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World Music Ensembles

gamelan ensemble

While world music can be found woven through the repertoire of various courses at the School of Music, the following ensembles focus specifically on performing and understanding world music traditions. 

Javanese Gamelan Music Ensemble

Hands-on experience in learning to play Javanese gamelan music offered every spring, one of the great non-western music-making traditions that is readily accessible to beginners. Join internationally renowned Joko Sutrisno as he related insights into the role of this tradition in Indonesian culture. Open to all students, no musical background needed, and no audition required. Email instructor Joko Sutrisno at sutri001@umn.edu to request to register for the course. Upon email receipt of confirmation, forward to mus-adv@umn.edu to request to register for MUS 5490-002 "Percussion Ensemble". 

African Drumming Ensemble

Every fall it is an option join the African Drumming Ensemble with Master Drummer, Sowah Mensah, from Ghana, West Africa. In this course, you'll have the opportunity to play drums, xylophone, and sing. No previous music experience or audition required. Email instructor, Sowah Mensah at mensa001@umn.edu, for permission to register for the course. Upon email receipt of confirmation, forward to mus-adv@umn.edu to request to register for MUS 5490-004, "Percussion Ensemble".

Steel Pan Ensemble

Hands-on experience in learning to play in a steel pan percussion ensemble. No audition or experience is required. Email the instructor of MUS 5490-003, "Percussion Ensemble" listed in the Class Search tool for instructor permission. Upon email confirmation of instructor consent, forward to mus-adv@umn.edu to request to register.

World Music Ensemble

Every semester, this class explores Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean popular repertories and rhythms: samba, bossa nova, salsa, merengue, mambo, and more. Planned master classes and clinics with local artists complement regularly scheduled rehearsals and performances, including a spring finale in the May Day Parade. No audition or instructor consent required. Register for MUS 5460-001.

Learn more about world music opportunities at the University of Minnesota.