Course DescriptionSurvey folk and traditional music from around the world. You will examine music-making and the people and musical cultures of South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Oceania, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Composer Issa Boulos has collaborated with musicians from all over the world and will explore interrelationships between musical genres and other art forms, such as dance, theater, visual arts, and literature. You will also analyze how these musics have intersected with race, class, gender, religion, ritual, politics, social movements, and cultural identity.
Course OutlineCourse Rationale
Musical traditions from around the world can never be understood without understanding the relationships, associations and collective memories that come with them. As these languages of expression become more universal, traditional musics also strive to escape the confines of convention and stereotype and aim for change. This course seeks to bring world music within reach and offer a deeper understanding of global music-making.
The goal of this course is to help students expand their horizons by exploring diverse musical traditions from around the world as they learn about the people and cultures that produced them. The class offers a sample of world music and is designed to bring awareness to these traditions. By investigating the multilayered cultural contexts and traditional meanings of various musical genres, students gain an understanding of the current "world music" scene and are better able to critically examine their own musical experiences. In addition, students will learn to hear and discuss significant stylistic elements of selected genres through listening assignments. A detailed introduction to musical terms and concepts will be provided; no prior musical experience or "musical literacy" in any tradition is required for this course.
Learner Outcomes1. demonstrate basic awareness and understanding of the major types of global musical traditions.
2. utilize anthropological terminology appropriately in verbal and written formats.
3. identify and explain similarities and differences in styles and genres.
4. listen and view performances critically and refine the understanding of global musical traditions; articulate an opinion that is based on understanding and knowledge.
NotesRequired textbook Miller, Terry E. and Andrew Shahriari. World Music: A Global Journey. 3rd edition. New York: Routledge, 2012. The text includes three compact discs, which serve as the foundation for listening assignments. An electronic version is also available.
World Music: A Global Journey, 4th Edition
Authors: Terry E. Miller and Andrew Shahriari
Paperback: 530 pages Publisher: Routledge, 2017 Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1138911277
Supplies/Materials: Supplied by the library