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MUSI104 Music in World Cultures

An exploration of the world’s traditional, popular and contemporary musics in their cultural context. (No prior musical knowledge required.)

The world is full of music. In every culture people perform, compose and listen to music in a variety of ways and for different reasons. Musicians are often inspired by the musics of other peoples and use ideas to enhance their own music. MUSI 104 approaches music from a universal perspective, with the aim of generating awareness of and respect for music from a wide range of cultures. Case studies of particular music cultures can include Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Europe. Students are encouraged to develop a broad knowledge of musics and an understanding of music's various uses and functions.

Paper title Music in World Cultures
Paper code MUSI104
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $998.10
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,885.00

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective.
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MUSI 104 Course Reader
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, you will be able to demonstrate that you can:
  1. Play at least one musical instrument from each of the following places: Africa, Japan, Indonesia and Aotearoa/New Zealand
  2. Aurally recognise stylistic characteristics and instruments of musics introduced in MUSI 104
  3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of ideas from scholarly literature
  4. Apply ideas from scholarly literature to real-life musical examples
  5. Reflexively evaluate your own learning
  6. Locate, retrieve and effectively use scholarly literature
  7. Effectively communicate in writing
  8. Understand and appreciate how select cultures perform, perceive and conceptualise music
No prior musical knowledge in music notation and theory is required.
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Jennifer Cattermole
Paper Structure
Please contact the Department of Music's office for copy a of the most recent paper profile.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 34 Mon, Tues : 11:00-11:50
Weeks: 28-33,36-41 Mon, Tues : 11:00-11:50


Weeks: 28-34,36-41 Tues : 13:00-13:50
or Tues : 14:00-14:50
or Tues : 15:00-15:50