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, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18
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
Package Rate: $75 (cash only) for all 6 classes (ONLY $12.50 per class); due in full on or by 5/7
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 May/June edition of the course will be devoted to preparing for the NYC Dance Parade on Saturday, May 19th and our King of the Drums Samba Party at DROM on Friday, June 15th.
Who Can Join Our Bateria for the Events:
Any samba percussionists who have a basic command over their instrument and who learn the repertoire for the events at the course. All participants are expected to attend at least 4 of the 6 classes unless cleared with the Instructor in advance.
Details for the Events:
The tentative Meeting Time for the NYC Dance Parade on Saturday, May 19th is 12:00 Noon at 21st Street and Broadway (exact Meeting Place TBD). Meeting Time for the Samba Party on Friday, June 15th is 5:30 PM at DROM (85 Avenue A, between 5th & 6th Streets, New York, NY 10009). All players in our Bateria are requested to bring their own instruments and accessories, including straps, mallets, and sticks to both events. Attire for both events is white pants, white shoes or white sneakers (any color shoe or sneaker for the NYC Dance Parade), 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 4 classes and perform at both the NYC Dance Parade on May 19th and Samba New York's King of the Drums Samba Party at DROM on June 15th (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!
Pagode Samba Course
Instructor, Philip Galinsky, Ph.D.
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.
In four classes, 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 course, 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.
Please check in at the reception desk 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 playing and singing samba with you!