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World Music Overview - Chapter Summary
Human beings are universally drawn to music as a form of self-expression, yet individuals are stirred by different styles, instruments, rhythms and themes. Likewise, all over the world, one can discover diverse meanings, methods and modes of music. In this chapter, you'll receive an introduction to world music as you explore the characteristics of the art form in Eastern and Western Asia, Eastern Europe, Western Africa, Latin America and Oceania. Our lessons engage the senses while reinforcing important musical terms and concepts. It's quick, fun and always accessible from any computer or mobile device. Additional lesson quizzes also allow you to review chapter material and build confidence as you learn how to:
- Recognize and describe the characteristics that can distinguish the music of a culture or geographic area
- Understand the development and significance of traditional music from culture to culture
- Explain the varying structural aspects of world music, such as scales, tones, meters and rhythms
- Identify different musical instruments and their places or cultures of origin
- Elaborate on the social, artistic and religious functions of traditional world music forms
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.
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