Ritmo, Tierra, y Cajón

with Sebastian Guerrero

Ritmo, Tierra, y Cajón, is a unique opportunity to learn traditional rhythms and techniques of the Afro Peruvian cajón while exploring ways to integrate them into our music classroom practices. Participants are guided by experienced cajón player and trained Orff Schulwerk educator, Sebastian Guerrero. Sebastian will share his intimate knowledge of the zapateo (tap dance) tradition and delve into how the cajon is an extension of that form of movement. He will offer practical applications and lots of inspiring ideas to get you and your students excited about the magical box drum from Perú!

Translated from Spanish, ritmo means rhythm and tierra means dirt or earth -- both are key elements and characters in the story of the cajón. Let’s sing, say, dance, and play while digging our feet into the earth and discover new ways to celebrate the beauty of life with each other!

You will be given access the workshop recording and downloadable materials from the presentation.

A certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


Sebastian Guerrero

Sebastian Guerrero’s background is a good example of the American cultural experience -- born in Brazil to a Peruvian father and American mother and raised in New Jersey! Drawing from these influences, Sebastian has become a versatile percussionist who specializes in the Afro-Peruvian drum/dance tradition. Since 1998, Sebastian has had the honor of studying and performing with the Ballumbrosio family, Perú’s foremost authority on the Afro-Peruvian cajón (box drum) and zapateo (tap dance) tradition. In 2003, Sebastian became an initiated ritual dancer of the historic zapateo group, Los Negritos del Carmen de Amador Ballumbrosio. He has danced numerous times during traditional Christmas celebrations of the surrounding villages of Chincha, Perú.  


Sebastian is very active as a freelance percussionist in the New York area. He has performed with many artists such as Culture Club, Meshell Ndegeocello, Boy George, Cyndie Lauper, Pistolera, Moona Luna and Kalunga.  He has performed in the following Broadway shows: Burn the Floor, On Your Feet: The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan and the 2018 Tony award winner for best revival musical, Once on This Island.


As an educator, Sebastian is currently the director of music at the Hamilton Park Montessori School in Jersey City, NJ, and teaches Pre-K through 8th grade. He is a proud level 3 certified Orff instructor.


Ritmo, Tierra, y Cajón


one time payment

All registrants will receive access to the recording of the workshop along with downloadable materials.

Certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


"This workshop is so good! I love his pace. He doesn’t rush us through these materials! Thank you!"

Maria F.
Music Educator

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