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How Music Performs Culture: Introduction to Ethnomusicology

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G. Fatone

Course Long Title

How Music Performs Culture: Introduction to Ethnomusicology

Cross Listed Courses


An introduction to the field of ethnomusicology, the study of "music as culture." Emphasis is on the interdisciplinary character of the field, and the diverse analytical approaches to music making undertaken by ethnomusicologists over time. The centrality of fieldwork and ethnography to the discipline is also a core concept of the course. Through readings, multimedia, and discussion, students examine relationships among ethnomusicology, musicology, anthropology, and world music, and consider the implications of globalization to the field as a whole. Students explore applied music learning as well as performance as a research technique through participation in several hands-on workshops with the Bates Gamelan Ensemble.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

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Offering Frequency

Normally offered every year