MUSC103 World Music
Department of The Arts: Music
- I. Course Number and Title
- MUSC103 World Music
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- This course fulfills the Social Perspectives requirement of Category I: Essential Skills and Perspectives, and Category III: International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives.
- 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 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.)
- VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
- Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 4/08; revised 3/2010