This course explores music from early Indigenous music right on up to present day practitioners. Some of the traditions studied and practiced will include: Native American, Inuit, Québecois, Appalachian, African-American, Irish, Scottish, British Isle traditions, Cajun, Blues, Gospel, Mariachi, and Conjunto music. Instrumental, dance, and ballad traditions are studied and researched, and experienced first hand. Students must bring a guitar, banjo, mandolin, or fiddle (or other social instrument) to class for purposes of furthering personal music making through traditional forms. We will practice and perform as a group, improving our reading and aural skills. Other instruments are possible, but the students must discuss this with the instructor.
• Expanding awareness of traditional folk music and dance forms from an historical viewpoint.
• Learning these music and dance forms through direct, hands on experience.
• Opening and deepening an awareness of multi-cultural originations of these music and dance styles.
• Learning personal music making skills through daily practice.
• Learning to teach yourself how to write, play, and practice as a life long art.
Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Course Level: 2000-level
Tu 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Once a year
Categories: All courses , History , Remotely Accessible , Ethnomusicology
Tags: music history , ethnomusicology , mandolin , fiddle , guitar , banjo