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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.
Analyse music aurally using the concepts of pitch, rhythm, texture, and timbreDemonstrate 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
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.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
MUSA232 and MUSA332
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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
Jonathan Le Cocq
Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.
Larsen, Arved M. , Borg, Paul W;
Crossroads in music : traditions and connections
Thomson ; Schirmer, 2003.
Steven Cornelius and Mary Natvig;
Music: A Social Experience
Terry E. Miller and Andrew Shahriari;
World Music: A Global Journey, 5th ed
Domestic fee $942.00
International fee $4,663.00
* 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.
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