Folklore | Ethnomusicology in the Public Sector I
F430 | 26705 | Maultsby
Meets with F740. Using research and production materials from
actual projects, this course examines the work of ethnomusicologists,
folklorists, anthropologists, and humanists as researchers,
consultants, music supervisors, and filmmakers within the contexts of
public media institutions (PBS, BBC, NPR, PRI)and multimedia
production companies. It also examines the research methods of
scholars and the way they translate their research and scholarship
into public media formats. This course also includes a practical
component, allowing students opportunities to work on projects in
conjunction with one of the above institutions or individuals. After
the semester ends, students are encouraged to continue work on
projects (or participate in others), which can be arranged through
practicum study or internships if available.
Readings will focus on the missions, methods, and philosophies of the
above institutions and theories related to concepts of presentation
and representation. When possible, guest speakers from these
institutions will discuss the contributions of ethnomusicologists,
folklorists, and humanists to their mission. Others will share their
experiences of working on music and related projects in the public
sector. Depending on the activities of institutions and the schedule
of class members, field trips may be arranged.
Texts: Richard Davis. 1999. Complete Guide to Film Scoring:
The Art and Business of Writing Music for Movies and T.V. Boston:
Judi M. Latta. 1999. Wade in the Water-The Public Radio Series: The
of the Politics of Production on Sacred Music Representations.
Ph.D. dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park.
Folklore Forum 34:1/2, (2003). Special Issue on Applied Folklore and
Compiled Reading Packet (University Bookstore)
Weekly journal entries – record your observations and thoughts about
the research and production materials (0%);
Class/team discussions (10%);
Two take-home exam (30% each. Total 60%);
Participation in a public sector project and a five-eight page
final paper (4-5 pages for undergraduates) (30%).