Funk…as Rhythmic Counterpoint (MPF4111.01)

Bruce Williamson & Michael Wimberly

This course explores approaches to interlocking patterns within a rhythm section by looking at funk based genres such as Afro-pop performed by artists Fela Kuti, Amadou and Mariam, Youssou N’Dour, Oumou Sangare etc, some Brazilian funk, such as George Duke, and American artists such as James Brown, Sly Stone, P-Funk and Prince.

Composing, arranging, transcribing and notating rhythmic grooves for the rhythm section will help students develop an increased understanding of rhythm while exploring and performing this syncopated music. Interested horn players will be asked to compose horn arrangements. This class will be taught in person with Michael Wimberly, and Bruce Williamson remotely.


Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites:Must play and have a working ability on their instrument, read or learn and retain music audibly, approval by instructor. Auditions scheduled by appointment - contact
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
W 7:00PM - 8:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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