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Instructor Info:Junko Oba
Office Extension x6896
TA Info:James Hartman
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Music and Dance Building RECITAL
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Music and Dance Building RECITAL
Description: Every culture bears unique sensibilities to sounds. People cultivate distinctive ways of hearing, understanding, and relating to them. These sensibilities are also reflected in the processes of sound- and music-making. Different instruments are devised to encapsulate distinctive cultural values not only acoustically but also visually in their material forms. This course aims to explore diverse music cultures of the world through the lens of organology (the study of musical instruments). We examine a wide range of sound-making devices broadly defined as musical instruments in their current sociocultural and historical contexts. Our investigation encompasses subjects such as social functions and significations of the instruments, e.g., ritual objects, status symbols, and exotic commodities, myths and symbolism attributed to the instruments, technology and craftsmanship involved in the fabrication, and ecological and ethical concerns for the use of certain materials, e.g., exotic wood, tortoise shells, and ivory.