Bennington Funk Collective (MPF4219.01) (new course code as of 11/7/2023)

Michael Wimberly

The DNA of Funk Music has its roots in Africa, which developed to fruition in the mid 60s and 70s through the music of James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, Funkadelic, and others. There have been derivatives of this influence in the form of Afro-pop, Brazilian funk, Hip-Hop, and Reggaeton. The Bennington Funk Collective will investigate classic songs and compositions from that era by examining the interlocking rhythms that are the building blocks of this genre. Transcribing, arranging, and practicing rhythmic grooves will help students develop an increased understanding of rhythm while exploring and performing this syncopated music. Horn players will have an opportunity to contribute to horn arrangements. Vocalists will have an opportunity to contribute to vocal arrangements, and instrumentalists will have an opportunity to contribute to the form and structure of the music. Live performances will be scheduled during the term. The Collective will consist of Vocals (3), Guitars (2), Bass (1), Keyboard (1), Drummer (1), Percussion (1), Horns (3)…subject to change.

Learning Outcomes:
-Explore the history and development of the funk genre.
-Improve your study of rhythm, music notation, arranging, and composition.
-Improve your musicianship through collaboration and presentation.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Students should be able to communicate on their instrument while learning and retaining music audibly and/or through reading a notated score. Auditions scheduled over zoom by appointment - contact
Corequisites: Music Workshop, Music Courses
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
Tu 4:10PM - 6:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Course Code Update , Fully In-Person , Performance , Two Credit , Updates