“This course serves as an introduction to the study of music from an ethnomusicological perspective and as a survey of several music cultures outside of the Euro-American art-music tradition. We will begin with a short overview of ethnomusicology as a discipline, and then continue on to readings on selected music-cultures. Readings will include excerpts from monographs, edited volumes, and academic journal articles on particular musical cultures to discuss specific genres or topics as they relate to music practice and performance. This course will address both musical styles, sounds, instruments, etc., as well as how music relates to other social issues and processes, such as gender, nationalism, pedagogy, and resistance. Through readings and assignments, this class will also emphasize the importance of fieldwork methodology in the discipline of ethnomusicology.”
Syllabus includes description of an independent research project (midterm and final) consisting of fieldwork, musical transcription, annotated bibliography, and a final paper.
Instructor: Lynne Stillings
Course: Music of the World’s People (Music 4440/7851)