This course provides students with an introduction to the musical heritage of the world. Through an interdisciplinary approach targeting the arts, humanities and social sciences, the course fosters skills necessary to gain a deeper appreciation of both familiar and unfamiliar musical traditions. The course will survey a representative cross section of the major musical traditions of the world, which may include Native American, Black American, sub-Saharan African, Eastern European/Bosnian, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese and Latin American/Brazilian traditions. Note: The course does not require the ability to read music. 3 hrs. lecture/wk.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Define a variety of non-Western musical cultures (folk and popular).
- Place music in a social and cultural context to reach a better understanding of its role in different societies.
- Discuss how music defines, supports and enriches the human aesthetic experience and daily life.
- Evaluate the relative hierarchy of fundamental music elements (including rhythm, meter, harmony, melody and form) in particular musical cultures to better understand the organizational principles behind applied musical examples.
- Listen actively to music to explain analytical perspectives with musical terminology.
- Describe music as human expression by borrowing methods from history and anthropology.
- Apply investigative research methods to any music through an introduction to basic music references sources.
- Examine the specific relationship between instruments, ensembles and musical functions in various cultures.
- Demonstrate results of first-hand experience with ethnomusicological activity as a result of individual field projects.
Content Outline and Competencies:
I. Demonstrate a Written and Aural Knowledge of the Terms Common to Folk and Popular Music Traditions A. Rhythm B. Melody C. Harmony D. Genre and form E. Performance context F. Text G. Composition/improvisation H. Transmission I. Movement II. Construct a Working Definition of Music (and apply it to various cultures) by Considering the Relative Hierarchy of Musical Elements A. Construct analysis guidelines for listening exercises B. Examine ideology behind music making: function, ceremony, entertainment, etc. III. Define Ethnomusicology and Demonstrate Written and Aural Knowledge of Contextual Analysis A. Examine societal implications of cultural activity and identify music as relevant to the human aesthetic experience and to daily life B. Find connections between primitive and evolved societies C. Define parallels between anthropology, history, literature and music D. Examine basic reference tools and specific research methodologies for ethnomusicological inquiry IV. Define Selected Musical Styles and Identify Characteristic Sounds of Traditions Relevant to Sub-Saharan Africa and Identify Cultures and Subcultures of African Music Making Such As: A. Agbekor music of the Ewe people B. Drum language for Agbekor C. Music of the Shona people V. Define Selected Musical Styles and Identify Characteristic Sounds of Traditions Relevant to the North American Ethnic and Popular Styles (specifically comparing to African origins) Such As: A. Blues B. Jazz VI. Define Selected Musical Styles and Identify Characteristic Sounds of Traditions Relevant to the Native North American Indian (specifically targeting the Navajo culture) Such As: A. Yeibichai song tradition B. Circle dance songs C. the Native American Church VII. Define Selected Musical Styles and Identify Characteristic Sounds of Traditions Relevant to Eastern Europe (specifically targeting Bosnia) Such As: A. Bosnian Highland Village Musical Traditions B. Bosnian Lowland Village Musical Traditions C. Popular Musical Styles of Bosnian Culture VIII. Define Selected Musical Styles and Identify Characteristic Sounds of Traditions Relevant to Southern India Such As: A. General theory of raga, tala, musical structure and improvisation B. South Indian Karnataka Sangeeta C. The influence of Indian music on the West IX. Define Selected Musical Styles and Identify Characteristic Sounds of Traditions Relevant to Indonesia Such As: A. Central Java and the gamelan (instruments, performance contexts) B. Shadow puppetry C. Indonesian popular music and transnational exchange X. Define Selected Musical Styles and Identify Characteristic Sounds of Traditions Relevant to Japan (specifically the aesthetic sense of timbre, pitch collections/scales; melody and harmony; rhythm; and form) Such As: A. Shakuhachi flute repertory B. Shamisen repertory C. Folk song D. Popular music E. Kabuki and Noh theater traditions XI. Define Selected Musical Styles and Identify Characteristic Sounds of Traditions Relevant to Latin America and Identify Cultures and Subcultures of Latin American Music Making Such As: A. Quichua of Ecuador B. Nueva cancion of Chile C. Brazilian candomble D. Brazilian carnival traditions: samba
Method of Evaluation and Competencies:
Evaluation of student mastery of course competencies will be accomplished using the following methods:
Examinations 60% of grade Field Project 25% of grade Weekly Assignments/Participation/Attendance 15% of grade Total 100% Grade Criteria: A = 90 - 100% B = 80 - 89% C = 70 - 79% D = 60 - 69% F – Below 60%
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