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:
2. Audio tape listening
3. Group discussion
Types of Assignments:
1. Course readings