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Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective

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Music is created to be performed, in most cases for an audience, whether in a concert hall, at a street fair or through a radio. But how those listeners receive a piece or style of music influences future music production. This free course, Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective, explores how audience reception, changing social situations and technology impact musical performance.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand how to study music reception
  • demonstrate an awareness of how changing social situations and the availability of new technology impact on musical performance.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 15 hours
  • Updated Wednesday 27th January 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Music
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Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective


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This course will deal with reception of music from a number of different perspectives, all of which involve consideration of cultural contexts outside Europe. We will consider reception both in general, cross-cultural perspective and in the specific case of Sundanese wayang gol├ęk (rod-puppet theatre), and we will consider the influence of both social and technological change on music and the way it is received.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 3 study in Arts and Humanities [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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