SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Music in Global Perspective

Module Code:
15PMUH031
Credits:
15
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Term 2

Music in Global Perspective introduces aspects of the discipline of ethnomusicology with a particular focus on musical sound and performance. The course covers styles of teaching and learning cross-culturally, including approaches to teaching world music in the classroom. Students consider ways of representing musical structures and styles from the perspective of researchers, teachers and performers. Students engage with approaches to musical creativity, and processes of composition and improvisation. We consider anthropological and psychological approaches to musical performance, embodiment and affect, and their relevance in different cultural contexts, including approaches to music and the body, music in ritual contexts, music and healing, as well as the cultural study of musical instruments.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • comment critically on examples of musical styles and structures.
  • discuss critically the links between culturally embedded meanings and musical style.
  • explain the creative processes involved in musical improvisation and composition.
  • apply and evaluate theories of embodiment and affect to cross-cultural examples of music-making.
  • recognise and apply a range of strategies for musical teaching and learning.

Workload

  • One hour Lecture, one hour Seminar

Method of assessment

  • One 750 words performance analysis (worth 25%)
  • One 2 500 words essay or 20 minutes radio programme or transcription (worth 75%)

Suggested reading

  • Small, Christopher, 1998. Musicking. Middletown: Wesleyan Univ. Press.
  • Bruno Nettl and Melinda Russell, eds, 1999. In The Course Of Performance: Studies In The World Of Musical Improvisation. Chicago: Chicago Univ. Press.
  • Qureshi, Regula B., 2007. Sufi Music of India and Pakistan: sound and meaning in Qawwali. Cambridge: Cambridge U Press.
  • Koen, Benjamin D., ed., 2011. The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Michael Tenzer & John Roeder (eds.) 2011. Analytical and Cross-Cultural Studies in World Music. Oxford University Press.
  • Patrik N. Juslin and John Sloboda eds. 2011. Handbook of Music and Emotion. Theory, Research, Applications. Oxford University Press.
  • Racy, Ali Jihad, 2003. Making Music in the Arab World: the culture and artistry of tarab. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Judith Becker, 2004. Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion and Trancing. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Clarke, Eric, Nicola Dibben and Stephanie Pitts, 2009. Music and Mind in Everyday Life. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Campbell, Patricia Shehan, and Trevor Wiggins, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures. New York: Oxford University Press

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