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Postgraduate Course: MMus ~Music in the Community B Reflective (MUSI11041)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course offers an intercultural approach to both practical and theoretical aspects of community music and creative arts.

Students who choose this reflective pathway engage with skills, methodologies and intercultural theory in the first part of the course, then progress to preparation of a research paper. The objective here is to encourage well-informed and useful reflective work on music, interculture and community.
Course description In weeks 1-7 students are taught in joint classes (3 hours per week) to include practical community music skills related to a number of traditions (e.g. China, India, Middle East etc.) and reflective work on the musical theory and aesthetics of these traditions and on general issues of interculturality.

Students attend additional lectures in weeks 8-10 (1.5 hours per week), complete a preparatory research study, then progress to a supervised research paper.

Week 1
Discussion: cross-cultural transfer and adaptation, hybridity, subcultures, interdisciplinarity, globalisation
Workshop: Chinese songs and games, pentatonic scale; similar songs from Scotland; Chinese heterophony, interdisciplinary work; related community music methodologies

Week 2
Discussion and demonstration: Classical Chinese music, instruments, Cantonese opera
Workshop: Opera drums and gongs; rhythm and gesture; related community music methodologies

Week 3
China Now
Discussion and analysis: tradition and adaptation; examples of Chinese modernism, popular music and jazz
Workshop: sonority, texture and gesture; related community music methodologies

Week 4
The Silk Road: China and South East Asia
Discussion: cultural transmission, displacement , diffusion, synchronicity, interdisciplinarity
Workshop: Thai/Indonesian Angkalung; Javanese gamelan; models for community and educational work

Week 5
The Silk Road: India
Discussion and analysis: Indian classical and contemporary music; examples of Indian popular music
Workshop: a simple introduction to raag and tal; comparable scale structures in Scottish music; models for creative, community and educational work; a repertoire of Indian songs

Week 6
The Silk Road: The Middle East
Discussion: interculture, creativity and community; the Middle East, interweaving and confluence
Workshop: a simple introduction to maqam and rhythmic modes; comparable structures in Scottish music; models for creative, community and educational work; a repertoire of Middle Eastern songs

Week 7
The Silk Road: Southern and Eastern Europe to Scotland
Discussion: incoming populations, ¿new Scots¿, integration, inclusion, the Scottish experience
Workshop: examples of songs from Southern and Eastern Europe; Balkan rhythms; the Turkish influence; an example of an intercultural genre ¿ ¿Sevdah¿; influences on contemporary Scottish music; models for creative, community and educational work

Week 8
Seminar: student presentation of preparatory studies for research papers

Week 9
The Humanities and Interculture
Discussion: a case study from Thailand; the humanities, fine arts, artisanship; review of progress on research papers

Week 10
Interculture and Cultural Studies
Discussion: examples from the European experience; review of progress on research papers

Week 11
The Silk Road: Travellers
Discussion: a comparative study of approaches to and theories of cultural transmission and change; review of progress on research papers

Week 12
Supervision of research papers

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
The objective is to train reflective animateurs able to contribute skillfully and creatively to intercultural community music work.

The course is intended to relate closely to developments in intercultural education in Scottish local authorities, and to the cultural inclusion of new incoming populations in Scotland
Reading List
Blum, Stephen ¿Representations of Music Making¿ Musical Improvisation, Art, Education and Society, ed. by Gabriel Solis and Bruno Nettl. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009. pp. 240-262

Bor, Joep The Raga Guide Nimbus Records, 2000

Chang, Peter M. Chou Wen-Chung: the life and work of a contemporary Chinese-born American composer. Oxford: Scarecrow Press, 2006

Module X: Experimentalism and Avant-Garde. Hong Kong: Education and Manpower Bureau. 2006

Nagavajara, Chetana ¿The Inseparable Bond between Fine Arts and Humanities: A Thai Case Study¿ Fervently Mediating. Criticism from a Thai Perspective. Bangkok: Chomanad Press, 2004. pp.106-121

Nagavajara, Chetana. ¿East West Connection¿ Fervently Mediating. Criticism from a Thai Perspective. Bangkok: Chomanad Press, 2004. pp.223-270.

Neuliep, James. Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach. London: Sage Publications, 2006.

Racy, Ali Jihad Making Music in the Arab World Cambridge University Press, 2003

Serres, Michel. The Five Senses (translated into to English by Margaret Sankey and Peter Cowley). London; New York: Continuum, 2009.

Tong Gong Tee, ¿Grace Liu and Cantonese Opera in England. Becoming Chinese Overseas¿ Lives in Chinese Music, ed. By Helen Rees. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009. pp. 119-144

Um, Hae-kyung. Diasporas and Interculturalism in Asian Perfoming Arts: ranslating traditions. New York: Routledge Curzon, 2004.

Wade, Bonnie C. Thinking Musically. 2nd edition. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009

Additional Information
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Course organiserProf Nigel Osborne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2424
Course secretaryMiss Lyndsay Hopes
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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