Introduction to basics of written notation and composition, including introductory music reading, ear training, and keyboarding skills.
An examination of the role of women in music in a wide array of genres, ranging from art music to rock and blues, with focus on social construction of gendered roles in music. Students will write a research paper on a topic of interest to them.
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A performance-based drumming class with an emphasis on the role of drumming in a variety of West African cultures and the transformation of such styles in cultures throughout the world.
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Students will learn and perform basic techniques on percussion instruments representing a variety of Middle Eastern cultures, and will use the musical experience as a lens through which to view sociocultural issues. In addition to playing drums, students will study recordings, artwork, and literary works, exploring the greater cultural traditions beyond the music. Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and Sufism will be addressed.