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Group Drum and Percussion Class Schedule

Use the convenient tabs below to find a class at your skill level or in your particular area.

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  • Novice: No prior drumming experience
  • Beginner: Less than 1 year drumming experience
  • Intermediate: 1-3 years drumming experience
  • Advanced: 3+ years drumming experience

Upcoming Drum and Percussion Classes

Afro Latin Percussion (Intermediate)

December 3, 201610:00 am
Ted Brown Music Intermediate / Tacoma

Audience: Intermediate level drummers (1-3 years playing experience) who are interested in learning more about traditional Afro-Latin styles of music.

Description: This class focuses on playing bomba, bembe, and macuta Afro-Latin drumming styles. You will also learn the singing parts that accompany drum play in these traditional music forms. Singing provides both the melodic and rhythmic base for the drums to develop their own dialog and conversations. Classes are structured to progress over several phases:


  1. Warm-up exercises focused on isolation and speed development

  2. Employ 6/8 yuba support and lead rhythms to assist the learning of songs and breaks that are vital to understanding and playing bomba music

  3. Understanding and ...

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Afro-Latin Percussion (Beginner)

December 3, 201611:15 am - 12:15 pm
Ted Brown Music Beginners / Tacoma

Audience: Beginner level drummers (Under 1 years playing experience) who are interested in learning more about traditional Afro-Latin styles of music.

Description: This class focuses on playing bomba, bembe, and macuta Afro-Latin drumming styles. You will also learn the singing parts that accompany drum play in these traditional music forms. Singing provides both the melodic and rhythmic base for the drums to develop their own dialog and conversations. Classes are structured to progress over several phases:


  1. Warm-up exercises focused on isolation and speed development

  2. Employ 6/8 yuba support and lead rhythms to assist the learning of songs and breaks that are vital to understanding and playing bomba music

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Rhythm 101 for Drummers and Dancers (All levels)

December 9, 20167:00 pm
Salsa Con Todo Advanced / All Levels / Beginners / Intermediate / Novice / Seattle (Fremont)

Audience: Whether a beginner or a seasoned pro, these isolation exercises will improve your sense of timing, groove, and ability to improvise.

Description: Rhythm 101 is about learning how to feel the rhythm in music in order to create spontaneous and unique counter rhythms inside the music. We will focus on Afro-Cuban rumba, bembe, and salsa styles, with special emphasis on feeling and playing the different clave patterns, kata and palito, as well as the drum parts and accompanying songs. All drum and percussion instruments provided.

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Audience: Whether a beginner or a seasoned pro, these isolation exercises will improve your sense of timing, groove, and ability to improvise.

Description: Rhythm 101 is about learning how to feel the rhythm in music in order to create spontaneous and unique counter rhythms inside the music. We will focus on Afro-Cuban rumba, bembe, and salsa styles, with special emphasis on feeling and playing the different clave patterns, kata and palito, as well as the drum parts and accompanying songs. All drum and percussion instruments provided.

Afro Latin Percussion (Intermediate)

December 10, 201610:00 am
Ted Brown Music Intermediate / Tacoma

Audience: Intermediate level drummers (1-3 years playing experience) who are interested in learning more about traditional Afro-Latin styles of music.

Description: This class focuses on playing bomba, bembe, and macuta Afro-Latin drumming styles. You will also learn the singing parts that accompany drum play in these traditional music forms. Singing provides both the melodic and rhythmic base for the drums to develop their own dialog and conversations. Classes are structured to progress over several phases:


  1. Warm-up exercises focused on isolation and speed development

  2. Employ 6/8 yuba support and lead rhythms to assist the learning of songs and breaks that are vital to understanding and playing bomba music

  3. Understanding and ...

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Afro-Latin Percussion (Beginner)

December 10, 201611:15 am - 12:15 pm
Ted Brown Music Beginners / Tacoma

Audience: Beginner level drummers (Under 1 years playing experience) who are interested in learning more about traditional Afro-Latin styles of music.

Description: This class focuses on playing bomba, bembe, and macuta Afro-Latin drumming styles. You will also learn the singing parts that accompany drum play in these traditional music forms. Singing provides both the melodic and rhythmic base for the drums to develop their own dialog and conversations. Classes are structured to progress over several phases:


  1. Warm-up exercises focused on isolation and speed development

  2. Employ 6/8 yuba support and lead rhythms to assist the learning of songs and breaks that are vital to understanding and playing bomba music

  3. <...

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Contact Arturo

Interested in taking private, group, or Skype drum and percussion lessons from Arturo? Would you like his Rhythm Ambassadors group to bring cultural awareness through music to your school assembly or artist-in-residence program? How about live music or DJ services for a party, wedding, or other special event? Use the convenient form below to contact Arturo with your needs. Or, if you prefer, you can call Arturo at (206) 276-6401 or email him at any of the addresses below.

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For Rhythm Ambassadors: arturo@rhythmambassadors.com

For live music and DJ services: arturo@playzmusic.com

For drum and percussion lessons: arturo@interact-learn.com

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