Aug 13, 2020  
2018-2019 University Catalogue 
2018-2019 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

PMED 582 Arab Music Ensemble Course

College of Critical & Professional Studies

3 credits 42.0 hours
500 level graduate course

The course explores a number of Arabic songs, each symbolically connected to a different region or particular country with a focus on the areas of Arabic Choir, Arab Instrumental Ensemble and Arab Percussion. With the songs rooted in different regions, students will be exposed to and become attuned to various Arabic dialects. Despite differences in origins and dialects, the abundance of shared musical aesthetics that contribute to the trans-national mobility and reception of these songs within the broader Pan-Arab context. This course will trace and examine concepts such as quarter-tones and classical Arab rhythms. Upon learning these songs, this course includes practical application through performing to public audiences. Educators in choir and instrumentals portions of the ensemble learn Arab music theory (maqamat), heterophony, classical Arab instrumentation, types of ensembles, genres, modal systems, rhythmic patterns, and traditional Arab composition. Educators in beginner percussion will learn the fundamental sounds of Arab percussion, classic Arab rhythms, instrument names, and percussion notation. Educators in advanced percussion will build on those fundamentals by learning more complex and technically difficult aspects of Arab percussion.

Open to graduate students from the Division of Continuing Studies.
This course may not be audited.