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Cuban Music Big Band | Summer 2023


Course Information

Cuban Music Big Band performing at Post Bar

Whatever your instrument, here’s a chance to play some classic Cuban styles: Son, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Latin Jazz… The course looks at rhythms, structure, arrangement & improvisation within those musical forms. Award-winner Sara McGuinness, and her supportive gang of musicians spanning all abilities, will give you the most immersive intro to Cuban Music you need. One of our most popular courses, sessions will be varied, hands-on and a LOT of fun!

When: Monday 3rd - Friday 7th July, 2023, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Where: Room TBC

Delivery: in-person

Level: All levels & instruments (arrangements customized to instruments present)

The Cuban Music Big Band has been an important part of SOAS for over a decade now: From the annual Summer School, it spawned a weekly workshop. And the workshop led to Orquesta Estelar, one of the hottest live Latin bands in London. 
Come and join the band! Tickets are below, but won't be there for long – so register ASAP!

You will learn the true function of your instrument in the ensemble, common chord progressions, and musical structure. We will also provide you with further listening to continue your journey into the world of Cuban Big Band as well as instrument and module-specific learning.


Meet your teacher

Sara McGuinness is well known on the UK Salsa scene and has played written and arranged for many of the top bands in the country. Sara has also studied in Cuba and played with many musicians there. Sara also runs Malecon Productions, providing workshops and educational materials in the field of Cuban and related music in Universities, Schools and Colleges, teaches Performance in Latin, African and Caribbean Music in Westminster University, Cuban Piano at SOAS, and Sound recording at Gateway School of Recording, SOAS and the National Conservatoire in Bamako, Mali.

Course Code

Cuban Summer 2023

Course Leader

Sara McGuinness
Course Description


StartEndCourse Fee 
Cuban Music Big Band Summer Course - standard
03/07/202307/07/2023£115.00[Read More]
03/07/202307/07/2023£95.00[Read More]