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or Aikiwowo is a traditional Nigerian song and rhythm. Watch for the captivating solo on shekere by Janet McDonald. This performance was part of a Creative Musical Arts class that focused on ensemble playing of polyrhythms from Africa and the African Diaspora, and on traditional drums of the Malinke, Bambara and Yoruba peoples. The class was sponsored in part by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. The foundation of MUM's Creative Musical Arts program is the profound connection between music, consciousness, and creativity. This holistic, innovative approach to musicianship allows each student to develop his unique artistic voice. Creative Musical Arts integrates three areas: •Exploring diverse musical styles through our unique approach to improvisation and composition •Hands-on training in theory, listening skills, instrumental technique, repertoire, and more •Developing your inner creative potential through Consciousness-Based education Consciousness-Based education connects everything you learn to the underlying wholeness of life. So each class becomes relevant, because the knowledge of that subject is connected with your own inner intelligence. You study traditional subjects, but you also systematically cultivate your inner potential, developing your creativity and learning ability. Your awareness expands, improving your ability to see the big picture, and to relate to others. MUM uses the block system, in which you take one class at a ...