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Latin Percussion 2 (Cajón)



This course is an expansion of Latin Percussion 1 (Salsa Afro-Cuban), focusing on the South American percussion instrument, the cajón (Peru, Cuba, Spain), and different rhythms. Class time includes hands-on practice and clear demonstration and explanation of how all of the various instruments work together in Latin music ensembles and instrument set up.

Prerequisites: None, open to all. All instruments are provided for in-class use.

Required texts: Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer, Ted Reed; Stick Control: For the Snare Drummer, George Lawrence Stone.

Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
9/19 – 11/28 (10 weeks) no class 11/21
Performance date: Wednesday 12/5

Omar Ledezma • $415


Week 1
In-class discussion of the history of the cajón percussion instrument and the relationship of the different styles that feed the modern way to play the cajon.
Week 2
The study of the basic techniques of the cajon.
Week 3
Sounds on the cajon: development.
Week 4
The study of the basic patterns for the cajon: the afroperuvian Lando.
Week 5
The study of the basic patterns for the cajon: the afroperuvian Festejo.
Week 6
The study of the basic patterns for the cajon: the Spanish rumba.
Week 7
The study of the basic patterns for the cajon: the Spanish compás flamenco. Starting discussions about end of quarter performance.
Week 8
The cajon in American music: We will rock you! Preparing the final performance.
Week 9
Continuation of the study of the cajon rhythms. Expanding the cajon set! Preparing the final
Week 10
Review of the material learned and performance pieces. 




  • Reed-Syncopation #1
  • Stone-Stick Control for the Snare Drummer
  • Hal Leonard Cajon Method Book
  • Morales-Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble


Omar Ledezma Jr. (percussion, voice)

Diploma, Performance, Berklee College of Music 2003. B.S., Law School, Santa Maria University, Caracas, Venezuela 1995. Active local performer, teacher, GRAMMY nominee and world class musician. Toured with renowned artists in USA, Europe, the Caribbean and South America. Has participated in more than 35 recordings, DVDs and books. PEARL PERCUSSION Artist.



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