Folklore | Phenomenology in Ethnomusicology
F722 | 26127 | 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 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
The readings will begin with texts by ethnomusicologists who have
explored the use of phenomenology, including Harris Berger and
Steven Friedson. 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 serve as examples of two scholars who have worked in
musicology. Works of 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 will also be explored.
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 each studentís research interests.
Required course for ethnomusicology students who have selected the
social and cultural theory track.
Open to students in adjacent fields.