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Music 1C: Introduction to World Music in America

This Page is being updated for Fall 2017. Please excuse any out of date content.

Welcome to my  Music 1C site. Please check out this quarter's  Course Information Sheet (syllabus) and other course materials. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

General Information

Calendar, Assignments

Week 1 Sept 26, 28

  • We'll go over the Course Description and overall content of the course, and do an exercise on our connections to the music of our family.

Thursday Lecture/Discussion


To Be read Before Class: 

  • Chapter 1, Before the Trip Begins: Fundamental Issues: What is Music, Music: Universal Language or Culturally Specific Activity, Beware of Labels. You may skip sections from "Knowing the World's Musics" to end of the chapter
  • Read Course Information Sheet if you haven't already done so, and bring questions!
Homework for week 2 
  1. Read
    • Concert Report Guidelines
    • Chapter 2.
      • Read Assigned material from Ch. 2, "How to Listen to World Music" to through end, including "Questions to Consider" 


Week 2 Oct 3, 5


Quiz 1 Tuesday at the start of class: Chapters 2: Pitch through end of Chapter

  • Material to be read before we meet to discuss it.

Tuesday, Thursday Lecture/Discussion

Aural Analysis: Listening to the World's Music - Musical elements



Preparing for Week 3

  • Complete assigned reading, Chapter 12
Week 3: Oct 10, 12
Chapter 12: South America and Mexico: The Amazon Rainforest, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico

  • Quiz 2 at the start of class: Background Preparation," Planning the Itinerary" Through "Argentina." 


  • "Connection" Essay due
  • Continue Chapter 12
  • Andean music communal music-making: panflute (siku) workshop

Week 4: Oct 17, 19

Ch 12, Cont.  Selected reading from Ch. 10: Sub-Saharan Africa:Ghana, Nigeria, central Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Senegal, The Republic of South Africa


  • Quiz 3: Chapter 12: Brazil, Mexico;  Ch 10 "Background Preparation" through "Talking Drums" and all material in between.


Week 5: Oct. 24, 26

Chapter 10, Cont. Sub Saharan Africa




Test 1. Chapter 1, 2, 12. The test will consist of approximately 25 multiple choice, matching or true-false questions, Instrument classification identification, along with several short answer and brief essay questions  

  •  Material for the test will be derived from topics covered in class as well as the textbook
  • Remember to bring a pencil and 2052 Scantron form.

 Music 1C Test Preparation Guidelines



  • Quiz:  Chapter 10: "Arrival Central Africa";  through end of chapter. You may skip Uganda. 
  • Listening Assignment 2  postponed. Due Thursday, Nov. 2

Week 6: Oct Oct 31, Nov 2

Chapter 6, Southeast Asia 


  • Quiz on reading: Background Preparation; Planning the Itinerary; Arrival Vietnam, Arrival Thailand (skip Laos, Northeast Thailand). read about Ramayana. 


  • Listening Assignment 2 due

Week 7,  Nov. 7, 9

Chapter 6, Southeast Asia


  • Quiz on reading: Chapter 6: Arrival: Laos and Northeast Thailand through end of chapter. 




Week 8: Nov 14, 16
Chapter 8



  • Test 2: Chapter 10 Sub-Saharan Africa, Chapter 6, Southeast Asia
  • Chapter 8 reading: Background preparation though site 2, Arabic Taqasim for Ud and Buzuq (including Cultural Considerations)
  • Listening Assignment 5 Due Week 9, Thursday
Week 9: Nov 21, 23 Complete Ch. 8. 
Tuesday: Quiz, Ch. 8b: Arrival, Egypt through end of Chapter

No Class Thursday, Nov 23 - Thanksgiving

Week 10: Nov 28, Nov 30
Revised schedule: chapter 7, China, canceled. Week 10 and 11: Ch 13: Canada and the United States
  • Quiz Chapter Ch 13a: Background Preparation through and including Site 5, Bluegrass.
  • Listening Assignment 5 
Thursday: no assignment due
Week 11: Dec. 5, 7
Ch 13, cont.
Tuesday: Quiz, Chapter 13: Read African Site 6: American Spiritual to end of chapter. 
Resources: Chapter 13 Powerpoint - 
Week 12
  • Final Exam: Thursday, Dec 14 1:45- 3:45, Room A11
  • Listening Assignment 7 Chapter 13b 
  • Last day to turn in extra credit work





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Last Updated: 11/29/17