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Music of the World - Chapter Summary
This chapter describes the musical styles of various cultures and regions around the world. Our expert music instructors help you assess the similarities and differences between East Asian, West Asian, West African, Latin, Eastern European and Polynesian music styles. You'll also examine the characteristics that make each of these musical styles unique, as well as the instruments and themes that are commonly used.
After completing this comprehensive chapter, you should be able to:
- Recognize East Asian musical themes and characteristics
- Describe the music of West Asia in terms of tonality, instruments and musical characteristics
- Understand how dance is incorporated in West African and Latin music
- Identify the modes and instruments that are used in Eastern European music
- Assess the musical characteristics of Polynesian and Australian Aboriginal music
The lessons in this chapter are designed to help you quickly retain the most important definitions and concepts related to these music topics. Included with each lesson is a short practice quiz to help you solidify your understanding of these musical characteristics and instruments. The chapter can be completed at your own pace, and you can either work through it in sequence or jump to specific topics you want to study. Finally, we've made these resources available 24/7 and accessible on any Internet-connected device, so you can study wherever and whenever it's convenient.
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. 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!
8. 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.
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