Folklore | Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology
F523 | 10402 | Tuohy


This class introduces students to fieldwork through reading,
conversation, imagination, and practice.  It is designed with an
optimistic attitude of integrating the best of ethnographic history,
theory, and practice. The class will consist of lecture and
discussion (primarily the latter); we also will hold approximately
two workshops outside of class (TBA; on topics such as the basics of
preparing funding proposals and on using various technologies in
fieldwork).  A fieldwork project, written and "practice" assignments
provide practical fieldwork and writing experience.  Short written
assignments are geared to course readings and to stages/components
of an individualized field project.  Final papers will be based on
fieldwork; students will do in-class presentations on their results.
To facilitate collegial work, several assignments will involve
working with other class members to plan research and improve
written work (collaborative field projects are permitted but not
required).

Our texts include readings on "metatheory", intellectual history and
practical guidebooks from ethnomusicology, anthropology and
folklore; newer orientations which question the most fundamental
aspects of ethnographic research as it has been conceived and
practiced; and selections from musical ethnographies.  Apart from
articles available on e-reserve, textbooks include (tentatively):
Rachel I. Fretz, and Linda L. Shaw, Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes
(1995) and John Van Maanen, Tales of the Field (1988).

The course is required for graduate students in the Ethnomusicology
track of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. This
section of F523 fulfills one of the "core course requirements" for
Ph.D. minors in the Ethnomusicology Program and for Music School
cognates.