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Queen's University



Due to unforeseen circumstances, this class will not run in the Fall Term.

  If you are interested in taking this class in the Winter Term, please

contact the office.


The Ewe Music Ensemble (EME), directed by Jillian Fulton, focuses on the traditional polyphonic and poly-rhythmic music of the Ewe people, a tribe located in Sub-Saharan West Africa, in Ghana, Benin, and Togo. Classes will be taught in the aural tradition, and will focus on the percussion, song, and dance that combine to create various recreational and war pieces that are still performed today. Beyond perfecting traditional dances, students will learn about the instruments, drum language, cultural context, history, and meaning of each of these pieces.




24 classes will take place on Wednesday evenings between 7.30-9pm, in Room 120 of Harrison-LeCaine Hall of Queen’s University, on Bader Lane, between September 2013 - April 2014.

    • Fall Term schedule: Wednesday 18th September - Wednesday 4th December, 2013.
    • Winter Term schedule: Wednesday 8th January - Wednesday 9th April, 2014 (no classes will be held on 19th February and 12th March, 2014).

    A group performance will take place during the last class of each term.



    The EME is open to students aged 15 and older. The course will run with a minimum class size of 10 people (please refer to Conservatory Policy for further details regarding procedure if minimum class size is not achieved). All students must be prepared to drum, dance and sing.



    None. No musical knowledge or background is required. Students are not required to read music.



    All students are required to bring the following materials to each class:

    • Pencil
    • Paper
    • Binder

    It is recommended that a recording device (such as a cell phone) be brought, for recording drum patterns, songs and dance sequences.


    5) FEES

    Course fee: $295 per person, and includes all music and music folder.

    Registration fee: $40 per family per year. This fee covers registration for all programs with QCM over the year.

    Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000