Folklore | TRANSCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC
F494 | 2433 | Sykes
Lecture: Section 2433/Lab: Section 2434. Meets with F794. Students must
register in lecture and lab sections. Above sections open to undergraduates
only. Explores past and current theories, methods, techniques, and tools
used in notation and analysis of traditional music. Emphasis is placed on
problem solving and project development. The musical traditions studied will
sample a broad range of traditions from around the globe and encompass
historical and recent time periods.
Prerequisites: Major/minor in ethnomusicology or permission of the
instructor. Knowledge of musical notation and demonstrated experience in
music dictation (T113-114 or equivalent).
Contents of Course: Transcription and analysis are fundamental processes in
ethnomusicological research and scholarship. Through exploration and
application of theories, methods, techniques, tools, and skill development
in transcription and analysis, this course provides a foundation upon which
students may become successful researchers and scholars in the field of
ethnomusicology. Works of historical significance will be examined in
relationship to current theories and questions about music; theoretical
principles will be studied as bases for practical application; works of
established scholars will serve as groundwork for the research interests of
each student in the course. The musical traditions represented in the
literature and recordings studied in this course will sample a broad range
of traditions from around the globe, and encompass past and recent time
periods. While work with music in this course is done outside of its
cultural context, knowledge of context will consistently inform assumptions
made and approaches used to transcribe and analyze music.
The evolution of transcription and analysis in the field of ethnomusicology
has been closely aligned with, and in large part driven by the evolution of
audio and visual technology. Consequently, the study and use of audio and
video technology is a major component of the course. The course covers the
various formats on which sound and visual images are stored, and how
technology can be used to extract, notate, analyze, and illustrate aural and
visual elements of music performance. Technology training is done primarily
in the lab sections of the course.
Readings: The course draws from an extensive list of articles and books;
some are required reading, while others are optional of reference works.
Required readings range from one to two articles per week. No reading
assignments are given during the last two weeks of class.
Outline of Requirements:
Daily preparation of reading assignments for discussion in class
Short writing assignments
Transcription and analysis assignments
Two major assignments:
Class symposium paper and presentation
Individual research paper
Work in assignments and individual projects in SAVAIL and other
Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution