Intermediate Level Brazilian Swing Music

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Students will get to know and learn about Brazilian music with violinist, mandolinist, and composer, Ted Falcon. Students will learn about the different aspects of Brazillian music including choro, frevo, forró, samba, bossa nova and more. While Ted will primarily play with either his violin or mandolin, all instrumentalists and disciplines are welcome on this unique course. Using Ted's method books for reference, students will learn how to play at their own skill level and pace.

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Los Angeles, CA
United States

Course Duration
15 Weeks
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20 Years Experience
From: United States
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Violin Lessons
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Masters in Music
Indiana University
Bachelor of Arts
University of Pittsburgh
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Organization / Institute Name
Silverlake Conservatory of Music
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Whittier College

Course Details

Over the course of 15 weeks, Ted and students will talk about rhythms, the correct way to play Brazilian swing, melodies, and techniques. All instruments are welcome and with Ted's method books, students will learn a hard-to-find repertoire from Brazil. Each 60-minute class is a one-on-one lesson and each student will be learning at his or her own pace and skill level. Students will learn the different aspects of Brazillian music in the following styles:

Choro - a distinctly Brazillian sounding music that has a typically happy and fast-paced rhythm. Students will quickly learn how to play, as well as improvise, in this style.

Frevo - typically played as a dancing style music with a very fast pace and energetic tempo.

Forró - iconic music, most notably known for its use in Brazillian carnivals and festivals.

Samba - it would be hard to talk about Brazillian music without mentioning its unmistakable beats! The Samba is quintessential to learning Brazillian music

Bossa nova - often described as a silky smooth sound, it is a beautiful fusion of Samba and Jazz.

All student's should have access to Ted's method books and a good foundational knowledge of the instrument they wish to learn

About Ted Falcon: While the violin is not normally an instrument seen in Brazilian popular music, ever the innovator, Ted Falcon has not only brought it onto the scene but has, quite literally, written a book about it. As a multi-instrumentalist (violin and mandolin), as well as a composer, Ted has lived and worked in Los Angeles, New York City, São Paulo, and Brasilia. As an enthusiastic researcher, he has written and published books about regional styles of Brazillian music such as Forró, Choro and Frevo. Ted also taught the violin for a few years at the most respected choro school in Brazil, Escola de Choro Raphael Rabello. He is currently teaching at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music as a Professor of Music.

Value Additions

Books recommended - $20 each in pdf

25 Choros by Ted Falcon

20 Forró to play

20 Frevos to play

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

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Basic knowledge of your instrument. 2 years minimum.

Weekly Schedule

These sections are for individual students.

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Section A
Tue 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
Section B
Thu 01:15 PM - 02:15 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
Section C
Tue 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
+91-97400-50326 for any questions.


Can you teach me Brazilian music on any instrument?
Yes! I've worked with harpists, harmonica players, wind and string players. My books are very complete and I can help you understand the Brazilian sound, swing and repertoire. I also understand well the history of the music and speak fluent Portuguese
How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
This course will require practice time outside of lessons. Time spent practicing may vary from 15 minutes per day to an hour, depending on a student’s level of interest. Students who wish to become professional musicians will need more hours of practice per day using a different set of exercises and materials than students who are seeking to learn music as a hobby. Detailed structure of practice for each student will be discussed and explained during class.
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Students should get a response within 24 hours if the teacher is not preoccupied or travelling.

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