Course Description

This course is a survey of traditional, classical, popular, and intercultural music around the world. Among those cultures covered will be those of Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, Europe, Indonesia, Japan, China, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. This course explores historical developments, cultural contexts, communicative functions, musical forms and styles, instruments, and musical philosophies. We shall also explore the interrelationships between genres and other art forms (dance, theater, visual arts, and literature). We’ll analyze how these musics have cut across issues of race, class, gender, religion, ritual, politics, social movements, and cultural identity. Neither an ability to read music nor any other background in music is required. Course dates: March  3rd,10th, 17th, & 31st.




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