Spring 2019 UH Mānoa course
MUS 478C, Musical Cultures: China
Tues and Thurs, 12:05 to 1:20 p.m.
MUS 478C Musical Cultures: China. Learn about Chinese Culture through its Music!
The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in Chinese music and culture. The objective of this course is to understand the nature of Chinese music by examining selected regional musical styles and genres, historical developments, and the scholarship in Chinese music. Using approaches in ethnomusicology, this course will emphasize the social, cultural, regional, and political contexts in which music exists. In particular, we will focus on the profound impact of Confucianism, Westernization, and Communist ideologies on music. While we will familiarize ourselves with the sounds of Chinese music, we will also examine topics such as individual creativity, musical innovation, change and continuity, political intervention, gender and popular culture in relation to Chinese music.