Folklore | WORLD MUSIC AND CULTURE
F111 | 4400 | Burdette
People throughout the world perform and listen to music as a form of
entertainment. But music is also serious business--political, social,
religious, artistic and economic. The course introduces students to
ethnomusicology and the cross-cultural study of music and culture. It
explores music, performance, and ideas--familiar and not so familiar--from
around the world. The course analyzes the role music plays in human life,
in a variety of social, political, and personal contexts.
Among the music cultures examined are the United States, China, Japan,
India, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Topics include such
subjects as popular music, music and social change, music and ritual,
music and national politics, and music as communication and as
self-expression. F111 is an introductory course appropriate for
non-majors as well as for students considering a major in folklore.
Formal music training is NOT required.
Fieldwork: Each student completes a fieldwork project (5-8 pages long)
based on the student's own research on live music events and/or
interviews. Guidance for conducting research and writing the paper is
given in class.
Assignments/Grading: Students read 20-40 pages a week, with listening
assignments. Apart from short quizzes and exams, there will be two or
three short writing assignments.
Class materials: The textbook will be Worlds of Music: An Introduction to
the Music of the World's Peoples (1996) with cassettes or CDS.
Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Tradition and Ideas distribution