MUS 177: Intro to Hawaiian Music

Credits 3 Lecture Hours 3

A survey of Hawaiian music from Polynesian origins and pre- contact traditional forms to acculturated and contemporary forms and expressions including vocal, instrumental and dance music in their social, cultural and religious contexts.

Course Outcomes
  • Identify and define the basic concepts, terminology and distinguishing features of Western European and Hawaiian music.
  • Identify the distinguishing features of indigenous and post-contact Hawaiian music and musical instruments.
  • Discuss the functions of music in pre-contact Hawaiian society and in contemporary Hawai‘i.
  • Discuss important events and personalities in the evolution of Hawaiian music.