Musics of the World

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Musics of the World

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Music (BA)

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    In this module, we will examine the nature of music and its place in human life through the study and analysis of musical traditions from around the world. Our inquiries center on both the phenomenology of music `itself and the role that music plays in culture. Towards this end, our work comprises two main areas: close listening, analysis, and experiences of music, and readings that detail ethnomusicological approaches to these encounters. Rather than attempting to cover the entire globe, we will instead consider both the nature of music and musical thought in three distinct units that cover different cultural areas. There will be a practical component in one of these units, as students will participate in an introduction to the performance of Javanese gamelan music. Our study of these three areas will be complemented by readings that will allow students to gain a basic familiarity with the terms and concepts associated with these musics, with theoretical perspectives that allow us to examine the role of music within these cultures, and finally with frameworks that enable scholars to understand the nature of music's relationship to human life and society throughout the world.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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