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
- IV. Prerequisites
- Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
- 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
Course Learning Goals
- 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 [Diversity];
- 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 [Social Sciences].
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 Course Learning GoalsStudents satisfy the Course Learning Goals via quizzes, tests, critical listening assignments, writing assignments, and class participation.
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