World Music: an Introduction
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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This course will offer a survey of musical traditions from around the world, analysing the role of music in its social and cultural context. Drawing upon relevant analytical and theoretical approaches in ethnomusicology, students will be introduced to a wide range of musics exploring how they are conceptualised and performed. Students will also be introduced to the many ways in which music operates in its social/cultural contexts, examining issues such as identity, nationalism, religion, gender and class.
The syllabus content will include:
- An introduction to ‘world music’, ethnomusicology and how to examine music in its social/cultural context
- An overview of the music of Europe, including folk music, musical nationalism and the Eurovision song contest
- Flamenco and its relationship with Spanish politics
- The music of India, with a particular focus on North Indian classical music (Hindustani)
- The gamelan of Indonesia, including an examination of the differences between gamelan traditions in Bali and Java
- The musical traditions of east Asia, with a particular focus on China and Japan, and the influence of ideology and religion on music
Who is this course for?
Anyone who is interested in music and who would like to know more about music from different cultures and traditions.
Learning and Teaching
This course is taught in 10, two-hour sessions, delivered on a weekly basis. Teaching and learning is centred on small group teaching techniques. Key information is provided orally and illustrated through the study of PowerPoint, audio and audio-visual music examples, as well as relevant historical documents and visual images. One of the main aims of the module is to develop a general understanding of the topic, but also to encourage and stimulate further discussion and critical debate. Students are also expected to spend additional time in private reading and listening.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
It goes without saying that students’ understanding of the music studied in a course is usually considerably enhanced if they read and write about it. You will not have a formal examination but you will be asked to produce some written work. This need not be an essay: it can take the form of a course journal, portfolio, presentation, performance, or a class test. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
The key text for this module will be:
Titon, Jeff T, Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World’s Peoples, 5thedn (Shirmer, 2009)
Other readings include:
Bakan, Michael, World Music: Traditions and Transformations (McGraw Hill, 2007)
Blacking, John, How Musical is Man? (University of Washington Press, 1974)
Bohlman, Philip V, World Music: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2002)
Merriam, Alan, The Anthropology of Music (Northwestern University Press, 1964)
Nettl, Bruno, The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-one Issues and Concepts, 2nd rev. edn (University of Illinois Press, 2006)
The tutor will recommend specific audio and/or DVD recordings and documentaries.
What else is on offer?
If this course interests you then you should be aware that the Centre for Lifelong Learning offers a number of varied and exciting music courses. Please see our Choices Catalogue for further details, or visit our website, http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/ and click on ‘Music’.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.