Folklore | World Music and Culture
F111 | 4423 | Staff


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
addresses 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.