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Culture isn’t just a list of artifacts and materials used by people. It is a dynamic process – learned, shared, changing. It consists of what is meaningful in people’s lives.
How has our culture (or others) changed through the years?
The content of this course is intended to be a stimulus for fostering critical thinking regarding your own interactions with and perceptions of the arts in your world.
Despite it being present in every human society, music is probably the most mysterious of all the arts.
From 10,000 year old cave drawings we can speculate that the art of painting evolved from the desire to represent nature.
Dance can be thought of as a refinement and stylization of everyday movements and activities.
But music does not seem to be closely related to anything in life. Is it necessary?
Without an understanding of the specific “musical language”, one cannot understand a musician’s intent.
Without knowledge of what to listen for in the music of another culture, one might apply one’s own cultural standards and norms. This is not appropriate or even helpful.
Knowledge = meaning in music, dance, and all arts.
Jazz Rhythm & Blues
A society can relate to traditional music & dance without formal education about them.
It is a part of life and can reveal details about a culture’s history, religious beliefs, and even politics.