Students will learn about music and its cultural context from cultures around the world, investigating music cultures from Java, Bali, Thailand, China, Africa, Mexico, Armenia and Hawaii, as well as special topics including soundscapes and animal sounds, intangible cultural heritage and transnational composition.
Online class sessions will include real-time lectures, audio-visual examples, hands-on workshops in music-making and dance, and breakout group activities. This geographically-based survey will incorporate looks at traditional and popular musics, musical instrument design and musical notations. Interactive workshops will include singing songs in multiple languages, traditional dances and mini-research projects using online resources. Group activities will include exploration through listening as well as introductory experiences in ethnography, musical fieldwork and oral histories.
The class will be enlivened by multiple guest presentations from practicing ethnomusicologists. Come join us to expand your horizon of unfamiliar musical cultures from around the world and learn how to appreciate more performing arts.