The course will consist of bateria work, individual instrument technique and rhythms, arrangements, roda de samba and pagode music, learning songs, candomble drumming and more


Details of the schedule will be made public when we have them. Please see the document above to see the schedule from last year.

JPpercussion is closely connected with many top percussionists, mestres de bateria and instrument specialists in the city. You can be assured that the quality of teaching and musicianship delivered will be to a very high standard.

Where possible more than one tutor will take a session.


Classes will take place in different locations throughout the city.


Dates and times

Accommodation check in TBC

If you are arriving earlier or leaving later than the course dates then it is your responsibility to make sure that you have booked your own accommodation for that period. We may choose to book one of the apartments for some extra days to allow for this.

Classes will take place from Monday to Friday for two weeks with 4 hours of tuition each day. Class start and finish times may vary due to tutor/venue availability.



Participants will be expected to be able to play a variety of bateria instruments including Surdo, Caixa, Repique, Tamborim, Agogô, Chocalho and Cuíca. Hand drum and pandeiro experience is also required.

If you feel you need to get up to speed on some of these instruments, JP Percussion runs one day, weekend and residential courses in the UK and sometimes other parts of Europe. Sign up to our mailing list and like our facebook page to keep up to date.


The course is suited to people who already play Brazilian percussion and who learn at a fast pace.

This course is also suited to other types of trained musicians and music teachers.

It is really important that you meet the above criteria to be eligable for this course.

Please get in touch before registering to ensure that the course is suited to you.



Self catering apartments and homes will be booked. These will be located in the south zone within easy reach of the beaches, public transport, the city centre, music venues and major tourist attractions. Most apartments will be a couple of blocks from the beach. Click here for images of apartments typically used on the course.

There is the option to share or have your own room.

Other classes

Students are free to arrange additional classes with any particular teacher at their own expense.

Each year we work with world famous musicians and groups. Here are just a few names from previous trips

G.R.E.S Acadêmicos do Salgueiro, G.R.E.S Estação Primeira de Mangueira, G.R.E.S Unidos do Viradouro, G.R.E.S Imperatriz Leopoldinense, G.R.E.S Portela, G.R.E.S Vila Isabel, G.R.E.S Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel, Monobloco, Marcos Suzano, Jongo da Serrinha, Nei de Oxossi, Oficina Roda de Samba with Fabiano Salek, Bloco Chinelo de dedo, DuRio, Pandeiro Repique Duo, Rio Maracatu, Batuque Digital, Mestre Marrom, Mestre Maurão, Mestre Marcão, Mestre Lolo, Mestre Junior, Mestre Dudu, Mestre Macaco Branco, Mestra Thalita Santos,  Mariana Braga, Waguinho do Repique, Vitinho Botelho, Jhones Thuram, Anderson Vilmar. Dudu Fuentes, Celso Alvim, Cidon Silva, C.A. Ferrari, Mario Moura, Leo Saad, Fabio Allman (Fabão), Feijão (Marcus Rios Santos), Rei do Tamborim, Chicote, Luiza Marmello, Lazir Sinval and many many more

Venues used for classes

Circo Voador, Fundição progresso, Sala Baden Powell, Samba school quadras at Mangueira, Salgueiro, Viradouro, Mocidade (old quadra), Vila Isabel, Portela and Imperatriz, PLAP produçoes, Condminio Novo Leblon, Maracatu Brasil, Casa do Jongo, Espaco Batuque Digital, Cidade das artes.