African Drum and Dance 2

Subject 740-069 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour rehearsal each week, plus attendance at 3 public concerts during semester
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Not available to BMus students
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Mr Ian Bruce Godfrey
Subject Overview: Weekly rehearsals and a series of lectures covering all aspects of traditional music from Ghana, West Africa - drumming, singing and dancing – culminating in an end-of semester performance.
Objectives: On completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • Perform West African music and dance to a competent standard
  • Understand the context of West African music and dance
  • Show technical development as ensemble musicians
  • Perform selected repertoire to concert standard
  • Demonstrate a capacity to think critically and independently in matters of corporate style, sonority, balance, ensemble, phrasing, blending and musical gesture
  • Identify the broad and diverse cultural references of the relevant repertoire
  • demonstrate an awareness of standards of professional performance –practice in this genre of music

Attendance at all rehearsals and classes and participation in performances as directed (50%); a 10-minute practical examination at the end of the semester (25%); attendance and submission of a report of three public professional concerts or masterclasses of 500 words each, due end of semester (25%).

Less than 80% attendance will result in a fail.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate teamwork skills in rehearsal/performance groups
  • Apply time and people management skills to rehearsal and performance planning
  • Demonstrate the ability to incorporate practical musical skills in unfamiliar musical traditions into their musical life
  • Demonstrate a capacity to think critically and independently
  • Study selected repertoire relevant to the ensemble to performance standard
  • enhance their musical and professional lives as informed concert goers

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