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Discovering Korean Music: The Spectrum of Sound

Discover the genres and sounds of Korean traditional music to understand the role music plays in Korean culture and history.

Korean royal court music: male and female performers in traditional dress stand in front of a pagoda and play music on traditional Korean instruments.

Discovering Korean Music: The Spectrum of Sound

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Experience the spectrum of sounds in Korean traditional music

K-pop, or Korean pop music, is among the most listened-to genres on the globe today. Yet the national musical tradition that gave birth to K-pop is little known outside of Korea.

The first of a series on Korean music from Hanyang University, this six-week course will explore the social significance and cultural impact of Korean traditional music.

As you discover new genres and art forms week by week, you’ll experience the rich spectrum of sounds in Korean music.

Explore the intersections between music and culture, politics, and daily life in Korea

In each week of the course, you’ll explore the role and significance of music in a different aspect of Korean culture: politics, daily life, poetry, drama, and art.

You’ll understand the ways that traditional music and art forms have helped to shape all aspects of life in Korea.

Delve into traditional Korean genres including sanjo and talchum

Beyond analysing their social function, you’ll also enjoy the sounds and styles of Korean music as an art form.

You’ll view clips of a wide range of samples of traditional Korean genres and performance styles, including sanjo, Milyang Arirang, and talchum.

Learn from the Korean cultural experts at Hanyang University

Your guides on this course are a team of music and culture experts at Hanyang University, one of the top universities in South Korea. They’ll share their insights into the rich history and musical heritage of their country.

By the end of the six weeks, you’ll be able to recognise the primary genres of Korean traditional music and explain their influence within Korean society more broadly.

Skip to 0 minutes and 23 seconds In terms of Korean music, the color of sound has played an important role. A variety of Korean music is filled with sounds that each have a unique color. The fact that there are various genres in traditional Korean music proves this. In the Korean music Discovery Series, I would like to introduce Korean music expressed in various tones, voices and the cultural context in which the music existed. Hello. This is Hyejung Im, I’m a professor of Hanyang University Seoul Campus. I have been researching Korean music in various ways. I’will be your instructor for this ‘Korean Music Discovery Series’.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 seconds Through this lecture, you will be able to explore Korean music from various perspectives, such as literature, theater art, court culture, and common people’s culture. All of these courses are designed as 6-week lectures. 1.Politics and music, 2. Korean life and music, 3. Poetry and music, 4. Storytelling and music, 5.Drama and music, 6. Artists and music. Through the lecture and performance videos provided every week, you will be able to feel the same impression as watching the actual performance. In addition, the performer interview in the lecture will provide a better understanding of korean music. After each week’s lectures, related articles are presented and discussed.

Skip to 2 minutes and 21 seconds The goal of this lecture is first, we can sympathize with the artistry of Korean traditional music, and broaden our understanding of Korean history and culture. Second, we can compare our country’s music with Korean music and experience cultural diversity. Finally, we can feel the special emotions of Korean music. Recently, interest in Korean music is increasing worldwide, but it is limited to a very small part of Korean music called k-pop. This lecture will give you a chance to expand this interest to Korean music as well as Korean culture. The understanding of the essential elements of Korean music, will help renew international awareness of Korean culture as a whole. Thank you for joining this course, See you soon.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Politics and Music

    • Introduction

      Here's what you'll learn this week

    • Politics and Music

      Music In Korean royal court

    • Wrap up

      Summarize what you learned in this week

  • Week 2

    Life and Music

    • Introduction

      Here's what you'll learn this week

    • Life and Music

      Introduces the life and emotions of Koreans in folk songs

    • Wrap up

      Summarize what you learned in this week

  • Week 3

    Poetry and Music

    • Introduction

      Here's what you'll learn this week

    • Poetry and Music

      Introduces ‘Sijo-The Voice of Poetry’

    • Wrap up

      Summarize what you learned in this week

  • Week 4

    Storytelling and Music

    • Introduction

      Here's what you'll learn this week

    • Storytelling and Music

      Pansori Chunhyanga-The Voice of Love

    • Wrap up

      Summarize what you learned in this week

  • Week 5

    Drama and Music

    • Introduction

      Here's what you'll learn this week

    • Drama and music

      Talchum the mask Drama -The Voice of Characters

    • Wrap up

      Summarize what you learned in this week

  • Week 6

    Artist and Music

    • Introduction

      Here's what you'll learn this week

    • Artist and Music

      Daegeum Sanjo-The Voice of Soul

    • Wrap up

      Summarize what you learned in this week

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop a deeper connection to Korean heritage through musical exploration
  • Compare their own country's music with Korean music to experience cultural diversity
  • Identify and differentiate the unique emotions specific to Korean music

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone who has an interest in musical history and ethnomusicology, and/or in Korean history, culture, and politics.

Learners don’t need any prior experience or knowledge to get the most out of this course.

Who will you learn with?

Hye-Jung IM is an assisant professor at Hanyang University.
She earned a PhD in literature from Seoul National University, and has since been teaching Korean musicology.

Who developed the course?

Hanyang University

Since its establishment in 1939 as South Korea’s first engineering institute, Hanyang University has been a major driving force behind Korea’s development.

  • Established

    1939
  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • World ranking

    Top 150Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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