Discussion Questions

After reading your textbook and any provided lecture notes for this unit, post your reaction to one of the provided discussion topics below. Be sure to use your own words and reactions, not simply something you copied from some other online source.  Be sure to copy the prompt that you are using for your response into your post.

Your initial posting should be at least 200 words (not including the discussion prompt). You must start a thread in response to the prompt before you can read and reply to other students’ threads. In addition, respond to at least two threads from your classmates, including the thread above and below yours. Each of your responses to two of your classmates’ threads must be at least 75 words. If you are the first poster, respond to the thread below yours and one other thread.

1. Is language a reliable demarcation of musical style in Europe? Why, or why not? Also, how are music and musical instruments used to express national identity? (Give some specific examples.)

2. There has been some controversy about Michael Flatley’s highly-produced and commercially-oriented shows such as “Riverdance” and “Lord of the Dance.” What effects, positive or negative, do you believe these shows have had on people’s impressions of Celtic music and culture?
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