MUSI 252.352 2007 by keralaguest


									                                    UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY
                                         SCHOOL OF MUSIC

                       COURSE OUTLINE 2007 - MUSI 252 / 352 Himalayan Music
                                SEMESTER 2       22 / 28 CREDIT POINTS

   Note: This Outline is for information and is to be read alongside the Regulations and Prescriptions
   detailed in the University of Canterbury Calendar 2007. Any changes which may have to be made (for
   example, dates and deadlines) will be advised in class and by notices on the School of Music
   Every student should have a copy of the School of Music Handbook in which are contained details such
   as presentation of work, late submission of work, aegrotats, reconsiderations and appeals (p.34-5).

Course Coordinator       Elaine Dobson - Room 209, ph 364-2987 ext 7635
and Lecturer:            Email:
                         All enquiries and concerns about this course should be discussed with the course
                         co-ordinator in the first instance.

Course Aims
To develop an understanding of the traditional and changing face of music of Himalayan countries by
examining their historical, analytical and performance contexts.

Course Outline
The course focuses on music from the Himalayan regions - Tibet, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Kashmir and
Ladakh - by studying the formal and stylistic characteristics of the music and instruments and the
circumstances, environments and ideals that have shaped them. Reference to musical influences from
India and China will also be made

Contact Hours:    MUSI 252:     Monday 4-6 pm, Wednesday 4-5 pm (A7)
                  MUSI 352:     Monday and Wednesday 4-6 pm (A7)

Assessment:       Semester’s work - 100% There is no end of course examination.
   MUSI 252
   Organology presentation     Due Mon 20 August          30%
   Essay                       Due Fri 28 September       40%
   Listening Test              Mon 15 October             30%
   MUSI 352
   Organology presentation     Due Mon 20 August          30%
   Seminar presentation        to be arranged 40%
   Listening Test              Mon 15 October             30%

   ORGANOLOGY PRESENTATION [due Monday 20 August]
   Document, classify and explain the structure, dimensions, materials and performance practice of one of
   the Himalayan musical instruments available in the School of Music. Although some background
   reading about the type of instrument you have been allotted will be necessary, you must concentrate on
   the physical instrument allotted to you. This can be borrowed from the Music Reource Room but not
   taken away.

   ESSAY (min 2,000 - max 3,000 words) [due Friday 28 September]

Select one on-line article, from the internet, and two articles from books or journals in the library and give
a critical comparison of the three. The articles you select should be on the same topic or very close to it.
Your essay should contain a summary of the contents of each article, an assessment of the quality,
detail and accuracy of the information given and the literary style. You will need to refer to other sources
apart from the three selected.

The articles you choose must be in English. All source material must be documented and a full
bibliography given. Internet material must be correctly acknowledged and the date on which it was
downloaded given.
Topics:         1.   Modernisation of Tibetan music
                2.   Shaman music in the Himalayas
                3.   Sacred Dance in Bhutan
                4.   Nepalese drumming
                5.   Performing traditions of Jammu and Kashmir
                6.   Court music of Ladakh
                7.   A topic on Himalayan music approved by the lecturer

Essays should be typed, double spaced, on A4 size paper with a 3cm left-hand margin for comments.
They should be stapled on the top left-hand corner. Paper clips are not adequate as pages may
become separated or lost. A cover page containing student's name and number, course number and
title and lecturer's name is essential. Please do not put your assignment in a folder or binder as these
may become separated and not be returned.

Warning: Essays which show copying, paraphrasing and quotations, without due acknowledge-
ments in footnotes and bibliography, or other forms of plagiarism will automatically FAIL.

Choose one of the following topics of himalayan music and present a seminar of approximately 20
minutes duration and answer questions, from the lecturer and other members of the class, on your
chosen topic. These seminars will be presented during lecture time (dates to be arranged). The
seminar should focus on the music itself but audio-visual illustration (OHP, audio-cassettes, CDs, video
and Power-point) may be useful.

