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Week 7: Website Project: Let’s Explore
World Music
Goal: The goal of this discussion is to explore the history, culture, instruments and
musical elements of a specific style of non-Western music from one of the world’s local
Course Objectives:
CO-2: Apply musical terminology, concepts and critical listening skills to a given
major composer and style of music.
CO-3: Analyze the social, political, and cultural influences on Western and nonWestern music.
CO-4: Examine different styles of music found around the world.
In this project, you will create an informative website featuring the music of a specific
non-Western culture. (Note that the term “world music” in the context of this
assignment refers to music that is not based in the Western tradition of music. If you
are not sure if your chosen topic is a style of non-Western music, contact your
instructor, who will provide guidance on your topic selection.) Something to consider
when choosing your topic is to make sure it is a style of music that is still in existence
and performed, so you will be able to find musical examples and address all of the
required elements of the assignment. Post a link to your website both to the WK8 “Let’s
Explore World Music” Discussion and to this Assignment.
You will be building your website by using wix.com, which is free and easy to use. Wix
features user-friendly drag and drop technology, so you can easily change or customize
your website. All that is required is to set-up an account using your email address and
password. Here is a beginner’s guide for creating Wix websites. There is also a
good video explanation of building a website with Wix. Wix also has an excellent Help
Center to address any questions you have while creating your website.
The website should include the following:
1. A summary of the chosen culture including a short history.
2. A brief explanation of some beliefs and traditions of the culture.
3. Description of the instruments used in that culture’s music.
4. Explanation of the key attributes of the culture’s music, including melody, harmony,
timbre, texture, rhythm and form. (If the style of music you choose does not include
one or more of these musical elements, then you need to explain why that musical
element is not present in the music.)
5. Specific introduction to one piece of music from the culture. Include at least three
examples of the music, such as through linking to YouTube performances. Be sure to
include a description of one of the musical examples.
The above elements can either be included on one page of your website or separated
into different pages.
Include your name on your website. Your website should include photos and video
(either linked or embedded). Embedded photos and videos need to be cited.
Your choice of world music must be a style of traditional music that is non-Western or
not from the Western tradition of music, therefore avoid choosing styles of music from
the U.S., Canada, or Europe, including jazz, folk, or any type of pop music (including
hip hop). For example, a pop or rock band from Europe or Japan would not be
appropriate for this assignment. Celtic or Irish music are also not appropriate styles of
music because these are European styles of music. Also, because most students are
already familiar with Reggae music, do not choose Reggae for your topic.
Sources must be valid, academic sources (i.e. Please do not use non-academic
websites, such as Wikipedia or About.com). Your website should not contain more than
15% direct quotes and direct quotes must be in quotation marks. Direct quotes and
paraphrased material must be cited in the body of the text and in a reference section.
After your website is completed and published, submit your website link in
Assignments. Then, you will be posting a link to your website in the WK8:
Exploring the World through Music thread when answering the WK8 Discussion
Please consider the following:
Here is a sample website that met the assignment requirements. (This example
website includes a little too much direct quoting and the musical example needs a
more developed explanation.)
Note: If you are a military member serving overseas and have limited internet
access that would prevent you from completing this project, contact your
instructor for an alternate assignment.
Here are some samples of Wix websites. Let your creative imaginations inspire
you to create your websites!
If you have any questions or concerns about this project, post in the “Questions”
thread in our classroom. If you have a question of a personal nature, contact you
instructor using Email.

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