Global aspects of music and its meaning with connections to the environment, sound, and world cultures. This survey course attempts to gain a deeper understanding of a society by studying its musical expression in the belief that a culture’s music is a reflection of the culture and its worldview. The course presents music as an aspect of human culture, aids students in cross-cultural understanding, differentiates music styles within regions and cultures, and examines broad historical, cultural, and social contexts of music. Students become familiar with basic musical concepts and explore traditional, religious, folk, art, and popular musical styles of societies encountered on the voyage. Faculty and students will listen to, evaluate, and perform music and dance; observe, document and participate in musical events during field experience; and keep a research journal documenting their fieldwork, thoughts, observations, and conclusions. Method of evaluation based on exams, participant observation projects, and class and field participation.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Date: September 27, 2018
Students and Faculty will participate in a traditional Ghanaian drumming ensemble workshop; observe drum, bell, shaker construction; and attend/participate in a dance and drumming event/workshop. Learning Objectives:
- Using participant observation technique and methodology, students will investigate and attempt to learn the value and meaning of Ghanaian music and dance–the use and function of those arts for its performers, audience and parent society.
- Through performance participation, students will experience the complexity and power of sub-Sahara African rhythms and meters.
- Students will encounter and recognize the significance of the unity of music, dance and drama in sub-Sahara African performing arts, a concept discussed in class.