In this class we will examine composition and improvisation through melodic, harmonic, rhythmic structures as well as important cultural and folkloric content in examples of music from traditional practices in various parts of the world. The ensemble will learn and perform music from Eastern Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, Central Asia. Individually each student/player will lead the ensemble in a new work/s that incorporates musical techniques from the music studied in the class. Collectively the ensemble will participate in arranging traditional music for this contemporary world percussion ensemble. Along with the specific practices studied, the students/players will collectively create a new sound and direction of how music will be created and performed by World Percussion Ensemble. This ensemble will to be taught in collaboration with Kerry Ryer-Parke’s World Vocal Ensemble, joining for periodic rehearsal and performance.