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Revision Date: 06-Dec-22

Spring 2023 | MUS-1060-VO01 - Introduction to World Music

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 01-24-2023 to 05-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Elizabeth Labate
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Dana Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Arts & Aesthetics
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

Surveys selected music and rhythms from throughout the world. Through extensive listening, students will explore folk music from every continent and survey the development of musical traditions from a variety of cultures. Elements of world music theory and harmony will also be addressed.

Essential Objectives

1. Define ethnomusicology and discuss major findings in the field.
2. Compare and contrast the music of selected cultures considering the history and sociology of the regions explored.
3. Discuss the role of women in the music of selected cultures.
4. Discuss the role of dance and movement in musical activities in selected cultures.
5. Identify ways the globalization of communication has influenced contemporary world music, and discuss related issues including ethics and copyright.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Weekly reading assignments linked in the Canvas course page

Weekly online discussions

Instructor notes with supplemental online articles, websites, and videos.

2 essays (6 pages each): 1. musician's biography and 2. comparison of two musical styles

Evaluation Criteria

40% Weekly online discussions

20% Online quizzes

20% Written essay on a musician's biography

20% Written essay comparing two styles of music

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments




Notes written by the instructor and videos about form, texture, etc


Instructor notes, reading assignment, discussion forum



US Folk music


Filene "'Our Singing Country': John and Alan Lomax, Leadbelly, and the Construction of an American Past"


Instructor notes, reading assignment, discussion forum



Early Rhythm n’ Blues and Rock n’ Roll


articles by Peter Eisenstadt and "Rock Music" Columbia Encyclopedia


Instructor notes, reading assignment, discussion forum, Quiz 1



Jamaica and England: First and Second Waive Ska


Anderson, Rick. “Reggae Music: A History and Selective Discography


Instructor notes, reading assignment, discussion forum



U.S and Latin America: Salsa


Latin Music USA Documentary


Instructor notes, reading assignment, discussion forum



Peru: Huayno and Chicha


Turino “The Music of Andean Migrants”


Instructor notes, reading assignment, discussion forum, Quiz 2



Brazil: Candomble and Samba


Behague "Regional and National Trends in Afro_Brazilian Religious Music"


Instructor notes, reading assignment, discussion forum, Biography essay



Zimbabwe: Mbira


Berliner "John Kunaka, Mbira Maker" and Claire Jones "Shona Women Mbria Players"


Instructor notes, reading assignment, discussion forum



South Africa: Isicathamiya


Seroff "A Brief Introduction to the Zulu Choirs"

Erlmann "Migration and Performance"


Instructor notes, reading assignment, discussion forum, Quiz 3



Egypt: Umm Kulthum


Danielson "The 'Qur'an' and the 'Qasidah'"

Lohman "Preservation and Politicization: Umm Kulthum's National and International Legacy."


Instructor notes, reading assignment, discussion forum



India: Hindustani Classical Music


Slawek "The Classical Master-Disciple Tradition"


Instructor notes, reading assignment, discussion forum



Indonesia: Gamelan


Becker "Earth, Fire, Sakti, and the Javanese Gamelan"


Instructor notes, reading assignment, discussion forum,Quiz 4


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Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

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