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World Rhythms: Drumming, Strumming & Singing Music from West Africa, Brazil & the Caribbean

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World Rhythms: Drumming, Strumming & Singing Music
from West Africa, Brazil
& the Caribbean

ONLINE:
September 23December 15, 2019

This course helps music educators boost their world music and hand-drumming units by providing high-quality instruction and guidance in the areas of drumming technique, instrument identification, traditional rhythms, drumming ensembles, and styles. Participants will learn about a variety of common instruments, such as congas, bongos, cajon, djembe, dundun, claves, maracas, and more. Learn how to use basic techniques to play genre-specific rhythms, both within traditional ensembles and when creating original drumming arrangements. This course includes several traditional songs from the Caribbean, Brazil, and West Africa in native languages, arrangements with chord accompaniment, and suggestions for meeting students social and emotional needs through music-based experiences, as informed by a board-certified music therapist.

This course serves as a primer for the on-campus World Rhythms summer course where the main focus in on learning techniques, playing rhythms, performing in ensembles, and getting one-on-one hands-on experience. This course is recommended for any music educator who wishes to create a stronger relationship with world drumming and music, especially when using authentic instruments and rhythms from different regions.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify, by sight and sound, a wide variety of common drums and percussion instruments.

  • Be able to categorize and arrange instruments into genre-specific groups.

  • Identify universal and genre-specific rhythmic elements that are key in world drumming.

  • Develop a personal education plan to develop personal drumming and rhythmic skills.

  • Sing traditional songs in native languages (Spanish, Portuguese and Malinke).

  • Apply principles of percussion arranging in the creation of classroom materials.

  • Build a catalog of world music resources to share with their students.

  • Leverage the potential of music to help meet the emotional and social needs of students.

  • Identify resources to help meet the needs of special learners.

Instructor: Kalani Das, MT-CC

Kalani_Das_headshotKalani Das is a world percussion specialist with more than 30 years of professional experience. He is a certified Orff Schulwerk educator, a board-certified music therapist, and a requested presenter at conferences worldwide. Das has worked with music legends Barry Manilow, Yanni, Kenny Loggins and Rod Stewart. He is the founder of the DCM approach to community music making and a member of the Music Therapy Drumming training team. Das has written nine books and produced numerous instructional DVDs and music CDs. He presents workshops, retreats and residencies for students, teachers, therapists and the general public. More information can be found at www.kalanimusic.com and www.playsinglaugh.com.

Course Details

World Rhythms: Drumming, Strumming & Singing Music
from West Africa, Brazil
& the Caribbean

 
Course Code 7459
 
Instructor: Kalani Das
 
3 Graduate Credits
 
Tuition: $1,050
Special Promotion! Register
by August 30 for only $995!
 
Tuition due in full with registration.
 
Chat Sessions
None
 
Prerequisites
None
 
Required Text(s)
None
 
Software/Hardware Requirements
Mac, PC or Chromebook with access to the internet.
 

MECA Online Course Details

VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
 
Fall MECA courses officially begin on Monday, September 28. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of September 28, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
 
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!
 
Online grades will be reported by mid-December. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).
 

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