Kutandara Center offers instruction in music from southern Africa on Zimbabwean-style marimbas. Our classes are taught in groups to give you an opportunity to experience music with other students in a hands-on, experiential way.
Drumming, singing and mbira classes for you and your children and introductory music classes and camp programs for younger children compliment the marimba focus at Kutandara Center.
In marimba classes, you are introduced to all seven types of marimbas in the marimba ensemble, as well as hosho (gourd rattles), traditional singing, clapping and dance to accompany the marimba songs. Both traditional and contemporary styles are explored, as well as their cultural context.
Our youth classes provide an opportunity for young students to learn music experientially while learning about a variety of African cultures. Using marimbas, bells, shakers, and drums, the instructor and children work cooperatively in creating music together. Clapping, dancing and singing assist students in developing listening skills and discovering their own musical nature.
Beginning and intermediate adult marimba classes introduce you to traditional and contemporary Shona songs from Zimbabwe. In the beginning, you learn the Shona people's recent history and the way in which Shona music was introduced to the United States. You also learn several contemporary pieces by Shona composers. As you advance through our class levels, you continue your study of Shona music through the beginning pieces, as well as through contemporary and traditional pieces by other Shona and American composers.
Advanced adult marimba classes allow you to deepen your understanding of Shona culture through the music of the mbira dzavadzimu as arranged for marimba. You explore the origin of marimba parts and the way in which they relate to the original mbira piece. Through the use of various techniques and drills, you learn to feel and understand complex polyrhythms and interlocking melodies. Traditional Shona singing and drumming rhythms also are taught to enhance your understanding of the music.
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