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by claudia . April 10th, 2013

Kicking off next week in Brisbane , with a half day Professional Development Cajon workshop for people working with young people, followed by open two day Cajon workshop in Brisbane on 20 – 21 April (beginners – experienced). Then Newcastle at the Newcastle Music Academy May 5, followed by Melbourne a bit later in the year. Email me for more info on learning to play Cajon!

 

 

by claudia . February 13th, 2013

All are welcome to join weekly Cajon classes on Saturdays at the Pasion Flamenco School in Rockdale, Sydney from 11 – 12 noon. Open/mixed level. This term we are looking at Paradiddles on the Cajon, some cool new grooves, and with a focus on technique. For more information, please email me at claudia@learncajon.com

To check out the Cajon composition we are working on this term, visit http://www.learncajon.com/blog/2011/12/cajon-ensemble-music-learn-cajon-launch-piece/

(Don’t worry if you can’t read music – there are many ways to learn!)

by claudia . August 9th, 2012

I was thrilled that Frank Corniola and Gary France from DrumScene published an article on my Learn Cajon DVD in the July – Sep 2012 edition. For copies of the mag which is packed with great info, interviews, tips and news on all things to do with drums and percussion, go to www.drumscene.com.au/current-issue

Just click below to read the article! Thanks again to Frank and Gary!

DrumScene69

 

 

by claudia . April 3rd, 2012

Easter School Holiday Cajon Workshops

The second two day cajon workshop for children who want to learn the cajon! The last workshop held in January was a great success, and in this next workshop, we are planning to start working on a composition which students may perform at the Los Carmonas end of year concert.

All young people welcome – No experience is necessary, and different levels will be catered for.

email: claudia@learncajon.com
mobile: 0425 264 375

Dates
Thursday 12 April, 3pm – 5 pm
Friday 13 April, 10 am – 12 noon

Place
Los Carmonas Studio, 248 Parramatta Road, Stanmore

Cost
$65 both workshops including cajon hire if required ($35 one day only)

Some Comments from Past Workshops

“We were thrilled with your professionalism and interactions with the boys. You gave the boys a new outlook and way to express themselves. You were the key to unlocking the magic within!”
Ann Dunbar, Teacher, Putland Education and Training Unit

“The kids really responded well. Bright, smiles and some kids really came out of their shells and shined. It was amazing. The time flew by and the kids were absorbed for the entire time. The body percussion and drumming were perfectly aimed at and suited the ages of the kids.”
Katie Everett, – Sydney South West Area Holiday Program

“I was impressed by the way the workshops generated happiness! They were positive for every participant, whether shy, anxious, or boisterous, and I loved how Claudia managed the group, and brought the group together to put on a performance.”

Meryn O’Brian, Burnside Family Learning Centre
by claudia . December 21st, 2011

The You Do What? article is my favourite section of the Good Weekend (Australia) newspaper and I am still pinching myself I was included. If you didn’t see it, you can read the article by clicking here. Many thanks to Cindy MacDonald, Nina Karnikowski & Nick Cubbin from Good Weekend, and Steve Godbee for the wonderful article and photo!

by claudia . November 17th, 2011

My interactive website – Learn Cajon – is now officially launched. It ‘s a site I created for anyone interested in

  • learning to play the cajon
  • buying a quality cajon
  • joining an on line cajon community

You can visit and download a free introductory module here!

 

 

by claudia . October 31st, 2011

Huge thank you to everyone who came to my Learn Cajon launch at Spanish Tapas in Sydney – it was an amazing night! Special thank you to all who performed –  Greg Alfonzeti, Ana Interiano, the girls from Sangre Espanola, Frank Macias y Los Amigos, Sam and Rached, and to Allan Watson, Kathleen Strong, and Dean Watson, Debbie Pask for speaking!

Thanks to Kua (Oh Snap) for the awesome snaps and to Vanna for amazing as always video work.

 

by claudia . September 6th, 2011

My new website is live which is a Cajon Resource where you can learn cajon on line, buy cajons and DVDs and join the on line cajon community.  All feedback very welcome!

Claudia :)

by claudia . August 6th, 2011

Cajon in Schools

I have been using the cajon in schools as a tool for both musical and social development for many years now, and I currently run cajon ensembles at Curran Public and James Meehan High in Macquarie Fields, Sydney. In this series of articles I’ll be looking at some of the reasons why it is such a magic instrument for schools and teachers, as well as offering some suggestions for ways to run ensembles.

So why the cajon in schools?

Apart from the obvious relevance to a school’s music syllabus, the positive effects of drumming on students’ broader social, intellectual and creative development has been well documented. Increased motivation and attendance, improved class work overall and the development of social skills including team work, problem solving and performance skills are just some of the benefits the schools I have worked in have documented. But what is it about the cajon in particular that makes it so successful?

Hands on instant buzz!

While there’s no doubt that the sound of a cajon improves with some basic technique, it’s also true that anyone can hit a box!! For students that are struggling with low self esteem issues, it’s an ideal instrument to get an instant positive feedback experience from…and then from there to build up technique, skills and ability. Unlike some instruments that take at least a period of time before you can get a sound, the cajon gives back an instant buzz.

Drumkit in a Box

The two main contrasting sounds on the cajon are equivalent to a bass and snare drum on a drumkit. While the quality of these tones varies enormously from cajon to cajon – as with drumkits – any music that uses a drumkit – rock, pop, hip hop, funk, latin, swing, heavy metal and so on – can be replicated with a cajon.

Relevant to youth culture

As we can play any rhythm on the cajon that is played on a drumkit, the beats and grooves that young people tend to listen to today – hip hop, rock, R & B etc work perfectly on the cajon. Some students will be able to play grooves they listen to without any guidance from you.

Students can practice right away

Students – or the school – may not have cajons of their own, but because of the nature of the cajon, it’s easy to find something to practise on – a wooden chest at home, a strong cardboard box, a table top and so on. Some students might have a friend or relative that can build them a basic cajon. For schools interested in buying kits to make cajons, contact me here.

In the next article, I’ll be discussing ways of setting up and starting off tips for drum ensembles. Love to hear any feedback from you through the site,

Click here to see a recent video of some of the students performing as a cajon ensemble for Multicultural Day 2011 at James Meehan High

Claudia :)

 

by claudia . June 28th, 2011

Just had a delightful experience visiting St Lucy’s School in Wahroonga, accompanying Dean Watson from Flamenco@ on the cajon.

Flamenco@ is a project, created and run by Dean Watson which aims to develop and improve the ability of children and adults with disabilities to listen, dance and express themselves through Flamenco dance and music.

I often get to accompany the workshops with the cajon, which is always great fun…but last week we were there to work – not with the children – but the staff of St Lucy’s before their Annual Board & Staff Dinner which was a paella – that spanish rice – being cooked by Michael…in the same hall we were dancing and cajoning!!

Wish I didn’t have to rush off that night without paella in my belly :(

Thanks so much to all the staff who contributed and got into the dance, and to St Lucy’s for their generous gifts of beautiful gift cards from paintings the kids have done.

Claudia :)