Musical Culture of Japan

MUS 231:  The Musical Culture of Japan– Professor Stockton

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[Spring 2019: Tuesday/Thursday — 11:00 – 12:15]

In this course we will explore the important cultural and musical traditions of Japan, starting from early prototypes and ending with an overview of contemporary practices, including jazz and J-Pop.  Although music is the primary focal point, it will be examined and experienced within the greater context of society.  Through guided listening and performing exercises, we will explore Buddhist and Shinto rituals, important theater traditions (Kabuki, Noh, Bunraku), classical instrumental forms (koto, shamisen, shakuhachi), various folk and popular genres, and modern Japanese music influenced by the world community.  Prerequisites:  Music 103 or permission of instructor. [H, GM2]