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Introduction to South Indian Music
MUSC 110 FA

Clusters:
Southern Asia and Indian Ocean

This course will introduce students to the cornerstones of South Indian Music, melody (raga) and rhythm (tala). Along with lectures and readings in the history and theory of Karnatak music, students will also learn rudimentary exercises in singing and spoken rhythms. Students will regularly perform these exercises during class. Through a listening component, students will also learn to identify important ragas (melodic modes).

MAJOR READINGS

Viswanathan and Allen, MUSIC IN SOUTH INDIA
Additional material provided by staff

EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS

There will be periodic quizzes on the lecture material, readings, and listening examples. Students will also be given exercises in singing and spoken rhythms, which they will be expected to practice daily. They will perform these assignments in every class. The final will consist of a written portion, based on the lectures and readings, a listening section, and a performed portion, drawn from the daily exercises.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS

This course is intended as a gateway to the other courses in South Indian music. As such, there is no specific prerequisite. However, prospective students will be expected to exhibit an appropriate level of musical aptitude. The ability to carry a tune and keep steady rhythm is necessary. Preference will be given to students who wish to pursue further study of South Indian vocal, instrumental or drumming courses.

COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Performance

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Level: UGRD    Credit: 1    Gen Ed Area Dept: NONE    Grading Mode: Graded   

Prerequisites: NONE

SECTION 01
Instructor(s): Nelson, David Paul   Balasubrahmaniyan, B.    
Times: M.W... 11:00AM-12:20PM;     Location: MST301;
Reserved Seats:    (Total Limit: 15)

Special Attributes:
Curricular Renewal:    Reading Non-Verbal Texts
Permission:    Permission of Instructor Required
POI forms will be distributed by the instructor during the browsing period of pre-registration and must be submitted to the Registrar's office prior to the on-line registration appointment

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South Indian Music--Solkattu
MUSC 212 SP

Clusters:
Southern Asia and Indian Ocean

A course in the rhythmic repertoire of South India's Karnatak music tradition using the indigenous system of spoken syllables and hand gestures called solkattu. Building on the fundamental skills acquired in Music 110, students will learn increasingly advanced and challenging material. An extended rhythmic composition, developed for the group, will be performed in an end-of-semester recital.

EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS

End-of semester performance will constitute the final.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS

Strictly punctual attendance is compulsory.

COURSE FORMAT: Performance

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Level: UGRD    Credit: 1    Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MUSC    Grading Mode: Graded   

Prerequisites: MUSC110

SECTION 01
Instructor(s): Nelson, David Paul  
Times: TBA;     Location: MST202;
Reserved Seats:    (Total Limit: 8)

Special Attributes:
Curricular Renewal:    Reading Non-Verbal Texts
Permission:    Permission of Instructor Required
POI forms will be distributed by the instructor during the browsing period of pre-registration and must be submitted to the Registrar's office prior to the on-line registration appointment

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South Indian Music--Percussion
MUSC 433 FA

Clusters:
Southern Asia and Indian Ocean
Service-Learning

This course may be repeated for credit.

Students may learn mridangam, the barrel-shaped drum, kanjira, the frame drum, or konakkol, spoken rhythm. All are used in the performance of classical South Indian music and dance. Beginning students will learn the fundamentals of technique and will study the formation of phrases with stroke combinations. Advanced classes will be a continuation of lessons in a variety of talas. Individual classes supplemented by a weekly group section. Advanced students may participate in a Service Learning component involving area schools.

MAJOR READINGS

Compositions and/or exercises are presented orally or in notation. Through practice, students master the assignments from one lesson to the next.

EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS

Daily practice of lessons, memorization of technical exercises and rhythmic compositions. Students will perform individually and as a group at an end-of-semester recital.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS

Strict attendance is compulsory. Admission by interview.
Preference will be given to continuing students, then to music department graduate students and music majors who have completed the prerequisites.

COURSE FORMAT: Performance

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Level: UGRD    Credit: 1    Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MUSC    Grading Mode: Graded   

Prerequisites: MUSC212 AND MUSC110

SECTION 01
Instructor(s): Nelson,David Paul   
Times: TBA;     Location: MST202;
Reserved Seats:    (Total Limit: 8)

Special Attributes:
Permission:    Permission of Instructor Required
POI forms will be distributed by the instructor during the browsing period of pre-registration and must be submitted to the Registrar's office prior to the on-line registration appointment

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