University of Pittsburgh

Global & Popular Music Track

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Global & Popular Music Track    42 credits    Music BA Curriculum

The Global and Popular Music track offers theoretical and methodological training in the study of global and popular music and engages students with cutting-edge ethnographic research. Analyzing global and popular musics within a broader context of postcolonial, technological, and transnational development, the track engages the ever-changing balance between traditional and modern ideas of music in systems of learning, performance techniques, and ways of writing and recording much. Download the Course Requirement Completion Checklist.

PREREQUISITE COURSE (must be completed prior to declaring the Music Major):

MUSIC 0100 – Fundamentals of Western Music – 3 credits

  • Students must earn a letter grade of B- or better in this course in order to declare a Music Major or Minor
  • Students may elect to take the Music Theory placement exam in lieu of enrolling in MUSIC 0100. A passing grade of 80% is required in order for the placement exam to meet this requirement.

CORE COURSES [21 credits]

   credits    course number & name

3        MUSIC 0224:           Music History 2 (NB: this differs from other tracks)

3        MUSIC 0411:           Theory 1

1        MUSIC 0412:           Musicianship 1

1        MUSIC 0416:           Musicianship 2

3        MUSIC 1310:           Introduction to Global & Popular Music

3        MUSIC 0711:           History of Jazz    -OR-

          MUSIC 1326:           Afro-American Music in the US

1        MUSIC ____:           Performance course (1 per semester)

1        MUSIC ____:           Performance course (1 per semester)

1        MUSIC ____:           Performance course (1 per semester)

NB: Performance courses are either private lessons or ensembles.

Must include at least one world music ensemble, to be selected from the following:

MUSIC 0615: Carpathian / MUSIC 0660: African Drumming / MUSIC 0690 Gamelan

3        MUSIC 1904:           Senior Seminar

NB: All Core and Required Courses must be completed prior to registering for

MUSIC 1904: Senior Seminar. MUSIC 1903: Senior Project may be taken concurrently.

1        MUSIC 1903:           Senior Project

NB: See separate document detailing Senior Project parameters

REQUIRED COURSES [21 credits]

   credits    course number & name

3        MUSIC 0415:           Theory 2

3        ANTH 0780:             Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3        MUSIC ____:           Upper-level popular music course

3        MUSIC ____:           Upper-level ethnomusicology course

3        MUSIC ____:           Upper-level ethnomusicology course

3        MUSIC ____:           Upper-level ethnomusicology course

3        MUSIC ____:           Elective: Course at 1200- to 1400-level


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