Spr a – Samba

Students will learn about the historical background and context of Samba music, they will try a selection of instruments typical to a Samba band set-up and will then specialise on one instrument learning and performing a piece as a whole class, following the necessary signals and breaks characteristic of Samba music.

This unit also introduces musical terminology such as: batacuda, mestre, various instrument names, groove, break, polyrhythm, unison, syncopation


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: be able to perform a simple rhythm within the batucada. Students will also have an understanding of good rehearsal practice and basic manners for social music making, specifically respecting equipment.

Most students will: be able to perform a more complex rhythm in the batucada, following all signals given.  Students will perform confidently and with accuracy.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to perform a more complex rhythm in the batucada, take a leading role in the group.  Students will perform with confidence and accuracy.

How to help your child

Encourage students to join extra-curricular groups and encourage students to listen to other forms of music, especially world music, via the internet, radio, etc. Practice at home if students have access to a suitable instrument.

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