Samba in Rio!
Dates are TBA, anticipate December 31, 2013-January 12, 2014
MUS 399: 3 undergraduate credits
Discover Samba and Brazil this winter! Samba in Rio is a pioneering new course that will introduce you to Brazilian culture in Rio de Janeiro, using samba—Brazil’s most characteristic music and dance—as a prism through which to better understand what makes Brazil unique. While in Brazil, we will immerse ourselves in the local culture by visiting samba schools, taking samba percussion and dance workshops, and attending a soccer game in Maracanã stadium. You will learn some samba rhythmic patterns and how to play on typical samba batería (drum section) instruments such as surdo, caixa, repinique, and tamborim, as taught by one of the top samba school batería directors in Rio Carnaval. This course will also teach you ethnographic techniques in an effort to experience Rio from a rich variety of angles.
This is course is ideal for music and theater students but open to students from any major with a desire to learn about Samba.
Day 1: Afternoon: Board Concord Trailways bus to Logan Airport
Evening: Depart US for Rio
Day 2: Morning: Arrive in Rio; orient ourselves with the neighborhood where we'll be staying.
Late afternoon: Welcome dinner at a churrascaria (Brazilian steak house)
Evening: Watch São Clemente samba school rehearsal
Day 3: Morning: Lecture on how to write an ethnographic report.
Afternoon: Samba dance lesson.
Evening: Practice samba moves at a club in the Lapa neighborhood
Day 4: Morning: Visit Christ statue in morning; lecture on importance of religion in Brazilian life.
Afternoon: Swim and stroll at Ipanema beach.
Evening: Visit Mangueira samba school.
Day 5: Morning: Lecture on samba’s role as Brazil’s national music and on the historical and current significance of Carnaval.
Afternoon: Visit Cubango samba school street rehearsal.
Evening: Meet with Brazilian musicians to interview them for ethnographic report.
Day 6: Morning: Free time.
Afternoon: Attend soccer game at Maracanã stadium.
Evening: Informal discussion about the role of futebol in Brazilian society as compared to football in the U.S.
Day 7: Morning: Free time.
Afternoon and Evening: Take samba percussion workshop at Cubango samba school; stay for Cubango rehearsal
Day 8: Morning: Visit Artcelsior instrument factory.
Afternoon: Watch demonstration of capoeira (Brazilian martial art accompanied by music on the berimbau).
Evening: Discussion about race and class in Brazilian society and how capoeira has figured in Brazilian history
Day 9: Morning: Visit Sugarloaf Mountain.
Afternoon: Free time.
Evening: Attend a samba show at the “City of Samba” where floats and costumes are made for Carnaval
Day 10: Morning: Ethnographic report due, then free time.
Afternoon: Take second samba percussion workshop at Cubango samba school (optional).
Evening: Farewell dinner at Amir, Rio’s finest Lebanese restaurant; informal discussion about ethnicity in Brazil and a roundtable summary of each participant’s experience
Day 11: Morning: Pack for return trip.
Afternoon: Go to beach, shop for gifts, etc.
Evening: Depart for US.
Day 12: Arrive in Portland
Saturday, 1/18: Reflection essay due by 5 p.m.
Dr. Galinsky has been traveling to and conducting research in Brazil since 1993. An expert on Brazilian music both in performance and scholarly spheres and director of the popular group Samba New York!, he has made films on samba music and written on pagode and mangue beat, two important musical genres of Brazil. Dr. Galinsky is often mistaken for a native Brazilian due to his fluency in Portuguese. In 2007 and 2010, he led similar courses in Rio.
Proficient in several languages, Dr. Christiansen has traveled to over twenty countries on four continents and has lived and worked abroad for seven years. In 2007, he led a Czech history and culture course, “Bohemian Rhapsody: USM Summer in Prague,” which had the highest enrollment of all USM study abroad courses that year. He has taught about Brazilian music in World Music courses, both at USM and in the Czech Republic.
A complete application includes all of the following and is due at the Office of International Programs by September 27, 2013 (special consideration will be given to USM students who apply by September 13, 2013):
* Signed, completed application form*
* $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
* Typed 200-word essay
* A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor
* Official copies of all academic transcripts
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.
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The program fee for the Brazil program is TBA, but is anticipated to be between $3200-$3500. The cost of three credits of tuition and fees at the in-state rate are additional. The program fee will include accommodation, roundtrip airfare, scheduled in-country travel, site visits, field trips, bottled water throughout the program, and emergency medical and evacuation insurance through iNext.
Not included in the program fee will be the cost of tuition, fees, books, academic supplies, most meals, or other personal expenses. Three credits of undergraduate tuition is currently $759 plus $84 for the university unified fee. All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency. Tuition and fee rates for the 2013-2014 academic year will be confirmed by July 1, 2013.
The winter session is part of the fall semester and these additional credits may put you in a higher bracket for other academic fees. Please visit the Student Accounts website for complete information on tuition and fees. All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.
All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The $200 deposit will go towards the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due as follows:
50% of the balance due Friday, November 1, 2013
Remaining balance due Friday, December 6, 2013