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Global Music at the University of Richmond

Students have several opportunities to study a wide variety of global musics at the University of Richmond. 

MUS 202, Global Repertoires. 
Hands-on exploration of traditional musical repertoires from around the world. Students will perform on hand-made instruments from Asia and Africa and join with expert native musicians and dancers in an end-of-semester concert. Focuses primarily on Balinese gamelan (percussion orchestra) music and Ghanaian Ewe drumming ensemble music. Occasional workshops on Javanese and Brazilian musics. No previous musical experience is necessary. Traditions learned aurally/orally; no prior experience with notation is necessary.

General Education Requirement:  FSVP.


Unit: 1



Additional Information:

Hands-on exploration of traditional musical repertoires from around the world using hand-made instruments from Asia and Africa. Focuses primarily on Balinese gamelan (percussion orchestra) music and Ghanaian Ewe drumming ensemble music.

  • Meeting time : MWF 3:00-3:50.
  • Open to all students; no previous musical experience is necessary
  • Led by Dr. Andrew McGraw, Associate Professor of Music
  • Register through BannerWeb

MSEN 203 01. African Drumming.

Hands-on exploration of West African drumming traditions. Students will perform on hand-made instruments from Africa and join with expert musicians and dancers in an end-of-semester concert. No previous musical experience is necessary. Traditions learned aurally/orally; no prior experience with notation is necessary.

General Education Requirement:  FSVP—Must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.
Unit(s):
.25



  • One rehearsal weekly in Booker 117: meeting time TBA to accommodate student schedules.
  • Open to all students; no previous musical experience is necessary
  • Led by Roderick Davis, Adjunct Instructor
  • Register through BannerWeb

MSEN 203 02. Japanese Taiko Drumming.

Hands-on exploration of Japanese drumming traditions. Students will perform on hand-made instruments from Asia and join with expert musicians and dancers in an end-of-semester concert. No previous musical experience is necessary. Traditions learned aurally/orally; no prior experience with notation is necessary.

General Education Requirement:  FSVP—Must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.
Unit(s):
.25

One rehearsal weekly in Booker 117: meeting time TBA to accommodate student schedules.
  • Open to all students; no previous musical experience is necessary
  • Led by Alasdair Denvil, Adjunct Instructor
  • Register through BannerWeb

MSEN 195. Brazilian Music.

Hands-on exploration of Brazilian bossa-nova and samba traditions. Students will with expert musicians and dancers in an end-of-semester concert. No previous musical experience is necessary. Traditions learned aurally/orally; no prior experience with notation is necessary.

General Education Requirement:  FSVP—Must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.
Unit(s):
.25

  • See class schedule for meeting times and locations.
  • Open to all students; no previous musical experience is necessary
  • Led by Kevin Harding, Adjunct Instructor
  • Register through BannerWeb