MU 262: Music in Life, Music as Culture – Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Assistant Professor Natalie Zelensky
Mondays and Wednesdays (11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
Four credit hours. A.
Provides students with a theoretical and methodological introduction to Ethnomusicology—a discipline that is rooted in exploring music not merely as an aesthetic object, but as a cultural force that reflects and shapes our everyday lives. Topics explored include: Music and War (focusing on musical responses to 9/11 and the use of music as weapon); Music and Medicine; Music and Migration; Music and Trance; Music and Sexuality; Music and Marketing. These and other topics will be explored through a close reading of seminal texts and an examination of relevant theory. Students will also learn how to conduct ethnographic fieldwork, with several fieldtrips taken throughout the semester, including one to Indian Island for a first-hand account of music-making practices among the Penobscot peoples today.