Introduction to World Music

 Photo of drummer leading a student drum ensemble.

Senegalese drumming is one of the traditions featured in this course. This photo shows a rehearsal of Rambax MIT, MIT's Senegalese drumming ensemble. (Photo by Sina Mohammadi, courtesy of MIT Music and Theater Arts. Used with permission.)


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Spring 2013



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This course is an introduction to diverse musical traditions of the world. Music from a wide range of geographical areas is studied in terms of structure, performance practice, social use, aesthetics, and cross-cultural contact. Course work includes hands-on music making, live demonstrations by guest artists, and ethnographic research projects.

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Patricia Tang. 21M.030 Introduction to World Music. Spring 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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