Theatre and Music of Africa and the Diaspora [MUTH 329]
Theatre and Music of Africa and the Diaspora, MUTH 329 (Fall)
An exploration of traditional African cultural forms including music, storytelling, mask work, and dance and how those roots are the foundation of contemporary music and theatre from Africa and the African Diaspora.
Professor: Sarah Waisvisz
Course Objectives: Students will explore the diversity of African musical forms, oral history, and dance styles. What connects these traditions across the continent of Africa, and what differentiates them from each other? Moreover, what happened to these traditions because of the Atlantic Slave Trade, and what has emerged in the Americas and Europe since then? By examining contemporary drama and music as well as the generations-old musical, dance, and oral storytelling forms at their root, we will gain an appreciation not only for the interconnectedness of the past and the present, but also for the importance of culture to Afro-descendant people on the continent and in the diaspora.
Learning Hours: 120
Prereq: Third year standing or above in DRAM or MUSC concentration or permission of the instructor
Instructor: Sarah Waisvisz
For Fall 2020 Remote Delivery:
We will be working with a combination of a weekly synchronous class; student-driven online learning (via weekly lessons on OnQ involving material to read, watch, and listen to); assignments to complete with a regular study partner; and quizzes and assignments to complete individually, including a creative assignment. Once a week we will meet “live” as a full class for 1.5 hours (Mondays 1-2:30); this meeting will be a synchronous learning opportunity guided by the instructor and held on Microsoft Teams. Students will also be able to attend an “online” group tutorial as well as schedule private office-hours with the instructor.