Announcing the Fourth Annual Summer Tabla Workshop with Shawn Mativetsky
Hosted by the Schulich School of Music of McGill University
Montreal, Canada
June 23 – 29, 2014

During this intensive hands-on workshop, participants will learn tabla in the tradition of the Benares (Varanasi) gharana. The workshop is open to all levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced). The schedule includes daily group practice sessions, group classes, and two listening/repertoire sessions. Classes are scheduled during the daytime (the detailed schedule will be made available to participants in June). Students will live and breathe tabla for the duration of the workshop!

Tuition is 250$ and is due by May 15, 2014. Students must provide their own tabla. If you don’t already own a set, please contact Shawn, and he will be happy to assist you.

For participants from out of town, reasonably priced accommodations are available at the McGill Royal Victoria College (RVC) residences, conveniently located next door to the Schulich School of Music.

For more information, or to register, please contact Shawn Mativetsky.

Guru-ji (Pandit Sharda Sahai-ji) on the steps of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, during his 25th Annual Summer Tabla Workshop in 2006. I endeavor to continue this tradition of annual summer tabla workshops, inspired by Guru-ji’s and percussionist Bob Becker’s initiative which began in the 1980s.

The summer tabla workshop is an intensive, immersive tabla experience. Here is a little taste of what you can expect:

Group Tabla Classes (Four classes per group, 90 minutes each)


Daily Group Practice Sessions (2 hours each)


Video Viewing Sessions

Guru Puja Celebration


…and having fun, and making new friends!

Feedback from students:

“Merci beaucoup à Shawn Mativetsky pour cette merveilleuse semaine. Merci de ta patience et de ta discipline. J’ai grandement apprécié ce fantastique atelier! Tu es un super prof! Quelle chance extraordinaire de t’avoir ici à Montréal!” – Martin

“Merci Shawn Mativetsky pour ce magnifique Tabla Workshop. J’ai adoré ma semaine, beaucoup d’informations, beaucoup de travails, beaucoup de plaisir. You are a great teacher, Guru Shawn Mativetsky. Thanks for sharing your passion with us the way you are doing it. Last time I took a music classes, I was in grade 5…. And you made me feel at home with all those amazing people around. Thank You. I am sure your Guru is proud of you and the way you pass on the Benares tradition.” – Yanick