Group Course for Beginners
Schedule & Fee
Samba is a unique expression of Brazilian culture – with roots in Africa and African religious traditions – that combines rhythmic percussion, dance and song. In this dynamic course, we will explore the magic of traditional street samba performed in Brazil’s annual carnaval (carnival) parades, with sections of different percussion instruments weaving an irresistible tapestry of sound in the traditional batería or percussion band. Along the way, we will learn the functions and playing techniques of some of the main instruments of the batería, including:
- Agogo: A cow-bell sounding instrument with two bells, struck with a drum stick.
- Surdo: With their deep bass sound, surdos are used to mark time and provide a steady beat that acts as a foundation for the accompanying rhythms.
- Repinique: It makes a high, metallic sound and is also used as a calling (lead) and solo instrument in the samba school batería.
- Caixa: A snare drum with a head on both sides.
- Tambourim: A tambourine without the jingles, played with a stick.
- Ganza: A long shaker with shells, beads, or seeds inside. Also known as xique-xique because of the sound it makes.
- Chocalho: A large, powerful shaker made of wood or metal with a number of steel jingles.
All instruments are provided for use in the course.
Introducing Samba Drumming is one of our group courses for beginners. Private, partner, group and one-off 'intensive' drumming and percussion lessons are also available for students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Go to Departments & Faculty - Drums & Percussion for more information.
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'Eddie is an incredible player and inspiring teacher!'
– A. Dermody
Eddie McGinn, Teacher
One of Ireland's top percussion players and teachers, Eddie studied percussion at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Ballyfermot’s Progressive Traditional Music Course, the Newpark Professional Musician’s Course and at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. Eddie has recorded and toured with such acts as De Jimbe, the Macnas theatre group, Máire Breatnach, Scullion, Sonny Condell, Mike Hanrahan (Stocktons Wing), Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers, Salsa Brava and the Night in Havana Orchestra, and he has appeared at the Quimper festival (alongside Anuna, Davey Spillane and Begley & Cooney) and at the Percuba festival in Havana. His television appearances include Kenny Live, the Late Late Show, PM Live and Ireland AM. He has conducted numerous workshops and written drum pieces for community arts groups and the DIT percussion ensemble. Eddie has taught percussion at the New School for over a decade; he also teaches our Introducing World Drumming course and co-facilitates our Sounds Samba outreach workshop.
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2013-2014 Second Term Schedule & Fee
10 weeks, 28 January – 8 April 2014
Wednesdays 6.30 – 7.30 pm
(No class on 18 February – Mid-Term Break)
Tuition Fee: €170
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Enrolment for this course requires a completed enrolment form and full payment of tuition fees. (Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for a 2013-2014 General Enrolment Form.) Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Early enrolment is recommended, as places are limited to eight.
Purchasing this course as a gift? Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for a Gift Certificate Booking Form.
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