About Our Classes

Marimba and Mbira Classes

Learn about Zimbabwe music and culture while having fun! Marimba classes are offered to adults and children for a 32-week period over three quarters beginning in September. Mbira lessons are offered on a class by class basis. If you are interested in joining a marimba or mbira class contact Executive Director Gary Spalter.

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Tuition & Membership

Tuition for Kutsinhira members is $16 per class and $18 for non-members.  Students are entitled to a 20% discount on any additional class taken in the same quarter.  A yearly membership (which runs from September to August) is $40 for an individual and $65 for a family. Membership provides reduced tuition for classes and workshops, plus newsletters, email notification of events, participation in our annual membership meeting/party, discounts on CDs, t-shirts, concerts, etc.  Tuition assistance is available on a limited basis for those seeking financial help.


Mid-year Enrollment

Beginning classes are not offered every term of the year. Accommodations can be made to enroll new players in on-going classes with private tutoring and free observations in those classes. To be added to a list of interested students or get information about enrolling in on-going classes or private tutoring contact Executive Director Gary Spalter. With other questions feel free to contact Executive Director Gary Spalter. We hope to see you in class soon!


Class and Ensemble Schedule



Kwaziwai Teen Marimba: Gary Spalter, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Intermediate Marimba: Gary Spalter, 5:45 – 7:15pm
Advanced Marimba:  Caleb Donahue, 7:30 – 9:00pm


Pemberai Adv. Int. Marimba: Wanda Walker, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Jenaguru Ensemble: 5:45 – 7:15pm


Mafaro Marimba: Gary Spalter, 5:45 – 7:15pm
Intermediate Marimba: Gary Spalter, 7:30 – 9:00pm


Beginning Mbira: Gary Spalter, 6:00 – 7:15pm
Beginning Marimba: Gary Spalter, 7:30 – 9:00pm


Teen Marimba: Eli Calalang-LaCroix, 10:30 – 12:00pm


Serevende Mbira Ensemble: 10:00 – 11:30am

Kutsinhira Repertoire

Kutsinhira’s repertoire began with Dumisani Maraire compositions and arrangements. Over our 30 year history, we’ve learned songs from an ever expanding group of teachers and musicians. We recently attempted to catalog this repertoire in to a simple spreadsheet database. It is meant both as a resource and historical record of how this music came to Kutsinhira. We welcome comments and suggested additions or edits.  Kutsinhira Repertoire


Contact Us

Executive Director

Gary Spalter

Mailing Address

Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center
P.O. Box 50823
Eugene, OR 97405

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