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Exploring the World of Music

Exploring the World of Music

Exploring the World of Music takes students on a world tour through both sight and sound and promotes understanding of musical concepts through demonstrations and discussions with instrumentalists, vocalists, improvisers and composers from many diverse cultures.

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  • Sound, Music and the Environment (#101)

    This program explores the definition of music and the impact of cultural environments on music. [26 minutes]

  • The Transformative Power of Music (#102)

    The musical healing ceremonies of the Kung people in Namibia and Botswana, Epirote music in traditional Greek weddings, and modern rock, gospel and folk music all reveal music's power to transform lives. [26 minutes]

  • Music and Memory (#103)

    West African griots, the Walbiri people of Australia, folksingers of Ireland and Appalachia and modern practitioners of early music show us how our musical pasts live again today. [26 minutes]

  • Transmission: Learning Music (#104)

    This program demonstrates how we learn musical traditions and how we maintain, modify, notate, teach and perform them for a new, younger audience. [26 minutes]

  • Rhythm (#105)

    The American marching band, North Indian tala, the Japanese shakuhachi tradition, West African drumming and Afro-Cuban dance music all demonstrate how rhythm structures music. [26 minutes]

  • Melody (#106)

    Melody is examined from a strict sequence of pitches to a group of notes "in love with each other." We see and hear melodies shaped, elaborated and developed. [26 minutes]

  • Timbre: The Color of Music (#107)

    This program examines the creation and effects of timbre in jazz, Indian, West African, Irish, Bosnian, Indonesian gamelan and Japanese music. [26 minutes]

  • Texture (#108)

    This program examines texture in Japanese shakuhachi, Trinidadian steel band, Bosnian ganga, West African percussion and Australian choral music. [26 minutes]

  • Harmony (#109)

    Harmony is analyzed in jazz, chamber music, Bosnian ganga singing, early music plainchants and barbershop quartets. [26 minutes]

  • Form: The Shape of Music (#110)

    The Western sonata, the blueprints behind jazz, traditional Japanese music, call-and-response forms in West African music, American gospel and Irish fiddle tunes exemplify worldwide variations in musical form. [26 minutes]

  • Composers and Improvisers (#111)

    The marriage between fixed elements and new variation is examined in American rock, Indian raga, classical and contemporary Western music, jazz and Arabic classical music. [26 minutes]

  • Music and Technology (#112)

    Technology's affect on music is examined in a case study of the flute and in the development of recording and composing technologies. [26 minutes]

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