Music Around the World

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Music Around the World

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The study of the music in representative cultures outside the Western European tradition through the approach of music as art and its relationship to culture and society.

    This course introduces the study of non-Western music focusing on selected case studies of musical cultures around the world (East and South Europe, the Middle East, India, China, West Africa, South America, etc). Students develop an aural recognition of the basic musical elements as they are organized in different musical cultures. In addition, students establish an understanding of music as human expression and as a way of organizing human activity.

    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of studied musics around the world within their cultural, historical and social environments.
    2. identify and aurally recognize the fundamental elements of music of selected musical cultures.
    3. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the of uses and functions given to music in different cultures.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Class lectures (including discussions, listening examples, and audiovisual material)
    - Listening, reading and writing assigned as homework
    - Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions, see their assigned work results, and/or go over lecture material
    - Use of a Blackboard site where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, announcements and additional resources


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