Folklore | FOLKLORE METHODS & THEORIES
F251 | 2230 | S. Tuohy


Introduction to Ethnomusicology.  This course is designed for students
interested in the study of music in human life and in cross-cultural
approaches to the study of music and culture.  It will acquaint students
with theories and methods, key issues and points of debate, resources
for research and teaching, and activities in which ethnomusicologists
engage.  We will explore these issues through theoretical readings and
particular case studies of musical performance and discourse drawn
from different parts of the world.  As an introduction to the various
aspects of the discipline of ethnomusicology, the course provides a
background for more specialized study of fieldwork, transcription
and analysis, and musical areas.

This course is open to all students, although students are expected to have
done prior course work in ethnomusicology and/or folklore.  Formal music
training is not required.  F251 fulfills one of the 200-level requirements
for folklore and ethnomusicology department majors and minors and one of the
COAS Social and Historical, Social Inquiry distribution requirements.
Departmental majors/minors should contact the instructor if they find the
course closed at registration (Dr. Sue Tuohy, 855-4742; e-mail: tuohys).

Assignments/Grading: includes class preparation and participation; one
midterm essay exam; approximately five short writing assignments (including
an essay paper, precis of selected course readings and videos, and a review
of a book and/or video); and a final research project of 10-12 pages.  The
guidelines for the final project are flexible; students may complete a
library, archival, or fieldwork paper on a topic chosen in consultation with
the instructor.  A portion of class time will be devoted to discussion of
research and writing projects as well as to student presentations and to
student-led discussions of our readings.

Class Materials: will include books and articles (in the form of a short
Reader) available for purchase at the bookstores.  Among the readings are
selections from: Philip Bohlman, The Study of Folk Music in the Modern
World; John Kaemmer, Music in Human Life: Anthropological Perspectives on
Music; Helen Myers, ed. Introduction to Ethnomusicology, and Bruno Nettl,
The Study of Ethnomusicology: Twenty-nine Issues and Concepts.  Other
required materials will be in the form of videos and audio tapes that must
be viewed/listened to at the library.

Fulfills a COAS Social and Historical Studies, Social Inquiry distribution
requirement.