Students will study five music cultures: African Ewe, Black America, Central/Southeast Europe, Japan, and Ecuador. (Choice of cultures may change from semester to semester.) Each of these provides a unique approach to a music culture that could serve as a reference for the student's own course related fieldwork. The goal of the course is to help the student develop the ability to experience and explore unfamiliar music cultures on their own. Parallel with each music culture, the course deals with theoretical issues such as: the function of music, the preservation of the world's music, the theory and method of fieldwork, perspectives of insiders and outsiders of music, and gender and sexuality in music. Student will also study how to conduct and document field projects.