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MUS 119 - Music in World Cultures

3 Credits

A diverse overview of classical, popular, and folk music traditions comprising various world cultures. The objectives of the course are to closely examine how we define what music is and what social and cultural roles it serves in our lives. Students will listen to music from other cultures and discuss how the music reflects differences in the way that another society defines music and its role in their lives. This process will also show how diverse and global our own musical traditions already are. The course will also explore the role of music as ritual, mode of communication, work accompaniment and artistic expression.

New SUNY General Education:
SUNY - World History and Global Awareness

MCC General Education: MCC-GLO - Global Understanding (MGLO), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Define elements of music shared with music cultures throughout the world..
2. Describe how a culture's popular, classical or folk music has been influenced by other cultures throughout history.
3. Differentiate between music as entertainment and as a vital element of a culture.
4. Compare each culture with another culture in terms of customs or rituals.
5. Discuss how to critically listen to or appreciate different music cultures.
6. Aurally identify music from various cultures.
7. Analyze the role of music and culture as they relate to current and past societal structures.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2023