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West African Music and Culture--Beginners

MUSC 445
Fall 2011
Section: 01  
Course Cluster: African Studies

This course is designed to provide a practical and theoretical introduction to traditional West African music and culture. Students experience the rhythms, songs, movements, and languages of Ghana and its neighboring countries through oral transmission, assigned readings, film viewing, and guided listening to commercial and/or field recordings. This interdisciplinary approach to learning is in keeping with the integrated nature of drumming, dancing, singing, and hand clapping in West Africa. Students learn to play a range of instruments including drums, metal bells, and gourd rattles.

Essential Capabilities: Designing, Creating, and Realizing, Interpretation
Intercultural literacy is promoted through a varied repertoire of recreational, ritual, warrior, funeral, and ceremonial music drawn from diverse ethnic groups of Ghana and its neighbors.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MUSC
Course Format: PerformanceGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on APR-23-2014
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