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Course Catalog 2008-2009 
    
Course Catalog 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CMUS 103 - Introduction to Musics of the World


Semester Offered: First Semester
Credits (Range): 3 Hours
Attribute: 3 HU, CD

This course examines music as an inherently social act, illustrating how music is informed by - and conversely informs - historical, political, cultural, and economic processes. Using selected case studies from around the world, we will examine music in both historical and contemporary contexts and encounter musical styles ranging from indigenous practices to classical traditions and pop genres. We will pay particular attention to the transformation of sounds and their meaning resulting from colonialism, nationalism, technological innovations, and/or the expansion of trans-national music markets. The course material will also address issues of cultural representation; how recordings, articles, web, and video material frame the discussion or presentation of music. At the same time, we will explore the variety of ways these musics are structured and develop critical listening skills. In some cases, we will learn to perform the practices we are studying. Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructor: J. Fraser
Prerequisites & Notes
This course does not presume prior knowledge of music.
(See ETHN 100 as a comparable course for the musically experienced.)



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