Folklore | Ethnomusicology & Public Sector
F430 | 2417 | Maultsby
Meets with F740. This course will examine the concept of applied
ethnomusicology within the contexts of museums and archives, and
public media organizations (PBS, BBC, NPR, PRI). Using research and
production materials from actual projects, we will explore the work
of ethnomusicologists as curators and producers, researchers,
consulting scholars, film makers, music supervisors, and authors.
This course will also include a practical component, allowing
students the opportunity to work on projects in conjunction with one
of the above institutions. Students are encouraged to continue
working on these projects (or participate in others) after the
semester ends, which can be arranged through practicum study or
internships if available.
Readings will include the mission, history, and philosophy of public
sector institutions and the theories that underscore applied
ethnomusicology and public folklore endeavors. Guest speakers from
these institutions will discuss the contributions of
ethnomusicologists and folklorists to their missions, and local
folklorists and ethnomusicologists will share their experiences of
working in the public sector on music projects as well as those
containing music components. Depending on the activities of
institutions and the schedule of class members, field trips may be
Richard Davis. 1999. Complete Guide to Film Scoring. The Art and
Business of Writing Music for Movies and T.V. Boston: Berklee Press.
Judi M. Latta. 1999. Wade in the Water-The Public Radio Series: The
Effects of the Politics Production on Sacred Music Representations.
Ph.D. dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park.
Ivan Karp, Christine Mullen Kreamer, and Steven D. Lavine eds1992.
The Politics of Public Culture: Museums and Communities. Washington,
D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.
Complied Reading Packet
Royal Brown. 1994. Overtones and Undertones: Reading in Film Music.
Berkeley: University of California Press.
Robert Baron and Nicholas R. Spitzer eds. 1992. Public Folklore.
Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution Press.
Assignments/Grading: Participation in class discussions; journal
entries—observations and thoughts about the research and production
materials from actual projects (20%); one take-home exam (20%); one
(1) five-eight page paper (4-5 pages for undergraduates) that relate
journal critiques/observations of one public sector area (public
media, museums and archives) to readings, class discussions, and
guest lecturers (25 %); participation in a public sector project
(10%); and a five-eight page paper (4-5 pages for undergraduates)
about your participation in a public sector project (25%).
Fulfills the COAS Social and Historical, Social Inquiry distribution