MUS 177: Introduction to Hawaiian Music

 
 

MUS 177: Introduction to Hawaiian Music (3 credits)

Course Description

A survey of Hawaiian music from Polynesian origins and pre-contact traditional forms to acculturated and contemporary forms and expressions including vocal, instrumental and dance music in their social, cultural and religious contexts. (3 hours lecture)


Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify and define the basic concepts, terminology and distinguishing features of Western European and Hawaiian music.
  • Identify (a) the distinguishing features of indigenous Hawaiian music, (b) the musical instruments indigenous to Hawai‘i, (c) acculturated Hawaiian music, and (d) acculturated musical instruments.
  • Explain or discuss the functions of music in pre-contact Hawaiian society and in contemporary Hawai‘i.
  • Discuss the interplay of Hawaiian music and Hawaiian dance performance.
  • Identify and discuss important events and personalities in the evolution of Hawaiian music.
  • Discuss the composition, recording, production, and commercialization of Hawaiian music.

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