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This course explores musical traditions from a range of geographical regions, and provides an introduction to key concepts for the study of ethnomusicology.
This course aims to introduce students to a range of musical styles and genres from a broad selection of geographical regions, to situate this music in its cultural and social context, and to expose students to various methodologies, perspectives, and critical approaches within the discipline of ethnomusicology.Topics covered in the course• Key concepts in ethnomusicology• South Asia: India and Pakistan• East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan• Southeast Asia: Vietnam and Thailand• The Caribbean• West Africa• Traditional and folk music in North America
Students who pass this course will be able to:Knowledge of topics in world music including historical, historical groupings and schools, biographical, social, philosophical and technical aspects of world music composition, development of instruments and performance techniques;Music research techniques including use of music libraries and on-line databases;Library research skills;Some skills in the aural and written analysis of music;Literacy and tertiary study skillsConsider the social context within which music is generated and usedCritically evaluate the role of music in adapting to—or challenging—historical and political realities in specific cases
MUSA131 or 45 points from the BA Schedule
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to: • 24 hours attending lectures• 11 hours attending tutorials• 35 hours researching and writing the essay• 10 hours preparing for listening test• 25 hours preparing the blog post or video• 44 hours completing assigned reading and listening tasks• 25 hours of self-directed study
and Reuben de Lautour
All written assessments are due at 10pm on the specified date.
Domestic fee $850.00
International fee $3,775.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.