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Ghanaian Ensemble


In the Ghanaian elective, students will learn traditional Ewe drumming. Unlike Western classical music, Ghanaian percussion is rooted in polyrhythms; complex rhythmic structures that transcend conventional time signatures, involving multiple contrasting rhythms played simultaneously. Students will learn to think outside the box and experience a new culture through music.

Ewe is played on a "family" of different drums made from wood and antelope skin. Learn more in the Ghanian Elective, taught by our SMYO conductor and Ghanaian teacher Derrick Spiva Jr.

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