College of Arts and Sciences


FALL 2012




DR. SUSAN C. BARFIELD                                   PHONE:  (406) 657-2316


OFFICE HOURS (COE 271):         Mondays 12:00-2:00 p.m.

                                                            Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30-8:15 a.m.

                                                            Wednesdays 8:00-10:00 a.m.: 

REQUIRED TEXT and MyMusicLab Access:  Nettl, B., Capwell, C., Wong, I., Turino, T., Bohlman, P., & Rommen, T. (2012, 6th ed.). Excursions in World Music. Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson.

Bound Book w/ MyMusicLab – ISBN: 9780205234714



COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Introduces students to the uses and functions of music in various cultures.  The style of music used and performance of music in selected cultures of Africa, Latin America (including jazz), North America (including Native American and Ethnic North America), Asia, and the Middle East as well as folk music of Europe will be explored.



1.      Attain higher levels of personal achievement in understanding music of the world

2.      Research, collect and organize information on a music culture

3.      Develop an understanding and appreciation for the importance of individualization in the development of the whole person.


Student Objectives

1.                  TSW understand the basic vocabulary and current critical issues of world music as evidenced by chapter exams, classroom presentation, or PowerPoint presentations.

2.                  TSW create a personal instrument as evidenced by a presentation of that instrument to the class.

3.                  TSW use computer technology (D2L, internet exploration and research, PowerPoint, and YouTube as evidenced by chapter exams and PowerPoint presentations).




Accommodations:  Please contact me to discuss any special needs and to agree upon necessary accommodations, including any cultural considerations


Students with disabilities, whether physical, learning, or psychological, who believe that they may need accommodations in this class, are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services (DSS) as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. Please meet with DSS staff to verify your eligibility for any classroom accommodations and for academic assistance related to your disability. Disability Support Services is located in the Academic Support Center. 

  • Main Campus, 657-2283 (voice/tty) and 657-2159 (voice/tty/video phone) 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Late assignments will have 5 points per week deducted from the total score received on that assignment.



1.        (100 pts.)   MyMusicLab Chapter Exams (10 highest scores)

2.       (100 pts.)   Attendance  Class attendance and participation in class discussions (4 pts. per day- pts. will be deducted for being tardy or leaving class early)

3.         (40 pts.)   World Music PowerPoint Presentation directions (D2L)  PP Presentation grading Sample PP Presentation

4.         (40 pts.)   World Music Chapter Presentation (in class)- Class Developed Evaluation CHAPTER ASSIGNMENTS

5.         (20 pts.)   Instrument Creation-due Final Day


GRADING                A         276-300 pts.

                                    B         252-275 pts.

                                    C         228-251 pts.

                                    D         204-227 pts.


Instructions to access MyMusicLab





Sept       5       Course and Text Introduction        


            10        Studying Musics of the World’s Cultures - Chap. 1

                        Chapter Presentation assigned


            12        Chapter 1 cont.

                        PowerPoint Presentations assigned


            14        Chapter 1 D2L Post-test                                                                  


            17        Work on PowerPoint Presentation and Chapter Presentation                 


19        The Music of India - Chap. 2


21        Chapter 2 Chapter Exam (D2L)                                        


24        Music of the Middle East – Chap. 3


            26        Music of the Middle EastChap. 3 cont.


            28        Chapter 3 Chapter Exam (D2L)                                                                            


Oct      1          The Music of China – Chap. 4


            3          The Music of China – Chap. 4 cont.


            5          Chapter 4 Chapter Exam (D2L)


            8          The Music of Japan – Chap. 5


            10        The Music of Japan – Chap. 5 cont.


            12        Chapter 5 Chapter Exam (D2L)    


15        The Music of Indonesia – Chap. 6


17        The Music of Indonesia – Chap. 6 cont.


19        Chapter 6 Chapter Exam (D2L)


            22        The Music of Sub-Saharan Africa – Chap. 7


            24        The Music of Sub-Saharan Africa – Chap. 7 cont.


            26        Chapter 7 Chapter Exam (D2L)


            29        The Musical Culture of Europe– Chap. 8


            31        The Musical Culture of EuropeChap. 8 cont.


Nov       2        Chapter 8 Chapter Exam (D2L)                


              5        Music in Latin America – Chap. 9


              7        Music in Latin America – Chap. 9 cont.


              9        Chapter 9 Chapter Exam (D2L)


            12        Veteran’s Day – No class


            14        Music in the Caribbean – Chap. 10


            19        Music in the Caribbean – Chap. 10 cont. (optional Chapter 10 Chapter Exam -BONUS)           


            21        Thanksgiving Break – no class


            26        Native American Music – Chap. 11


            28        Native American Music – Chap. 11 cont.


            30        Chapter 11 Chapter Exam (D2L)


Dec        3        Ethnic North America – Chap. 12


              5        Ethnic North America – Chap. 12


              7        Chapter 12 Chapter Exam (D2L)                                      


FINAL MONDAY, DEC. 10th (International Music Day)                        10:00 –11:50 a.m.                             




Subject to change:  Updated 12/10/12