ERIK LARREA

Music Educator | MMus cum laude

 

Hola! Nice that you are interested in drums and percussion! My name is Erik and I’m a Spanish-Luxembourgish drummer and percussionist. My passion for the huge and beautiful world of percussion drove me to China and back and if you are interested too, I’d be glad to guide and teach you the ways of drumming.

I teach a wide range of percussion instruments such as: drum-set, congas, timbales, cajón, batá drums and many more.

Do you want to check out a lesson with me? 

Methods

In some cases it’s best to listen and play, focusing on each other’s interactions while playing. In other cases, it makes more sense to use books and handouts. In my lessons you can expect a mix between these teaching styles, as I consider both an important part of music education.

The musical styles I teach range from Caribbean and South-American music, all the way to Pop, Jazz, Classical, Flamenco music and more.

During the lessons, I will cover all the musical and technical aspects to be able to bond with your instrument, to feel comfortable and to express yourself through drums and percussion.

Aspects in the lesson include:

  • Technique and sound

  • Timing with the matrix

  • Rhythm and grooves

  • Music theory and notation

  • Improvisation

  • Songs - on your personal wishlist

I teach all around the Benelux, having two studios; one in Bourglinster, Luxembourg and one in Hoogvliet Rotterdam.
I can also come to your place if you prefer to stay cozy at home.

Teaching career

At Codarts, Conservatory of Rotterdam, I completed my Bachelor and Master degrees, specialising in Latin-American drums and percussion, graduating with ‘Cum Laude’ honours in both.

Prior to teaching and performing on a regular basis in the Benelux, mostly in The Netherlands and Luxembourg, I was based in China, working as a teacher and department coordinator in the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Besides teaching drums and percussion, I also gave diverse lectures and workshops related to Latin American music, as well as other World Music topics.

Since my return to Europe, I have been teaching freelance. I do so at my studios, online or at the student's place. In addition, I am active as a substitute teacher in the Latin music department at Codarts Rotterdam, in the Netherlands and at the music school of Echternach, in Luxembourg.

Lesson types

Erik teaches individual and group lessons, workshops and lectures, privately and in institutions.

Lessons are available in English, Spanish, French, German and Luxembourgish.

Individual classes are available to all levels, from beginners to advanced.

Online - Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp and Wechat 微信

  • PDF handouts will be shared during and after the lessons.
  • Requirements: Good internet connection, headphones, camera, video chat software.
  • Suggestions: Tripod for phone/camera, notebook/music sheets, high-speed internet.

In the Studio - Welcome to one of my two practice studios

  • Either in Bourglinster, Luxembourg or Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Classic face-to-face lessons. PDF handouts will be provided.

At Home - I can pass by your own place and teach you at home!

  • Suggestions: Have your own instrument and a place suited for drums & percussion.

 

For prices and further questions please contact Erik by or at +352 621 297 200.

 

Workshops & Group classes

Erik also teaches workshops for groups, as well as lectures and masterclasses.

Examples of workshops

  • Afro-cuban folklore ensemble (min. 3 people)
  • Flamenco percussion: Cajón and Palmas (min. 3 people)
  • Brazilian Batucada group (min. 6 people)

Examples of lectures

  • Latin Music: General history & music theory
  • Afro-Cuban Folklore: A journey from Africa to Cuba
  • Cuban | Brazilian music, history & culture
  • South-American music topics
  • Flamenco heritage & influences

 

XINGHAI CONSERVATORY / 星海音乐学院

From 2017 to 2019, Erik worked as a music teacher at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music, in Guangzhou, China. He also created and coordinated a World music department at the same conservatory.
At Xinghai, Erik taught Latin drums and percussion, as well as diverse lectures on World music and Latin music topics, Afro-cuban and Brazilian music ensembles and Brazilian Batucada.
The conservatory is located in the Higher Education Mega Center of Guangzhou, Panyu District, Guangdong Province, China, 大学城中一路 邮政编码: 510006.

To contact me for any questions or requests