Transcription and Analysis of Non-Western Music – ETHM 600

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Practice in the generative transcription and theoretical analysis of non-Western music systems, including etic and emic elements, systems of notation, and computer-assisted analysis.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course is intended to provide the student with the skills to begin to analyze the theoretical structures of non-Western music systems. The purpose is to enable the prospective ethnomusicologist to generate music compositions in the style of any people group that he/she may serve. This can become a key factor in developing music for the local church in missions.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose of transcription and analysis of non-Western music.
  2. Demonstrate the process of transcription and analysis of non-Western music in developing a particular result, including a generative result.
  3. Demonstrate the use of technology in the field of ethnomusicology.
  4. Identify different music systems through music analysis.
  5. Evaluate the applicability of transcription and analysis to outreach.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Text Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread or threads in response to prompts for each forum. In addition to the thread(s), the student is required to reply to classmates’ threads. These forums will be based on the course textbook reading. Specific requirements are detailed in each forum’s prompt.

Transcription and Analysis Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread or threads in response to prompts for each forum. In addition to the thread(s), the student is required to reply to classmates’ threads. These forums will be based on the transcription and analysis work that is done throughout the course. Specific requirements are detailed in each forum’s prompt.

Written Responses (5)

The student will compose responses to questions pertaining to some of the assigned reading in the course. Each assignment must contain 300–350 words and at least 1 citation.

Transcriptions and Analyses (4)

Transcription and analysis work is a regular part of skill development in ethnomusicology. This course utilizes a range of assignments that involve transcription and analysis. Specific requirements are detailed in the Transcriptions and Analyses Instructions document.

Article Reviews (3)

The student will write reviews in current Turabian format that focuses on the assigned journal articles. Each review must be 700–900 words and be submitted to the appropriate discussion board forum.

Final Project

The Final Project is the culminating assignment of the course, combining work in both transcription and analysis. Details are available in the Final Project Instructions document.