African Music Education


Music is a nonverbal universal language that reaches directly into the soul and promotes diversity through cultural expression.

Rhythmic Journeys through Africa: Exploring music by introducing traditional African instruments.

This Artistic Educational Music Program introduces students and participants to a variety of traditional African instruments including balafon, djembe, djun-djun and songs. Participants will learn traditional rhythms that will introduce the elements of traditional African music including slap, base, tone and technique. It will also demonstrate how the educational component of math, science and language relates to music. These hands-on experiential will give the student the opportunity to:

  1. Discover the different elements of music
  2. Understand music by ear
  3. Learn basic traditional notes
  4. Identify traditional notes
  5. Learn traditional rhythms
  6. Learn songs in an African language
  7. Discover the interesting facts of African music, culture, resources and history
  8. Explore why music is considered the universal language

Music is sounds that are organized in a meaningful way to create rhythm, melody, and harmony

Elements of music:

  • Sound – the auditory sensation that is interpreted by the ear
  • Frequency – Energy waves such as electricity or vibration
  • Amplitude – Loudness of sound
  • Beat – musical timing which can be long or short according to rhythm
  • Rhythm – The whole feeling of movement in music, with a strong implication of both regularity & differentiation for example; inhale and exhale.
  • Tempo – Speed of the beat
  • Acoustic – Musical instrument whose sound is not electronically modified. Operated by or utilizing sound waves.
  • Sine Wave – The most perfect type of sound that can only exists in the laboratory