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Music (MUS)
121 Music, 541-346-3761
School of Music
Course Data
  MUS 359   Music of the Americas >1 >AC 4.00 cr.
African American, Latin American, and Native American music in sociocultural context. Includes listening skills, music-culture relationship, aesthetics, styles, genres, music structures and forms, and participatory music making. Fenn, Levy.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Kajikawa LE-mail Office:   205 Collier House
Phone:   (541) 346-5742
 
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Lecture

25656 3 150 1000-1120 mw 250 CLS Kajikawa L  
 
Associated Sections

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25657 0 25 1200-1250 r 142 MUS Peterson S  

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25658 0 25 1400-1450 r 167 MUS Peterson S  

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25659 0 25 1500-1550 r 167 MUS Peterson S  

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25660 2 25 1100-1150 f 178 MUS Pyle S  

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25661 0 25 1300-1350 f 178 MUS Pyle S  

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25662 1 25 1400-1450 f 178 MUS Pyle S  
Academic Deadlines
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January 5:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
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February 2:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
February 23:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
February 23:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
In this course students experience music as a "window" into a culture. We learn how music in a particular place and time embodies the core values and beliefs of a people. We learn how historical and political events impact music-making, and how music is used as one of the primary ways through which individuals and cultures identify themselves. We also examine the various ways in which music is taught and learned, and how the social organization of the music-making group embodies notions of power and hierarchy. In addition to these cultural issues, we improve our listening skills by analyzing the huge diversity of musical sounds in the world, hearing how concepts of beauty in music are not universal, but culturally determined.

This course is an introduction to the study and appreciation of music in selected Native American, African American, and Latin American cultures. We use a case-study approach, rather than a survey approach; we examine a small number of representative music styles in relatively greater depth than would be achieved in a more superficial survey of many kinds of music. Class time is focused on sharpening our listening skills and opening our minds to aesthetics and ways of organizing music which may be unfamiliar to us. We try to understand the cultural as well as the sound aspects of music. Lectures, readings, and discussions are supplemented with recorded musical examples, videos, and live demonstrations by visiting guests. We incorporate participatory music-making involving everyone. In addition to class meetings, students attend and report on an out-of-class event.

The course is open to both music majors and non-majors, with no prerequisites or previous music experience required.

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