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Music (MUS)
121 Music, 541-346-3761
School of Music
Course Data
  MUS 358   Music in World Culture >1 >IC 4.00 cr.
Music of Africa, India, and Indonesia in sociocultural context. Emphasis on listening skills, relationships between music and culture, aesthetics, styles, genres, music structures and forms, and participatory music making.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Wolf EE-mail Office:   126 Music
Phone:   (541) 346-2852
 
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Lecture

14630 49 150 0830-0950 tr 250 CLS Wolf E  

Final Exam:

0800-1000 m 12/08 250 CLS
 
Associated Sections

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14631 0 25 1200-1250 r 142 MUS Reich N  
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14632 5 25 1400-1450 r 207 MUS Reich N  
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14633 19 25 1500-1550 r 207 MUS Reich N  
Wolf E

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14634 8 25 1000-1050 f 167 MUS White C  
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14635 12 25 1100-1150 f 167 MUS White C  
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14636 5 25 1300-1350 f 167 MUS White C  
Wolf E
Academic Deadlines
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October 5:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
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October 6:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 6:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
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October 8:   Last day to change to or from audit
October 12:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
October 19:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
October 26:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
November 16:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
November 16:   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 selected music traditions in their cultural contexts in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Indonesia. 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 instructors and 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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