Marimba Ensemble

The American-Zimbabwean marimba ensemble is an offshoot of Zimbabwean marimba and traditional ethnic Shona mbira music. It is joyous, upbeat, and accessible to both musicians and non-musicians alike. In this course, students will learn a set of pieces by rote that will become part of a core permanent repertoire for the ensemble to perform by memory semester after semester.  Unlike other ensembles where students specialize in one part or instrument and learn a completely new set of pieces each semester to perform in concert, this ensemble is a “gigging” ensemble, designed to play by invitation at different events and occasions with students taking turns on all the instruments.  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.