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|MUSI 240 - TOPICS IN ASIAN MUSIC|
This course studies a selection of musical cultures from the main regions of Asia--East, South, Southeast, Central, and West (i.e., the Middle East)--as if traversing the Silk Road trading routes with a shortwave radio. The selection of genres will vary by semester, but will likely range from ancient religious and court music to contemporary popular music, such as arabesk, bhangra, and Cantopop. The course will cover musical rituals and ideologies of major world religions, including Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and also explore musical aspects of dance, theater, and film. To acknowledge the intercultural dynamics of Asian musical history, the course will emphasize musical borrowings between Asian cultures and musical interactions between Asia and "the West." Comparisons of instruments and musical strucutres will reveal similarities across vast regions, while focused studies on single traditions will illuminate innovations and social significance particular to local settings. The course will balance musical description, cultural analysis, and topics concerning music technologies and industries. Students will learn basic music-making in class and are required to go off campus at least once to conduct research for a course enrichment assignment.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Lecture
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
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