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Afro-Latin Rhythms in Band and General Music

  • NYU Steinhardt 35 West 4th Street New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Presented by Graham Johnson


Afro-Latin rhythms are part of the foundation for jazz, rock and pop music. This workshop will demonstrate how you can teach Afro-Latin rhythms to give your ensemble a strong rhythmic foundation and explore connections between different cultures. Afro-Latin rhythms lend themselves well to ensembles that include students with a wide range of skills because the parts that students play can be differentiated and scaffolded, presenting opportunities for peer coaching. I will teach applications for rhythms from salsa, bossa nova, samba, swing, 6/8 Bembe, bolero, bachata and merengue. Session participants will gain a variety of tools for practicing rhythms and planning lessons for ensembles playing various kinds of rock, pop, Latin or jazz music on various instruments. Participants will also learn how to orchestrate these rhythms for a percussion section and use these rhythms for comping and soloing on chordal and melodic instruments. Please bring an instrument to this workshop. All instruments are welcome!


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Graham Johnson is a music teacher at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) in Manhattan. He is leading the expansion of the WHEELS music program as the school grows to include Pre-K through 12th grade. He has taught elementary, middle and high school band and general music classes, as well as special education, for ten years. He plays piano with jazz groups in New York City, where he has also had the opportunity to study with top musicians on the Latin music scene. He studied economics, music theory and jazz piano at Oberlin College, and received an MS in Education


This workshop satisfies 3 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

Payment and Cost: Workshop is $15.00 with advance online registration (PayPal) at meanyc.org $20.00 at the door if you prefer to pay cash or credit card. Advance registration entitles you to pay $15.00 at the door. Walk-ins pay $20.00. MEANYC members get one free workshop. No fee for college students. 

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**Registration is nonrefundable**

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