MUSC 117 Music of the World • 5 Cr.


Examines the varied ways music is used and performed in selected non-Western cultures, such as Africa, India, the Middle East, China, Japan, Indonesia, Latin America, and Native North America. Includes styles and methods of music making, music's relationship to religion, magic, social structure, language, politics, philosophy and aesthetics, and the impact of historical migration and dispersions of ethnic groups.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify and describe selected styles of world music within their cultural context.
  • Understand and discuss the relationship between music and society in selected cultures of the world.
  • Understand and describe how the music they typically enjoy and listen to is a part of, and is emblematic of, their own culture and social milieu.
  • Demonstrate a greater appreciation, understanding and respect for other cultures.