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World Music: Survey

MUS 120W

World Music: Survey

MUS 120W

Course Description

Develops an interest and respect for music from different countries and cultures by tracing the development and structures of non-European music forms through a focus on recordings and artists that have documented these unique musical traditions. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Identify the music of different cultures of the world and the countries or regions of its origin.

Objectives:

  • Understand fundamental approaches and theories used by different cultures in their music, and identify the different song structures and instrumentation.
  • Analyze ensemble playing and cross-cultural musical influences; and recognize the similarities and differences.
  • Review the influences that language has on the basic rhythmic structure of a culture's traditional music.

Research, access, and apply knowledge gained in this course.

Objectives:

  • Apply knowledge gained through reading the text to the listening of music, in the form of written papers, and class discussion.
  • Research information that will help asosciate the music to culture of its origin and bring into context.
  • Develop an appreciation and respect for the histories and traditions of the featured cultures through music by analyzing and comparing these to Western and European music forms.

Listen effectively, read and respond through written and oral critique of the music.

Objectives:

  • Compose written critiques on each type of music that ties an artist to a cultural form and timeframe.
  • Identify some of the important musical figures of each culture and identify their contributions to the music of their respective cultures. These will include some of the following artists: Olatunji, Fela Kuti, Hamza El Din, Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Kahn, Hozan Yamahoto, Toru Takemitsu, Mercedes Sosa, and Carlos Nakai.
  • Speak, write and formulate informal conclusions of musical pieces based on listening and in class discussion.
  • Compare and contrast specific tunes from different cultures in the context of musical forms.

Explore the concept of music as a universal language and how the media uses that language.

Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast specific tunes from different cultures.
  • Review the impact that recording technology has had on world music.
  • Form knowledge of music as a vital part of every culture and its specific cultural uses.
  • Explore the concept of sound as a form of communication and how technology uses sound to convey meaning.

Participate through discussion, preparation and involvement in the classroom.

Objectives:

  • Develop an interest in current events, local musical concepts and lectures, and Internet information.
  • Demonstrate effort, grasp and quality of understanding.
  • Demonstrate commitment by completing the assigned work on time.