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 232:
Afro-Latin Percussion Ensemble 2, by singing and playing more intricate rhythms simultaneously,
playing additional instruments including the timbales, as well as by incorporating
a wide variety of listening exercises, and incorporating more complex rhythms, rhythmic
exercises, and variations of fundamental rhythms. Individual practice outside of
class hours is required.