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ABOUT THE IBVF
Instituto de Bateria Vera Figueiredo | Vera Figueiredo Drum Institute

IBVF is a drum and Brazilian percussion school located in São Paulo, Brazil. It was founded in 1993 by Vera Figueiredo. At that time, she already was a requested drummer playing with several artists, and a composer who released her first solo album. Since then, Vera has already released other albums, book and educational videos.

The IBVF Produções was founded right after the school. In the 90’s, it wasn’t so easy as now to produce clinics in Brazil. However, Vera was decided to show to the IBVF students other ways to improve their learning. That’s why she started the production of a succession of events with Billy Cobham’s clinic, followed by Carmine Appice, Dave Weckl, Clayton Cameron, Frank Gambale, Mike Stern, among others. The IBVF Produções also produced the guitarist Mike Stern’s concert in São Paulo city, Brazil. The Mike Stern Trio were also formed by Dennys Chambers (drums) and Lincoln Goines (bass).

Vera wanted to improve the student’s learning, but also provide good music to everyone interested in music, student or not. She also had the goal to create space to new talents of drums. As a result of her reflection about it, in 1996, she produced the first edition of Batuka! Brasil. Included in the festival program: concerts, clinics, performances and lectures, as well as the National Drummer Contest. The project has changed, until the actual format, which is always open to improvements. Batuka! Brasil celebrated fourteen editions, and it features among the greatest drum festivals in the world.

In 2009, the IBVF school started offering the course Brazilian Percussion – Instruments of Samba. Julio Cesar Barro is the teacher and the course coordinator. We also offer the course Listening, Reading, Writing and Playing, available to all music students, regardless of the instrument they are learning to play.

The masterclass ministered by drummers and percussionists from Brazil and other countries have been held in the Sala Rubens Barsotti, in the IBVF school building.

Since 2011, as a result of a partnership with the Santa Marcelina University, the IBVF included in its program, as an option to the students, the prep course to Bachelor Degree in Music.

Giving to the students all the tools they need to improve their skills is the IBVF’s main goal. With these tools, they will be able to become musicians capable of working in any are of the musical scenery.

Vera is drum teacher and courses supervisor at IBVF. She keeps on searching tools to help the students during their journey of learning.

 
 
           
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