Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and After School Matters partner to offer paid apprenticeships to teens (ages 14-18) to learn Afro-Caribbean Jazz and Afro-Latin Percussion.

Teens in our programs earn stipends.

For teens who successfully meet certain program requirements (including attendance and participation), After School Matters provides them with a monetary stipend.

Summer $336 – $725
School Year $275 – $425 (per session, Fall and/or Spring)

Stipends lower participation barriers, reinforce the importance of dedicated participation and hard work in programs, and make an economic impact on teens, their families and communities. Providing stipends to our teens empowers them and reinforces the value of their time and efforts.


Afro-Caribbean Jazz

Classes start in February, 2018
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble program provides the opportunity to expand on the fundamentals of the Jazz and Afro-Latin traditions of the Caribbean. The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble is an introduction, for teens with some musical experience, to the next level of concepts that are essential for aspiring musicians looking into World Music performance. Fill out application here. Search for Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Instructor Roy McGrath.


Afro-Latin Percussion

Classes start again in June 2018
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL 60639

Introduction to Afro-Latin percussion, focusing on technique and learning to play as part of an ensemble. Rhythms include Afro-Cuban Guaguancó, Puerto Rican Bomba and Colombian Cumbia. Students may be recommended for advanced Afro-Caribbean Jazz after completing this course. Application link available soon. Email for an interview any time of the year.

El Ritmo School of Latin Percussion
Clases start on January 13, 2018
 Every Saturday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60639
El Ritmo School of Latin Percussion has over 15 years of history in the community, offering free drop-in Afro-Caribbean percussion classes for beginners and intermediate students of all ages.
Call instructor Michael Rodríguez for details at 773-968-3197.