Samba Workshops

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Samba is one of the most accessible musical art forms available to all ages and is fun and easy to understand.  It's a great gateway to music for children.

Using a variety of Afro-Brazilian instruments, the samba workshop can consist of a short demonstration of the following: the Surdo (large bass drum), Caixa (snare), Tamborim (small tambourine), Ago-go bell (double headed cowbell) and various other Samba instruments used in the Rio Carnival. In just a half hour, a whole class will be playing confidently as a Samba band.

Using some simple clapping games and conveying these onto the instruments, in a short space of time the workshop group comes together in a cohesive sounding percussion group.

Once the foundations have been learned, a series of simple structured musical breaks and ‘call and response’ drumming will result in a finale of energetic and a satisfying feeling of achievement.

This straightforward Samba workshop can be tailored to suit any age or ability and can also be structured over a longer period. 

A day can consist of:

  • 4 classes x 1 hour Samba workshops with up to 30 pupils or a morning and afternoon session with 2 classes.
  • 3 x 1 hour sessions followed by a group performance

 All of the required instruments are provided and the workshops are run with energy and enthusiasm, with a guaranteed positive finish.

Download the samba drumming PDF