MUS 125 Fall 2014 Music and Social Dance in Latin America (D)

Cross Listed as DANC125
This course offers a full-spectrum introduction to the sounds, movements, and social characteristics of a number of Latin American social dance forms, including samba, salsa, tango, and the Afro-Surinamese genre, awasa. Through critical listening and viewing assignments, performance workshops, and readings from disciplines spanning ethnomusicology, anthropology, dance studies, Latin American studies and history, students will combine a technical understanding of the musical and choreographic features of these genres with a consideration of their social impact. Among the questions that will drive class discussions are the following: How do sound and movement interrelate? What aspects of gender, sexuality, class, race and ethnicity arise in the performance and consumption of Latin American genres of social dance? How do high political, economic, and personal stakes emerge through activities more commonly associated with play and leisure? No prior music or dance training is necessary, however this course does require regular engagement in interactive and performance-based assignments and workshops.
Class Format: seminar/studio
Requirements/Evaluation: one performance/analysis project, one group project, one paper (10-12 pages)
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: upperclassmen, music majors, and students with concentration in Latio/a Studies
Department Notes: MUS Group A Electives--classes 15 and 16 MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology--class of 17 and beyond
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: MUS Group A Electives,MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1792
MUS 125 - 01 (F) SEM Mus & Social Dance in Latin Am (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Corinna S. Campbell
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Bernhard 30 1792
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