Funk…as Rhythmic Counterpoint (MPF4111.01) (cancelled 10/2/2023)

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, and Youssou N’Dour. Brazilian funk performed by Airto Moreira, George Duke, and Antonio Jobim, and American artists such as Chaka Khan, 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. Horn players will be asked to compose horn arrangements. Vocalist will be asked to create vocal arrangements. Instrumentalist will be asked to compose band arrangements. Live performances are expected.

Learning Outcomes:
Expand your music vocabulary in all genres related to Funk
Improve your musicianship through collaboration and presentation
Improve your reading of music notation, arranging, and improvisation

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Must play and have a working ability on their instrument, read, learn, and retain music audibly. Approval by instructor. Auditions scheduled over zoom by appointment - contact Gina Deibel ( and
Corequisites: Music Workshop, Music Courses
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
Tu 4:10PM - 6:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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