MUSC103 World Music
Department of The Arts: Music
Course Number and TitleMUSC103 World Music
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationThis course fulfills the Social Perspectives requirement of Category I: Essential Skills and Perspectives, and Category III: International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives.
Catalog Course DescriptionBeginning with a preliminary study of music fundamentals and an overview of societal contexts of music and musicians, this listening-oriented survey of traditional and popular music from around the world employs the ethnomusicological approach to explore the diverse musical heritages of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- recognize the fundamental elements of music that are common to all cultures;
- examine the musical heritages of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East;
- identify the functions that individuals and groups in various social contexts have played in the creation and performance of music from around the world; and
- examine the roles that music from around the world has played in areas such as politics, religion, ritual, folk traditions, dance, and migration.
- Core (if applicable)
- read, interpret, and evaluate local or global events with a view toward their interrelatedness. (1)
- articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments;
International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- identify and define the fundamental elements of music, basic acoustics, notation, and related terminology
- compare and contrast the musical heritages of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East
- examine the functions of musicians from around the world in their indigenous musical cultures
- perform listening-based tasks which address the various functions of music in areas such as politics, religion, ritual, folk traditions, dance and migration
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Students will meet the Course Learning Goals via quizzes, tests, critical listening assignments, and class participation.
- Core (if applicable) Students satisfy the Core Learning Goals, Category I: Social Perspectives and Category III: International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives, by completing a departmentally developed assignment that comparatively analyzes, interprets and evaluates musical events of two different world cultures.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:A departmentally selected textbook is required for this course. (See course format.)
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 4/08; revised 3/2010