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Music (MUS)
121 Music, 541-346-3761
School of Music
Course Data
  MUS 359   + Dis >1 >AC >US 0.00 cr.
African American, Latin American, and Native American music in sociocultural context. Includes listening skills, music-culture relationship, aesthetics, styles, genres, music structures and forms, and participatory music making.
Grading Options: Optional; see degree guide or catalog for degree requirements
Instructor: Schultz BE-mail
Course Materials
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes

+ Dis

26819 0 18 1400-1445 r 00 REMOTE Schultz B  
 
Associated Sections

Lecture

26762 5 90 1201-1315 tr 00 REMOTE Wolf J  
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
January 3:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 9:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 9:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 10:   Process a complete withdrawal (90% refund, W recorded)
January 10:   Withdraw from this course (100% refund, W recorded)
January 11:   Add this course
January 11:   Last day to change to or from audit
January 17:   Process a complete withdrawal (75% refund, W recorded)
January 17:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
January 24:   Process a complete withdrawal (50% refund, W recorded)
January 24:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
January 31:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
January 31:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
February 21:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
February 21:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
In this course students experience music as a "window" into a culture. We learn how music in a particular place and time embodies the core values and beliefs of a people. We learn how historical and political events impact music-making, and how music is used as one of the primary ways through which individuals and cultures identify themselves. We also examine the various ways in which music is taught and learned, and how the social organization of the music-making group embodies notions of power and hierarchy. In addition to these cultural issues, we improve our listening skills by analyzing the huge diversity of musical sounds in the world, hearing how concepts of beauty in music are not universal, but culturally determined.

This course is an introduction to the study and appreciation of music in selected Native American, African American, and Latin American cultures. We use a case-study approach, rather than a survey approach; we examine a small number of representative music styles in relatively greater depth than would be achieved in a more superficial survey of many kinds of music. Class time is focused on sharpening our listening skills and opening our minds to aesthetics and ways of organizing music which may be unfamiliar to us. We try to understand the cultural as well as the sound aspects of music. Lectures, readings, and discussions are supplemented with recorded musical examples, videos, and live demonstrations by visiting guests. We incorporate participatory music-making involving everyone. In addition to class meetings, students attend and report on an out-of-class event.

The course is open to both music majors and non-majors, with no prerequisites or previous music experience required.

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