MUS-105: Music Around the World (formerly MU-180)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MUS-105 Music Around the World (formerly MU-180)

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course.

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

A nontechnical survey of the folk and traditional music of various cultures — American, Hispanic, African, Near Eastern, and Far Eastern. Listening techniques and basic musical terms included. Emphasis on understanding music in its cultural context. Required readings, listening, and concert attendance.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences

A.S. Music

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of musical cultures and traditions, and the transformations that occur through ethnographic perspectives

2. Listen and think critically about music as a phenomenon of sound as well as a phenomenon of culture through global musical styles that include folk, classical, popular and experimental music

3. Learn about the evolution and development of select musical cultures and traditions while considering the influence of globalization, mass media and electronic information on the transformation of contemporary music in various regions of the world.

4. Fundamentals of listening to music including: Rhythm, Pitch, Dynamics, Timbre, Instrument Categorizations, Texture and Form

5. Exposure to music, culture and social issues from the following regions: Egypt, China, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, Indonesia, Ireland, and India.

6. Readings from ethnographers within the field

7. Attendance of live performance

Program-specific outcomes

Prepare students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning to pursue a career in music by providing a solid foundation in the areas of musicianship and performance.

Provide the general college students with the opportunities to study music in a variety of classes that promotes intellectual inquiry, global awareness and lifelong active learning.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Methodology: The course content will be presented through readings from text, viewing of online videos, listening to audio examples; testing on audio examples and course content.

Student Evaluation Criteria:
13 Quizzes: Open Note, Short Answer Quiz 240 (24%)
5 Exams: Audio example identification, content related multiple-choice questions 500 (50%)
Assignment 1: Daniel Rumba Article 80 (8%)
Assignment 2: Bender Japanese Taiko Article 80 (8%)
Assignment 3: Live Performance Report 100 (10%)
Total Class Points 1000 (100%)

Class Policies:

Blackboard: Use of blackboard course site is mandatory.Students will be expected to use the site for submission of all assignments. Course audio examples, exam review guides, and other resources will be posted on the site. Help on using blackboard can be accessed at

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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