African Drum and Dance Syllabus:
B Day, 3:20-5:00
Instructor: Mrs. Betsy Hamill
Phone: (928)779-7223 ext 227
In this class students will learn the fundamentals of West African (specifically Guinea, West Africa) music through the practice of both drum and dance. Throughout the semester there will be reading and writing assignments that will expand on both the history as well as the application of these traditional dances from West Africa. Students will gain an inside perspective of how dance and culture are intertwined through weekly classes as well as through visiting artists from the region of West Africa.
Understanding proper form and technique of West African dance
Djembe drum technique
Dunun drum technique
Understanding the relationship between the drumming and dancing
Developing a portfolio demonstrating a progressive knowledge of both drumming and dancing
Practice and learn choreography in preparation for performance.