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African Music and Dance (MUSI10148)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeMUSI10148
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
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This subject is designed to impart skills and knowledge central to music making processes in various West African cultures. Integrating practical and academic study the subject will focus on understanding the musical complexities of West African music and dance both in its sociocultural context and through hands-on participation at weekly rehearsals and supporting lectures, culminating in an end of semester performance. It will investigate structural components and procedures common to many African music forms and explore their application to particular pieces. It will provide simple and practical methodologies for mastering the rhythmic complexities in West African music.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should have gained:

  • the skills to perform West African percussion music and dance to a competent standard
  • an understanding of the context of West African music and dance
  • an understanding of polyrhythm, polymetre, syncopation, off-beat patterning and other structural components in African music
  • an understanding of the relationship between dance movement and music patterning
  • competency as ensemble musicians
  • an ability to identify and understand the broad and diverse cultural references of the relevant repertoire

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • apply teamwork skills in rehearsal/performance groups
  • manage multitasking
  • demonstrate a command of rhythmic complexity
  • demonstrate skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation that allow for effective working in ensembles
  • demonstrate a capacity to think critically and independently

Last updated: 16 June 2018