Brazilian Beats - Grooversity - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


Brazilian Beats

Artist: Grooversity
Type: Performance|Remote
Art Form: Music|Exploring Cultures
Grade Level: K-12
Scheduling Request

Acclaimed percussionist, educator, activist and Grooversity maestro Marcus Santos leads an ensemble of drummers and dancers in a high-energy survey of Brazilian drumming styles springing from his native Bahia—the original capital of Brazil. As students are introduced to soul-stirring Afro-Brazilian spirituals, to the jazz that virtuosic street soloists make with instruments as humble as plastic buckets, to the thunderous and gleeful drumming of festival marching bands, to the modern sounds of Samba Funk, they will join in the fun with call-and-response chants and funky dance moves. Volunteers will be called upon to get up on stage and help make some music.

Remote Learning Adaptation: Performing live from separate locations with their trademark high energy and call-and-response interaction, Grooversity maestro Marcus Santos demonstrates four styles of Brazilian percussion, while an ensemble member demonstrates the dances they accompany. From their homes or their classrooms, students will sing, chant, move and help keep the beats while learning about the cultural contexts of each style. 

Program available in person, or live online.

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 300
Curriculum Connection: Music, Percussion, Brazilian Music, Brazilian Culture, Street/Festival Music

Single Performance: $1,050
Additional Performances: $840
Travel: $100 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Live Online:

School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artists co-hosts. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call to spotlight artist video, facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performers as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts ensemble.



  • One reserved parking space
  • Water for performers
  • Access to power outlet

Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes

Strike time: 15 minutes

Time needed between performances: 15 minutes.

Please introduce the artists as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts ensemble.


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