Introduction to the Anthropology of Music: Case Studies from around the World

Musical Studies 103

Usual Description

This course explores the study of musical practices around the world from an anthropological perspective.  This means that the emphasis is on exploring the meanings, uses, and power of music, including the way music is used to heighten and ensure spiritual efficacy, to comment on and contribute to political movements, and to make sense of “natural” disasters.  The class is organized around a series of themes - for example, Music and Ecology, Music and Spirituality, Music and Politics, and Ethics and Representation - rather than geographical areas.  The course gives you critical tools and frames to apply to your own case studies in order to understand the power of music.  After exploring the methodologies of ethnomusicology, you learn to use them yourself by designing your own research project on some aspect of musical practice in Oberlin.  The course is designed to challenge the ways you think about and listen to music. N.B. This class is designed for students without prior musical experience.  As such it places the emphasis on understanding music in its cultural, political, religious, economic, historical, and ecological contexts rather than exploring the musical structures in much depth or teaching you about the theory of music.  ETHN 100: Introduction to Musics of the World in the spring is a comparable class that gets into the nuts and bolts of music in more depth.  for ETHN 100, considerable musical experience, a good ear, and the ability to read notation are ideal; you are asked to do more critical listening exercises and musical analysis.   Which class is right for me?   CMUS 103 ETHN 100 No prior musical knowledge necessary Prior musical knowledge necessary Emphasis on music as a social act Balance between musical analysis and music as a social act Very little about nuts & bolts of musical structures Deep exploration of the way music is structured Organized around thematic units Organized around areas and themes Goal is to think critically about the role of music and to focus on the meanings and uses of music Goal is to think critically about the role of music and learn to listen critically Evaluation exercises will ask you to write and speak Evaluation exercises will ask you to listen, map out music, write, and speak Not a gateway course to the Musical Studies Major A gateway course to the Musical Studies Major

Course Listings

These are all of the listings of this course recorded in the Oberlin course catalog since the fall of 2007.

Listing Semester Professor
Musical Studies 103 Taught by Jennifer Fraser
Musical Studies 103 Taught by Jennifer Fraser
Musical Studies 103 Taught by Jennifer Fraser
Musical Studies 103 Taught by Jennifer Fraser
Musical Studies 103 Taught by Jennifer Fraser
Musical Studies 103 Taught by Jennifer Fraser
Musical Studies 103
Musical Studies 103 Taught by Jennifer Fraser
Musical Studies 103 Taught by Jennifer Fraser