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, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
Fee: $140 (cash only) for all 8 classes
$20 (cash only) per individual class (drop-ins)
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 May/June edition of the course will be devoted to preparing for two events: the NYC Dance Parade on Saturday, May 20th; and the King of the Drums Samba Party on Saturday, June 17th.
Who Can Join Our Bateria for the May/June events:
Any samba percussionists who have a basic command over their instrument and who attend however many classes necessary to learn the repertoire (to be worked out with the Instructor on an individual basis). Beginning students may be eligible to particiapte as well, depending on their progress in the classes.
Event Details for the Bateria:
Call time on May 20th for the Dance Parade is 12:00 Noon on 21st Street between Park Avenue and Broadway. Call time on June 17th for the Samba Party is 5:30 PM at DROM (85 Avenue A, btw. 5th & 6th Streets, New York, NY 10009). All players are expected to bring their own instruments and accessories (sticks, mallets, straps, etc.) to both events. Attire is the same for both events: white pants, white shoes/sneakers, 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. 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 at both the NYC Dance Parade on May 20th and King of the Drums Samba Party on June 17th (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.
Payment for all 8 classes ($140) is due in full, in cash only, on May 1st. Please check in at The Collective 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!
Pagode Samba (Small Group Lessons)
Instructor, Philip Galinsky, Ph.D
Details Coming Soon!
Literally meaning “fun” or “merrymaking,” the word “pagode” designates a typical, communal samba party in Brazil with food, drink, singing, dancing, socializing, and a circle of musicians playing informally around a table.
Since the launch of the pagode movement in Rio in the 1970s, the term has also come to refer to a distinct style of samba played at such gatherings — as well as on recordings and in concert halls — characterized by a refashioned instrumentation that includes the tantan, repique de mão, and Brazilian banjo, along with classic samba instruments like the pandeiro, surdo, tamborim, and cavaquinho.
Pagode Samba is the only class that teaches this style of samba in New York City. In four, small-group lessons, students will learn to play basic patterns and variations on pagode percussion instruments, to sing samba songs, and to make simple arrangements.
Though the meaning of the term "pagode" has broadened since the 1990s to include a host of other samba styles from Rio, São Paulo, and Bahia, this class will focus on the original roots pagode from Rio pioneered by Grupo Fundo de Quintal (The Backyard Group) and others.
Percussionists, singers, and guitar/cavaquinho players are all welcome. Stringed-instrument players must be able to read and play chord charts.
To register for the block of lessons, send us an email and include your full name, telephone number, and any experience with samba percussion. Please bring a pair of drum sticks and a pagode instrument if you have one. Some percussion instruments will be available to borrow on a first-come-first-served basis.
We look forward to playing and singing samba with you!