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


Afro-Latin Percussion

Classes start again in February 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.








Advanced Afro-Caribbean Jazz

Classes start in October 2, 2017
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.