21M.030 Introduction to World Music

Fall 2006

Closeup of two hands plucking kora strings.
The kora is a 21-string harp-lute used extensively by Mandigo peoples in West Africa. (Photo courtesy of Premasagar Rose.)

Course Highlights

This course features student papers on Samba and Guinean music in the assignments section.

Course Description

This course explores the ways that music is both shaped by and gives shape to the cultural settings in which it is performed, through studying selected musical traditions from around the world. Specific case studies will be examined closely through listening, analysis, and hands-on instruction. The syllabus centers around weekly listening assignments and readings from a textbook with CDs, supplemented by hands-on workshops, lecture/demonstrations and concerts by master musicians from around the world.
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Prof. George Ruckert

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session