Folklore | World Music and Culture
F111 | 16818 | Cohen

This course examines the meaning of “making music” in a variety of
settings across the globe.  Taking an ethnomusicological
perspective, we will explore music as a complex cultural expression,
intensely invested with social, artistic, economic and political
meanings. Music, this course will show, is more than mere
entertainment, or simply notes on a printed page; rather,
understanding music helps us gain insight into the people who create
and express it. How is it that the same musical sounds performed in
one context can convey varied meanings to different people? Nuanced
interpretations of music often require us to investigate it in terms
of race, gender, class, and other criteria.  Is music then a
universal language?  F111 explores this pervasive concept.

Through the rich and textured analysis of audio and video
recordings, as well as carefully selected reading materials and
field experiences, students will develop a greater understanding of
how they use sound to make meaning in their own lives.  They will
also learn how others both near and far use music to craft their own
senses of value, aesthetics and ideology