About the Specialization
This MFA curriculum provides a challenging forum for students to develop skills such as drumming, singing and dancing abilities in traditional music and dance from Ghana, while also learning and synthesizing the diverse skills required of a western classical musician.
Students hone their skills in extended techniques, improvisation and interpretation through a number of specialized courses aimed at developing key skills, such as observation and imitation—including the ability to learn new drum calls and to respond accurately to changes that a lead drummer may initiate—and the ability to grasp Ghanaian music theory through a repertoire of syllables, all placed within a sociocultural context.
All MFA African Music and Dance candidates are required to pass a Mid-Residence Recital and a Graduation Jury and Recital in order to obtain the degree.
Detailed curriculum and academic requirements can be found in the online course catalog.
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