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, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (except 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM on 9/10)
(Class may be from 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM on some of the dates as needed. Any change to the 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM time slot will be communciated by email to all registered class participants.)
The Collective School of Music
541 Sixth Avenue
between 14th & 15th Streets
3rd Floor, Studio A
(Check in at 4th Floor Reception before each class)
New York, NY 10011
Package Rate: $100 (cash only) for all 8 classes (ONLY $12.50 per class); due in full on or by 9/10
Drop-In Rate: $20 (cash only) per individual class
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 Samba New York's 15th anniversary performance in the NYC Village Halloween Parade, which will take place on Wednesday, 10/31.
Who Can Join Our Bateria for Halloween:
In celebration of its 15 years of existence, Samba New York! is aiming for a contingent of 100 percussionists in its Drum Section for the 2018 Halloween Parade. Any samba percussionists anywhere in the US or around the world who have a basic command over their instrument and who learn the repertoire for the event are invited to join us. All participants who are local or close to the NYC area are expected to attend at least 6 of the 8 classes unless cleared with the Instructor in advance. All participants from out of town are expected to learn the repertoire from practice videos that we are producing and that will be available by 9/17.
Details for the Event:
The 2018 NYC Village Halloween Parade will take place on Wednesday, 10/31. Call Time on Parade day is 5:30 PM in the park to the West of Sixth Avenue at the corner of Spring Street in Manhattan. The Parade starts at 7:00 PM, though the time that Samba New York! begins marching will depend in part on our position in the lineup.
All players in our Bateria are requested to bring their own instruments and accessories, including straps, mallets, and sticks, to the Parade.
The attire this year is subject to change. At minimum, all players will need to wear blue jeans, a long-sleeve black shirt or sweater, and comfortable shoes or sneakers of any color. Any additional accessories, and any costs to participants for those accessories, will be communicated to all registered participants as soon as that information becomes available.
The Parade takes place regardless of the weather.
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 with Samba New York! in the NYC Village Halloween Parade on Wednesday, 10/31 (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 in the classes only.
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!
Special Tamborim Course
Instructor, Philip Galinsky, Ph.D.
Thursdays, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Funkadelic Music Studios
209 West 40th Street
between 7th & 8th Avenues
5th Floor, Studio 1
New York, NY 10018
Fee (cash only, due in full on or by 6/7):
$100 for all 4 classes / $30 for 1 class / $60 for 2 classes / $90 for 3 classes
If you’re intrigued by the tamborim — that small, fun, and technically exciting instrument so popular in samba — then this is the course for you!
The course will focus almost exclusively on the “carreteiro” rhythm — the typical turning pattern that the tamborins play in the samba schools of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and throughout Brazil. Don't miss this rare opportunity to finally learn this special technique! We will work on 3 different ways of playing “carreteiro,” starting at a slow tempo with each and gradually increasing speed. No prior experience is required.
Please bring your own tamborim and plastic stick (baqueta), if you have them, as well as ear plugs to every class. Some instruments may be available to borrow if requested upon registration.
To register for the course, send us an email and include your full name, telephone number, and any experience with samba percussion. Please specify which dates you will be attending. Sorry, no drop-ins.
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 playing the tamborim with you!