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MUSIC-104 - World Music
World Music begins with the study of music as a social and aesthetic activity and as an acoustic phenomenon. The primary components of music cultures are discussed and analyzed including: the context and occasions for music making, the social organization and functions of music, and the oral, written, and media transmission of music. Fundamental aspects of sound (pitch, duration, volume, timbre) and their organization into musical structures are identified and explained. Next, the course investigates music from various location on the planet. Specific case studies are chosen in order to illuminate a range of socio-musical types: from music in small-scale egalitarian communities to rural peasant population to elite patronized forms of music to mass mediated contexts. Prerequisite: eligibility for ENGL-101. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Offered Spring terms only. GENERAL EDUCATION and DIVERSITY
Academic Level:
Music, Gen Ed Fine & Performing Arts, General Education Elective, General Ed Arts and Humanities, General Education Diversity
Please see course description for all prerequisites.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Describe the field of ethnomusicology. 2. Discuss various genres of music and where they are located globally. (GE1, PG5) 3. Develop a basic vocabulary for describing music. (GE1, GE7) 4. Describe the relationship between music and culture. (GE1, GE3, GE8, PG4) 5. List and describe famous performers of world music. (GE3) 6. List and describe instruments not germane to western culture. (GE3) 7. Critique musical performances using vocabulary learned throughout the course. (GE1, GE3, GE4, GE5, GE8, PG2)ulture (GE 1, GE 6)
World Music
Course: MUSIC-104 - World Music