30 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Forming a required part of the MA in Ethnomusicology (MUST25 or MUST26), and building on the research foundations provided by Research Techniques (MUS6000), and Interdisciplinary Music Studies (MUS666), this unit is designed to provide further, specialist training for research and future teaching in world music and ethnomusicology. Emphasis is placed on: building an analytical awareness of world music styles; developing an ability to apply this knowledge in teaching or research; and contextualising that representation and research of world music styles within key bodies of theoretical literature in ethnomusicology. The focus of weekly seminars dovetails a selection of musical styles (covering all major regions of the world, and ranging from art music and religious styles to popular and hybridised traditions) with key readings, and specialist methodologies. Students also attend and discuss weekly lectures in the first-year undergraduate module on World Music (MUS125) as a practical example of how undergraduate world music classes might by taught.

Staff Contact: Naomi Nathan-thomas
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, 30% - 25 minute UG mini-lectuer, 40% transcription and analysis project

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