Global Beats

Ages: 13-18, Adults

Type: Instrumental

Terms: Fall, Spring

Duration: 8 Weeks

Saturdays: 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Class Size: 6

Price:  $360 / $180 with private lessons

Location: BKCM


The Global Beats program is an opportunity to connect with the rich history and culture of various musical traditions from around the globe. Through call and response, language, repetition and layers, students at any level, from beginner to advanced, receive guidance from masters of the tradition. No prior experience in music is required, just a willingness to listen, have fun and join in. 


Session 1: Sept 7 to Nov 2
Session 2: Nov 9 to Jan 11
Session 3: Jan 25 to March 29
Session 4: April 5 to June 14 

Registration Info

Please call 718-622-3300 to speak to one of our registrars who will guide you through the registration process and answer any questions you might have. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. To apply please contact and fill out the financial aid application.

For complete information on our registration process and policies please click here.

Age: Adults & Teens
Type: Instrumental
Term: Fall Session 1
Term Length: 8 Weeks
Schedule: Saturdays from 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 6
Price: $360 | $180 for Students Enrolled in Private Lessons
Instructor:  David Bertrand
Session 1: Sept 7 to Nov 2, Saturdays from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Lagniappe (lanny-app) in French Creole means “getting more than what you paid for” and this class will provide a wealth of knowledge and understanding of Calypso. Students will explore the grooves and styles of Calypso focusing on a 30 year period from the 1950’s to the 1980’s with an examination of its history and the elements that have shaped it stylistically over generations. Students will perform Trinidadian rhythms that are the foundation for different iterations of calypso along with a guided group listening to various calypsos of different eras. 

Students will learn and perform on drums and other instruments transcribed compositions of iconic calypsonians including The Roaring Lion, Lord Kitchener, with the original lyrics and arrangements from the records. By exploring this music through listening and performance, the class will get to experience this rich aspect of Trinidadian culture as what it has always been: an expression of wit, protest, dignity and joyful affirmation. 

This class is open to students at any level. Students with no prior experience will play on percussion instruments, and gain skills in keeping rhythm and time. Students who play instruments are encouraged to play whatever instrument they feel most comfortable with. If you have any questions about this class, send an email to

Take a listen! Here are some examples of Calypso styles:

Trinidad, The Land of Calypso by The Roaring Lion

Rain-O-Rama by Lord Kitchener

Lorainne by Explainer