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  • World Culture Through Music

One of the unique elements of the RWU Music Major is our focus on World Music. Looking at the music of Latin America, North America, Asia, and the Middle East through the filter of culture places it in a context that facilitates understanding. Three of these five courses are required of Music Majors. A fourth course or all five may be taken and will count toward the Major as electives.

MUSIC 310 – World Culture Through Music/North America
Study of the development of significant styles of music from colonial times to the present. Focuses on the assimilation of music from North America’s immigrant populations and its evolution into identifiably American styles of music: spirituals, gospel, ragtime, Dixieland jazz, musicals, country music, blues, rock, and classical. Examines the questions of how and why American musical styles developed and what elements constitute American style through historical research and class discussion. Alternate Fall (3 credits)

MUSIC 311 – World Culture Through Music/Latin America
This course explores the music of Latin America, focusing on Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, and including an overview of the music of indigenous peoples, particularly the Indian music of Peru. Popular music and classical music of the countries will be included, as well as the reciprocal influences between North and South American music. (3 credits) Alternate Spring

MUSIC 312 – World Culture Through Music/China & Japan
Explores the history and cultures of China & Japan with a primary focus on the place of music in society. Areas of focus will include art music as well as the function of music within various religious traditions. Activities will include a great deal of listening as well as elements of research. (3 credits) Alternate Fall

MUSIC 313 – World Culture Through Music/India & Middle East
Explores the history and cultures of India and the Middle East with a primary focus on the place of music in society. Areas of focus will include art music as well as the function of music within various religious traditions. Activities will include a great deal of listening as well as elements of research. (3 credits) Alternate Spring

MUSIC 314 – World Culture Through Music/Indigenous Peoples
Explores the place of music in various indigenous cultures around the world. These will include selections of African, South American, and Native American peoples. Areas of focus will include social music as well as the function of music within various religious traditions. Activities will include a great deal of listening as well as elements of research. (3 credits) Alternate Spring