Djembe and Steel Drum
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INTRODUCTION TO DJEMBE: WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING (LMU 0107): No experience necessary. Learn how to play the West African Djembe and produce clear sounds, tones, and slaps. Understand basic West African rhythms and learn the necessary skills that will help you join drum circles. The instrument can be found in many contemporary bands and drum circles across the U.S., so if you play other types of music or just do it for your own practice and enjoyment, this is the place to be! Djembes will be provided for the duration of the class.
DJEMBE ENSEMBLE (LMU 0118): Develop djembe technique and hand coordination. Add more rhythms to your repertoire in an ensemble setting. Whether you’ve always wanted to drum, or are an experienced player who wants to continue to enjoy learning, there’s a place in our class for you. This class is designed for players at multiple levels, so you may repeat this class as needed as there are dozens of rhythms to learn at every skill level; rhythms change from session to session. Djembes will be provided for the duration of the class.
INTRODUCTION TO STEEL DRUM (LMU 1145): Introduction to steel drum offers you the opportunity to learn the steel pan in a group set-ting. You will learn the basics of playing and reading music in a relaxed atmosphere. Class time is also spent listening to current steel pan recordings and discussing the history of this family of instruments. Students will work on playing techniques, reading music for the steel pans, scales, simple reading exercises, and full songs. The band could conclude the semester with an informal “concert” in the rehearsal room. You must be age 15 or older to enroll. Also offered for credit MUS145-C03, CRN 37151.
STEEL BAND I (LMU 0366): This is an intermediate group where most of its members have been playing in this band for several years. Students learn new pieces in a relaxed atmosphere and in a group setting. Class time is also spent listening to current steel pan recordings and discussing the history of this remarkable family of instruments. By the end of the semester, students will be ready to perform with the steel band at the end of semester concert. Ability to read music equivalent to a high school level is a prerequisite. Permission of the instructor is required to join this group. Please call 847.925.6568 for more information. Students must be age 15 or older to enroll. Also offered for credit.
STEEL BAND II (LMU 0409): This is an advanced steel band. Most of the members in this group have been playing at Harper for 15 to 20 years. The group plays more involved compositions with more sophisticated musical arrangements that incorporate challenging rhythms. The goal of Steel Band II is to increase the amount and difficulty of repertoire and to prepare for the end of the semester concert. PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor is required to join this group. Please call 847.925.6568 for more information. Also offered for credit MUS145-C02.
Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.