming Retreat, Wildfire Education Centre, with Doug Sole, Frederick Kwasi Dunyo
1997-98: Ghana Dance and Percussion, classes with Kwasi Dunyo
1998/01-10: Weekly Private Drum Conga classes with Steve Mancuso, Brampton.
1998/01-04: African Drum Classes: World Of Music (Kwasi Dunyo) Toronto.
1998/05: Soul Drums: Weekend Drumming Retreat at the Wildfire Education Centre, with Doug Sole, Kwasi Dunyo
1998-2000: African Djembe Classes with Nicolas Hockin (weekly-ongoing).
1999/02: Gamelon workshop at the Indonesian consulate
1999/03: African Djembe Classes with Mbemba Bengoura
1999/02-05: African Drum Classes: World Of Music (K. Dunyo) Toronto. (10 wks)
1999-2000: Gamelon Javanese studies (weekly) at the Indonesian consulate
1999/07: Soul Drums: Weekend Drumming Retreat, with Baba Olantunde
1999-2002: African Drum Classes: World Of Music (Njacko Backo) Toronto.
1999-2000: Gamelan Balinese studies at University of Toronto
1999/10: African Djembe Classes with Mbemba Bengoura
1999/02-05: African Drum Classes: (K. Dunyo) University of Toronto.
2001-2002: Percussion studies (Indian tablas) with Dev Chakraverty
2002-2003: Egyptian & Middle Eastern drumming (donbek) with George Sawa, Arabesque Academy of Belly dancing
2003-2004: Egyptian & Middle Eastern drumming (donbek) with Suleiman Warwar, Arabesque Academy of Belly dancing
2007-2008: Singing lessons: Kathy Thompson at Pure Voice Power, Toronto, On.