Brazilian Drum Workshop
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Department: Performance
Course Number: JPER 4520
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
For years, most Americans have associated Brazil with samba and bossa nova, overlooking the numerous regional rhythms and music styles which are tremendously popular throughout Brazil. A perfect example is Maracatu- a dynamic rhythm from the northeast, propulsive and dramatic, steeped in African traditions with heavy religious overtones. This class will explore the traditional Maracatu rhythms, instruments and songs from the northeast of Brazil. Students will learn to sing in Portuguese as well as perform complex rhythmic breaks and percussion arrangements. Drummers and non drummers alike are encouraged to participate in this class. Participants will experience NYC's biggest carnival party - The NYC Village Halloween Parade. Come join us as we parade up 6th Ave with up to 75 Maracatu drummers and millions of revelers. No prior drumming experience is required. For drummers we will also apply some of the percussion patterns to the drum set.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Open to Lang/Jazz BA/BFA students.

Open to School of Jazz & Contemp Music students.


Open to Undergraduate students.