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Music of Africa

Music of Africa

Author: Elyce Gleason

California State Content Standard, 7th Grade Music:

3.1 Compare and contrast the functions music serves and the place of musicians in society in various cultures.
3.5 Identify instruments from a variety of cultures visually and aurally.

Learning goals:
Students will be able to identify four African instruments visually and aurally. 
Students will be able to investigate the functions and importance of music in the African culture.

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Before You Start

Read the "Music of Africa" and "Traditional Music" sections in the article below:

Music of Africa

Common African Instruments

Terms to Know


The Kora


Djembe Drum:


Become an expert!

Choose one of the instruments below to research. You can use the resources I've provided or do research of your own!

Djembe Drum