Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite
Course focuses on the basic percussive techniques and rhythms associated with the
genre of Afro-Latin music, as it applies to traditional and contemporary expression.
It is intended to address how percussion and percussive instruments, much like their
African prototypes, have been utilized as indispensable tools of artistic and social
expression. Focus will be centered on but not limited to Afro-Caribbean instruments
and forms, their parallel relationships, and the telling socio-political circumstances
in which they developed. Students will build on the skills developed in Music 231:
Afro-Latin Percussion Ensemble, by singing and playing simultaneously, and by playing
additional instruments including güiro and cowbell (cencerro), as well as by incorporating
more complex rhythms, rhythmic exercises, and variations of fundamental rhythms. Individual
practice outside of class hours is required.