Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Course: MUSC 4405
Title: World Music Studies
Description: This course provides students with a rigorous introduction to selected musical traditions from various parts of the globe. Through the use of a comparative analytical framework, which includes perspectives from ethnomusicology, the cognitive sciences, and psychoacoustics, students will learn to critically analyze and appreciate the selected musical traditions. These traditions will be approached from within their own cultural contexts and viewed as a social process. Students will develop an understanding of what music is, what it means to its practitioners and audiences, and the means by which musical meaning is transmitted. Emphasis is placed on recognition and analysis of the salient musical characteristics of each tradition, the artists who made major contributions to those traditions, and the particular musical instruments that are iconic to each.