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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. 

AfricanDrums.jpgSpecifically geared to young people aged 10-14, the Sankofa Music Ensemble (SME), directed by Jillian Fulton, focuses on the fundamentals of music and movement in West Africa. Classes will be taught in the aural tradition, where students will learn polyphonic and poly-rhythmic West African percussion, song, and dance.

Sankofa is a Ghanaian Adinkra symbol that literally means 'go back and get it'; it represents growth, learning, and is associated with calling people to go back to traditional culture so that they do not lose their identity. Students in SME will explore and 'go back and get' intercultural creativity through West African music. An introduction to West African recreational and war pieces will prepare students to eventually enter the Ewe Music Ensemble for adults, where traditional pieces are perfected.



24 classes will take place on Wednesday evenings between 6-7.30pm, 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 SME is open to students aged 10 to 14. 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


    5) FEES

    Course fee: $295 per person.

    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