4 workshops are included with every course each semester. You can also attend individual workshops without signing up for a course, simply and ask about availability. The following topics are covered:
The basic elements of binary and ternary music, off beats and swing are covered in this workshop. You’ll learn to feel and understand various rhythmic principles which will help you to orient yourself rhythmically within the music.
South American music can be broadly categorised into Cuban music and Brazilian music. This workshop provides an overview of different Afro-Cuban rhythms and the various rhythmic variations of the clave. (The clave is a percussion instrument consisting of two wooden sticks which plays an important rhythmic element in Latin American music.)
Samba and Bossa Nova (which developed later) are the two best-known styles of Brazilian music. You’ll learn about key artists and the stylistic diversity of this music.
This workshop provides an insight into African rhythmic models and what they mean for jazz music in a historical context. You’ll learn about syncopated measures (so-called “uneven beats”) and odd meters, such as those found in Bulgarian music and in many jazz compositions.