SOUTHERN MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE South Portland, Maine 04106 Title: MUSI 125 World Music Credit Hours: Total Contact Hours: 3 Instructor: Susan K. Kinne [email protected] Course Syllabus Course Description World Music is an introduction to the music and musical life of many cultures of the world, emphasizing the unique character of each musical expression, as well as those elements that are universal to all music. The great diversity of global musical styles will be explored and celebrated, with an emphasis on a relativistic view: the belief that each society has a musical system that suits its culture, and should be understood and appreciated within that cultural context. Prerequisite(s): none Corequisite(s): none Course Objectives After successfully completing the course, the student will be able to: - Identify the elements music and vocabulary of music so as to be able to discuss music of any culture - Identify musical instruments and their classification through the Hornbostel-Sachs system - Understand ways in which diverse peoples define what is and is not music Understand the process of syncretism Use critical listening skills developed during the course to understand and evaluate music of other cultures. Topical Outline of Instruction Chapters 1-6 show how music works by exploring the elements of music (pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, form, tone color, texture, etc.) Chapters 7-13 explore music of different cultures in traditional as well as contemporary settings. We do not study ch. 12. Course Requirements To successfully complete this course the student must participate in and write quality responses to the discussion questions for each chapter(s) every week, complete weekly reading and listening tests for each chapter, write a research paper and attend a performance and write a review of the performance. In lieu of a live performance there is an option of watching a documentary online. Text, Tools, and/or Supplies World Music by Michael Bakan, second edition. The text comes with a 3-CD set. All course content is accessed through the Blackboard learning management system, YouTube or other free Websites. Additional content is at the text's website. I supply links to the text's website when appropriate. Student Evaluation and Grading Grades for this course will be based upon: quality posts to weekly discussions 45%, chapter tests 40%, written work (concert review or research paper) 15% . See Research and Review tab. ** All students are responsible for reading, understanding and accepting the contents of the welcome email as well as the syllabus. All students are also responsible for reading, understanding and accepting SMCC's student code of conduct as written in SMCC Compass Student Handbook. How the course works If you have NEVER taken an online course please, please, please complete the new Blackboard version 9 student orientation. MUSI 125 uses the Blackboard platform very extensively, not just one or two aspects of the platform as in hybrid or in-class courses. If you have not taken an online class before, this might not be the one with which to start your online learning experience. Fair warning. Course Content Go to the learning modules (weekly assignments) tab found at the left of your screen. Here you will find the “to do” list for each chapter: reading and listening assignments (including learning objectives), additional exercises, PowerPoint presentations, links to discussion questions and tests. If you follow the “to do” list in numerical order you should have no trouble knowing what is expected and completing assignments. You will complete one or two learning modules each week. Be sure that you have opened the table of contents in learning modules (weekly assignments) to see all the items in the assignment. The table of contents can be expanded or collapsed by the icons between the tabs window and the larger content window. You can also use the arrows marked 'Page __ of __ ' at the right of the large content window. Discussions You will post your responses to the discussion questions at the Discussions tab at the left of your screen. Discussions have due dates. See the Assignments and the Calendar for due dates. Responses to Discussion Questions are due by midnight. The value of each weekly DQ response is ten (10) points. You will lose two (2) points for each day your submission is late. Read other students' posts and respond to at least three other classmates to earn the ten points. I go into the discussion from time to time to read and respond to you individually. I submit my individual responses and/or response to the class the day after your response is due. Be sure to read it and post a response to any comments I make to you or your classmates, especially if I ask follow-up questions. Tests Each chapter has a test with a due date. After the due date the tests are no longer seen on your Blackboard screen and are no longer available for you to take. All tests are under the Assigments. I have posted the due dates there as well as at the Calendar. Research Paper & Performance Review Information on the research paper and performance review are at the Research & Review tab. Check the Calendar or Announcements for the due date. Research Paper You will explore a musical style of your choice from anywhere in the world outside the United States, Celtic Canada, Ireland. This summer I will not allow research on ska, reggae or any of their subgenres. PLEASE READ documents at the Research and Review tab. I do need to approve your choice. I ask you to respond to a discussion question regarding your choice in Week 2. Performance Review You will select a performance to attend this semester. Start to look for performances NOW. I will post some options in Portland in the Announcements. The performance does not need to be a “professional” performance/concert. It can be the same style of music you choose to research, but it does not need to be. I do need to approve your choice. Please don't buy tickets before I approve your performance. Start Here The Course Schedule has an overview of all weekly reading and listening assignments for the term. Print it out and tape it to your wall, computer, text book, forehead... Calendar All due dates for discussions and tests are at the Calendar tab. View it in month mode for an overview of the semester. Print it out and tape it to your wall, computer, text book, forehead... Mail E-mail me through the Mail tab. Send all emails to me through the MUSI 125 Blackboard site. I usually check the MUSI 125 site 1-2 times a day and try to respond to your emails promptly. I know this seems like a lot of confusing information at first but if you follow the directions above, in a few weeks you'll know the routine. If a test question does not work properly please email me to let me know. There have been Blackboard glitches in the past. For support you can contact any of the following: The Instructor for technical problems and questions about course content: Susan K Kinne [email protected] SMCC Tech support for login problems and general technology support: 741-5696 Blackboard Technical Support: Michael Hart, Director of Distance Education [email protected] 741-5898 NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Southern Maine Community College does not discriminate in its education and employment programs on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or religion. The College complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Inquiries regarding Title VI and Title IX may be made to the Affirmative Action Officer Southern Maine Community College 2 Fort Road South Portland, ME 04106 Telephone (207) 741-5798 If you have a disabling condition and wish to request accommodations in order to have reasonable access to programs and services offered by SMCC, you must register with the ADA Services Coordinator Mark Krogman Southern Maine Community College 2 Fort Road South Portland, ME 04106 Telephone (207) 741-5629 TTY (207) 741-5667 Course Schedule MUSI 125 World Music Instructor: S. Kinne Your grade is based on 12 chapter tests (40 % of grade), 12 discussion question responses (45% of grade), the research paper and performance review (15% of grade). Updated 18 May 2014 Week 1 Ch. 1 What, in the World, is Music? Ch. 4 How Music Works, Part II: Pitch Research topic and performance name/date/location due with your Discussion Response. Week 2 Ch. 5 How Music Works, Part III: Dynamics, Timbre, Instruments Week 3 Ch. 3 How Music Works, Part I: Rhythm Week 4 Ch. 6 How Music Works, Part IV: Texture and Form Week 5 Ch. 2 How Music Lives: A Musicultural Approach Week 6 Ch. 9 'Not the Same, but Just as Nice': Traditions and Transformations in Irish Music Week 7 Ch. 11 'See How She Moves': Musics of Latin America and the “Oye Como Va” Phenomenon Week 8 Ch. 10 The River and the Path: Conversation and Collective Expression in West African Musics Week 9 Ch. 8 From Raga to Bollywood: Developments and Intercultural Crossings in Indian Music Week 10 Ch. 7 Indonesian Gamelan Music: Interlocking Rhythms, Interlocking Worlds Week 11 Ch. 13 A Musicultural History of the Chinese Zheng Week 12 Finals week Ch. 13 test We do not study Ch. 12.