Amateur Music Network presents workshops, on our own or in partnership with other local organizations, and is committed to fostering access to music in Northern California and beyond.



Join us for MUSIC MONDAYS where we explore ensemble playing in large and small groups. We work with esteemed local Mentors in a wide range of eclectic repertoire including contemporary Cuban, jazz, classical and more! Music will be available in advance for download upon registration. All ages, all levels welcome.

Music Mondays is a partnership with Northern California Chamber Music Academy and Drew School.

Music Mondays: January 29

CANTA BRASIL: Brazilian Music for Singers featuring mentor SANDY CRESSMAN

This workshop will explore Brazilian vocal music in the bossa nova and samba traditions. We will explore the roots Brazilian popular music, including rhythmic grooves, phrasing, vocal percussion and Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation. After a brief history of the development of the bossa nova with listening examples, we will learn 2-3 songs.
We will also explore the musical details that will help bossa novas sound Brazilian, and how to integrate the authentic Brazilian feel into jazz repertoire.