Faculty: Brian Watkins
Description: This course explores the amazing variety of musical expression around the globe as well as the cultural words they inhabit and which give them form. By situating music within cultural contexts, the course aims to raise awareness of musical diversity and the complex ways it can interact with and represent culturally-mediated systems of religion, gender, class, race, ethnicity, and more. Much of the course will be spent listening to and discussing musical performance, but students will also learn techniques of cultural analysis as they take an active role in researching course topics. Traditional and popular musics are all fair game, from Inuit katajjak and Mbuti molimo music to Norwegian black metal and Japanese hip-hop. Students will contribute to the introduction, presentation and analysis of music and cultural forms throughout, making the course as interactive as possible. Neither social science nor music backgrounds are required.
Meeting Information: 01/02/2023-01/24/2023 M-F 10:00AM – 03:00PM, Room to be Announced
Section Requisites: None
Course Fee: N/A
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $50