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Listening to World Music

University of Pennsylvania via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Certificate Available
  • Effort 5-7 hours a week
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With the click of a mouse, now more than ever we are able to access sounds made by people from all around the world. And yet, most of us don't listen to the wide diversity of music available to us, probably because it sounds so strange. This class will open up the world of music to you. We begin with a brief history of recording technology, the music industry and the place of world music in that narrative; you are introduced to keywords for talking about music cross-culturally; and then proceed to half a dozen musical cultures around the world. In each of these musical cultures, we examine the ways in which music works in those distant cultures, how it sounds, what it means, who may perform it; and then we ask ourselves where this music has traveled and entered into the Western popular culture as entertainment, political discourse, or artistic purpose.

Taught by

Carol Muller

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2.0 5 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It's not really about music; it may be in the anthropology department? There was little discussion of tonality, instrumentation, scales etc. It was superficially about the role of music in the cultures studied, most of which were marginal or disappearing cultures -- pygmies, for example. No music from major cultures in the world like China. It really was not about listening to music, some of the homework questions were not about music at all. Lectures contained a number of factual errors, corrected by students in the forum, the staff even had to change a question on the final exam because it…
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4.0 4 years ago
Bruce completed this course.
I really enjoyed this course, not as a musician but as an anthropologist. The lectures got me thinking about music and its relationship to culture, technology and politics. Generally I stay away from classes that use the peer evaluation model, but I liked this one enough to stay the course and I'm glad that I did.
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