Introduction to World Music
This course is an introduction to classical, popular, and folk music traditions from around the world. Case studies are drawn from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, India, Indonesia, Latin America, the Middle East, and native North America. Course discussions focus on the interactions between music and belief systems, contexts, aesthetics and history, and examine the social organization of music, the components of musical repertoire, and the impact of material culture. Basic theories and methodologies of ethnomusicology are utilized. The course includes lectures, reading, extensive listening, and a group fieldwork project. The course is appropriate for majors and nonmajors. Meets the General Studies core requirement in Aestheltics and the Creative Arts.