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World Music Minor

School of Music
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Required credits in this minor: 20 to 25
The minor in world music is organized around hands-on experience with West African Drumming, Javanese Gamelan, Indian Raga, Jazz, and other musics. It combines experiential immersion with scholarly study (historical, ethnographic, philosophical.) This minor is designed to meet the needs of University of Minnesota students who may not already have training in reading music, but who nonetheless feel music's power, and who wish to deepen their understanding. The minor allows students to explore the diversity of the world’s musics—including popular, classical, and folk musics from Minnesota and around the world. Undergraduate students from any college or department at the University of Minnesota may deepen their knowledge of music through this minor, creating a vibrant and diverse cohort of students learning, studying, and playing music together.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Foundation Course
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 1801W - Music, Society, and Cultures [AH, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· MUS 1804 - World Music [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
Music Studies
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling exactly 12 credit(s) from the following:
Take at most 3 credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 1013 - Rock I: The Historical Origins and Development of Rock Music to 1970 [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· MUS 1014 - Rock II: Rock Music from 1970 to the Present [DSJ, AH] (3.0 cr)
· MUS 1501 - Theory and Analysis of Tonal Music I (2.0 cr)
MUS 1511 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing I (1.0 cr)
· Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MUED 5750 - Topics in Music Education (1.0-4.0 cr)
· MUS 3506 - Theory and Analysis of American Popular Music (3.0 cr)
· MUS 3601W - History of Western Music I [WI] (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5731 - Jazz and Modernism (3.0 cr)
· MUS 5805 - Worlds of Improvisation (3.0 cr)
Ensembles
Students complete a minimum of 5 ensemble enrollments including at least 2 different ensembles.
Take 5 or more course(s) totaling 5 - 10 credit(s) from the following:
· MUS 3380 - Gospel Choir (2.0 cr)
· MUS 5460 - World Music Ensemble (1.0-2.0 cr)
· MUS 5493 - Javanese Gamelan Music Ensemble (1.0 cr)
· MUS 5494 - West African Music Ensemble (1.0 cr)
· MUS 5490 - Percussion Ensemble (1.0 cr)
 
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MUS 1801W - Music, Society, and Cultures (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Drawing on examples from many different places and times, we will develop an analytic language to address the power of musical performance. We will study various methods of musical enculturation; the connections between politics and musical aesthetics; the ways in which music reinforces and challenges scaffoldings of race, nation, and ethnicity; and the power of music to form ethical subjects. Prereq: Registration for this course is open until the first day of class, at which point instructor consent will be required.
MUS 1804 - World Music (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Musical practice/meaning around the world and in our backyard. World music styles/perspectives in cultural context. Lectures, in-class music making, guest artists, videos, listening. prereq: Registration for this course is open until the first day of class, at which point instructor consent will be required.
MUS 1013 - Rock I: The Historical Origins and Development of Rock Music to 1970 (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Musical, cultural, historical, social, and political evolution of rock music, from its traceable antecedents in mid-19th century America through the early 1970s. Emphazes manner in which African, European, and other ethnic traditions combined in a uniquely American manner.
MUS 1014 - Rock II: Rock Music from 1970 to the Present (DSJ, AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Musical, cultural, and historical evolution of rock music and related pop forms. Progressive rock, punk, disco, new wave, MTV, heavy metal, hip-hop, grunge, turntable-based styles, women in rock.
MUS 1501 - Theory and Analysis of Tonal Music I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course begins the core sequence of theory and musicianship courses required of the undergraduate music majors and music minors. In this course you will develop basic skills in music fundamentals and then apply these to species counterpoint, harmony and analysis exercises. These studies will then also be applied as concrete skills in your musicianship class (MUS 1511 Ear-Training/Sight-Singing I) through identification of musical materials, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation; sight-singing and clef reading. Listening exercises will train you not only in familiarity with the core repertoire of Western European concert music, but also in what to listen for and how. Co-Requisite: course must be taken concurrently w/ MUS 1511.
