Folklore | Transcription & Analysis of Traditional Music
F794 | 15755 | C. Sykes
Above class meets for lab on Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:30pm, in Music 373.
Above class open to graduate students only.
Explores past and current theories, methods, techniques, and tools
used in notation and analysis of traditional music. Emphasis is
placed on problem solving and project development. The music studied
will sample a broad range of traditions from around the globe and
encompass historical and recent time periods.
Prerequisites: Major/minor in ethnomusicology or permission of the
instructor. Knowledge of musical notation and demonstrated
experience in music dictation (MUS T132 and151 or equivalent).
Contents of Course: Transcription and analysis are fundamental
processes in ethnomusicological research and scholarship. Through
exploration and application of theories, methods, techniques, tools,
and skill development in transcription and analysis, this course
provides a foundation upon which students may become successful
researchers and scholars in the field of ethnomusicology. Works of
historical significance will be examined in relationship to current
theories and questions about music; theoretical principles will be
studied as bases for practical application; works of established
scholars will serve as groundwork for the research interests of each
student in the course. The musical traditions represented in the
literature and recordings studied in this course will sample a broad
range of traditions from around the globe, and encompass past and
recent time periods. While work with music in this course is done
outside of its cultural context, knowledge of context will
consistently inform assumptions made and approaches used to
transcribe and analyze music.
The evolution of transcription and analysis in the field of
ethnomusicology has been closely aligned with, and in large part
driven by the evolution of audio and visual technology.
Consequently, the study and use of audio and video technology is a
major component of the course. The course covers the various
formats on which sound and visual images are stored, and how
technology can be used to extract, notate, analyze, and illustrate
aural and visual elements of music performance. Technology training
is done primarily in the lab sections of the course.
Readings: The course draws from an extensive list of articles and
books; some are required reading, while others are optional.
Required readings range from one to two articles per week. No
reading assignments are given during the last two weeks of class.
Outline of Requirements:
•Daily preparation of reading assignments for discussion in class
•Transcription and analysis assignments
•Two major assignments: 1) Class symposium paper and presentation,
2) Individual research paper