Learning Latin Percussion on Various Instruments

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This 12-week introductory course in the art of Latin percussion allows students to learn on the instrument of their choice. Accomplished percussionist Arturo Rodriguez brings his vast experience to the virtual classroom to help develop the musicality and ability of beginner percussionists. Students can expect to learn the basic techniques, the execution of different sounds, and how to develop a specific style. These lessons are offered for drum kit, congas, timbales, bongos, and more.

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Renton, WA
United States

Course Duration
12 Weeks
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English, Spanish
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per week per student

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30 Years Experience
From: United States
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BS in Physiology / Education
Uc Davis
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Rhythm Ambassadors®
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Playz Music

Course Details

Learning Latin Percussion on Various Instruments is great for both complete beginners and established drummers wanting to take their skills to the next level with Latin percussion. Students begin by choosing their instrument from the list below: 

  • Drum kit 
  • Congas 
  • Timbales 
  • Cajon 
  • Bongos 
  • Bata 
  • Shekere 
  • Guiro 

Experienced educator Arturo Rodriguez takes into account the skill level and instrument of each student and then develops a learning plan based around four main topics: technique, execution, musicality, and style as described below by the instructor: 

  1. TECHNIQUE: Technique Is how you hit the drum and the ergonomics of the action. Includes hand placement, wrist, elbow, and arm movement and how to place your body in relation to your instrument.
  2. EXECUTION: Execution is the delivery of percussive sounds. Exercises are required to develop your execution and I will show you the most important exercises you can learn as a drummer. These exercises will help develop your speed and coordination.
  3. MUSICALITY: Musicality is learning how to groove staying in the pocket and playing the music with a good feel. As a drummer, you must be able to hear and identify all the other instruments and rhythms occurring in a particular song.
  4. STYLES: Many different contemporary music styles like rock, funk, pop, jazz, country, folk intersect with the Latin music styles of salsa, merengue, bachata, Brazilian music, West African Hi-Life, Afro Pop, and traditional styles like bembe, rumba, macuta, arara, iyesa, etc.

About Mr. Arturo Rodriguez: Arturo Rodriguez is an accomplished musician, author, teacher, and DJ with over 30 years of experience. A well-known and worldwide performer, Arturo has shared the stage with Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Pete Escovedo, Brandi Carlile, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, just to name a few. Hailing from a childhood filled with music, Arturo is the son of a passionate salsa dancer and percussionist.

Today, Arturo is a popular influencer in the Seattle music scene with an amazing talent for bringing people together and moving through the boundaries of jazz, pop, rock, and even folk music. He has published three texts on ethnic percussion and leads his own music and community-focused company, Interact and Learn. 

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.

Course Specific Benefits

This course will help students feel accustomed to their chosen instrument. Give them a solid foundation of the rudiments so that they can move onto more advanced training.

About Teacher

An accomplished musician, author, teacher, and DJ, Arturo has performed worldwide, sharing the stage with such music legends as Tito Puente, Dave Valentin, Paul Horn, Pete Escovedo, Brandi Carlile, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and many more. Never one to stand still for very long, Arturo is both a familiar face and a powerful force on the local Seattle music scene. While moving through the musical boundaries of jazz, Latin, pop, rock, and even folk music, Arturo has an amazing talent for bringing people together in a social setting.

Arturo grew up in Los Angeles, in a household where his mother was a passionate mambo and salsa dancer, and his father was an avid conguero who played with the Hispanic Music Association and formed the group Salsa Express. They made certain music was integral to everyday family life. Arturo admits it is no surprise that he wound up in a career so completely reflective of his childhood experiences.

“Each morning, my mother would wake us up for school with the music of Celia Cruz and Ismael ‘Cortijo’ Rivera, and a lot of soulful footwork in the living room.”

Arturo’s early love of percussion led him to study with several prominent ethnomusicologists, and eventually became the genesis of his own company, Interact and Learn, that offers self-study courses, workshops, and public and private training for beginner through advanced students. Now, with three books in his Ethnic Percussion Series (published by Mel Bay Publications) and growing online training business, Arturo’s teaching style stresses the importance of community.

“I see music as an opportunity for people to learn to work together. Playing music within a group is a lesson in social awareness and collective consciousness. Ultimately, the goal is to give of one’s self – to be as one with the music and the musicians.”


Students enrolling for this course need to possess:

1) Their drum of study: Snare Drum, Conga, Timbales, Cajon, Bongos, Bata, Shekere or Guiro.

2) Book and pen for notes or recording device.

Weekly Schedule

These sections are for individual students.

Click on Enrol corresponding to the Section that matches your schedule.
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Beginning Latin Percussion - Pick your instrument Congas, Cajon, Timbales, Bongo, Shekere or Bata,
Mon 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
Tue 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
Wed 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
Thu 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
Fri 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
Sat 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
Sun 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
+91-97400-50326 for any questions.


What's the difference between beginning, intermediate and advanced?
A person's level is directly related to their natural ability and the amount of time they put into learning new skills.
The more time you put in the faster you can learn new skills the faster you move up in level.

These timelines are all very loose because someone who is driven and practices every day is going to evolve faster than someone who is casually practicing only once or twice a week.

A beginning student is someone who has put in a year or less on their instrument.

An intermediate student is 1-3 years

An advanced student has been playing seriously for over 3-5 years.

A professional someone who is already playing with other instrumentalists and gigging.
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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