Music and Culture: An Introduction to Ethnomusicology (MHI2206.01)

Joseph Alpar

This course will be a hands-on introduction to ethnomusicology, the study of music in its social and cultural contexts. Ethnomusicologists think about the role music plays in everyday life. How do music and musicians build community, ignite protest and revolution, articulate racial identity, express and complicate gender and sexuality, or affirm faith? Some ethnomusicologists do research halfway across the world, while others study music in their own cities and towns. One of our classes each week will focus on developing applied techniques in research and fieldwork, including preparing questions, giving and transcribing interviews, field recording, listening exercises, writing an ethnography of a live performance, and many other activities. In our second session, we’ll learn about the study of music and culture itself, reading from a range of texts that explore ethnomusicology’s intersections with fields like anthropology, African American studies, environmental studies, religion, and gender studies. What we do in class will also be guided by the interests and backgrounds of our members. This course is open to all students.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40-3:30
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: One time only
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