College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Music


World Music Ensemble

World Music Ensemble

Towson University World Music Ensemble is directed byJonathan Seligman.

The World Music Ensemble is open to music majors and non-music majors with experience in music. The ensemble meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. each semester in the Center for the Arts, room 3075.

This ensemble exposes students to a variety of world music traditions, which can include Ugandan amadinda xylophone (East Africa), Trinidadian steel band (Caribbean), Shona mbira dza vadzimu and karimba from Zimbabwe (Southern Africa), Akan bells, drums, and rattles and songs from Ghana (West Africa), Bantu songs from Zaïre (Central Africa), South Indian solkattu (South Asia), Middle Eastern frame drumming (West Asia), and Brazilian samba (South America).

Students will learn basic techniques on a variety of percussion instruments and learn to sing traditional vocal pieces in weekly rehearsals, usually performing in a concert context at least once each semester. Repertoire is taught through oral tradition, notation and alternative notation.

World Music Ensemble counts for graduation credit toward music degrees at Towson University. No audition is required.

For more information about the ensemble, please contact Jonathan Seligman at


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Department of Music
Center for the Arts, Room # 3095 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2839
Fax: 410-704-2841



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