Exploring percussion of West African countries: Composing with texture and sonority

In this lesson, you will explore the different percussion instruments of West Africa before composing using different textures and sonorities.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

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Question 4

Q1.The Sabar is a Senegalese drum that is played at many celebration events. Which of the following is not an event mentioned in the video?

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Q2.How does the size of a drum influence its pitch?

2/4

Q3.Polyphonic texture describes

3/4

Q4.A polyrhythm is

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Q1.The Sabar is a Senegalese drum that is played at many celebration events. Which of the following is not an event mentioned in the video?

1/4

Q2.How does the size of a drum influence its pitch?

2/4

Q3.Polyphonic texture describes

3/4

Q4.A polyrhythm is

4/4

Video

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Worksheet

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Roles of different West African instruments

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Q1.Percussion instruments

1/5

Q2.What is/are the main role/s of tuned percussion instruments ?

2/5

Q3.Axatse, balafon, djembe, gankogui, sabar, talking drums are percussion instruments typically played in which continent?

3/5

Q4.What role might a balafon play in a West African ensemble?

4/5

Q5.How can you make the pitch of a rubber band higher?

5/5

This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

Roles of different West African instruments

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Q1.Percussion instruments

1/5

Q2.What is/are the main role/s of tuned percussion instruments ?

2/5

Q3.Axatse, balafon, djembe, gankogui, sabar, talking drums are percussion instruments typically played in which continent?

3/5

Q4.What role might a balafon play in a West African ensemble?

4/5

Q5.How can you make the pitch of a rubber band higher?

5/5

Lesson summary: Exploring percussion of West African countries: Composing with texture and sonority

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