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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
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MUSC 2051 - World Music

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This course introduces students to traditional music from a variety of cultures, such as India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and the Middle East. The course also examines the relationships between American popular music and non-Western societies. There is an emphasis on focused listening, with the purpose of enhancing the ability to appreciate and understand music.
MnTC Goals
6 Humanities/Fine Arts, 8 Global Perspective

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Introduction to Ethnomusicology
  2. Possible music surveyed from: South Asia East Asia Indonesia and the Pacific Islands Middle East Russia and Central Asia West Africa Central Africa North Africa South Africa Europe British Isles North America Central America South America Other Possible Topics: The Blues and Jazz The Diaspora of Pop Music Technology and Music
  3. Structural elements of music
  4. The function of music as it relates to its societal and cultural contexts
  5. The study of traditional and popular music and how they interrelate

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Describe the interrelationships between music and society
  2. Describe and identify the structural elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, etc.)
  3. Identify musical styles and characteristics of selected cultures
  4. Describe how traditional music and popular music coexist

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