Tabla Classes Phoenix

by | Jun 6, 2011 | 2 comments

Tabla Classes Phoenix: Learn to play the Tabla in Phoeniz, AZ – based on north Indian classic I will also teach you how to play lighter rhythms for Kirtan, Bajans or for accompanying of any other instrument or voice.

Daniel studied North Indian Tabla since 1981

His most important teachers: Sunit Kanjilal, Debu Chakraborty, Jatinder Thakur, Anindo Chatterjee

His main teacher is now Abhijit Banerjee,

He has performed with various artists both in Europe and the US, playing north Indian classical, Bhajan and Kirtan devotional and light classical singing. He has also participated in various world music and jazz projects. Daniel moved from Vienna, Austria to Arizona in 1992 and started teaching in AZ 10 years ago.

In 2010 Abhijit made Daniel and official teacher of the the Dhwani Academy.



Dhwani Academy USA, a non-profit 501.c3 corporation incorporated in California, is founded with an aim of propagating Indian Music with a special emphasis on percussion and rhythms of India. Dhwani now has more than 80 regular students in different centers that it operates and its main office is situated in Corona, CA.

Dhwani has six major chapters in the Los Angeles, San Diego, New York and now also in Phoenix, AZ. Dhwani operates regular classes in these places and Daniel Hirtz, a senior disciple of Abhijit Banerjee has officially approved to join the Dhwani faculty and takes care of the students in the Phoenix area throughout the year. The principal Abhijit Banerjee himself spends almost 4-5 months in California. He now will come to Phoenix on a regular basis to spend time and give attention to each and every student personally.

What are some of my students saying:

“Our older son has been learning Tabla from Daniel for over three years.  We tried other teachers before, but there is absolutely no comparison between Daniel and others.  He is very friendly with the children and at the same time works very effectively with them to ensure that they perform to their full potential.  Inspired by his brother and Daniel, our younger son also started learning Tabla from Daniel in the last year.  With great encouragement and support from Daniel, he also learnt a lot in a short period.  Daniel is a great musician and he is ever willing to pass his skills to his students.  He is very accommodating of the needs of the parents and children and customizes the lesson plans accordingly  We strongly recommend Daniel for any one looking for a Tabla teacher.”- Seema and Kishore

“We have known Daniel for over 2 years. Our son started with him when he was 8 years old. He started with immense love for percussion music and since then, Daniel has nurtured his interest, inspires him and continues to encourage with his child-friendly and disciplined learning approach. We sincerely wish Daniel the best and look forward to seeing his students’ great performances. We strongly recommend his teaching skills and musical talent to any one interested.” – Kalyan & Geetha

“Daniel’s skill in teaching tabla is only exceeded by his skill in playing. He effectively enables the beginner to achieve proper tone, and his exposure to various gharanas (schools, lineages) for the art of tabla allow the advancing student to explore the richness of these various styles. I have recommended Daniel’s instruction to a number of tabla aspirants.” – Adam Burke

No matter what your goals are, I will help you or your child to first develop clarity of sound, a solid sense of time, and a good understanding of rhythmic cycles. We also will spend time on how to practice to help you develop your skills quickly while enjoying it.

Daniel teaches the Dhwani Academy curriculum under the supervision of Abhijit Banerjee. Students register with the academy and will receive regular evaluations and certificates of accomplishments from senior faculty. Students also are encouraged to perform at Dhwani yearly events to apply what they learned in actual performance.

Contact me at daniel(at) to schedule classes. I teach at my house near Cactus Rd. and 64th St. on the border of Scottsdale and Phoenix.

Here is the flyer from a recent tabla workshop with Abhijit:



  1. Ved Narayan

    For the past 9 years, I have been fortunate enough to not only learn tabla from Daniel, but also grow our friendship. Daniel is an amazing student of tabla himself and has been kind enough to pass on to me some of the knowledge he has accumulated over his 25+ years with tabla. Every Sunday I look forward to my classes with Daniel. Whether he is teaching me Djembe or Tabla, Daniel gives me his undivided attention, allowing me to flourish under his guidance. Daniel’s determination to succeed at various percussion techniques has rubbed off on me and I am looking forward to learning more and more under his tutelage!

    • Daniel

      Thank you Ved 🙂 It has been a long time and a lot of fun to see you grow up. Keep up the good work!


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