About MU 007 A

Survey of selected traditional, popular, and classical music cultures from around the globe (Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Latin America, etc.) through readings, recordings, demonstrations. May not be counted toward the Music major except for Music majors with a concentration in Technology and Business.


Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

Is music a “universal language”? This course seeks to move beyond clichés about music and challenge students’ thinking and attitudes through the study of selected non-Western music cultures. Using readings from the textbook and other sources, extensive listening, demonstrations, and classroom lectures and discussions, students explore how music communicates in culturally specific contexts, and discover new ways of hearing and understanding music. We survey Sub-Saharan African, Australian Aboriginal, Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, South Asian, and others), American (Caribbean, South American, Native American), and Middle Eastern musical histories and cultures. We explore the role of music in traditional societies, in colonial and post-colonial settings, in diasporic populations, and in global economies. Selected topics include: Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Semiotics, Organology (Study of Musical Instruments), Music and Identity, Musical Change, Music and Ritual, Music and Politics


Attendance, interactive polling in class, quizzes on each chapter, midterm and final exam

Course Dates



Southwick Hall 301 (View Campus Map)


to on Tuesday and Thursday

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