Percussion Arts
School for African, Cuban, Latin and Indian Rhythm und Percussion

Cuban Percussion

Courses and workshops until spring 2009

Afro-Cuban percussion is taught in groups (up to eight participants), but you may also opt for private lessons. We play on the traditional instruments of salsa and the "Musica Traditional" of Cuba: the congas, timbales, bongos, guiros, maracas, shekere (shaker), campana (bells) and claves (wooden percussion sticks) etc. (click on the picture to get to the shop).

Private lessons (10 weeks)

One 30 min. lesson per week (10 lessons): CHF 420.-
One 45 min. lesson per week (10 lessons): CHF 630.-

Private lessons for half a year or full year

Half year (20 lessons - 45 min. per week - Sfr. 55.- per lesson):
CHF 1100.-
Full year (40 lessons - 45 min. per week - Sfr. 45.- per lesson):
CHF 1800.-

One-off lessons and trial lessons (by special arrangement)

30 min. lesson: CHF 50.- / 45 min. lesson: CHF 70.- / 60 min. lesson: CHF 90.- / 90 min. lesson:: CHF 125.-

We arrange private lessons as well as lessons for groups at alternative times - give us a call or e-mail us to discuss the options. For more details about prices and teaching arrangements, see 'prices' in the navigation.

Trial workshops on Saturdays

The trial workshops are an ideal way to get to know "PercussionArts" and to get a first insight into a particular drumming culture, including its key instruments and playing techniques. Of course, you'll also get to play your first rhythms! Don't hesitate to come along for a trial workshop without obligation - instruments are available for use at these trial workshops.

Beginners - Courses and workshops

Find out about the fascinating historical background of Cuban percussion and immediately adopt the right playing techniques and postures to get off to a good start. You'll learn and absorb the fundamental laws of rhythms and percussion in a playful way by walking, clapping and pronouncing the rhythm patterns.

We`ll experience the fun and excitement of the special group dynamics created by the interweaving of traditional rhythms and arrangements! Instruments are available for rent or purchase.

Intermediate players - Courses and workshops

On this level, you'll be able to refine your playing techniques. The focus will be on the conga. You'll also get a chance to learn traditional rhythms, practice playing in an ensemble (e.g. learn about collective breaks) and engage in "call and response games".

Advanced players - Courses and workshops

These lessons are perfect for experienced players with advanced knowledge and skills. You will be able to further refine your technique and master more difficult rhythms, culminating in the art of individual soloing.

Salsa drumming - Workshops

In 1959, Fidel Castro came to power and the economic sanctions imposed by the USA nearly wiped Cuba off the international scene - however, Cuba's most successful export, its music, was to spread around the world. This occurred in the 60s due to the efforts by Cubans in exile, in particular by Izzy Sanabria, a graphic designer at Fania Studios. In order to avoid confusion and to sell Cuban music to the world, he decided on an umbrella term to describe all the Cuban styles: "Salsa". At that time, "Salsa" was the term audiences shouted to Cuban musicians to encourage them to play in a more "fiery" and livelier way.

This one-day workshop is designed to introduce you to all rhythm instruments of salsa music and to get you to play the most important and best-known rhythms. We play on the traditional drums and small percussion instruments of salsa music – the congas, timbales, bongos, campana, guiro, maracas and claves.

Don't hesitate to contact us any time by phone or e-mail if you have any further inquiries.

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