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Sample Proposal: Global Cultures

College of Fine Arts

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MUS 303M: Introduction to Traditional Musics in World Cultures

Department of Music

Please describe specifically which non-U.S. community, country, or coherent regional grouping of countries, past or present, will be studied.

The global cultures flag would be applied to this course’s coverage of music of the Middle Eastern regions, including Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon; former Ottoman territories (Turkey, Southeastern Europe); and North Africa. This course examines the shared historical musical roots for this region in terms of the following topics: Islam; secular and sacred musical ecstasy; Arabic and Ottoman court traditions; musical responses to diaspora; shared urban cultures and trade roots; neo-Hellenic philosophy and music theory; instruments; musical professionalism; shared regional responses to modernization.

What are typical readings or other materials in the course or class related to Global Cultures?


Marcus, Scott. 2002. “The Call to Prayer.” The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music – Middle East Volume. Virginia Danielson, Scott Marcus and Dwight Reynolds, eds. New York: Garland.

During, Jean. 2002. “The Symbolic Universe of Music in Islamic Societies.” In The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music – Middle East Volume. Virginia Danielson, Scott Marcus and Dwight Reynolds, eds. New York: Garland. Pp. 177-188.

Markoff, Irene. Introduction to Sufi Music and Ritual in Turkey. Shared history of court musical traditions

Sawa, George Dimitri. 1989. “Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 5: Performance Excellence vs. Mediocritiy: Causes and Effects.” Music Performance Practice in the Early ‘Abbasid Era 132-320 AH / 750-932 AD.

Feldman, Walter. “Ottoman Music.” Ottoman Suite. Music of the Sultans, Sufis and Seraglios. Liner notes. Traditional Crossroads CD 80702-43-4-2.

And, Metin. 1984. “Atatürk and the Arts with Special Reference to Music and Theatre.” In Atatürk and the Modernization of Turkey. Jacob M. Landau and E. J. Brill, eds. Leiden: pp. 215-232.

Davis, Ruth. 2002. Al-Andalus in Tunis: sketches of the Ma’luf in the 1990s. Anthropology of Music of the Mediterannean. 7.

Describe typical assignments related to Global Cultures.

Essays on quizzes and in short writing assignments that compare musical practices in 2 or more areas within the Middle East and North Africa; comparison of post-1970s 45 rpm and cassette culture for developing new popular musics in Egypt and Turkey; examination and comparison of musically-coded forms of ecstasy in Egypt (tarab) and Turkey (hal), role of mass media in facilitating new forms of musical national identity in Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia. Aural recognition of musical styles from the region based on shared musical features and formal characteristics.

Please explain how at least one-third of the course grade is based on content related to Global Cultures.

Students will be graded on 2 quizzes comprised of listening, multiple choice, and short essay (worth a total of 25 points) and will write 2 short essay assignments (worth a total of 10 points at 5 points each) on Middle Eastern/North Africa music material. This material will be covered in a minimum of 10 large lectures and 5 lab sections.

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