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Music in World Culture - 1st year

Centers upon the listening experience, building a vocabulary for the discussion of musical and socio-cultural issues, and encouraging the use of shared concepts in personal self-expression. The class will feature lecture, group discussion, and the viewing a series of videos.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Recognize and identify the music of many cultures;

2. Describe the elements of style, rhythm, pitch and form which comprise a given music genre;

3. Comprehend the roles and functions of music in both contemporary and traditional culture;

4. Appreciate the diversity of world music and understand the homogenization trend in the world music.


Course topics will include the following:

1. Introduction: What can we expect music to tell us?

2. Gong music of Southeast Asian Island Nations

3. The Subcontinent Music of India and her neighbors

4. Music of East Asia

5. Music of Sub-Saharan Africa

6. Music of the Middle East

7. Music of Europe

8. Music of Latin America

9. Music of North America

10. Diversity of homogenization

Method of Instruction:

1. Lecture

2. Audio tape listening

3. Group discussion

Types of Assignments:

1. Course readings

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