MUS 107 - Introduction to World Music

This introductory survey course explores the world’s music cultures with emphases on traditional and popular music styles. Ranging from local ritual musical practices to global commercial hip hop, this course considers the world’s music in relation to broad historical, cultural, and social contexts. Requiring no prior knowledge of music, students will become familiar with basic principles of musical organization as well as the culturally specific ways in which people engage them. Through guided listening, assigned readings, critical writings, and focused discussion this course will cultivate an understanding of and appreciation for the world’s musical and cultural diversity by examining the important link between music and the society that produces it.

Course Credit: 3