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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: MUSI 123
Course Title: Music in World Cultures
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course explores music as an aspect of human culture focusing on selected non-Western music styles of Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Americas. Course meets multicultural graduation requirement. 

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered odd Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples
By Titan, Jeff Todd
Course Objectives

•   To acquire a broad historical, cultural, and social context of music and its contribution to cross-cultural understanding.

    To examine local, regional, national and global values of music.

    To examine traditional, religious, folk, art, and popular musical   styles of non-western musical traditions.

    To acquire active listening skills and  a mastery of non-western music terminology.

    To examine the roles of the media, politics, religion, gender, and popular trends on expressive culture.

    To explore the interdisciplinary nature of music and the connections between the arts and human values.

Measurable Learning

     Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics that are central to the music of non-western cultures and sub-cultures.

    Acquire sufficient knowledge of the social and historical elements that have contributed to the development and dissemination of music world-wide.

    Describe the elements that distinguish the sounds of music from non-western cultures.

    Evidence an understanding of key concepts of the music of non-western cultures.

    Describe the differences between and function of the instruments that are used in non-western cultures.

    Identify by sight and sound the instruments of non-­ western cultures.

    Contextualize historically, biographically, and sociologically the musical knowledge gained from reading  materials  and  lectures  within  the  broader world-wide musical experiences.

Topical Outline:

    The music-culture as a world of music

    North America/Native America

    Africa/Ewe, Mande, Dagbamba, Shona, BaAka

    North America/Black  America

    Europe/Central and Southeastern Regions

    India/South India

•    Asia/Indonesia

    East Asia/China, Taiwan, Singapore, Oversees Chinese

    Latin America/Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru

    Music of the Arab world

    Discovering and documenting a world of music


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Nollie Moore Date: February 22, 2013
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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