Folklore | Phenomenology in Ethnomusicology
F722 | 2563 | Stone
This course considers phenomenology one of several theoretical
orientations within the field of ethnomusicology. During the
semester, we will focus on ideas about music performance as a
phenomena or as an appearance of human experience.
In phenomenology, as this approach has been labeled, the performances
studied are those experienced in various acts of consciousness,
including cognitive acts that include evaluation and aesthetic
The readings will begin with texts by scholars such as Edmund
Husserl, Jean-Paul Satre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Martin Heidegger
who helped establish phenomenology as an approach to humanistic
inquiry in the 20th century. Texts by Alfred Schutz will follow to
illustrate how music was envisioned as a topic for analysis by
phenomenologists working within the sociological area. F. Joseph
Smith and Thomas Clifton will be read as examples of two of several
scholars who have worked in music. Finally, students will read texts
by ethnomusicologists who have explored the use of phenomenology,
including Harris Berger and Steven Friedson.
The course will be conducted as a seminar with emphasis on class
discussion and participation. There will be one major written
assignment to be planned around the studentís research interests.
The course is required for Ph.D. ethnomusicology students who have
selected the social and cultural theory track. Students taking this
course should have taken F714 Paradigms in Ethnomusicology or
consulted with the instructor to see if it is appropriate for them.