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Listening to World Music

Carol Muller University of Pennsylvania @Coursera
Class Start: TBA
Duration: 7 weeks
Approximate Workload: 5-7 hours/week
Certificate: Yes
Level: beginner
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Learn the ideas and vocabulary for listening to world music, and examine the music of several world music cultures and how they have entered into mainstream popular culture.

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Bruce Pohlmann (Singaraja) , 2014-02-21
I really enjoyed this course, not as a musician but as an anthropologist. The lectures got me thinking about music and its relationship to culture, technology and politics. Generally I stay away from classes that use the peer evaluation model, but I liked this one enough to stay the course and I'm glad that I did.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-11-17
It's not really about music; it may be in the anthropology department? There was little discussion of tonality, instrumentation, scales etc. It was superficially about the role of music in the cultures studied, most of which were marginal or disappearing cultures -- pygmies, for example. No music from major cultures in the world like China. It really was not about listening to music, some of the homework questions were not about music at all. Lectures contained a number of factual errors, corrected by students in the forum, the staff even had to change a question on the final exam because it was factually incorrect, simple facts that are easy to look up but apparently the professor never did. I'm not used to such a disinterest in factual accuracy from a good university! The professor was uninvolved in the ongoing course, did not participate in the forum, although one of the TAs was very active and helpful there. But if you are not looking for a music course and don't care about factual accuracy, it was fun. (The accuracy should improve next time after so much correction by students! But what errors did they not catch?)

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