9th March 2021

Brazilian Samba Drumming Melbourne – A Escolinha do Bloco 3K


Here is all the information for our weekly Brazilian Drumming sessions, here in Melbourne. Our mission is to promote and share our love of Brazilian music and culture, whilst making loads of noise, and having some fun 😊. The sessions are open to all levels of experience, including beginners, and are taught by Rob Arcari and members of Bloco 3K.


This is your opportunity to learn the rhythms and instruments used within the Escolas de Samba of Rio, and the Afro-Blocos of Bahia. You’ll improve your rhythm & musicality, have some fun, and possibly reach a stage where you have the opportunity to join our performance group. The percussion instruments you can learn are – Surdo (1a, 2a & 3a), Caixa (snare), Repique, Tamborim, Chocalho, Agogô & Timbal.


Every Sunday afternoon

The first Sunday of the month we open our doors to new members between 15:00 – 16:30 for an Open Session (on time, not Brazilian time🤪).

This is the time that we welcome all to attend, have a go, and see what we are about. Once you have attended one of our Open Sessions, then you are welcome back throughout the month. This allows us to build on what we learn, without having to keep going back to basics each week. The times for each session throughout the month alter slightly, so we recommend checking the calendar below. Straight after the sessions the Bloco 3K performance team will rehearse (which you are welcome to stay and watch).


Next Level Studios, Brunswick


We will provide all the drums you need, so you just need to bring yourself, your smile and a willingness to learn. If you need earplugs we will have some for sale at $2/pair (cash only), otherwise you can bring your own.


To sign up for an Open Session, there will be events created in this facebook group. Please mark yourself as attending if you want to come. If your availability changes, please edit your attendance in the event so we know how many drums to bring! As well as the attendees marked in the events, there will also be members of the Bloco joining each session, so there are more people to play with.


Your first Open Session is totally free. After that you have the option of paying a $25 casual rate per session, or $60 for the month.


Rob has spent the last 20 years playing and teaching across the globe, but extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Brazil and Cuba. As well as being the Mestre de Bateria of Bloco 3K, he is also Mestre of Unidos da Cacatua and musical director of Maracatu Estrela do Mar. Alongside this work, Rob is also a drummer with Rio’s Escolas de Samba Acadêmicos da Rocinha, Estácio de Sá & Imperatriz Leopoldinense as well as Maracatu Tambores de Olokun.

Any questions then shoot us a message. Looking forward to playing with you soon!!


Below is the timetable of all our sessions and rehearsals. Use the checkboxes to display the information relevant to you, and click on an event for more info.

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