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Rooted in graduate major lessons and extensive performance opportunities, African Music and Dance provides students with means to become accomplished performers with a deep knowledge of the cultures from which this art form has emerged. Classes in theory, transcription and analysis help students weave African music sensibilities into all their musical endeavors. Upon mastering some of the traditional forms, students are also encouraged to explore applications in creative contemporary contexts.
Many CalArts students typically join various African Music and Dance ensembles, and some have the opportunity to continue, post-studies, with an alumni professional group, Volta Drum Dance.
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