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.
Most current editions of the following:
Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples
By Titan, Jeff Todd Recommended
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
• 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
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.