Musics of the World in Everyday Life


In this course we study the ways that people and cultures construct meaning for musics, and the ways they understand and transform those meanings. We look at decisions about music and its production and the kinds of values that we all attach to different kinds of music. We look at the personal, communal, religious, patriotic, emotional and economic roles that music may play in the lives of musicians, composers and listeners. We consider examples and case studies drawn from around the globe, encompassing contemporary urban and remote village settings.

We look at/listen to music from around the world and our region both in our contemporary urban and historically/geographically remote settings. We encourage students to think and act positively and critically about their own musical worlds.

We will focus on five themes—Music and Identity; Music, Performances, Performing and Musicianship; Music and Emotion; Music, Technology and Commerce; and the Material Culture of Music—in the study of music in the everyday lives of people and cultures around the world.

To pass this course you will improve your ability to work in a group, ability to observe specific cultural phenomena accurately, ability to analyse observations, ability to write reports and ability to interpret a range of cultural phenomena and practices.

Course outcomes

A student who successfully completes this course will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire an understanding of how music exists in a range of cultural contexts
  • Acquire an understanding of the complexities of cultural and economic decisions about music making
  • Develop skills in observing and reporting on live and mediated music performance situations, requiring skills in critical thinking, cultural awareness, academic literacy and oral presentation

Availability 2022




Coursework + exam


ANTHRO 103: 15 points