Experiencing (Virtually) the Music, Dance, and Culture of Haiti

This is an adaptation of Wintersession Course MUS 214H, re-envisioned for remote summer session only. We will study the traditional and folkloric music, dance, and culture of Haiti, using the ethnomusicological lenses of bi-musicality and applied ethnomusicology. Students will participate in lectures, discussions, and experiential lab sessions that will reveal the multiple styles and techniques of the folkloric arts of the Central and Southern regions of Haiti: Port-au-Prince, Gonaives, Jacmel, Lascohobas, Saut d’Eau, and Mirebalais, where the Leocardie and Alexandre Kenscoff Cultural Center (C-CLAK), founded by Professor Emeritus Gerdès Fleurant, is located. The work of Professor Fleurant’s C-CLAK will provide for us a case study of applied ethnomusicology. Through virtual engagements with Professor Fleurant, students will gain an understanding of applied ethnomusicology as community engagement, support, promotion, and service in the various projects of the Center, including the Gawou Ginou King Foundation School and Holistic Center, and will be asked to envision their own contributions to C-CLAK, in final projects.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 20

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Washington

Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered