PERCUSSION | Level 2 – INTERMEDIATE

Frame Drums: Rhythmic Accompaniment, Ornamentation, and Improvisation

6 sessions - Self-paced | Not available this term
Online

Course Description

In medieval Europe frame drums were principally used to accompany dance songs, processional music, and instrumental compositions. Medieval sources reveal that skilful frame drummers stroke the instruments with both hands, utilized fast subdivision, applied complex shakes, and kept the instruments in constant movement (part of a visual effect that affected sound). The result was a vigorous and flashy performance that allowed subtle playing.

In this course students will study:

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Study different types of hand, finger, and fist strokes

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Study different types of shakes and upward/downward movement

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Learn how to improvise utilizing the strokes and movements learned in the course

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Learn to accompany pieces of the medieval repertoire utilizing the strokes and movements learned in the course

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Explore some applicable medieval Arabic rhythms

Octavio BeltránInstructor:
Octavio Beltrán

COURSE INFO

DATES & DURATION

Not available this term

Location

Online

Price

Non-credit: 290€
1 credit ECTS: 350€

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Languages

English - Spanish

Level

Level 2 / Intermediate

PREREQUISITES

The student should have taken Frame Drums Beginner course or have experience playing frame drums. 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 | Rhythmic modes I and II (trochaic and iambic) and the hemiola

Session 2 | Combination of the basic hand and finger rudiments and Rhythmic Ornamentation

Session 3 | Tambourine Movement I and their Application Simple Rhythmic Ornamentation

Session 4 | Tambourine Shakes and their Application to Complex Rhythmic Ornamentation

Session 5 | Finger Rudiments: Subdivision and Rolls

Session 6 | Accompanying Vocal and Instrumental Pieces 

 

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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