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Damascus Kafumbe

Assistant Professor of Music

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Damascus Kafumbe teaches ethnomusicology, world music, and African music/dance performance. He also directs the Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble. He is a contributor to world music textbooks, composer and producer of world music, and builder/maintainer of Ugandan musical instruments. He is a performing ethnomusicologist with specialized knowledge relating to various East African musical instruments and dance traditions. An active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), the African Studies Association (ASA), and the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), Kafumbe has presented his work nationally and internationally. He joins the Middlebury music department with a B.A. in music from Makerere University (2004) and a M.M. (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) in musicology from Florida State University, where he studied with Frank Gunderson. Kafumbe’s current research focuses on the royal musics and dances of Buganda, Uganda.

 

 

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INTL 0703 - LAS Senior Thesis      

Latin American Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2012, Spring 2012

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MUSC 0134 - Introduction to World Music      

Introduction to Music in World Cultures
In this course we will survey traditional and popular musics of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America with the goal of understanding non-Western music as sound and as culture. Since this is an introductory course, we will review fundamentals of music theory and use them as a framework for analyzing world music and exploring its cultural importance. We will discuss assigned readings, listen to and analyze musical works, view and study video recordings, and participate in necessary hands-on activities. Through these activities, students will acquire knowledge of non-Western music and develop an understanding how to relate it to universal sociocultural issues.

AAL ART

Spring 2012

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MUSC 0234 - Music in World Cultures      

Music in World Cultures
In this course students will develop skills for analyzing music and appreciating its social, economic, and political importance within societies other than their own. We will explore world musical styles through readings, lectures, discussions, film screenings, listening sessions, workshops, concerts, and hands-on activities. Assuming a strong background in music, this course will be open to music majors and others by approval.

AAL ART

Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2014

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MUSC 0235 - Music Ethnography      

Music Ethnography
In this course we will study various methods and techniques for conducting field research about musical phenomena. Students will learn how to design feasible research projects, document musical activities in human communities, analyze collected data, and present their findings. Class and out-of-class activities will include writing ethnographic notes, making audio/video recordings, conducting interviews, photography, writing research reports, and making oral presentations. Students may have the opportunity to do field research that will involve field equipment and editing software. Some background in reading or writing about music is recommended.

ART SOC WTR

Winter 2013

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MUSC 0236 - African Soundscapes      

African Soundscapes
This course will introduce students to musical cultures and practices from the African continent with a focus on particular regional styles. Through readings, lectures, discussions, film screenings, listening sessions, concerts, and hands-on activities, we will develop skills for analyzing and appreciating the diversity of African musical practices and their social, economic, and political value in traditional and contemporary contexts. Some background in music may be necessary.

AAL ART

Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013

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MUSC 0244 / DANC 0244 - African Music Dance & Perform.      

African Music and Dance Performance
This course will introduce students to various techniques of performing East African (primarily Ugandan) musical and dance traditions through regular rehearsals, culminating in an end-of-semester concert. As an ensemble, we will learn and master how to play and sing/dance to bow-harps, thumb-pianos, xylophones, tube-fiddles, bowl-lyres, gourd shakers, reed-box rattles, ankle bells, and various types of drums. Prior knowledge of performing African music and dance is not required.

AAL ART

Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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MUSC 0400 - Senior Seminar in Music      

Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description.

AAL ART

Fall 2014

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MUSC 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Admission by approval. Please consult published departmental guidelines and paragraph below.

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0704 - Senior Work      

Senior Work
Senior work is not required of all music majors and joint majors. However, students interested in and eligible for departmental honors (see guideline above, in "Departmental Honors" section) may propose one or two-semester Senior Work projects. Projects may be in history, composition, theory, ethnomusicology, performance, or electronic music, and should culminate in a written presentation, a public performance, or a combination of the two. MUSC0704 does not count as a course toward fulfillment of the music major.

Project and budget proposals for Independent Study and Senior Work should be submitted by the previous April 1 for fall and winter term projects, and the previous October 15 for spring term projects. Budget proposals will not be considered after those dates. Project proposals will be considered after the deadline but are more likely not to be approved due to previous commitments of faculty advisors or other scheduling reasons.

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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