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Ch 12: World Music

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Watch these online video lessons to learn about the different aspects of world music. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of music from Europe, Asia, Latin America and Oceania.

World Music - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

World music encompasses music that is highly steeped in traditional form and characteristics based upon the geographical region it comes from. In this chapter, you'll study various types of world music from areas like Asia, Africa and Europe. Our instructor will lead you through lessons that cover instruments, themes and characteristics of different types of world music. These lessons will introduce you to specific types of world music, such as Latin and Polynesian. In addition, you'll learn about:

  • The importance of notes in East Asian music
  • Melismatic singing
  • West African music's connection to life events
  • Mixed meters in Eastern European music
  • Latin music's influence on dance
  • Australian aboriginal music styles

Video Objective
Music of East Asia: Scales, Themes, Instruments & Characteristics See how the music of East Asia relies on nature and emphasizes melody.
Music of West Asia: Tones, Drones, Instruments & Characteristics Discover the improvisation, instruments and semitones found in West Asian music.
Music of West Africa: Rhythms, Dance, Instruments & Characteristics Examine the rhythmic complexity of West African music.
Music of Eastern Europe: Mixed Meter, Modes, Instruments & Characteristics Look at the mixed meter, modal and instruments used in this style of music.
Latin Music: Rhythm, Dance, Instruments & Characteristics Explore Latin music, including the dance and instruments associated with it.
Music of Oceania: Characteristics and Instruments of Polynesian Voice & Australian Aboriginal Music Analyze this style of music and all its variations.

6 Lessons in Chapter 12: World Music
Music of East Asia: Scales, Themes, Instruments & Characteristics

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.

Music of West Asia: Tones, Drones, Instruments & Characteristics

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.

Music of West Africa: Rhythms, Dance, Instruments & Characteristics

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.

Music of Eastern Europe: Mixed Meter, Modes, Instruments & Characteristics

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.

Latin Music: Rhythm, Dance, Instruments & Characteristics

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.

Music of Oceania: Characteristics and Instruments of Polynesian Voice & Australian Aboriginal Music

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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