About This Chapter
Who's it for?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Music 101 material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn introductory music. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding world music instruments and themes
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning music (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about world music
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra music learning resources
How it works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the World Music chapter exam.
Why it works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the World Music chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about world music. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a world music unit of a standard introductory music course. Topics covered include:
- Themes and instruments of East Asian music
- Tones and drones of West Asian music
- West African rhythms and dance
- Eastern Europe mixed meter and modes
- Latin music characteristics
- Polynesian voice and Australian aboriginal music
1. Music of East Asia: Scales, Themes, Instruments & Characteristics
In this lesson, you will explore the musical traditions of East Asia and discover the musical scales, characteristics, and instruments of this regions. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. Music of West Asia: Tones, Drones, Instruments & Characteristics
West Asia is one of the oldest continually inhabited regions in the world, and it has rich musical traditions. Explore the defining characteristics of West Asian music in this lesson, and then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
3. Music of West Africa: Rhythms, Dance, Instruments & Characteristics
In this lesson, explore the musical traditions of West Africa and discover how rhythms and melodies interact to create a complex song structure. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Music of Eastern Europe: Mixed Meter, Modes, Instruments & Characteristics
In this lesson, you will explore the musical traditions of Eastern Europe, and discover common traits in the meters, modes, instruments and other characteristics. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
5. Latin Music: Rhythm, Dance, Instruments & Characteristics
Latin music is becoming more and more popular in the United States and it's really not hard to see or hear why. Explore the basic traits of Latin music and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
6. Music of Oceania: Characteristics and Instruments of Polynesian Voice & Australian Aboriginal Music
Oceania is full of various musical traditions. In this lesson, explore the distinct musical styles of Polynesia and Australia, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
7. Erhu: Music & History
The Erhu is the instrument responsible for much of the characteristic sound of Chinese music. However, the erhu itself was introduced by foreigners. Despite that, it has remained popular in China for over 1,000 years.
8. Gagaku: Music & Instruments
Gagaku, Japanese court music, has existed for centuries. We will learn about the traditions and instruments that constitute this colorful, evocative art form.
9. Gamelan: Definition, Instruments & Music
This lesson will introduce you to gamelan, the Indonesian mallet orchestras of Bali and Java. You'll learn about the different gamelan traditions, the instruments of gamelan, and the basics of its structure and music.
10. Goldberg Variations: Composer & Analysis
Discover the real story behind the so-called ''Goldberg Variations'' and learn how this famous music was written. Also, become acquainted with composer Johann Sebastian Bach and 18th-century diplomat Count von Keyserlingk.
11. Hindustani: Music History, Theory & Singers
Reaching back thousands of years and invoking two completely different religious traditions, Hindustani music has gone from being a classical art to having very real influence on South Asian music. Learn about its history and key characteristics.
12. Klezmer: Definition, Music & Instruments
Most people have a fairly limited knowledge of klezmer music, if they know of it at all. Read on to get an understanding of the roots, evolution, instruments and important nuances of klezmer music for a better understanding of this unique style.
13. Polonaise: Definition & Music
Originating in Poland, the popularity of a traditional dance called polonaise quickly spread throughout 17th century Europe. This lesson will discuss the characteristics of the polonaise and the composers who carried on the tradition in their music.
14. Powwow Music: Definition, Songs & History
If you go to a Native American powwow, what kind of music can you expect to hear? This lesson walks you through the history and characteristics of powwow music.
15. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Biography, Music & Death
Pyotr Tchaikovsky was a popular Russian composer whose life was tormented with personal issues, but he lived at a time when he could express those doubts and anxieties through his music. This lesson will refer to some of those and other musical examples, and also examine his controversial death.
16. Raga in Music: Definition, Instruments & Songs
You probably have some idea of what 'classical music' sounds like, and chances are you don't typically think of a sitar and tabla playing an improvised raga. In this lesson, you'll learn about classical music, Indian style!
17. Requiem: Definition & Composers
The Requiem is a Mass performed in honor of the dead. In this lesson we will explore the sections of the Mass, how it has changed through history, and its important settings.
18. Sacred Music: Definition, History & Composers
Without sacred music, there would be no European classical music. This lesson will explore the development of sacred music, how it influenced the development of secular music, and some important composers.
19. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Biography, Music & Songs
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was a Russian pianist, conductor, and composer whose music was rediscovered in 1973--the 100th anniversary of his birth. Learn about his unusual career and become familiar with some of his important works.
20. Spirituals: Definition, History & Artists
This lesson will explore the history and significance of spirituals. The development and basic features of this genre of folk music will be detailed and its influence on other genres will be considered.
21. What Is Ethnomusicology? - Definition & History
Ethnomusicology? What in the world does that mean? Learn how the study of world music changed and developed over time and what an ethnomusicologist does. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.
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