Tabla Classes Phoenix

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Tabla Classes Phoenix: Learn to play the Tabla

If you have a child that wants to get started early or if you starting at a later moment in your life I will strive to help you accomplish the goal you have with playing this most beloved percussion instrument.
The foundation for the way I teach is a curriculum based on the North Indian classical styles of tabla. You will also learn to play lighter rhythms for accompanying singing, Kirtan, Bajans, or any other instrument. Tabla has a solid place also in fusion music.

As of the end of April 2020, I only teach Skype lessons because of social distancing. Skype lessons can be a lot of fun and Daniel found a way to make them very effective and engaging.

To schedule a 1-hour class with Daniel click here
To schedule a 30 minutes beginners class click here

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 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 learned 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 anyone 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 anyone interested.” – Kalyan & Geetha

“Daniel’s skill in teaching tabla is only exceeded by his skill in playing. He effectively enables the beginner to achieve a proper tone, and his exposure to various gharanas (schools, lineages) for the art of tabla allows 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.

As of the end of April 2020, I only teach Skype lessons because of social distancing. Skype lessons can be a lot of fun and Daniel found a way to make them very effective and engaging.
To schedule a 1-hour class with Daniel click here
To schedule a 30 minutes beginners class click here

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



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