World music: an introduction

Course Dates: 15/09/20 - 24/11/20
Time: 18:20 - 20:30
Location: Online

Explore a range of musical traditions from around the world: Indian raga and Bollywood; Ghanaian and South African grooves; Ottoman makam and Klezmer; Samba and Salsa. Listen for characteristic features and learn about the cultural settings in which they are produced. break week: Tues 27 October 2020.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

This course is an introduction to diverse musical traditions of the world from a wide range of geographical areas. Discovering a cross-cultural musical vocabulary and essential characteristics of different traditions. Ethnomusicological viewpoints will be discussed, where music is considered inseparable from the people that produce it.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• What goes around comes around. How musical forms and genres are continually re-invented in different cultures.
• Occasions of daily life as primary contexts for music making.
• Eastern Europe - Ottoman makam theory: the melodic concept of makam where pitch degrees are used in structured ways.
• Klezmer, we examine the music of nomadic musicians in Eastern Europe called Klezmer and their Ottoman and Arabian influences.
• India - classical Indian raga. As with makam, the raga structure is of sets of pitches with deep significance in how they are used in relation to each other.
• The popular genres of Bhangra and Bollywood music including the influences of raga and the West.
• Africa The role of drumming and dance in Ghana, West Africa. How West African traditional drummers play complex interlocking rhythmic patterns and the development of Ghanaian highlife.
• The roots of South African jazz. South African Marabi is a genre from the townships, with a simple harmonic structure and complex melody, from which Kwela and then South African jazz emerged.
• South America –The Brazilian percussion tradition of Samba; Cuban salsa; Bossa Nova and the Cha Cha.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- feel more confident when talking about World Music and musical styles
- have an enhanced understanding of some key styles (or genres) that make up World Music
- feel confident to explore World Music in more detail in future.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No prior knowledge of the subject is required. You do not need to read music to take this course. You will be asked to do some listening and reading in class and between sessions. You will need to follow written and verbal information in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (google meets) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may wish to buy some of the recordings or books recommended in class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

To find out more about music history classes Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.


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A great course for understanding the complexities of music. Teaching was easy-to-follow.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/04/2020)
It was so interesting and exciting to discover many different types of music from all over the world. The tutor has amazingly wide range of knowledge and practical experience, resources are well chosen. It will stimulate you to explore further, to hear, play and sing some of the music.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/03/2020)
It's a real eye-opener. Not only about the music of indicidual places, but the history of how and why they began and how they changed and influenced each other. Also finding out about a range of new instruments. This was mesmerising from start to finish. Fabulous choice of musics and explanations. And amazing materials put on the website. I'll come back for more.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/03/2020)
Tutor Biographies
Sarha Moore

Sarha is an experienced teacher and gigging musician, performing on the saxophone, arranging and composing on the piano, in classical, jazz and world music genres. Her principal band, Bollywood Brass Band, is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, performing tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood films. Twice nominated for Songlines World Music Awards, the band has performed across the world in concerts, festivals, and Indian weddings in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and South Africa. Sarha played with Ghanaian Highlife band Orchestre Jazira, and socialist big band, The Happy End. She also plays in the Charlie Mingus jazz cover band Hog Callin’, The Great Yiddish Parade marching band and Freylekh klezmer band. Sarha’s specialist area is World Music, and she has a PhD on the study of the Flattened Supertonic across different cultures. At CityLit she teaches jazz and classical piano, saxophone, world music styles (practical and academic courses), musicianship and music theory.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: MD049

Tue, eve, 15 Sep - 24 Nov '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £209.00
Concession: £127.00

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