Havana Music School – Learning Cuban music in the XXIst century

Jun 9, 2022


For centuries, the teaching of music has followed a classical model that requires a high level of commitment and time from the student before he or she can master a genre or instrument. This is also valid for learning Cuban music, since the Island has a wide and well established teaching system with Art Schools, Conservatories and learning centers.

However, as in the rest of the world, a student who wants to learn Cuban music by this means must register for courses that last a minimum of six months, and in which many other subjects are taught.

Making the most of your stay

But what if you already know how to play the instrument, and just want to learn to play some of the many Cuban rhythms? Obviously, you won’t need the rest of the technical elements that are taught in the academies. You may also not have much time for a long stay, and you may want to take advantage of your trip to do some sightseeing.

Another important element is finding the right teacher, who also has time to work with you, as well as space and instruments. In short, there is a long list of factors that can hinder you when it comes to learning Cuban music.

In response to these needs, Havana Music School has emerged. Located in the Vedado neighbourhood, at Calle 28 #172, this new type of music center aims to link the student with an experienced teacher on the instrument of your choice. It also provides the physical space, with soundproofed and air-conditioned classrooms and the necessary instruments so that you can learn Cuban music comfortably and effectively.

Our teachers, exceptional musicians and renowned pedagogues, will attend you in a particular way during your lessons. No overcrowded classrooms: the attention is personalised, so you will move faster and be able to quickly correct any mistakes before they become a bad habit. The range of instruments to choose from is very wide, our most popular courses being those for percussion and electric bass, precisely the rhythmic bases of the main genres of the Island.

Moreover, the class schedules are not rigid: you can accommodate them so that they do not hinder your tourist activities. The number of hours of classes to be taken is also up to you, depending on how deep you want your foray into our music.

Learning Cuban music in the information age

Of course, our teaching does not end when you return to your home country. You can keep in touch with us through our portal, where tutorials by your favourite teachers will regularly appear, revealing more and more secrets on how to perform different musical genres on the Island. Additionally, you can keep in touch with your teachers through email to continue learning from their wisdom.

OnLine Courses

Recently Havana Music School has incorporated several online courses available to all music students interested in Cuban music. So far the following courses are available online: trumpet, violin, saxophone, trombone, tres (guitar), double bass and cello.

Additionally, you can learn Cuban music by following our blog. As important is the practical part as understanding why the musicality of the Cuban is an essential part of his personality. To do this, we tell you about the history and the protagonists of Cuban music, both in its origins and in the present.



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