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MUS 210 - West African Drumming
West African Drumming
Prerequisite: none

This class explores rhythm and improvisation as a process and vehicle for personal expression through the rhythms and musics of West Africa (primarily Guinea and Ghana). Instruction will take the form of hands-on learning/ performance, assigned readings/written assignments, guided listening and video viewings. The course will introduce students to some of the many drumming techniques that have their origins in West Africa, and will include some exposure to African-derived diasporic forms, such as Afro-Cuban percussion traditions. Informed by the spirit of these traditions, which celebrate community over individualism, practical facility with drumming language will be emphasized as the door to improvisation.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio (3 Hours)

Performing Arts Department

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