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