Folklore | Introduction to World Music and Culture
F111 | 2395 | Burnim


This course examines a variety of musical traditions from across the
globe.  Taught from an ethnomusicological perspective, music is
explored as complex cultural expression, intensely invested with
social, artistic, economic and political meanings. This course seeks
to advance knowledge of not only what happens in musical performance,
but why. More than mere entertainment, or simply notes on a printed
page, music comes alive through an understanding of the people who
create and express it. The same music performed in a single context
can convey varied meanings. Nuanced interpretations of music often
require the investigation of its link to race, gender and even class.
Is music then a universal language?  F111 explores this pervasive
concept.  Through the rich and textured analysis of audio and video
recordings, as well as carefully selected reading materials and field
experiences, students will develop greater understanding  of the role
of music in their own lives, as well as the lives of “others,” both
near and far.