This course serves as an introduction to the folk traditions of various societies throughout the world. Some of the music and musical traditions to be discussed include those of Africa, India, Indonesia, China, Japan, South America, Native Americans, African Americans, the folk music of Eastern Europe, as well as jazz and the influence of ethnic music on 20th-century classical music. Lectures will concentrate on placing these various types of music in their proper social context with an emphasis on understanding the different ways that music can function. Musical examples also will be analyzed in purely musical terms. Regular listening and reading assignments will be made throughout the course. A term paper and in-class report are required.