New for Spring 2012: MUSC 157/357

Friday, November 11, 2011

In Spring 2012, we will inaugurate the USD Gamelan Ensemble course, MUSC 157/357, Tuesdays, 7 - 9 p.m. in CH153. Gamelans are ensembles from Indonesia consisting of metal xylophones, gongs, cymbals, and drums. All gamelans are given proper names. Our gamelan is Gunung Sari (Gold Mountain) from the island of Bali and it is a gamelan angklung ensemble (there are multiple kinds of gamelans). Balinese gamelan music is known for its cyclic gong structures, rapid interlocking parts, and precision, and its fun. We hope to bring a Balinese dancer to campus to perform with the students for our concert in May. Our gamelan will also participate in the Second Annual Gamelan Festival in San Diego in March.

Introducing MUSC 340 Topics in World Music

We are introducing a new course, MUSC 340, Topics in World Music, for spring, 2012. This course explores the relationships between music and culture and surveys music in interaction with cultural identity, nationalism, politics, religion, aesthetics, gender, ethnicity, cultural appropriation, and technology. Case studies are examined in depth through readings, listening's, and live performances. The course topic for spring semester will be the Musics of Asia and will cover music from South Asia (India) to Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines) to Korea, Japan, and China. Traditional, folk, court, art, and popular music will all be included. The class will meet MW 2:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. in SCST 232.


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