ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Section: 103 The Anthropology of Music: Minds, Bodies, and Sound, in Motion, Space, and Time
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Musical anthropologists are concerned with questions such as:

  • why doesn't everyone have the same musical likes and dislikes?
  • What are the different ways of participating in musical events?
  • What are the possible answers to the questions “what is music” and “why make music”?
  • How do musical events shape and reflect social structures and the environment?
  • How do musical events and the bodies, minds, and practices of their participants shape each other?

Anthropologists have found, through such questions, that the comparative study of musical and cultural difference challenges dominant assumptions about both music and those who make it. Participants in this course will learn how to approach these issues through three means:

  1. by reading and discussing scholarly works drawing on diverse musics; by
  2. listening to and discussing recordings of diverse musics and
  3. teaching each other to make music together.

ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Schedule Listing
101 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 1:00PM
102 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM
103 (LEC)
WF 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780226429564
Music grooves : essays and dialogues, Author: Keil, Charles., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 1994
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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