Introduction to world musical traditions, including both sound and socio-cultural dimensions of music. Topics include instruments, rhythm, melody, form, composition, improvisation, music in the family and community, politics, economy, religion, and case studies of major world musical traditions. Prerequisite: MUSIC 201; MUSIC 204.
This course examines how musicians negotiate tradition—that is, how musicians define, create, uphold, challenge, and recreate tradition—in different parts of the world. More specifically, we will investigate traditions of performance in Trinidad, Indonesia, Cambodia, Egypt, and the United States, examining both performance practice as well as complex cultural factors that contribute to artists’ creative decisions. Such factors include socio-political circumstances, pressures from audiences, and artists’ senses of their identity (e.g., socio-economic, national, ethnic, racial, gendered, religious, etc.). Students will explore these topics and issues through weekly reading, listening, and written assignments as well as through a final project that may be research and/or performance oriented.
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