Instructor: Kitty Brazelton
Course Title: Window for the Ear: Other Music-Cultures Teach Us About Our Own
Times: 10:00am-12:00noon, Tuesday & Thursday
Place: Jennings 101
Level: Beginning/open to freshmen
Learn about music by studying music-cultures from around the world. In order to learn, we must identify the hidden preconceptions that close our ears and minds to unfamiliar music-making. As we open to new ideas outside our experience, we are able to articulate those within our own cultural context, and to hear afresh music we have heard all our lives. We develop an understanding for Western musical tenets such as notation and the parameters of melody, harmony, rhythm, form, timbre, dynamics and degree of polyphony, thereby making conscious and freely expressible, linguistic elements hitherto unconscious. Along with this inward and outward ethnomusicological exploration, we delineate our individual musical abilities and identies through composition and group improvisation.
Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the Worlds Peoples, 4th edition Jeff Todd Titon, General Editor
Book & 4-CD set, Schirmer (Wadsworth and Thomson Learning) © 2002
Available in Bennington College Bookstore & in Music Library. Excuses due to unavailability in Music Library are unacceptable.
Read, study listen---the remainder of the chapter on Africa
In groups, select from:
And make a modern composition translated into the subjects, sounds and skills which are relevant and possible for you as Bennington students here and now
Be prepared to perform and to explain: