West African Music and Culture--Beginners|
|Course Cluster: African Studies, African Studies Minor|
This is a performance-based course that focuses on West African music. The 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.
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|Course Format: Performance||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFST-MN)(MUSC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
To be announced.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Rhythms and songs are presented orally. Through practice, students master the assignments from one lesson to the next. Assessment is based on attendance, participation in ensemble music activities and class discussions, and written assignments.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Previous formal music instruction is not necessary. No prerequisites are required. Preference to junior and senior music majors and those enrolled in Afro-American studies and related music courses. Interested students should attend first class meeting. There will be no pre-registration for this class.
|Instructor(s): Dankwa,John Wesley Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 35
|Permission of instructor will be granted during the drop/add period. Students must submit either a ranked or unranked drop/add request for this course.|