Research and Education

Continuing Classes (all levels welcome), 2017–2018

Fridays, 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Room 1036, North Building at Hunter College, Main Campus at East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan
Map and directions.
Hunter College students – Swipe into the North Building on East 69th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.  Take an elevator to the tenth floor.
Visitors ­– Enter Hunter’s West Building (southwest corner Lexington and East 68th).  Ask security for a visitor’s pass (photo ID required) and for directions to the North Building. Take an elevator or stairway to the tenth floor of the North Building.
FREE for Hunter College students. For more information, contact

About Our Research and Educational Services

Schools, museums, and libraries in and out of New York City contract with La Troupe Makandal for workshops, lecture-demonstrations, classes, residencies, and research consultancies. Besides contracted services, we have run our own educational programs with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Borough President of Brooklyn, Meet the Composer, and the Puffin Foundation.  Educational programs and services include:
  • School assembly performances, lecture-demonstrations, residencies, and professional development. When a Department of Education contract is needed for in-school or after-school services, New York City public schools may engage Makandal by contacting the Education Department of City Lore (for services in all five boroughs) at 212-529-1955, or the Brooklyn Arts Council (for services in Brooklyn only) at 718-625-0080.
  • Tanbou, weekly drum workshops with Morgan Zwerlein. Instruction highlights playing in ensemble, aural memory, hand and stick technique, and cultural context. We provide students with opportunities to try out their skills in live performance. See details above.
  • Research consultancies and related services in Haitian studies, such as conference, symposium, and colloquium organization; event planning and documentation; website consulting; grant-writing assistance; research and reviews; and writing, proofreading, and editing.

Customers for any of these contracted services may compensate La Troupe Makandal via the PayPal button below. Questions?

Featured photo: Makandal students and drummers perform at Roulette, June 21, 2014. Photo by Kesler Pierre

3 Responses to Research and Education

  1. Aurora Marin says:

    Hello. I was wondering if drumming classes are still being offered? We would like to learn Haitian rhythms, and we have our own congas. We live in CT, but we will travel to NY if Morgan Zwerlein is still offering the classes. Thank you.


    • makandal1758 says:

      Hi Aurora! We’ve had some big changes in the organization since our artistic director passed away. We’re shifting to research and archival projects, for the most part. But you may contact Morgan directly at He’s also on Facebook if that’s your preference. I’d rather not do phone numbers online, but you may write me at for his phone number. Hope that helps!


      • Aurora Marin says:

        Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I’ve already texted Morgan at the phone number Michael Markus, director of Wula drums, gave me. I will email Morgan right now. Hopefully, he will be available to come teach the classes at Wula in September. Thank you again for your response and for sharing Morgan’s email. Aurora


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