Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Traditions in World Music

MUS-Z 105 / 3 Cr.

Explore the diversity of musical traditions found throughout the world by studying the various means of transmission, musical instruments, musical meaning, musical sound, as well as the rituals, and myths commonly associated with an assortment of music cultures.  No prior music experience required.


Bakan, M. (2011) World Music: Traditions and Transformations (2nd ed).  eText included in class cost.

  • To recognize and understand various types of cultural traditions in world music.
  • To recognize and understand the connection of music of the past with music of the present.
  • To compare and contrast the range of diversity within the global music journey.
  1. Think, speak, and write clearly and effectively about music through Concert Reports.
  2. Address culture and history from a variety of perspectives.
  3. Develop and defend musical judgments.
  4. Experience a broad range of repertoire through attendance at events such as recitals, concerts, and other types of performances.
  5. Acquire the tools to work with a comprehensive repertoire including music from various cultures of the world and music of their own time.
Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs)

1. Core Communication and Quantitative Skills

2. Critical Thinking

3. Integration and Application of Knowledge

4. Intellectual Depth, Breadth, and Adaptiveness

5. Understanding Society and Culture

6. Values and Ethics

NASM Standards

2.a.1 The ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, texture.

2.1.3 An understanding of compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.

2.a.5 The ability to develop and defend musical judgments.