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Defining Ethnomusicology & Music

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Josh Bennett

on 22 August 2018

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Transcript of Defining Ethnomusicology & Music

Welcome to
MHL 143: Music In
World Cultures!

An Academic Field
ethnos: Nation
mousike: Music
The study of music and it's culture
The Music-Culture
Ideas about music
Activities involving music
Repertories of music
Material culture of music
Discussing Culture
Let's talk about "your" Music Culture:
Consider the four elements:
Ideas, Activities, Repertories, Materials
How does _______ express these elements?
Classical Music
Rock Music
Film Music
Studying Other Cultures
What's the
way to study a culture?
Observing, Researching, or Participating?
Assumption vs. Truth
How does music interact with the belief systems of a culture?
How does a "social context" affect perception of music?
How does a "historical context" affect perception of music?
What is Music?
Defining the Term
What is your definition of 'Music'?
Write a 1-2 paragraph Essay. Include the following:
What is needed to call something "music"?
What are some examples of "music"?
Caveat: Your definition must be
A Universal Experience
Is Music Universal?
Every culture has music
So yeah...er...maybe not...
But is "Beauty"
Aesthetics of Music, Pg 20
The Soundscape
R. Murray Schaefer
John Cage
Composer, poet, music theorist, and writer
4'33" (1952)
What is "TACET"?
The Basic Structures of (some) Music:
Rhythm & Meter
The relationship between sound and time
Time Signature
A series of notes or pitches, in succession, that creates a musical phrase
One or more tones/pitches sung/performed at the same time
The structural arrangement(s) of the previous elements
So Now...is
music? What about the Hermit Thrushes?
Syllabus & Welcome:
Main Portal: Canvas
Go Over Syllabus
Course Description
Contacting the Instructor
Grade Breakdown
Live Music Reports
First Assignment:
Syllabus Acknowledgment Form
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