20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module will introduce you to the study of folk and traditional music, focussing on a range of contemporary folk music cultures. You'll learn to use a range of approaches (ethnomusicology; critical and culture theory; political theory) to consider the traditional identities these music cultures construct, and how they relate to their modern, economic, political and technological contexts. Past and current definitions of the terms folk music and traditional music are explored, and music cultures are investigated in terms of specific debates and contexts, such as revivalism, nationalism, institutionalisation, competition and education.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Project/ portfolio

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK