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Oficina do Samba

A forum for Bateria members, the Escola de Samba and enthusiasts alike to study regularly performed material -- Carnaval winning themes along with some of the "classic standards" from the Samba Enredo repetoire.

Samba Toronto and The Royal Conservatory of Music World Music Centre offers three distinctive courses in Samba Music and Dance.

1) Brazilian Samba ("Samba de Raiz/Pagode")

Instructors Alan Canadense and special guests from Toronto’s sambista musician community.

Wednesday evenings 8 – 9:30pm

Starts Wednesday September 16 2009

In this course, students will explore many styles of samba from different parts of Brazil. They will examine its history and take a look at some of the country’s most important performers of the art form including Fundo de Quintal, Zeca Pagodinho, Paulinho da Viola, Cartola, Caetano Veloso, Tom Jobim, Leila Pinheiro, Elis Regina, and others. Students will perform and study music and poetry, using the percussion instruments of the Samba de Raiz (sometimes known as Pagode) style, including: pandeiro, rebolo, tamborim, cuica, reco-reco, agogo, surdo, chocalho, cavaquinho (4 string guitar) and others. We will also study the instruments and techniques of the samba tradition from the famed Brazilian Carnaval, known as Samba Enredo. All instruments are provided, although students may easily purchase their own from a local retailer, if desired. This is an excellent course for those interested in becoming more familiar with samba’s roots and for those wanting to improve their musical expression through vocalizing and percussive techniques.

Registration and information: 416-408-2824 click here (Adult >> World Music Programs)

2) Bateria from The Escola de Samba de Toronto

Carnaval samba ("Samba Enredo") bateria lessons and rehearsals, every Sunday afternoon.

Instruments supplied.

Every Sunday afternoon beginning September 13 2009

Iniciantes: 11:00am-12:30pm

Performing ensemble: 1:00-3:00pm

Cost: $75.00 for 4 class/month Iniciantes pass; or $275 15 classes. Register online at (Adult >> World Music Programs)

3) Samba Dance Lessons

In this course you will learn various styles of samba dancing.

Every Sunday afternoon beginning September 13 2009


Cost: $75.00 for 4 class/month Iniciantes pass; or $275 15 classes. Register online at (Adult >> World Music Programs)

Location Royal Conservatory of Music
273 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON. M5S 1W2
Phone: (416) 408 2824
Fax: (416) 408 3096
Pre-registration is recommended. Please click here to contact us with your questions or comments.
11:00 - 12:30pm Iniciantes
Workshop on the basics of the Bateria. For newcomers, beginners, and members of the Escola de Samba wishing to improve skills, warm up or learn a new instrument.
12:30 - 1:30pm Aula de Samba
Samba dance lessons taught by one of our dancers.
1:00 - 3:00pm Ensaio da Bateria
Rehearsal for the performing members of the Escola de Samba


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