GENMUS 1003 - Musics of the World
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GENMUS 1003 Course Musics of the World Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge No previous ability to play an instrument or read music required Course Description This course provides an introduction to the music and performance of selected world cultures. The course presents music as a form of cultural expression and aims to develop an appreciation for both the culturally distinct and humanly universal aspects of music making. The cultural contexts considered include both small isolated communities and subsections of large urban societies. The music genres and performance contexts covered range from traditional forms of music-making (such as those associated with religious or court ceremonies) to contemporary forms of 'world music'; from performance traditions which are regarded as ancient and inviolate, to those which are self-consciously hybrid in nature. Alongside a focus on music as culture, the course also considers the stylistic and sounding elements of music. In this context there is an emphasis on aural recognition of assigned listening items, understanding of the physical nature of musical instruments, and use of a basic list of musical terms.
Course Coordinator: Mr Steven Knopoff
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural and stylistic diversity which may be evidenced in different traditional and contemporary music-cultural settings.
- Aural familiarity with music of a select number of music cultures.
- Development of aural awareness and critical listening skills through assigned- and in-class listening.
- Development of music research skills and confidence in written communication.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 3, 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3, 4
REQUIRED READING AND LISTENING
The course reader, entitled Musics of the World I: Course Readings may be purchased online through the Image and Copy Centre. An additional copy is available for short-term loan at the reserve desk of the Elder Music Library.
There are also recorded examples of music associated with each week's lecture topic/s. The recordings , together with some brief information about them, are available from the reserve desk of the Elder Music Library under the title Musics of the World: Assigned Listening.
A small number of handouts with additional information will be distributed during the course in order to support the lecture and reading content of particular topics
Oxford Music Online is a portal that enables searching in Grove Music Online and other Oxford reference content in the one location.Students can access Oxford Music Online which houses Grove music online through the link on the Elder Music Library website at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/about/libraries/eml/internet_resources/
Grove music online [electronic resource] can also be located as a title search through the library catalogue.
MyUni will be used for various Course documents, including in-class handouts, information about assigned listening and additional listening items, assignments and other relevant information.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Lectures will address the information and aims set out in the Course Description. There are no tutorials for this course; however lectures will include opportunities for questions/answers and limited open discussion. The lecture series will involve a small number of guest lecture-performance demonstrations as well as playback of audio and video examples. The in-class performances and audio-visual material is a key component of the course content, the consumption and understanding of which is as important as for the spoken portion of the lecture and the readings.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
In addition to the 3 contact hours per week, it is anticipated that students would spend 6-8 hours per week in reviewing lecture notes, preparing the assigned readings and assigned listening, undertaking suggested readings and listening, revising for exams, and researching and writing the course essay.
Learning Activities Summary
The following schedule is indicative of the topics in this course.
Some topics and ordering of topics may vary from year to year.
Week 1 Introduction to the Course; Understanding 'Music in
Culture'; Basic Music Terminology
An Introduction to Classification of Musical
Week 2 Classification of Musical Instruments; Music of Africa
Traditional Music of Ghana
Week 3 Traditional Music in Ghana (continued); Africa and
West African Music Influence and Performance in Adelaide
Week 4 Aboriginal Music in Northern Australia; Yolngu Traditional Music and Culture (1)
Yolngu Traditional Music and Culture (2); Review for Exam #1
Week 5 Aboriginal Music of Northern Australia
Traditional and Contemporary Aboriginal Music
Week 6 Traditional and Contemporary Music in Japan
Cross-Cultural Currents in Japanese Contemporary Classical Music
Week 7 Review for Exam #1; Distribution & Discussion of Essay Assignment
In-class EXAM #1
Week 8 Traditional and Contemporary Music of Vietnam and Vietnamese Migrants
Week 9 Classical Music of India:
Karnatak Music (Classical Music of South India)
Hindustani Music (Classical Music of North India)
Week 10 Indian Film Music
Indian Classical Music and 1960s Western Pop
Week 11 Afro-Latin Popular Music
Salsa and other Afro-Latin Music in New York, Puerto Rico, and Cuba
Week 12 Tejano (Tex-Mex) Music in the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico
Course Summary and Review for Exam #2
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
45-minute exam - week 7
1, 2, 3
70-minute exam - week 13
1, 2, 3
1,600-1,800 word essay due in Examination period - date to be advised
1, 3, 4
The first, lower-weighted exam is formative in that students will get feedback on their work and a better understanding of how to approach the second, similarly structured exam. The second, more heavily weighted exam and the course essay are summative in nature.
Assessment Related Requirements
Lectures: An Attendance Roll will not be taken in this large lecture format course, however, active presence at 100% of the lectures is expected. Because the lectures are information-dense, students are advised to take notes during lectures (personal audio recordings of lectures are also allowed). Students who miss lectures will likely not perform as well on exams due to inability to make up for missed information.
Test and Exam Attendance: All students are required to sit the tests and exam on the scheduled dates. No exceptions will be made except on certified medical grounds or on professional or compassionate grounds if approved by the coordinator well in advance of the scheduled exam.If you are ill on the Day of a Test or Exam: You should not sit a test or exam if you are ill, both because you could infect others and because you will likely not perform at your best (note: once you sit an exam you cannot request a supplementary due to illness-induced poor performance). You should visit a doctor and obtain a medical certificate for the day of the test/exam, as this is required for medical Replacement/Additional Assessment. Further information and Application forms for Replacement/Additional Assessment are available at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/supps.html
Both exams will consist of a combination of short answer questions (e.g., involving one sentence answers), multiple-choice questions, and questions requiring one- or two-paragraph responses. The exams will assess material covered in course lectures, assigned readings, and assigned listening.
Exam #1 will cover lectures and readings and required listening items for Weeks 1-6.
Exam #2 will focus primarily on lectures and readings from Week 8 through to the end of the semester, but will also assess some of the content from the earlier part of the course. Exam #2 will assess required listening items for the second half of the semester only.
Students are required to sit both exams as scheduled. No exceptions will be made except in the case of certified medical or compassionate grounds.
Students will be given a set range of topics to choose from for this essay. Each topic will allow students to compare and contrast two artists or groups of their choice in accordance with criteria explained in the essay instructions. Further information will be provided in the essay instructions, to be distributed and discussed in Week 7.
Essay submission - refer to instructions on MyUni.
Each student must submit their essay in PDF format through the Assignments section of MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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