20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module introduces ethnomusicology as a way of researching musical culture, with selected musical traditions explored as case studies in applying and assessing ethnomusicological methods. These methods typically emphasise `ethnography¿, in which the primary sources are live human beings and knowledge is produced by interacting with them through musical participation, observation and interviewing. You¿ll have the opportunity to conduct an ethnographic fieldwork project, either face-to-face or `virtual¿, and write up the results in your assessed work. Alternatively, you can submit an essay examining published ethnomusicological research on a specific topic. Either way, you should reflect critically on how musical knowledge is produced by ethnomusicological methods.

Staff Contact: naomi nathan
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Fieldwork, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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