World Music begins with the study of music as a social and aesthetic activity and as an acoustic phenomenon. The primary components of music cultures are discussed and analyzed including the context and occasions for music making, the social organization and functions of music, and the oral, written and media transmission of music. Fundamental aspects of sound (pitch, duration, volume and timbre) and their organization into musical structures are identified and explained. Next, the course investigates music from various locations across the globe. Specific case studies are chosen to illuminate a range of socio-musical types from music in small-scale egalitarian communities to rural peasant populations to elite patronized forms of music to mass mediated contexts. Three hours lecture each week.