To provide an overview of music traditions of the world, to serve as an introduction to the study of ethnomusicology, and to give special attention to the use of ethnomusicology in missions and the use of world musics in worship.
Required Text & CD
Titon, Jeff Todd, ed.Worlds of Music,4th ed. New York: Schirmer Books, 2002. Peacock, David, ed.World Praise 2. Nashville: LifeWay Books, 2000.
Teams of two students will choose a chapter fromWorlds of Music(2: North America/Native American, 5: Bosnia and Central/Southeast Europe, 7: Asia/Indonesia, 8: East Asia/Japan, or 9: Latin America/Ecuador) and present the material to the rest of the class. (In the case of long chapters, I may approve the presentation of a smaller portion of the chapter.) In addition to the lecture, each team will produce an outline of their lecture and a list of terms, concepts, and listening examples which will be included on the next exam. (There should be 5-10 terms such as names of instruments or musical genres, 3-5 concepts that would require one sentence answers or short essays on a test, and 2-3 listening examples from our CD set.) Further, teams will lead songs fromWorld Praise 2or other sources that are related to their chapter inWorlds of Music.
Worship Leading Project
Two partners will lead a global worship song in chapel. In preparation, the partners will choose/propose a song (see schedule) and do background research on the area from which the song originates, the genre of music, and performance practice within that style. The week before the partners lead the song, they will turn in a 3 page paper detailing the song’s background and their plan for teaching the song to the student body. The partners are free to use additional musicians. Following the song’s introduction in chapel, the class will discuss the experience.
For each reading assignment, students will hand in a typed, one page outline.
Topic, Assignment, and Chapters to read in preparation for class
Introduction to World Musics Instrument Classification
Chapter 1: The Music-Culture
Chapter 3: Intro to Africa, Ewe, Mande (pp87-122)
Chapter 3: Dagbamba, Shona, BaAka (pp122-149)
Exam #1 World Music in Worship
Chapter 4: Black America (pp151-168)
Chapter 4: Black America (pp168-209)
Worship Leading Project – Song Choice due
Chapter 6: India
Exam #2 Music in Missions
Note: Ramaker Library has a growing number of ethnomusicology and world music resources, including theGarland World Music EncyclopediaandGrove’s Dictionary of Musicin the reference section and a number of books. In the LRC is the JVC Anthology of World Music, a fantastic collection of field videos that students are encouraged to use in their chapter presentations, and a number of other videos and recordings of music around the world.