Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.
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.