ASIA 112
Musics of Asia Spring 2025
Division I
Cross-listed MUS 112

Class Details

This course offers an introduction to the great diversity of Asian music. Our survey will span from East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan) to Southeast Asia (Thailand and Indonesia) to the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia (Tibet and Afghanistan), to the Middle East (Iran and the Arabian peninsula), and will end with the extension of Asian music across North Africa and into Eastern Europe. Within this broad survey, we will focus on selected and representative musical cultures and genres. In each section of the course, aspects of cultural context (including music’s function in religious life and its relationship to the other arts), will be emphasized. While our focus will be on the traditional and classical musics of these cultures, we will also consider the current musical scene. Encounters with this music will include attendance at live performances when possible.
The Class: Format: lecture; lecture/discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3418
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on four tests and two papers
Prerequisites: none; no musical experience necessary
Enrollment Preferences: if overenrolled preference will be given to sophomores and juniors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MUS 112 Division I ASIA 112 Division I
Attributes: GBST East Asian Studies
MUS Ethnomusicology

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