Folklore | Studying Ethnomusicology
F405 | 24904 | Tuohy

This course introduces the field of ethnomusicology through reading,
discussion, and practice. Emphasizing the examination of music in
social and cultural contexts, the 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. Class objectives
include to: gain a sense of the breadth of the field of
ethnomusicology and its applications; learn about different methods
for research; and apply relevant concepts and methods in our own
work.  Through readings and audio-visual materials, we also will
learn about the diversity of concepts of music and its functions,
musical styles, and contexts of performance through case studies
drawn from different parts of the world. Students will find
opportunities to pursue their interests in particular world areas
(including Bloomington), fieldwork, musical styles, and topics
through research assignments. We also will explore the resources and
opportunities available to students in folklore and ethnomusicology
at I.U. and beyond. Graded components will include class preparation
and participation, written assignments, quizzes, and a midterm and/or
final exam.
Students majoring in other departments are welcome, although the
course is designed for majors and minors in the F&E Department.
Expectations include a level engagement and work found among students
serious about their academic pursuits. Formal music training is not
required. The course fulfills one of the two 400-level (previously
200-level) requirements for Folklore and Ethnomusicology Department
majors and minors.