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MUSI 1306 Understanding Music (Understanding World Music) Section 001 (Tuesday/Thursday 8:30 am – 9:45 am

Spring 2010 The University of Texas at Dallas Course Syllabus
Professor: MaryAnn Young Email: Phone: (972) 883-2230 Office: JO 5.308 Office Hours: TR 10am-12pm or by appt. Class Blog:

This course will introduce students to an overview of elements and basic forms of music in global musiccultures. The focus of this class will be to listen to music with an understanding of musical elements within the cultural context. Methods of analytical and aesthetic appreciation will be applied to musical examples, with corollaries in literature, history, performance, and the visual arts.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK & MATERIALS Alves, William. Music of the People of the World. 2nd Ed. **CDs are REQUIRED**

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES 1. Students will be able to examine and respond critically to a variety of artistic forms in at least one and possible multiple forms of expression drawn from either the visual or performing arts or some combination thereof. 2. Students will be able to demonstrate an appreciation for artistic expression and ability to analyze specific works of art within a cultural or social context. 3. Students will be able to develop a critical approach to a given form or forms of arts and will be able to articulate a response in an intelligent and informed manner.

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ACADEMIC CALENDAR 1/11 1/19 1/27 2/16 5/3 5/4-5 5/6-12 5/6-19 Classes Begin Last Day to Add a Course Census Day for Full-Term Session, Last Day to drop a class without a “W” Last Day to Drop with Signature with WP/WF Last Day of Classes Reading Days (No Classes) Final Exams Final Grades Available

GRADING POLICY ASSIGNMENTS/DUE DATES/EVALUATION The final grade will be evaluated from the following:  Attendance  Participation  Exams (3)  Music-Culture Blog Entries Each Class Each Class 1/26, 3/4, 5/11 Weekly 10pts 10pts 30pts (10pts each) 10pts 20pts (10pts each) 10pts 100pts Total Instructor Website: All course materials (including online handouts and assignment guidelines) are available on the instructor website ( Please write down the following username _______________________ and password _______________________. Each student will be expected to register for (using your UT-Dallas email) for this course. Please go to and insert this information: Classname: _______________________________ and Enrollment Password: _____________________

 Blogged Performance Reports (2) 4/6, 4/27  Blogged Musical Ethnography 3/11

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class in some way, shape, or form. Absences are excused only in the case of illness (doctor's note required) or death in the family. All information must be submitted in writing within one week. Arriving late and/or leaving early are documented as an unexcused absence unless excused with proper written documentation.

Participation grades may include but are not limited to: verbal participation, group work, and response to readings.

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There will be three scheduled exams covering both reading and lecture material. A study sheet will be available the class period before the exam as well as a short review. Exams will be given during the beginning of class, so please do not be late. Make-up exams for excused absences are conducted during office hours or by appointment if the instructor is contacted within one week of the originally scheduled exams (or within 24 hours if Exam 3 is missed). Exams missed due to an unexcused absence or late arrival will result in a zero.

Written Assignments (MUSI 1306 Blog AND Written assignments in this class will be divided into two categories: short blog posts and longer reports. All assignments will be submitted in two locations: Your MUSI 1306 Blog linked to the Class Blog ( and ( The purpose of your MUSI 1306 blog is to post your written assignments publicly and allow other classmates and the instructor to follow your posts. Although these blogs take on an often-perceived casual form, proper English grammar and mechanics should be used. (If I cannot understand it, I cannot grade it.) The purpose of is to provide a method of checking the originality for your assignment submissions and receiving grades/comments. Failure to complete the two-part submission for all written assignments can result in a zero for the assignment.

Late Assignments will incur at 1 point off of your final grade per 15 minutes late penalty with the exception of excused absences as excused by the discretion of the instructor.

Off-Campus Event Attendance: Your attendance to an off-campus event may be required to complete assignments for this class.

On-Campus Event Attendance: Your attendance to the following on-campus events is required:   Friday, January 29th at 8pm in Conference Center – Music Faculty Concert (40th Anniversary) April 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, or 17 at 8pm in University Theatre – Sideshow the Musical

COURSE GRADE: A A94-100 90-93 B+ B B87-89 84-86 80-83 C+ C C77-79 74-76 70-73 D F 60-69 0-59

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Course & Instructor Policies Make-up exams will only be scheduled in the event of excused absences (see below for criteria and guidelines regarding anticipated absences) within one week of the missed exam. Extra Credit opportunities will be announced in class at the discretion of the instructor. Attendance for this class is not optional. Excused absences such as illness, death in the immediate family, etc. must be supported with documentation within one class (or by the final exam date if the absence is within the last week) for approval. Anticipated absences require the student to turn in assignments or complete exams before the deadline. Arriving late or early leave is also considered an unexcused absence at the instructor’s discretion. Technical Support If you experience any problems with your UTD account you may send an email to: or call the UTD Computer Helpdesk at 972-883-2911.

