Cajón (box drum): Heartbeat of Africa in Peru & The Americas

Artist: Hector Morales

Type: Professional Learning

Program Availability: In-Person, Virtual


This program is designed to introduce educators to the history, culture, craftmanship, and rhythmical magic of the cajón (box drum). The cajón is an instrument that originated from the Afro-Peruvian community and is deeply rooted in the African Diaspora in Perú. Although it is at the heart of Afro-Peruvian and Criollo music, it also became the national drum of Perú and, in recent decades, became one of the most popular drums around the world. In this session educators will also be introduced to Maestro Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón and learn basic patterns of The Quijada (the jawbone) and The Cajita. Educators will imagine different applications for the needs of individual classrooms, while considering the collective impact on school climate and culture. No musical background is necessary to be able to enjoy and/or implement many of the techniques presented in this session.

Three On Demand 45-minute, YA Arts Connection Resources can be purchased with this program.

Learning Intentions:

Educators will:

  • Engage with the history, culture, and materials of the cajón.
  • Transform everyday boxes into musical instruments.
  • Learn to learn basic rhythms.
  • Use improvisation to create original music.

YA Connections:

  • NJSLS-VPA: Artistic Process; Creating
  • Anchor Standard 1: Conceptualizing & Generating Ideas
  • NJSLS-VPA: Artistic Process Responding
  • Anchor Standard 7: Perceiving and Analyzing Products

In-person • Virtual (Live Streaming)

Please fill out this inquiry form or call 866-500-9265 for more information. (Virtual programs are not charged a travel fee.)

Price & Info


Assembly Price: $1400

Additional Fees: In-Person Program Travel Fee - $95 per day; Virtual Program Technology Fee - $45; (On-Demand programs are not charged travel or tech fees)


Audience Limit: 25

Workshop Minimum # of Days: (1) 90-min Session (Additional time available at $300/hour)

Appropriate For Grade(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th



End of Year Celebration

International Drum Month

Music in the Schools Month

National Arts & Humanities Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Universal Human Rights Month

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

21st-Century Skills

Character Education

Environmental Science

Social Studies

World Cultures


Technical Requirements

He needs to stay in one large room and have the students come to him.