MUS 111
Music Cultures of the World Fall 2018 Division I; Difference, Power, and Equity;

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This course introduces a variety of musical traditions from around the world, from highlife and hip hop in Ghana to Balinese Gamelan and Indian classical genres. Students will develop a working knowledge of musical terms, influential musicians, and concepts relevant to performance genres hailing from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Beyond engaging with music’s sound and structure, we will address its capacity to express personal and group identity, and its ability to both reflect and shape broader social ideas and circumstances. Reading and writing assignments are combined with direct engagement with music and musicians. No prior musical training required.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 30
Expected: 20
Class#: 1896
Requirements/Evaluation: based on class attendance and participation, regular short writing assignments, and a final paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: current or prospective majors in Music, Anthropology, Sociology, Arabic Studies and Asian Studies, as well as current and prospective concentrators in Africana Studies and Latina/o Studies
Department Notes: MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology
Distributions: Division I; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Distribution Notes: DPE: Not only are students exposed to a wide range of musical material from across the globe, they also consider how music becomes meaningful and powerful in light of local contexts and the politics of circulation. Discussions and written assignments address issues including gender identity, economic disparity, the politics of cultural preservation, and music's potential in situations of political unrest
Attributes: MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology

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