Folklore | INTRODUCTION TO WORLD MUSIC AND CULTURE
F111 | 2411 | Stone


This course examines a wide variety of musical traditions from throughout
the world. The main idea is that socio-cultural expressions such as music
provide an in-depth view into both historical and contemporary thoughts and
ideas of human expression. Students are encouraged to explore their own
ideas about music and the society in which we live. We may think of music as
primarily a form of entertainment or something valued for its listening
pleasure. In many parts of the world, music is a complex cultural expression
intensely invested with political, social, artistic, and economic meanings.
Issues of race, class, and gender complexly inform music expression.

Students learn basic concepts and terms that may be considered an approach
to musicological study. This includes understanding the limitations of these
concepts as applied cross-culturally. Improving musical listening skills in
terms of written and oral analysis that address issues of musical meaning
are the primary goals of the course.

Formal musical training is NOT required. The ability to read Western staff
notation is also not required.  This course is appropriate for non-music
majors as well as students considering a major or minor in
ethnomusicology/folklore.

Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution
requirement.