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Title: How Musical Is Man?
Course Section Number: FRT-101-14
Department: Freshman Tutorial
Description: James Makubuya, Associate Professor of Music, is by profession both a teacher and performing musician. He has been in the Music Dept. at Wabash College since 2000. With a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, he focuses on the research, performances and exploration of diverse global world music cultures and ethnic groups from all Continents. Regardless of what continent, country, county, city, town or village people may be in, chances are that 95% of the time they are there, they are more likely than not to hear two different types of sounds. Some of those sounds could be described either as noise or as music. In this tutorial, one of the first questions to be discussed is the difference between the two. Furthermore, in scholarly terms, music has been referred to as a universal phenomenon. But although it is universal, its meaning is not. So, among the many additional questions we shall address in this tutorial is how and why different cultures interpret and perform music differently. The tutorial will then move on to address and examine some of the many questions either directly or indirectly answered in John Blacking's book. Among those questions are: What is music? What are the different genres, types, and styles of music? What are the different ways of generating musical sounds? What makes humans musical? Why do people or humans make music? What is the role and power of music in the lives and/or cultures of people? "How" and "by whom" the musical sounds are globally produced. A combination of using the readings, listening to audio tracks, and watching video clips will collectively help the students to develop the analytical and discussion skills that will help them to address the theme "How Musical Is Man". For this tutorial, the ability to read music is not a requirement. The only two requirements for this class are: (i) a curious ear, and (ii) a curious mind.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: August 24, 2022
End Date: December 17, 2022
Meeting Information: 08/25/2022-12/15/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 09:45AM - 11:00AM, Fine Arts Center, Room M120
Faculty: Makubuya, James

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Section Name/Title Status Dept. Capacity Enrolled/
How Musical Is Man?
OPEN Freshman Tutorial 16 15 / 1 / 0