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MUSIC-108 - World Music - Bernardo Feldman 

Course: World Music
Professor: Bernardo Feldman
Format: Online
Textbook: OnMusic of the World, 3rd Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9991160-6-7

NOTE: Please refer to the list of topics at the bottom of this letter for due-dates and deadlines for all work


Class Description

Surveys non-Western cultures through their musical traditions.

Access code and course materials

You need to purchase OnMusic of the World, (Latest Edition) published by which contains the access code and all courses materials. You can do so through the Barnes & Noble bookstore at College of the Canyons.


For eligible California residents, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver permits enrollment fees to be waived. (Assistance for the purchase of books and supplies must be applied for separately.)

Many California community colleges offer online BOG Fee Waiver applications through CCCApply. When you use these financial aid online applications, the data you've entered in CCCApply will be transferred automatically, making your financial aid application much easier and faster.

In addition, the form for applying for the BOG Fee Waiver is available via PDF from the website.

Initial instructions

Contact the instructor during the first week via e-mail or you run the risk of being dropped from the course.

From your computer, go to: You will be directed to a page whose top screen will look like this:

Connect 4 education

There, under the STUDENT tab, you will have following options: 

  • Purchase
  • Register
  • Login
  • Student Help


Click on the PURCHASE option to purchase an access code for the course text. You will be directed to the Connect For Education Online Store ( 

The access code you will need to purchase is as follows:

OnMusic of the World 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-9991160-6-7

Once you have purchased your access code, click the REGISTER.

Once you’ve done that, a new screen will appear which will allow you to register the access code you purchased:

Connect for education

Please provide all the requested information for each of the empty slots, including the access code just purchased.  

Once you’ve completed your registration, you can login directly through the college’s webpage at   

At the very top of the screen you will see the Canvas ICON:

Canvas logo 

Clicking on it will take you to the College of the Canyons Canvas URL:

If you have any doubts as to how to proceed at this point, click on the following link:

You will notice that you will be given an opportunity to log in to Canvas, and/or to view various tutorials that will orient you:

Access Your Canvas Course Online

Once you’ve logged into the course via the College of the Canyons Canvas site (you will need to provide your user name and password), look at the left side of your screen. A navigation menu similar to the one displayed below will appear with the section number corresponding to the class you are enrolled (World Music 2019) will appear.

Canvas dashboard

Click on the Modules menu option. A page displaying a series of modules, each of them containing a section of the course will appear. The 1st module contains all the Course Information.

The Minimum Requirements & System Check page includes information on the hardware and software required for the class (see below). 

Minimum Requirements

Required software requirements

The Course Introduction page provides comprehensive information regarding the course itself including:

  • A description of the course and its goals
  • Course Format
  • Evaluation and Grading

Once you have read the contents of this module, click again on the Modules page and choose the 2nd module named ACCESS COURSE TEXT HERE!. This section will contain a link to the Connect For Education website ( where you will read the course text. This section of the course also provides information regarding the access code purchase and registration for your reference.


Upon accessing the Connect For Education website (it will be launched in a separate browser window), you will be prompted to enter your username and password. (This username and password is created during the access code registration process described earlier in this document.) Once you are logged into the Connect For Education course site, select your course from your Course Dashboard:



Once you have selected your course, the course home page will appear which displays a series of modules, each of them containing a section of the course:

onmusic of the world

Open and close each section of the course by clicking the name of the class. Choose the page you would like read by clicking the link for the first item in the module. You can use the orange left/right arrows on each page to navigate through the course text. Simply click the Course Name within the ‘breadcrumbs’ at the top of the page to return to the module listing.

c4elink breadcrumbs

Once you have read a section of the course text on the Connect For Education website and you are ready to begin your coursework (i.e. Quizzes, Exams, Written Assignments), click back to the Modules page within your College of the Canyons Canvas course and choose the module that corresponds to the section of the course you are working on.

canvas modules

As the semester progresses, repeat the process of reading the course text on the Connect For Education website and completing your coursework in your College of the Canyon Canvas course until you complete the final exam by the end of the semester.


VERY IMPORTANT: Remember to also visit and participate in the Discussions. You will be able to access them in a similar manner by clicking on the Discussions option on the left navigation panel of your College of the Canyon Canvas course. I will be providing topics for all of us to debate and to analyze in threaded discussions. Your ongoing participation is critical in the calculation of your final grading. 30% of your grade may be subtracted from your final grade should you not partake of this activity, at the instructor’s discretion. Students initiating discussions and opening new forums will be given extra credit (2% extra credit for an initiated topic). 

I encourage you to approach this course with the most positive spirit. The music that you will hear is profoundly engaging and interesting.  


Student Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the historical and social reasons that led to the development of different forms of music.
  2. Evaluate different cultures through the study of their musical traditions, and appreciate the relationship between music and the society that develops that particular form of music.

evaluation and grading



As an alternative to presenting the midterm and the final exam, you have a choice to complete two out three of the essays listed right below. Each essay is worth 28% 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
    • Korea
    • Latin America
    • Native America
    • Jazz
    • American Popular Music
    • Country Music


  1. 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
    • Korea
    • Latin America
    • Native America
    • Jazz
    • American Popular Music Country Music


  1. 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.



Week 1 (Quizzes and other assignments available from January 6th to the 10th)

Music of Central Asia and the Caucasus

Music of South Asia

Week 2: (Quizzes and other assignments available from January 12th to the 17th)

Music of Africa

Music of the Caribbean

Week 3: (Quizzes, assignments and exam available from January 19th to the 24th)

Music of Korea

Midterm Exam

Week 4: (Quizzes and other assignments available from January 26th  to the 31st)

Music of Latin America

Music of Native America


Music of Japan

Week 5: (Quizzes, assignments and exam available from Feb. 2nd to Feb. 8th )

Country Music

Final Exam