Escola de Bateria

Escola de bateria are series of special one off workshops consisting of group playing, individual instrument technique, modern arrangements, songs and tips on how to direct.


Instruments covered will be

Cavaco, Voice, Caixa, Repique, Surdo 1 2 3, Tamborim, Agogo, Chocalho/Ganza and Timba.


At the weekend course in Sweden there will be a focus on the rhythms and songs of Samba. There will also be some time spent on some other popular Brazilian rhythms used by the Samba Schools and Blocos of Rio de Janeiro.


The two days will contain several elements including drumming, cavaco lessons and singing.


The group will learn some of the popular songs played by the famous carnival groups of Brazil and the accompanying arrangments for bateria plus the harmony parts for the cavaco.


The sessions will move at a medium to fast pace.


This is suitable for people who

  • already play Brazilian carnival music

  • play other styles of percussion

  • are musically trained

  • dancers who would like to learn or improve their percussion skills

Participants need to provide their own instruments where possible. Some may be available on request.


As well as running weekly and monthy rehearsals in Hitchin, Bristol and Birmingham J-P also teaches special series and one off workshops around the UK and Europe.


The sessions on this weekend workshop will be taught by Fabio Allman, J P Courtney


JP Courtney is known internationally for not only his knowledge and technical ability in Brazilian music but also as a teacher. His style has seen some great results with various successful projects at national and international level.


His workshops are a great way to improve existing skills, learn new ones and get inside the heart of Brazilian carnival music.

They're also a great way to meet other musicians and people who already play Brazilian music in your area.