Course Duration12 Weeks
BS in Physiology / Education from Uc Davis
Owner - Rhythm Ambassadors®
Owner - Playz Music
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.