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Fall 2021
Sep 30,2022
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This course studies a selection of musical traditions from the main regions of Asia — East, South, Southeast, Central, and West (i.e., the Middle East), with attention to their presence, transformation, and reception in the United States. The selection of genres will vary by semester, but will likely range from ancient religious and court music to contemporary popular music, such as bhangra, Cantopop, and hip-hop. The course will cover musical rituals and ideologies of major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and also explore musical aspects of dance, theater, and film. To acknowledge the intercultural dynamics of Asian musical history, the course will emphasize musical borrowings between Asian cultures and musical interactions between Asia, Europe, and the United States. Comparisons of instruments and musical structures will reveal similarities across vast regions, while focused studies on single traditions will illuminate innovations and social significance particular to local settings. In addition to introducing a range ofmusical systems, ensembles ofinstruments, performance settings, historical changes, and cultural significances, the course connects musical expressions from the past and present to socio-cultural issues of race/ethnicity, class, gender, religion, politics, economics, nationalism, migration,and identity. Students will listen closely to, read about, learn to play (on a basic level), and create music; however, no musical background is required. Students will have opportunities to research live music on and off campus, although leaving campus is not required. The course counts for the Ramapo Arch Program-Culture and Creativity, major and minor in Music, minor in Anthropology, and minor in East Asian Studies.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
Gen Ed 2018, Gen Ed 18-Culture & Creativity, OLD GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     

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