Escola de Bateria

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


The programme for the weekend is as follows.

Fri 29th Jan 1900-2200

Sat 30th & Sun 31st 1200-1700

@ Temperance Hall, Lower Market Street, Penryn, TR10 8BH


The Friday evening will be spent learning rhythms for instruments used in a Roda de Samba. Pandeiro, Tantan, Rebolo, Repique de mão, shaker, Agogo and Surdo. If you have any of these instruments please bring them along.

The group will also learn some songs.


During the rest of the weekend the instruments covered will be Caixa, Repique, Surdo 1 2 3, Tamborim, Agogo, Chocalho/Ganza and Timba.


Some of the rhythms covered (depending on time) are -  Samba, Maculele, Funk, Coco, Ciranda, Quadrilha, Afrobeat, Ijexa, Quebra Quilos, Sambeth and more.

Pace of workshop


The sessions will move at a medium to fast pace.


This is suitable for people who

  • already play in a Brazilian carnival band

  • play other styles of percussion

  • are musically trained

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

About J P


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.


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.


If you would like a private workshop for your own group please get in touch.



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


There will be a small selection of instruments and accessories for sale at the workshop.

If there is anything in particular you would like please ask and it can be brought for you.