PERF 184 West African Percussion & Dance Ensemble

Ensemble drumming is practiced throughout West Africa. Drum ensembles play for recreation, ceremonies, weddings, funerals, parties, and religious meetings. Other instruments often join the drums to accompany singing and dancing. Drumming, singing, and dancing are often performed in a circular formation. This course is designed to allow students to explore the following pedagogies: Modeling of rhythms and other performance practices, aural learning through imitation and practice, listening, and analysis.


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