Samba Drumming Drumming workshops are suitable for people of all ages who want to experience the rhythms and sounds of Brazil. the workshops are ‘hands-on’ and everyone is guaranteed to have a drum or percussion instrument to play with.  All the instruments used are authentic Brazilian samba drums and percussion, which when played produce the distinctive Bateria sound characteristic of Rio de Janiero during the annual carnival.


A class workshop consists of a brief introduction during which each drum and percussion instrument is described and demonstrated.  There then follows a number of activities exploring the different sounds and rhythms typical of a Samba band. 


"Gope Timba Large 10" x 50cm - Wood"Due to the nature and volume of Samba drumming, the workshop should be located in a hall and be at least 40 minutes in duration.


A typical timetable within a junior school environment for classes of up to 35 pupils would be:


Year 3

9:15 – 10:15



Year 4

10:30 – 11:30



Year 5

1:15 – 2:15

Year 6

2:15 – 3:15


NB. A short introduction during assembly and/or a performance at the end of the day can also be included if required.


The main drums used in a Samba drumming workshop are surdos, tamborims, repeniques, timbas and caixas. These are augmented with percussion instruments such as agogo bells, ganzas, rocars, chocalho and the reco reco.


Please click here for a Samba factsheet.