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Washington State University School of Music Native Music of North America CES 271 / MUS 265 MWF 2:10 – 3 p.m., 3 credit hours, UCORE: Humanities Instructor: Melissa Parkhurst Office Hours: M TH, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Kimbrough 260 [email protected] ; 509-335-6481 TA: Elaine Martir, [email protected] Course Prerequisites : None. Course Description : Music and ceremonialism as a reflection of realities in North American Native cultures, past and present. UCORE Learning Goals : Among the UCORE Learning Goals, this course emphasizes: Critical and Creative Thinking Information Literacy Communication Native Music of North America Learning Goals : Understand Native American peoples and the broad range of diversity found among Native American cultures throughout North America. Understand the languages of Native American music, including terminology associated with Native American cultures and spirituality. Understand Native American peoples as a continuous and contemporary presence in American society, despite messages to the contrary found in textbooks and the media.
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Interpret and evaluate information from a variety of sources pertaining to Native American cultures, demonstrating the essential skill of critical thinking through writing, development of group presentations, and discussion. Required texts : Native American Music . Electronic textbook. By Melissa D. Parkhurst (Great River Learning, 2017). Can be purchased at the bookstore or www.grtep.com To Win the Indian Heart: Music at Chemawa Indian School . By Melissa D. Parkhurst (Oregon State University Press, 2014). Can be purchased at the bookstore or through online booksellers. Other readings will be available on Leganto Course Reserves (via link in Blackboard). Assessment and Grading : Assessment will be guided by the extent to which you have internalized the material through experiential participation and personal reflection in class and in research outside of class. Your effort to understand and embrace musical, cultural, and spiritual concepts beyond those you may have been familiar with prior to beginning the course will determine your learning outcome, and to a large extent, your overall success in the course. Late work will not be accepted without prior consent. If late work is accepted, assignments will lose 5% for every class period after the due date, up to a maximum of 5 days. The point system is as follows: Quizzes on reading (15 quizzes x 8 pts each) 120 points
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Listening Exercises/Journal 100 points Group presentations 100 points News reports (5 reports/group x 10 pts/each) 50 points Exams (3 exams x 50 pts/each) 150 points Tribes Paper 100 points TOTAL: 620 points Extra Credit: At the end of the semester, students with borderline grades may be awarded the higher grade, for consistent attendance, participation in class discussions, and musical learning/internalization. Additionally, if WSU hosts a powwow in Fall 2017, extra credit will be offered for attendance; you would need to attend for two hours, and submit a one-page personal reflection on your experience and observations.
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