MUS 107: Music in World Culture


MUS 107: Music in World Cultures (3 credits)

Course Description

Music as organized sound and as a cultural object. Role of music in various societies: ancient and modern, sophisticated and non-sophisticated, child and adult, Western and non-Western. Representative styles and regional characteristics viewed in terms of musical characteristics and related cultural factors; a conceptual introduction to music and culture. Attendance at one ethnic performance is required. (3 hours lecture)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the role of music in different cultures.
  • Describe the distinctive aural features and music aesthetics of a music culture.
  • Describe the historical, religious, social, and political aspects of a society that contribute to the development of a music culture.
  • Affirm the validity of other music traditions.
  • Contrast/compare one's own music within the broader context of other music traditions.

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