A formal paper (approx 2,000 words) of your seminar should be handed in at the conclusion of the
presentation. Students are encouraged to "speak to their paper" rather than just reading it. However,
the paper must be fully documented with all quotations, ideas and references noted.

Your seminar should focus on your transcription of at least one complete song or section from a longer
work, analysis of the work and the position/function of the music in its social context.

Cassettes and/or CDs with excerpts for transcription will be placed in the Resource Centre, School of

Topics:         1.   Traditional Bhutanese zheyelm
                2.   Bhutanese rigsar
                3.   The Music of the Tibetan Mahakala Offering
                4.   The Music of the Gai Jatra Festival of Nepal
                5.   Sikkimese tunbok (lute)
                6.   Archery and polo music in Ladakh

LISTENING TEST [15 October]*
This test will include works from the CDs set for the course as well as some excerpts not studied
previously. Students will be asked to identify works, instruments, forms and styles of music. There will
also be video excerpts shown as well as some material not heard or shown in class.

Assessment Information
The purpose of the essay is to judge the way in which you
     (i)   understand and think through the issues presented by an essay topic;

          (ii)    assemble and evaluate data relevant to the topic;
          (iii)   present a coherent and appropriately structured essay in support of your argument;
          (iv)    communicate through precise and clear English;
          (v)     format and present the essay with appropriate referencing of sources.

   The seminar is the presentation of a paper (fully written up and documented with bibliography) on an
   agreed topic. 20 minutes are allowed for the presentation, including audio and visual examples, and 10
   minutes for discussion. The seminar will be assessed on the clarity, logicality and effective
   communication of the presentation, use of resources and primary and secondary research material. The
   paper will be judged in the same way as the essay (above)

   The listening test is designed to judge the way in which you have understood the principles, concepts
   and content of the audio and video musical examples. It will include identification and classification of
   music heard throughout the year as well a some previously unseen/unheard items.

Two Course Readers (MUSI 252/352 Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim and MUSI 252/352 Nepal, Kashmir Ladakh)
containing reference material and essential reading, should be purchased from the Central Library.
Listening Material is provided on CDs in the School of Music Resource Centre and Central Library.


July 27                   Final date for enrolment in courses taught in the second semester
                          Final date for discontinuation with deletion of course from record and fees
                          refund for courses taught in the second semester.
September 28              Final date for discontinuation with deletion of course from record (no fees refund) of
                          full year courses and courses taught in the second semester.

                                 MUSI 252/352 COURSE OUTLINE
Week One
July 16        Introduction : diversity of geographical, historical and religious influences on the music of
               the Himalayan region
July 18        Instrument classification and organology

                                   TIBET, BHUTAN and SIKKIM
Week Two
July 23        Music in its social context - The Monastic orchestra - instruments, scales and tuning
July 25        Buddhist chant - vocal techniques and notation

Week Three
July 30        Court ensemble music - Nangma and Toshay
August 1       The Himalayan lute - dranyen

Week Four
August 6       Sacred dance - Cham and festivals - Tsechu (Bhutan)
August 8       Opera - Ache Lhamo

Week Five
August 13      Occupational Songs
August 15      Nomadic and epic songs

               ORGANOLOGY PRESENTATION due IN CLASS 20 August 30% of final mark
Week Six
August 20      Organology presentation
August 22      The Lepchas of Sikkim

Week Seven
September 10   Hindu influences, Nepalese and North Indian musical instruments
September 12   Nepalese festival music

Week Eight
September 17   Musician castes of the Damai and Gaine
September 19   Music of the Sherpas
Week Nine
September 24   Islamic and Hindu influences in Sufayana (classical music)
September 26   Theoretical system and maqam

               ESSAY DUE 28 SEPTEMBER 40% of final mark

Week Ten
October 1      Islamic and Tibetan influences
October 3      Listening test preparation

Week Eleven
October 8      Field recordings from East Ladakh
October 10     Himalayan music and contemporary society, Listening test preparation

Week Twelve
October 15     LISTENING TEST 30% of final mark
October 17     Review

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