Learn about Indian raga music or Tuvan throat singing. Perform in the Union College Japanese drumming ensemble. Study with Indonesian master performers on the island of Bali.
World Musics and Cultures is an interdisciplinary program of courses, concerts and performance opportunities that explore the diversity of the world’s people and their music.
This program, directed by a full-time ethnomusicologist and offered through the departments of music and anthropology, focuses on Africa and the African Diaspora, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.
- take a range of courses that reveal the intersection of music and cultural anthropology
- develop skills in ethnographic methods
- encounter specific musical styles and cultures through hands-on performance and academic study.
Our World Musics Room is home to a variety of global instruments and an extensive music library. The Union College Jazz Ensemble performs original works and classics on campus and at festivals and other venues.
We also offer a mini-term abroad in the Performing Arts of Bali, with daily group instruction with master performers in both gamelan and dance.
As a world musics and cultures minor, you will gain a unique understanding of culture through music. Students who have graduated with an interest in ethnomusicology are currently studying at graduate institutions.
Balinese Performing Arts Mini-term
Daily instruction with master performers of gamelan (the Balinese orchestra of gongs and xylophones) and dance, as well as lessons in an art form of one’s choosing. Students will also visit artistic and ritual locations, attend professional performances and meet with local people.
Music of Latin America
Latin American music-cultures approached through live performance, lecture, video and audio. Survey samples from folk, popular and classical traditions, with special emphasis on the music of Cuba and Brazil.
Introduction to World Music
Introduces music from various world areas including Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe through live performance, lecture, video and audio. Students will increase familiarity with a wide range of musical styles while also exploring the relationship between music and society.
Create, perform, explore:
From courses to concerts to student clubs, the arts are infused throughout campus life.
- Majors & minors
- Clubs & organizations
- African Dance
- Ballroom Dancing
- Dance Team
- Hip Hop
- Terra Dance Company
- Mountebanks, student performing group
- No offense Improv Group
- Film Committee
- A capella groups (Dutch Pipers, Eliphalets, Garnet Minstrelles)
- Concert Club
- Heavenly Voices Choir
- Pep Band
- Taiko Ensemble
- Union College and Community Chorale
- Jazz Ensemble
- Camerata Singers
- Union College and Community Orchestra
- Early Music Ensemble
- Concordiensis, student newspaper
- Dutch Oven, humor newspaper
- Garnet Yearbook
- The Aleph (terms abroad)
- The Idol magazine
- Arts House, arts
- Dickens House, literature
- Maker House, creativity and collaboration in sewing, welding, woodworking and other forms of making
- International opportunities
- Annual student choreography showcase
- Annual dance residency, featuring internationally recognized troupes
- Art for Progress, student art fundraiser
- Art exhibits at Mandeville Gallery and the Wikoff Student Gallery
- Chamber Concert Series
- Empty Bowls (ceramics) fundraiser
- Field trips to Broadway, Tanglewood, concert halls, and museums and galleries
- Film screenings, festivals and staged readings, featuring student work
- Film series
- Lothridge Festival of Dance
- Student recitals
- Taylor Music Time performances
- Theater productions
- Winter Dance Concert