MUSC103 World Music

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC103 World Music
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250
IV. Prerequisites
Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course meets the General Education requirement for Diversity.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Social Sciences.

VI. Catalog Course Description
Beginning 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.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. recognize the fundamental elements of music that are common to all cultures;
    2. examine the musical heritages of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East [Diversity];
    3. 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
    4. examine the roles that music from around the world has played in areas, such as politics, religion, ritual, folk traditions, dance, and migration [Social Sciences].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. identify and define the fundamental elements of music, basic acoustics, notation, and related terminology
    2. compare and contrast the musical heritages of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East
    3. examine the functions of musicians from around the world in their indigenous musical cultures
    4. perform listening-based tasks, which address the various functions of music in areas, such as politics, religion, ritual, folk traditions, dance, and migration
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students satisfy the Course Learning Goals via quizzes, tests, critical listening assignments, writing assignments, and class participation.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    A departmentally-selected textbook is required for this course. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 4/08; revised 3/2010; New Core 8/2015