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ERIC Number: EJ832826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1461-3808
The Oral Tradition in the Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble: Student Perceptions
Hess, Juliet
Music Education Research, v11 n1 p57-75 Mar 2009
The Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble is a Ghanaian drum and dance ensemble that focusses on music in the Ewe tradition. It is based in an elementary school in the Greater Toronto Area and consists of students in Grade 4 through Grade 8. Students in the ensemble study Ghanaian traditional Ewe drumming and dancing in the oral tradition. Nine students were interviewed for their perceptions of the effects of their ensemble participation on their lives. Feelings about being taught through the oral tradition instead of through notation were extremely strong. Students much preferred being taught aurally. Their comments on the aural and written musical learning styles are quite insightful and have powerful implications for music education. (Contains 1 table and 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto); Ghana