Marimba Ensemble

The Zimbabwean marimba ensemble is a phenomenon that has taken the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Rocky Mountain regions by storm over the past 30-40 years. This music, originating in Zimbabwe in the 1960s, but with deep roots in traditional Shona ethnic mbira music, is joyous, upbeat, and accessible to both musicians and non-musicians alike. If you can hit a wooden key with a stick, you can play marimba! In this course, students will learn some of the background of marimba music by reading about the traditions of Zimbabwean music. Mostly, however students will be learning a set of pieces to play together. Students exiting the course will have a basic understanding of rhythm, melody, and how to work as a team in a musical ensemble. The course will culminate with a short performance for the campus community.