MUS 1511 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to foundations of musicianship. Co-Requisite: students must concurrently enroll in MUS 1501 Theory and Analysis of Tonal Music I.
MUED 5750 - Topics in Music Education
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Focuses on single topic, specified in Class Schedule.
MUS 3506 - Theory and Analysis of American Popular Music
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
This course provides a basic introduction to analyzing popular songs, primarily those within the Anglo-American tradition. Although the course focuses directly on the musical details, techniques, and forms pertaining to popular songs, larger questions of meaning and interpretation, production, sound and instrumentation, history of musical style and genre and historical periodization, important individual performers/songwriters and artistic formations, marketing and sociology, and globalization will not be ignored?but they will be most often pursued in the context of analyzing specific songs and recordings. Like any viable form of music, popular music is also a living practice, and hence our engagement with popular music will also require us to be in contact with practitioners of popular music here in the Twin Cities. Finally, the course will require students to engage with popular music in a number of ways?transcription, analysis, aural skills, ethnography (of a modest sort), composition, performance, and expository writing. The class begins with basic parameters as explored in rock music (which, for the purposes of this class, overlaps with classic R&B/soul), then moves backwards to various origination points for rock in American popular music, and then pursues various different topics for the remainder of the course. prereq: [MUS 3501, MUS 3511] with a grade of C- or better
MUS 3601W - History of Western Music I (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This is the first course in the undergraduate music history sequence. We will study music composed over a very broad time span, ca. 800 to 1700, looking at the works' musical structures within the larger contexts of musical style, social/political significance, and broad aesthetic and philosophical movements. In addition, as a writing intensive course, students will hone their writing skills, focusing in particular on listening to and analyzing early music. Pre-reqs: MUS 1501 and MUS 1511
MUS 5731 - Jazz and Modernism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Graduate student in music or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Critical consideration of the mutual impact and cross-influences of jazz practices and modernist aesthetics. Contextualizes the emergence of styles including ragtime, swing, bebop, cool, third-stream, modal, and avant-garde jazz within the broader aesthetic currents of 20th-century art and popular music cultures. prereq: Graduate student in music or instr consent
MUS 5805 - Worlds of Improvisation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This course will explore traditions of improvisation from a variety of world cultures -- such as African, African-American, European, Middle Eastern, South Asian -- to gain insight into processes of composition in performance, from ethnomusicological, music-theoretical, and applied vocal/instrumental perspectives.
MUS 3380 - Gospel Choir
Credits: 2.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Gospel Choir is a non-auditioned choral ensemble open to all members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Throughout the semester, students will perform in choral department concerts, observe and critique musical performances, and demonstrate improved musicianship. The music performed will cover a wide range of musical styles and will help students develop improved vocal skills. Students explore history of gospel music through experiential/participatory songs, field songs, songs of struggle, Southern, traditional, and contemporary songs. Pre-req: Although no audition is required, all students will be heard privately by the instructor during the first week of class for voice placement in the choir. Additionally, a survey will be taken at the beginning of the semester to assess students' prior musical experiences.
MUS 5460 - World Music Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Afro-Brazilian/Afro-Caribbean popular repertories. Samba, bossa nova, salsa, merengue, mambo. Planned master classes/clinics with local artists to complement regularly scheduled rehearsals/performances. No audition required.
MUS 5493 - Javanese Gamelan Music Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Hands-on experience in learning to play Javanese gamelan music, one of the great non-western musical traditions that is readily accessible to beginners. Related insights into the role of this tradition in Javanese culture. Open to all students - no musical background needed!
MUS 5494 - West African Music Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Hands-on experience in learning to play West African music, one of the great non-western musical traditions that is readily accessible to beginners. Also, insights into function, context, structure, gender roles, politics, instruments, life-cycle rites, genres, musical organizations, traditional musicians, and contemporary popular music. Open to all students - no musical background needed!
MUS 5490 - Percussion Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practice and performance of standard and contemporary compositions for percussion instruments in various combinations. prereq: instr consent