OnMusic of the World Third Edition takes students on an exciting journey, discovering musical cultures of the world. The text contains music from Africa, the Caribbean, North America, Latin America, South Asia, Korea, Central Asia, Indonesia, Japan, and China. This course includes engaging material with highly interactive maps, 10 listening guides, 45 music examples, 22 original performance videos, and links to YouTube videos.

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Getting Started

Introduction to OnMusic of the World

Class 1: Music of Central Asia and the Caucasus

Class 2: Music of the Caucasus: Case Studies from Armenia and Georgia

Class 3: Music of South Asia: Indian Classical Music

  Class 4: Indian Classical Music: Social Factors

Class 5: Exploring the Landscape of African Music

Class 6: African Instruments

Class 7: African Drum Language

Class 8: Modern Popular Music in Africa

Class 9: The Music of the Caribbean Counterpoint

 Class 10: The Continental Counterpoint

Class 11: Rara in Haiti, Gaga in the Dominican Republic

Class 12: Music in China: History, Ideology, and Society

Class 13: Regional, National, and Ethnic Traditions Today

Class 14: Chinese Musical Instruments and Ensembles

Class 15: Religious Music Traditions and Popular Music

Class 16: Music of Korea, Dance of Spirits

Class 17: Spirituality and Class Distinctions

Class 18: Genre, Context, and Style

Class 19: Music of Japan

Class 20: Japanese Instruments

Class 21: Japanese Theatre Genres & Ensemble Music

Class 22: Japanese Folk and Pop Music

Class 23: The Many Voices of Latin American Music

Class 24: Music of Colombia

Class 25: In the Concert Hall

Class 26: Music in Native North America: Traditional and Intertribal Styles

Class 27: Musical Instruments of Native North America

Class 28: Pow-wows: Southern and Northern

Class 29: Jazz in America: The Sounds of Freedom

Class 30: Hipsters and Lindy-hoppers

Class 31: Fusion – Where Rock and Jazz Shake Hands

Class 32: Country Music Traditions in America

Class 33: Western Music

Class 34: Country Counterculture