World Music Appreciation

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MirPic.jpgInstructor: Dr. Miriam Dvorin-Spross   

Office Hours    

Mondays, 12:00-1:00 PM, PC Doyle 206    

    Fridays, 8:00-9:00 AM, SR Forsyth 105    

GREETINGS! You must be here because you want to know more about World Music Appreciation.

There's a lot of wonderful music out there, much more than we can ever cover in depth in one semester. But if we spread ourselves too thin we can miss a lot. So how can we balance breadth with depth?

Our "survey" style textbook provides breadth with a brief exploration of the musical expressions of ten geographic regions. We balance these limited explorations by each doing an in-depth "ethnography" researching a musical phenomenon of our own choosing.

Every semester I am stunned by the outstanding scholarship and originality of my students. Here's an example—a music video by Cavity—that was screened during the class World Music Symposium. The focus of Cavity's ethnographic research was hip-hop's development and what goes into creating rap. His ethnographic research paper described in words what he showed us in his video.

a music video by Cavity entitled "Music 8"

What are your musical interests? Of which world musics are you a "fan"? Which world musics would you like to explore? In this class you can do all that and get college credit for it, too!

Best regards,

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PHOTO: Gong-circle instruments (khong mon) of the Mon people of Southeast Asia