Religion plays a very important part in guiding the ways people make and relate to musical sounds.
Drawing on discussions of THREE countries we have talked about in class: (Ireland, Russia, Mongolia, Japan, China,India, Algeria, Iran and Indonesia.
Write an essay analyzing the ways musical practices relate to how people use, control,
perform, and experience music in various social, religious, and political contexts.
In what ways are certain
instruments and musical genres believed to evoke communion with spirits and a higher power?
If music is
associated with a higher being or god(s), how is this power controlled and by whom?
If certain musical
genres are religious in nature (according to tradition) but are now performed on stage for audiences who
may/may not believe in their religious power, are they still viewed as religious? Why or why not?
the relationship between music, gender, and religion in the traditions you describe?
Be sure to intertwine
your discussion of the various major religions by pointing to similarities and differences among the various
ways that people across the world negotiate music as a form of entertainment as well as a form of religious
worship. If you are well versed in a religion that has not been discussed in class but feel there are strong
associations between musical practices and the belief system you may use this as one example of
the three belief systems you will analyze.