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Dominican Republic Summer Course 2013
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6/23/2013 to 7/15/2013
When: 6/23/2013
Where: Centro Leon
Santiago de los Caballeros
Dominican Republic
Contact: Sydney Hutchinson

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Caribbean Music Journey: Dominican Routes

A study-abroad program organized by Syracuse University (3-unit undergrad or grad course for music, Latin American studies, or Spanish credit)

June 23-July 15, 2012

Application deadline: Feb. 20

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world can get to know
Caribbean music from the inside in this unique, hands-on course. Learning
songs and rhythms from master musicians, classroom discussion and readings,
collaborative learning with Dominican students, and visits to live
musicperformances will facilitate their understanding of the role of
music in this society, as well as its relationship to larger issues like
nationalism, migration, and urbanization. By the end of the course, they
will not only be able to perform basic songs, rhythms, and dances, but will
also understand how music functions as an integral part of social life and
religious belief – not only in the Dominican Republic, but across the

Now in its second year, the class will meet daily at the Centro Leon, a
world-class museum and cultural center in Santiago de los Caballeros, the
Dominican Republic’s second-largest city and the heart of its musical
culture. Each day of the class will combine music making and/or dancing
with master musicians and classroom discussion with music experts. Each
week will be devoted to studying a particular musical style – palos
drumming, Afro-Dominican fusions, and merengue típico. At the conclusion of
the classroom period, the class will complete a collaborative fieldwork
project to be posted online. This year, we'll be examining the
sarandunga music and dance tradition of the cofradía of St John the Baptist in Baní.

An internship may be possible at the conclusion of the program. In
addition, special interests in recording studios or particular instruments
can be accommodated. The course will taught in Spanish; please contact
organizers if translation is needed. Intermediate level Spanish is highly

The course will be taught by ethnomusicologists Sydney Hutchinson, Martha
Ellen Davis, and Angelina Tallaj in conjunction with local master
musicians. It may be taken for three units of undergraduate or
graduate-level credit in music, Latin American studies, or Spanish (via
petition) through Syracuse University. Students wishing to participate in
the course without credit may be able to make arrangements through the Centro León.

For more information on program fees and registration:
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