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Music 108 - World Music - Bernardo Feldman

Course:World Music
Professor:Bernardo Feldman
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Dear Students, 

Let me introduce myself, In case you are working with me for the 1st time. I am a composer born and raised in Mexico City. I have also studied piano, violin, percussion and electronic music production both, in Mexico City (at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música) as well as in the U.S. Here, I studied at CalArts (where I received my BFA and MFA) and at UCLA (where I got a Ph.D. in Music Composition. Have written orchestral and vocal music in a variety of styles ranging from rock & Roll to Symphonic pieces and Multimedia installations involving processed and synthetic sounds.

I am here, in this class, with the exciting opportunity for all of us to become the richer by enjoying music from cultures that might be different from our own.

Together, we will learn more about how it has come to be and how this music evolves continuously being as it is, part of the society where it belongs.

Course Description

This course surveys non-Western cultures through their musical traditions.

What to Expect in this Course

For this course you will need a computer with access to the internet.

Once logged in after entering your personal access code,  the program will guide you through the various quizzes, written assignments, discussion boards and exams.

Types of Assessments

We will be viewing and listening to music from many parts of our world. After you've enjoy learning about this music and the people that have created it, the program will guide you through the various quizzes, written assignments, discussion boards and exams for you to reinforce the concepts learned throughout the class.

Textbook Information

You will need to purchase OnMusic of the World, published by which contains the access code and all courses materials. You can do so online or through the Barnes & Noble bookstore at College of the Canyons at a cost of about $99.95

Other Relevant Course Information

As an alternative to doing the course online, you have a choice to complete the three essays listed right below. Each essay has to be no less than 2000 words and it is worth 33% of your grade.


  1. Ethnomusicologists seek to relate musical patterns of a culture to economic and social patterns of that culture.  From at least three of the following cultures and/or styles of music discuss the arguments made for the relationship:


Central Asia and the Caucasus

South Asia

Africa Caribbean


Latin America

Native America


American Popular Music

Country Music


         2. Describe examples of how specific historical events have led to specific identifiable changes (especially ones that you can hear) in musical practices in a culture or musical     styles from at least three of the cultures and/or musical styles listed right below. 


Central Asia and the Caucasus

South Asia

Africa Caribbean


Latin America

Native America


American Popular Music Country Music


        3. Discuss two different ways of organizing rhythm and musical time from two cultures covered mentioned above, one of those cultures being Javanese gamelan.  Be sure to describe the layering of melodic elaboration and rhythmic subdivision in Javanese gamelan.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 10/07/2021 Sub#: 780