Field Trip Policies Off-campus Instruction and Course Activities Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are subject to state law and University policies and procedures regarding travel and risk-related activities. Information regarding these rules and regulations may be found at the website address Additional information is available from the office of the school dean. Below is a description of any travel and/or riskrelated activity associated with this course. Student Conduct & Discipline The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD printed publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic year. The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations, Series 50000, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391) and online at
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A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules, university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct. Academic Integrity The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic Dishonesty, any student who commits an act of scholastic dishonesty is subject to discipline. Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts. Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any other source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s policy on plagiarism (see general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of, which searches the web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective. Copyright Notice The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials, including music and software. Copying, displaying, reproducing, or distributing copyrighted works may infringe the copyright owner’s rights and such infringement is subject to appropriate disciplinary action as well as criminal penalties provided by federal law. Usage of such material is only appropriate when that usage constitutes “fair use” under the Copyright Act. As a UT Dallas student, you are required to follow the institution’s copyright policy (Policy Memorandum 84-I.3-46). For more information about the fair use exemption, see Email Use The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UTD student account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of
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confidence in the identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. UTD furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts. Withdrawal from Class The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses. These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled. Student Grievance Procedures Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean of Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations. Incomplete Grade Policy As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete grade must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F.

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Disability Services The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is: The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22 PO Box 830688 Richardson, Texas 75083-0688 (972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY) If you anticipate issues related to the format or requirements of this course, please meet with the Coordinator of Disability Services. The Coordinator is available to discuss ways to ensure your full participation in the course. If you determine that formal, disability-related accommodations are necessary, it is very important that you be registered with Disability Services to notify them of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations. Disability Services can then plan how best to coordinate your accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an accommodation. Disability Services provides students with letters to present to faculty members to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office hours. Religious Holy Days The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for the travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated. The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment. If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief executive officer or designee.
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These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the professor.

COURSE SCHEDULE: Date 1/12 1/14 1/19 1/21 1/26 1/28 2/2 Reading/Class Agenda/Assignments Due Introduction (Review Assignments/Syllabus, Introduction to Online Components) Chapter 1 (World Music Cultures: An Introduction), Discuss Musical Ethnography Blog Entry 1 Due Chapter 2 (Pitch and Melody), Chapter 3 (Rhythm and Loudness) Chapter 4 (Texture), Chapter 5 (Timbre and Musical Instruments) Exam 1 (Ch. 1-5) Blog Entry 2 Due Music-Culture: Ewe Drumming, Chapter 6 (Sub-Saharan Africa) Blog Entry 3 Due Music-Culture: Senegalese Popular Music, JSTOR “Key to N'Dour: Roots of the Senegalese Star” by Lucy Duran Music-Culture: Iranian Popular Music of Googoosh, Chapter 7 (Middle East & North Africa) and JSTOR “Review: Googoosh Iran’s Daughter” by Niloofar Mina (2003 in Ethnomusicology) Blog Entry 4 Due Music-Culture: Egyptian Music of Umm Kulthum, JSTOR “The Qur'an and the Qasida": Aspects of the Popularity of the Repertory Sung by Umm Kulthūm” by Virginia Danielson Music Culture: Hindustani Classical Music, Chapter 9 (India) Blog Entry 5 Due Music-Culture: Hindi Film Music, JSTOR “India's Music: Popular Film Songs in the Classroom” by Natalie Sarrazin Music-Culture: Chinese Traditional Music, Chapter 10 (China) Blog Entry 6 Due Music-Culture: Japanese Noh, Chapter 11 (Japan) Music-Culture: Japanese Enka, Japan Pop! Chapter 3 “The Marketing of Tears: Consuming Emotions in Japanese Popular Song” ( Blog Entry 7 Due Music-Culture: Japanese Matsuri, JSTOR “Effects of Urbanization on Matsuri-Bayashi in Tokyo” by Linda Fujie Exam 2 (Ch. 6-11, JSTOR Articles) Blog Entry 8 Due Musical Ethnography Workshop Musical Ethnography Due, Extra Credit Presentations 3/16-3/18 NO CLASS – Spring Break



2/11 2/16

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3/23 3/25 3/30 4/1 4/6



4/15 4/20 4/22 4/27 4/29 FINAL 5/11 8am

Blog Entry 9 Due Music-Culture: Western Renaissance Music (Past and Present), Assigned Reading: TBA Music-Culture: Western Classical Music (Past and Present), Assigned Reading: TBA DSO Trip: March 28th (for concert report) Blog Entry 10 Due Music-Culture: Western Opera (Past and Present), Assigned Reading: TBA Music-Culture: Early European-American Music, Chapter 16 (North America – Early European American Music) Performance Report 1 Due Music-Culture: American Musical Theatre, JSTOR “Oklahoma!: Ideology and Politics in the Vernacular Tradition of the American Musical” by Paul Filmer, Val Rimmer, and Dave Walsh Side Show (4/8-4/17 in University Theatre) Music-Culture: American Classical Music of Philip Glass, “Philip Glass: Complex Minimalist” Listen to the Interview and read the Transcript at Blog Entry 11 Due Music-Culture: African-American Songs (And Tracing Roots to Africa), Chapter 16 (North America – African-American Music) Music-Culture: Electric Blues, JSTOR “Race, Ethnicity, Expressive Authenticity: Can White People Sing the Blues?” by Joel Rudinow Blog Entry 12 Due Music-Culture: Rock, Chapter 16 (North America – Rock and Roll) Music-Culture: Mariachi, Chapter 15 (Latin America - Mexico) Performance Report 2 Due Exam Review TBA Exam 3 (Ch. 6-11, Online Handouts) Extra Credit Concert Reports Due

Audio CD/Online Listening: Listening to the textbook audio CD is part of your reading assignment and should be completed before coming to class. Files will also be available on online to accompany or supplement textbook and online readings. Selections from the audio CD and online music/video clips may appear on the exams.

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