Jun 08, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog
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MUSC 104 - Music in World Culture

Credits: 5
Introduces the traditional music of cultures from around the world, including practices that have been in decline after centuries of imperialization and globalization. Through this process we will aim to decolonize music studies by focusing on “othering” of local practices in an effort to decentralize the Western gaze of American academia.

Satisfies Requirement: Humanities/Fine Arts/English and Diversity
Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Discuss musical styles of historically marginalized people.
  2. Identify the music and instrumentation of a selection of musical traditions (e.g. griot music of the Mande people from Mali, Quechua kantu music of Bolivia, or khoomei singing of Tuva).
  3. Write about the history of music studies in Western academia the practices have continued the “othering” of non-European musical traditions.
  4. Analyze the processes of Western imperialism and the decline of indigenous music practices.
  5. Compare different systems of cultural preservation (e.g. UNESCO, government preservations systems, and education programs).
  6. Compare how traditional music practices have been used for social justice movements (e.g. Shona mbira music and the use in Chimurenga during the War of Black Liberation in Zimbabwe, or Chilean nueva cancion).

Program Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of historical genres and styles beyond current trends in Performing Arts.
  2. Demonstrate responsibility by one or more of the following: attendance, assignment completion, final project or performance completion.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.

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