Roda de Samba workshop Info

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


Roda de Samba

An afternoon of beautiful melodies and rhythms from the homes, bars and clubs of Brasil. The popular music setting of a Roda de Samba utilises the many beautiful Samba songs but in a more intimate setting than a Bateria from a Samba School or Bloco. It relies on vocal, dance and clapping participation from its audience members and is a great way to create a party atmosphere in a smaller venue setting i.e a bar, someone's home, the street, beach etc and anything can be used as an instrument.

The day will include lessons on a variety of percussion instruments, cavaquinho, songs in Portuguese and traditional arrangements.

The cavaquinho sessions will be limited in numbers and can be booked during registration on a first come first served basis.

Simple percussion parts alongside easy to learn melodies will make this workshop a fun learning experience for all drummers and string players.

Cavaquinho, Repique de Anel, Repique de Mão , Surdo, Tan tan, Reco reco, Pandeiro, Tamborim, Agogô, Shaker, Caixa de fósforo.

The sessions will move at a medium to fast pace.


This is suitable for people who

  • already play in a Brazilian carnival band

  • People who already play a stringed instrument

  • play any style of percussion

  • are musically trained

  • dancers who would like to learn or improve their percussion, singing and string playing skills


There will also be an opportunity to buy some insturments which may include repiques on the day. If you would like to pre order an caixa starting at £90 please let us know.

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.


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.