Survey of Mediterranean Musical Styles

PFSS-P301
Credits: 
2
Course chair: 
Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: 
Fall, Spring
Required of: 
None
Electable by: 
All
Prerequisites: 
None
Department: 
PERF
Location: 
Boston Campus
Valencia (Spain) Campus

This course will examine the various tonalities, meters and compositional structures that characterize the various music styles from the Mediterranean region. This is a survey course focused on the folk music from the Mediterranean with a spotlight on how melody is the defining and dominant feature of the music. Students will explore modal systems with limited harmonic progression and tonalities not always consistent with western tonal systems and metric forms. The influence of religious music, the differing ethnic traditions, and the sociocultural differences of the principal music sources will be reviewed and studied. Listening, performing, songwriting, and sight singing are the main activities of this course.