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EDF3124 - Introduction to world music

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr R Smith


Not offered in 2007


This unit introduces students to a study of music in culture through selected cases studies which may be drawn from: Africa; Europe; Japan; China; Indonesia; and India. Topics emphasised will include musical change and transmission; universals in music; musical instruments; and ethno-musicological methods. Students will make a detailed study of selected recordings and videos, with emphasis on an understanding of the cultural context of the performance.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to: demonstrate familiarity with the main forms, styles and repertoire of selected musical cultures; demonstrate familiarity with aspects of the social structure, history and cultural practices of the selected areas; show an understanding of the ways in which a musical tradition is formed, preserved and changed within a culture; distinguish aurally the different styles of music studied; demonstrate an understanding of form, style and function in the musics studied through participation in practical creative and recreative exercises; and demonstrate an understanding of some of the methods used in ethnomusicology by applying them to a familiar aspect of music performance in their own culture.


Written assignment (2,400 words): 60%
Class test (1,600 words equivalent): 40%

Contact hours

2 hours per week