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Course Description

In this high-energy course, offered by The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, you explore the rhythms, songs, and dance of Brazil. Learn to play the alfaia (bass drum), caixa (snare drum), abê (shaker), and gonguê (bell) and sing traditional Brazilian songs. The class focuses on the parallels between 400-year-old Maracatu rhythms and New Orleans grooves that helped shape jazz, funk, and R&B. At the semester’s end, students perform with musicians from Nation Beat, an international recording group. Instruments are provided. (Students in grades 3–5 who would like to take a morning class can register for Cartooning, Foundation Studio or Toy Design.)
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