CCOG for MUS 236 Winter 2022
- Course Number:
- MUS 236
- Course Title:
- Introduction to the Music of Latin America
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Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Explain the richness and diversity of influences found in the music of Latin America.
- Interpret Latin American cultural perspectives and contributions based on an understanding of Latin American music.
- Identify common traits such as rhythmic devices, text, and harmonic patterns found in the different music of Latin America.
- Identify the influence of Latin American musical elements in the music of the United States.
Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.
General education philosophy statement
The study of music provides the opportunity to experience the art form both as listeners and as creators. It is an expression of culture developed from rich historical traditions, each with unique aesthetic and artistic values reflected through organized sound. Ethnographic research projects and/or case studies give students the opportunity to apply theoretical aspects of ethnomusicology to fieldwork and analysis. Students will better understand, think and communicate critically the aesthetic, historical, cultural, social and contemporary aspects of the music and the peoples they are studying.
Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to analyze and evaluate how cultural systems relate to broader social dynamics.
Course Activities and Design
Historical and regional survey of the music of Latin America covering the areas of Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean, the Andes and Peru, Colombia and Venezuela, Brazil, and the Southern Cone.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Qualitative/Quantitative examination including historical/cultural perspectives
Case study survey
Research papers and/or presentations
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Musical Instrument Classification (Sachs-Hornbostel etc.)
Pre-Contact Music Practices (e.g. Aztec and Inca)
Music of 16th century Spain and Portugal
Early Syncretic Practices (16th/17th century)
Musical Instruments of Each Region
Mexico: Musica Regional
Cuba and the Caribbean
Brazil and the Amazon
Peru and the Andes Region from the Inca to Chicha
Colombia and Venezuela
African Musical Heritage
Asian and Middle Eastern Influences
Argentina – Musica Folclorica and Tango
Chile – Nueva Cancion
Melodic, Rhythmic and Harmonic Characteristics of the Music of Each Region