MUSGEN 2004 - Musics of the World
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code MUSGEN 2004 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 N Incompatible GENMUS 1001, MUSST 1000B, MUSGEN1001 Assumed Knowledge No ability to play an instrument or read music is required for this course 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 OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand and appreciate a wide range of cultural and stylistic diversity as evidenced in different traditional and contemporary music-cultural settings
2. Demonstrate aural familiarity with music of a select number of music cultures
3. Develop aural awareness and critical listening skills through assigned- and in-class listening
4. Demonstrate 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 3, 4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3, 4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 2, 3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
1, 3, 4
Required ResourcesRequired Course Reader available for purchase from Image and Copy Centre
Additional required information sheets will be available via MyUni
Required Listening materials are available for loan at the Elder Music Library
Recommended ResourcesA wealth of relevant material including journals, reference materials, and online sound and video resources, are available via the University Library's Music Database page: http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/music/databases
Online LearningMyUni will be used to provide details of lecture and seminar content, set readings, and assignment instructions, as well as for assignment submission and announcements
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures will cover and explore the range of topics as set out in the Course Outline. Spoken word delivery will be supported by a large number of A/V exhibits.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.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 SummaryThe following schedule is indicative of the topics in this course. Some topics and ordering of topics may vary.
Week 1 Introduction to the Course; Understanding 'Music in Culture'; Basic Music Terminology
Week 2 Classification of Musical Instruments; Traditional Music of Ghana
Week 3 Africa and 'World Music', Contemporary African Music in Adelaide
Week 4 Aboriginal Music of Northern Australia
Week 5 Aboriginal Music of Northern Australia
Week 6 Review for Exam #1; Detailed Discussion of Essay Assignment; EXAM #1
Week 7 Traditional and Contemporary Music in Japan
Week 8 Music of Vietnam
MID-SEMESTER NON-TEACHING PERIOD
Week 9 Classical Music of India
Week 10 Indian Film Music; Indian Classical Music and 1960s Western Pop
Week 11 Afro-Latin Popular Music
Week 12 Tejano (Tex-Mex) Music; Course Summary & Review for Exam #2
Week 13 EXAM #2
Specific Course RequirementsThere are no additional course-specific requirements.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- 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.
Assessment Tasks Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome(s) Exam 1 Formative and Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4 1500 word essay Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Exam 2 Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4
Assessment DetailExam #1, 45 mins in duration, will assess material from the lectures, assigned readings and assigned listening as presented during the first 5 weeks of the course.
Students will research and write a 1500 word essay which addresses one of three given topics and which involves comparing the work of two artists/groups of the student's choosing.
Exam #2, 75 mins in duration, will mostly assess material from the lectures, assigned readings and assigned listening as presented during the final 7 weeks of the course. A small portion of questions will require recall of material from the first part of the course.
SubmissionFinal version of the essay should be submitted as .pdf in MyUni no later than 5:00 p.m. on the due date.
Late assignment policy:
Late written assignments will be accepted to a maximum of 7 days late with a late penalty of 2 marks per calendar day applied.
Extensions without penalty may be granted when supporting documentation can be provided and then, and only then, by arrangement with the course lecturer prior to the due date and time. Extensions will not be granted under any other circumstance. To apply for an extension, use the medical/compassionate application form available at:
The completed form should be submitted to the Elder Conservatorium Office, either in person at the Music Office front desk (Schulz Building Level 9, access via western Schulz lifts) or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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