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.
Rhythmic Training & Notation for Samba Drummers
Instructor, Philip Galinsky, Ph.D.
Mondays, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3
8:00 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
$80 (cash only) for all 4 classes; due in full on or by 11/12
No individual classes / No prorated options
Samba New York's last course of the year will be something completely new and different and of great value to samba drummers of different levels: a four-session course devoted to expanding your rhythmic knowledge and developing your notational skills! We won’t be preparing for any specific performance in this course. Instead, the sole purpose will be to improve your overall musicianship, rhythmic skills, and musical literacy, all within the context of samba.
Sample topics include: stepping to the pulse while clapping, playing, and vocalizing different combinations of beats; stick and mallet techniques; facility on the Surdo and Caixa (including playing the Surdo in a roda de samba/pagode context); the rhythmic structure of samba; and reading and writing samba rhythms. We will also work on different aspects of playing in a Bateria (Carnaval samba percussion ensemble), such as keeping steady time, synchronization, and playing with samba swing.
To register for the course, send us an email, and include your full name, telephone number, and any experience with samba percussion. No prior musical experience of any kind is required. Please bring music staff paper and pencil; a pair of drum sticks; ear plugs; and your own Surdo or Caixa, 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 new course!
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!