MUSA132-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Musics of the World

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course explores musical traditions from a range of geographical regions and introduces key concepts for the study of music in culture.

Music is a key component of all global and local cultures. This course introduces students to a variety of musical traditions from around the world and explores the relationship between music, history, and culture. In this course, you will learn to think and write about music and musical traditions—including your own—in a global context. You will also gain hands-on experience participating in a number of world music traditions. Our global journey in this course will explore the music of the Caribbean, Brazil, West Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse music aurally using the concepts of pitch, rhythm, texture, and timbre
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethnomusicological classifications for musical instruments
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between musical practice and cultural context
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the effect of cultural and social change on music making practices
  • Navigate a variety of information systems, including the university library’s website, catalogues, and databases, in order to access information in various formats
  • Critically evaluate sources for quality, relevance, and perspective, in order to select information most appropriate for assignments
  • Communicate effectively about musical practices and traditions in an academic and public context
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will typically be approximately allocated to:
• 24 hours attending lectures
• 12 hours attending tutorials /workshops
• 114 hours of self-directed study

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jonathan Le Cocq


Justin DeHart


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reflective Essay 20%
Quiz 1 15%
Quiz 2 15%
Research Essay 30%
Participation in tutorials and workshops 20% Contribution and participation to tutorials and workshops

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Larsen, Arved M. , Borg, Paul W; Crossroads in music : traditions and connections ; Thomson ; Schirmer, 2003.

Steven Cornelius and Mary Natvig; Music: A Social Experience ; Pearson, 2012.

Terry E. Miller and Andrew Shahriari; World Music: A Global Journey, 5th ed ; 5th; Routledge, 2020.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $916.00

International fee $4,488.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All MUSA132 Occurrences

  • MUSA132-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023