Play Congas – CMTE


Play Congas helps absolute beginners learn everything they need to know to play the congas like a pro. This course features thirteen lessons that includes the basics of setting up to traditional and popular rhythms.


This online CMTE course helps students in playing the conga drums, including seeing up, tuning, techniques, and several traditional and popular rhythms. See the LIST OF LESSONS and FREE PREVIEWS.

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Prerequisites: None.

Course Length: Unlimited

Learning Objectives and CBMT Board Certification Domains (BCD):

> Identify the four primary techniques for playing a conga or large hand drum. BCD: II. A. 5. i) 4.) (Employ functional skills with percussion.)

> Identify at least four rhythms and their corresponding musical styles. BCD: II. A. 5. ac) (Utilize a varied music repertoire (e.g., blues, classical, folk, jazz, pop) from a variety of cultures and subcultures.)

> Identify three ways to continue to expand one’s skills and knowledge. BCD: IV. A. 3. (Participate in continuing education.)

> Identify at least four musical styles where the conga drum plays a primary role. BCD: IV. B. 3. (Maintain and expand music repertoire.)

CMTE units: 3

Evaluation and Documentation:

Lessons may include streaming video, audio, and other types of digital files. In order to move to subsequent lessons, participants are required to pass quizzes with a score of 75% or higher. Quizzes feature an average of four questions (multiple choice, true-false, and other types) and take an average of four minutes to complete. Lessons may be reviewed after failing to pass a quiz and quizzes may be taken multiple times, until passed. A record of progress (lessons and quizzes) is automatically maintained until the course is completed. Participants may leave a course and pick up where they left off at a later date. Certificates are issued upon completion of all course elements, including the course evaluation. Records of completed courses are sent to the CBMT on a monthly basis. Cancellation and refund policies.

Instructor: Kalani Das, MT-BC

Kalani_Das, MT-BCKalani Das is a professional percussionist, educator, and music therapist at the Tierra del Sol Foundation and the Centre for Neuroskills. He is a respected and experienced author and teacher who presents at regional and national music therapy conference. He is the author of, “The Way of Music – Creating Sound Connections in Music Therapy,” and a music therapy fieldwork supervisor for California State University Northridge. Kalani is co-creator of the Music Therapy Drumming curriculum and training programs,a long with Bill Matney, MA, MT-BC. More information is available on and

Play Congas is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for three (3) Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. ExpertCEU’s, Provider #P-142, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.