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The subject provides an introduction to understanding the relationship between music-making and social organisation in cross-cultural perspective.
It presents case studies of traditional and contemporary music-making from different geographic areas, including Indigenous Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- identify and describe culturally meaningful musical values and practices across diverse contexts;
- analyse the sociocultural contexts and the sound structures of different music cultures;
- describe the fundamentals of music-making in general as well as their manifestations in specific cultural contexts using appropriate terminology;
- conduct basic research about different music cultures independently;
- interpret how music-making shapes the lives of people outside Western art and commercial music traditions.
On completion of this subject students should have developed:
- a capacity for independent critical thought about music from any time or place;
- an openness to new ideas about what music is;
- knowledge and skills which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research based writing about music;
- an informed understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.
Last updated: 20 February 2024