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A14 An Introduction to the Music of Africa and India

Description: The class will provide an introduction to Sub-Saharan African music, Northern African and Islamic music (including the impact of Islamic music on medieval European music), and Indian classical music. These are all, obviously, very broad topics, and this class is intended only as an overview and introduction. Recordings, videos, lectures, and class sharing will be used to explore the similarities and differences among the musical values of these cultures and our more familiar Western values. A brief overview of music theory will be included to provide a context for understanding some of the differences among the styles of music.

Instructor: LLI member Mel Lee has been studying music of the U.S. and other cultures for many years. Since 2001, he has shared his musical explorations with WEMC listeners on his program, "The Songbag." As a park ranger he interpreted Southern Appalachian music and culture to visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway. He has performed solo and with a variety of bands playing different instruments. He has taught three previous LLI classes on American musical traditions, and been guest speaker in others.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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