PERCUSSION | Level 1 – BASIC

Frame Drums & Percussion: Technique & Repertoires 1

6 sessions - Self-paced | Next term starts March 1, 2021
Online

Course Description

Handheld frame drums were popularly used in the music of the Middle Ages. There were three different types: a round frame drum without jingles, a round frame drum with jingles inserted in its shell, and a frame drum of square shape. Professional and amateur musicians utilized them to accompany vocal and instrumental dance and processional music. Fortunately, medieval sources provide us with crucial information about their practical use, playing technique, and performance practice.

In this course students will study:

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The holding position of both round and square frame drums

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Different types of strokes utilizing fingers, the palm, and the wrist

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Rhythmic patterns based on the medieval rhythmic modes (trochaic and iambic)

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How to mix and ornament rhythmic modes

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How to accompany songs with those patterns

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How to ornament a rhythmic pattern  

Octavio BeltránInstructor:
Octavio Beltrán

COURSE INFO

DATES & DURATION

Open Mar 1-Jun 14, 2021
6 sessions – Self-paced

Location

Online

Price

Non-credit: 290€
1 credit ECTS: 350€

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Languages

English - Spanish

Level

Level 1 / Beginner

PREREQUISITES

No experience is required. Student must have basic musical knowledge and be able to read modern music notation.

Any type of commercial or handcrafted frame drums can be used in this course. Please check with us.

Syllabus

frame drumsSession 1 | Round Frame Drums: Instrument position – Basic Strokes (Dum, Vak, Ke)

Session 2 | Movement of the instrument – Use of the Fingers, Thumb, and Shake

Session 3 | Rhythmic Ornamentation – The Use of the Index Finger, the Hit, and the Tak Strokes

Session 4 | Square Frame Drums: Instrument Position, Basic Strokes

Session 5 | Ensemble Playing and Orchestration

Session 6 | Accompanying Vocal and Instrumental Compositions 

Teaching Methodology

This course will be comprised of:

    • 6 virtual one-on-one lessons (1 hour each)
    • Recorded introductory lecture or one group live Q&A session (30 min)
    • 6 tutorial videos (10-15 minutes each)
    • Downloadable materials and links to additional resources

Schedules and assignments:

    • The class dates and times will be scheduled with the instructor.
    • There will be some suggested deadlines to submit assignments.
    • The student workload to take the lessons, review the materials and practice is approximately 4.25 hours per session.
    • Students taking the course for credit must complete all assignments and class requirements.

Technical Requirements

    • Broadband Internet connection / WIFI

    • External or internal webcam
    • External or internal microphone
    • Speakers or headphones
    • Possibility of printing downloaded materials
    • Possibility of scanning your assignments
    • Possibility of auto-recording (audio and video)

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Places are limited for each section, so sign up early.

The International Course of Medieval Music Besalú offers singers and instrumentalists the possibility of studying the repertoires of monodic and polyphonic music composed between the 11th and 13th centuries.

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