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07:700:241 Studies in World Music

Rutgers Arts Online

Online Music Courses

Studies in World Music


Studies in World Music focuses on introducing and surveying the music of diverse societies and cultures of the world using social and cultural theories and ethnomusicological methodologies as a framework. Throughout this course, students will explore the idea of “world music” in various social, cultural, and aesthetic contexts. To understand music as culture in the modern world, we must examine music in its various social functions and roles, as well as its theoretical components. The goal of this course is to cultivate an informed, critical, and sensitive understanding of music in the modern world. The purpose of this course is to serve as an introduction to and survey of the music of various societies throughout the world.

There are no prerequisites or co-requisites.You do not have to be able to read music to understand the material in this course.

3 credits

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Ruth M. "Sunni" Witmer
Arts Online