This course will discuss ‘East Asia’ through music as composed, performed, recorded, processed, remembered, imagined, and represented. Questions to be asked include: what kinds of sound are recognized as music in East Asia? What are the goals and effects of music? When, where, and how is music performed in East Asia? How is music described in East Asian literature and visual art? How does music translate East Asian literature and visual art? How are certain musical elements—tonality, rhythm, genre, instruments—recognized as ‘East Asian’? How is East Asia imagined musically? How are East Asian composers and performers received globally? Restricted to first-year students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.