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MUSHL 353
Introduction to Ethnomusicology 2 (W)
3.0
3.0
This course approaches the study of diaspora from an ethnomusicological perspective.
We will study how travel, migration, new media, and technological advances in the late
twentieth century have increased the spread of sound and images across the Atlantic and
Pacific in diverse and complicated ways. This course focuses on how musicians, fans,
producers, and the recording industry in Africa, Asia, and the Americas use popular
music (e.g., blues, rap, jazz, salsa, soul, mbalax, and, bhangara) to create real and
imagined communities.
Readings include the required text: The African Diaspora: a Musical Perspective, by Ingrid
Monson (2000, Garland Publising). This book can also be purchased for $30 as an ebook on
http://ebooks.ebookmall.com/title/african-diaspora-a-musical-perspective-monson-ebooks.htm.
Supplemental readings and multimedia resources will be found on Blackboard and in the library
reserves.
Coursework involves presentations, a concert report, and a final paper.
Attendance is monitored. Three unexcused absences lowers your final grade by one-third
(A to A-); five-six absences lowers your grade two-thirds (A to B+); and more than seven
absences will lead to a full letter grade deduction (A to B).