As part of Mamady Keita's mission to preserve and share the music, culture, and rhythms of the Mandingue throughout the world, he has created a system of teacher training and certification. His goal is to train teachers so that the TTM curriculum can be correctly taught by others on an ongoing basis. There are three progressive levels of Teacher Certification: TTM Teacher, TTM School Director, TTM Diploma. Click here for a list of the current certified (and in good standing) TTM Teachers, Directors, & Diploma Holders throughout the world. These teachers and directors have undergone extensive training with Mamady Keita and all have been personally certified by him. For anyone interested in pursuing certification, following is information and guidelines.
TTM Teacher Certification
Students who are interested in representing Traditional Rhythms as taught by Mamady Keïta may become TTM Certified Teachers. In order to receive this Certificate and distinction the student must pass a test given by Mamady Keïta, and prior to testing must attend one of his workshops in Guinea. TTM Certified Teachers are dedicated to teaching the program of TTM, protecting and guarding the Mandingue tradition, and representing/respecting TTM. For detailed information on becoming a TTM Certified Teacher, please download the following documents:
Certified Teachers are eligible to open a branch of Tam Tam Mandingue, Mamady’s international school of percussion, by agreeing to, and meeting, the following requirements in addition to meeting all of the Certification Guidelines & Responsibilities. Opening a TTM School requires a significantly higher level of responsibility, participation, and accountability. School Directors are expected to step into a leadership role with TTM International, to help set policies and guidelines, and to help mentor and guide other teachers or those seeking to become certified teachers.
For detailed information on TTM Schools/Directors, please download the following document:
TTM Diploma Certification
Active TTM School Directors (or TTM Certified Teachers who are in the process of opening a TTM School) are eligible to test for a TTM Diploma, the highest Certification given by Mamady Keita. This diploma represents a teacher’s knowledge and ability to teach Professional level students. The test for a TTM Diploma is the most difficult test given by Mamady. As of 2012, only 6 people in the world have achieved this status. For detailed information on TTM Diploma Certification please download the following document: