New Program: Steel Orchestra at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

Programa de tambores metálicos o Steelpan en el Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis

Monday/Wednesday (Lunes/Miércoles) or Tuesday/Thursday (Martes/Jueves)

Spring Schedule / Horario de primavera: 3:10 pm | 4:10 pm

Ages/edades: 9-13

English Description 

The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and  Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center are excited to partner in a new endeavor, a youth steel orchestra program. This is a full year program where students will be introduced to music through the steel pan (or steel drum), a unique percussion instrument which has its roots in the Caribbean islands and culture of Trinidad and Tobago. Rehearsals will focus on basic music theory, technique, musicianship, building a diverse repertoire and learning about calypso – the traditional music of Trinidad and Tobago – as well as other styles from classical to jazz. Sign up here.


Descripción en Español

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra y el Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis se enorgullecen en presentar la nueva iniciativa del programa Orquestas Steelpan. Se trata de un programa de año completo en que los estudiantes aprenderán sobre la música a través del Steelpan, un singular instrumento de percusión que tiene sus raíces en las islas del Caribe y la cultura de Trinidad y Tobago. Los ensayos se centrarán en la teoría básica de la música, técnica, musicalidad, construcción de un repertorio diverso y aprendizaje sobre el calypso – la música tradicional de Trinidad y Tobago -, así como otros estilos clásicos como el jazz. Matricúlate aquí.

¿Necesita ayuda en español? Llame at 773-698-6004 o pase a llenar la solicitud en persona días de semana entre 10 am y 6:00 pm en el Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis, localizado en la 4048 W. Armitage.




Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and After School Matters partner to offer paid apprenticeships to teens (ages 14-18) to learn Traditional Puerto Rican Bomba, Afro-Caribbean Jazz, and Music Video Production. We also offer Brazilian Samba Classes in partnership with Evanston Escola de Samba every Wednesday.


Traditional Puerto Rican Bomba

(Percussion, Singing and Dance)
Classes start again in February 21, 2017
Tuesday through Thursday (5:00 pm – 7:30 pm)
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL 60639

Bomba is unique in that the lead drummer follows the dancer, forming a unique relationship between the two. The lead drummer makes the movements of the dancer audible through the sound of the drum. In this program apprentices will be introduced to the history of bomba, singing, dancing, as well as basic Bomba rhythms. These rhythms include Yuba and Sica patterns, songs, and dances. Apprentices will learn footwork and defining “piquetes” (improvisational moves). Fill out an application here to set up an interview


Music Video Production

Classes start again in February 20, 2017
Monday through Wednesday (5:00 pm – 7:30pm)
Prosser Career Academy
2148 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL 60639


This Music Video Production program explores video production with emphasis on music and culture. The activities will focus on mixing music beats and creating a music video. Apprentices get the opportunity to produce, direct, shoot, and edit music videos. Apprentices also attain a foundational understanding of music video production from idea development through production and editing. Fill out an application here.



Afro-Caribbean Jazz

Classes start in February 20, 2017
Sunday through Tuesday (Sundays: 11am to 2:00 pm, Mondays and Tuesdays: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
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.



Dates: Every Wednesday (unless otherwise noted)
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4048 W Armitage, Chicago
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Description: The Evanston Escola de Samba begins its residency at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center! Students will learn Rio-style percussion techniques and patterns in preparation for our major 4th of July Parade. Every week is a drop in – so join us as often as you can. Instruments will be provided! All levels welcome!
For questions and information, contact Reed Flygt (
$12 per class. OR buy 10 classes for $100 and get a class card that will be marked for each class you take. Pay by cash, check or by credit card on our Paypal Donation Page. If you buy a class card, you will receive it on the first day of class.
El Ritmo School of Latin Percussion
Every Saturday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60639
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.