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I'm creating a course for Boston University that would cover selection of theories indigenous to a diverse range of musical traditions. This would be a one-semester course both graduate and undergraduate, for music students but possibly also non-music students (with prereqs if necessary) at the undergraduate level. I'm curious if anyone has experiences with a course of this nature or resources they could point me to (and anyone else considering creating a course like this, which I hope others are!)
The idea is to cover a number of very different traditions and teach the theory that comes out of the tradition itself, in the form of written or oral transmission from practitioners. This does not preclude, however, working with secondary sources; given the constraints of covering a large number of traditions in a short period of time, I expect to mostly be working with secondary sources. My current working plan is to cover (1) Hindustani modal and rhythmic theory (or possibly Carnatic), (2) Balinese (or Javanese) theory of intonation and orchestration, (3) Persian (or possibly Arab or Turkish) modal theory, (4) Jazz harmony, and (5) Rhythmic theory from Latin American traditions.
Most of the work on these topics has been done by ethnomusicologists rather than theorists, but, as an editorial aside, I think theory as a discipline has a lot to offer and also to gain from being at the table in these areas, in pedagogy as well as research.