Explore Your Passion for Samba
Samba New York! functions behind the scenes as New York City's premier training ground for samba drummers — forming players for both its professional Show Group and its Bateria, an all-percussion ensemble offering recreational performing opportunities for students of all levels. In addition, over the years, Samba New York! has graduated numerous percussionists who have gone on to form their own organizations that have enriched the local Brazilian music scene. Our music courses in both Bateria and pagode styles, taught by Samba New York! Director Philip Galinsky, Ph.D., provide exceptional training in the art of samba rhythms, song, and culture in a supportive learning environment. We also offer private lessons in samba percussion for those seeking quicker progress.
Bateria Rehearsal Course
Instructor, Philip Galinsky, Ph.D.
Mondays, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Collective School of Music
541 Sixth Avenue
between 14th & 15th Streets
3rd Floor, Studio 5
(Check in at 4th Floor Reception before each class)
New York, NY 10011
This course is the formal rehearsal for the Samba New York! Bateria, an all-percussion ensemble that performs at some of NYC’s most exciting events.
The September/October edition of the course will be devoted to preparing for the Bateria's performance in the NYC Village Halloween Parade on Thursday, October 31st.
Course Fee (cash only):
Package Rate: $100 for all 8 classes (ONLY $12.50 per class); due in full on or by 9/9
Drop-In Rate: $20 per individual class
In addition to the course fee, students are invited to give a suggested cash donation of $5 per class (or whatever amount they can) to go towards two bonus features offered in this pre-Halloween series: 1) an extra hour of class time per week; and 2) access to over 30 practice videos. These added resources enable students to make even quicker and more effective progress than usual, while the course fee remains the same. Any donations on top of the fee are 100% optional and at the discretion of each student.
Who Can Join Our Bateria for the Halloween Parade:
Any samba percussionists who have a basic command over their instrument. Players who are local to the NYC area are expected to attend as many classes as they can (to be worked out with the Instructor on an individual basis). Out of town and international players are not required to attend any rehearsals at all, but instead are expected to learn our repertoire via our practice videos. If you're interested in this option, please email us a request for the links. Beginning students may be eligible to participate as well, depending on their progress in the classes.
Event Details for the Bateria on Halloween:
Meeting Time and Meeting Place are 5:30 PM in the park to the west of Sixth Avenue, just below Spring Street in Manhattan. All players in our Bateria are expected to bring their own instruments and accessories, including straps, mallets, and sticks. There is no place to stow bags or other personal belongings, so only bring to the Parade what you can carry yourself (backpacks may be used). Don't forget to bring water and snacks. Attire is white pants, comfortable shoes or sneakers of any color, and the current Samba New York! tee-shirt. If you don't have a shirt, you must order one by emailing us your preferred shirt size upon registering for the course and/or for the Parade. Shirts are $25 each.
Course Registration Details:
To register for the course, send us an email and include your full name, telephone number, and any experience with samba percussion. It is assumed that you will attend a minimum of 6 classes and perform in the NYC Village Halloween Parade (pending your eligibility) unless you indicate otherwise upon registration. Please bring a pair of drum sticks, ear plugs, and your own Bateria instrument if you have one to all classes. Some instruments are available to borrow on a first-come-first-served basis.
Please check in at The Collective School of Music reception desk on the 4th Floor before each class. The room may change on certain dates. A substitute may fill in for the regularly scheduled instructor as needed. All payments are nonrefundable. No credits will be granted for missed classes.
We look forward to having you join our Bateria!