Open to all students without prerequisite. This, course focuses on the global expression of music,, addressing art, folk, and popular music styles. , Its organizing principles are the elements of, music itself: melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre,, texture, and structure. All music is treated as, intrinsically valid and valuable, and issues of, cultural and diversity are central. Because, music in culture can never be understood in, isolation, related ideas such as belief systems,, modes of communication and transmission, and, musical instrument design are also important to, the study.