Music of the World

Subject 740-052 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.
Subject Overview: An introduction to the music and sociocultural (“musicultural”) contexts of non-western music cultures from around the world. Students will have the opportunity to experience hands-on music making, and will be encouraged to pursue further knowledge of music cultures in which they have a particular interest.
Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should have developed:
  • an ability to listen to and appreciate music of different cultures
  • an informed understanding of the sociocultural contexts and the sound structures of different musical cultures
  • a specialized vocabulary for describing both the fundamentals of music and their manifestations in specific non western cultures
  • an ability to pursue knowledge about different musical cultures independently
  • an understanding of the role of music in the lives of people outside the western art music traditions.
Assessment: Attendance at two performances of non Western music and two written reports of 500 words each during the semester (15% each); participation and contribution to tutorials (10%); three self-study assignments each of 1500 words and based on the prescribed text, due in weeks 4, 8 and 12 (20% each). All components of assessment must be attempted.
Prescribed Texts: Michael Bakan. World Music Traditions and Transformations. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007. With 3 CDs.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should have developed:
  • a capacity for independent critical thought
  • an openness to new ideas
  • knowledge and skills which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music
Diploma in Music (Practical)
Graduate Certificate in Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
Graduate Certificate in Music (Practical Music)
Graduate Diploma in Music (Composition)
Graduate Diploma in Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
Graduate Diploma in Music (Practical Music)
Postgraduate Certificate in Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
Postgraduate Certificate in Music (Practical Music)
Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Composition)
Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Early Music)
Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Instrumental/Vocal Teaching)
Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Performance)

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