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World Music: an Introduction

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

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This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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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 following schedule provides a general overview of the course content. Throughout each session, students will introduced to a particular geographical region and will focus on one or more specific musical tradition(s) unique to that region.

Week 1: Introduction to the course and ethnomusicology as a discipline

Week 2: The Music of Europe (folk music and nationalism)

Week 3: Flamenco and Spanish politics

Week 4: The Music of East Asia (with a focus on Japan)

Week 5: The Music of India (with a focus on Hindustani classical music)

Week 6: The Music of Indonesia (with a focus on the differences between Javanese and Balinese Gamelan)

Week 7: The Music of Africa (Mande and Pygmy)

Week 8: The Music of the Middle East (the middle-eastern ‘sound’)

Week 9: The Music of South America

Week 10: Summary of the course/presentations

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

The course will be taught over 10 two-hour sessions, delivered on a weekly basis. This will involve:

Tutor-led sessions: this forms the bulk of the teaching provision for the module. In these sessions, basic information will be delivered to the students utilising mediums such as PowerPoint, audio examples, aural analysis, Youtube examples and handouts where necessary.

Student-led sessions: this will form two parts. First, each tutor-led session will begin with a discussion of a reading given out in the previous session. Here students will be encouraged to engage critically with the text, discussing it with reference to information learnt in tutor-led sessions. Second, some students may elect to give an oral presentation as part of their summative assessment (see assessment below), which will be delivered in week 10.

Online provision: to help with the use of online resources, links to tutorials (e.g. on referencing, finding material on the web etc.) will be made available through Learning Central. PowerPoint and handouts from the weekly sessions will also be made available.

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. Detailed information on the two assessment ‘pathways’ will be provided in class by the tutor.

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.

Reading suggestions

Essential texts

Recommended texts

The tutor will also 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, 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 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.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.