This course will apply basic structural analysis of music and the art of listening as

avenues to a better understanding of cultural traditions in multiple cultures and

communities. A sociological approach to music, the student will have a better

understanding of how cultural trends, political views, ethnic identity, rites of passage and

religious rituals resonate with specific musical ideas and how the seemingly "abstract"

language of music can provide us with clues to understand how people of various cultures

conceive the world.