Study of ethnomusicology in making music

Study of ethnomusicology in making music

This is an assignment that answers questions to MUSC A175-062 – study of ethnomusicology  in making music.Some of the music cultures include non western cultures and also Euro-American symphony.

Study of ethnomusicology  in making music

Firstly, ethnomusicology is the study of people making music. Additionally, the Music-Culture Performance Model is a tool that helps researchers understand the music of the world’s peoples on their terms. Also, in relation to our own cultures.

For this assignment, assume the role of an ethnomusicologist. Additionally, apply the Music-Culture Performance Model to an example work from a non-Western music-culture of your choice.  For the purposes of this class, Western music includes the Euro-American symphony orchestra, concert and marching bands, opera, and Western pop music.  Jazz and Caribbean styles are acceptable however there must be a discussion to relation to their source cultures.(ex. the African music-culture for jazz).

Secondly, identify your example piece and write one 3-4-page report discussing the piece through the lens of the Music-Culture Performance Model.  Please include a bibliography of sources used and also in-text citations, all correctly formatted.  Failure to include a bibliography will result in an automatic “0” for the assignment.

Example Format:  Be as descriptive as possible in your analysis!
Intro:  Identify and introduce the music-culture and the example piece (about 1 paragraph)


(each about 1-2 paragraphs):
Affective Experience
What affect does this piece have on the listener, including yourself, both within and outside its music-culture?
What is the intent or purpose of the example music?  Was there intent fulfillment?  How?  Does the piece follow the “rules” established by its music-culture in terms of its construction, location, style, relationship to audience, etc.?  Was there anything unexpected or non-traditional?
Identify the community involved with this piece.  Who makes up that community?  Who is the intended target of the performance?  Think about age, gender, religion, and societal status.

Lastly, how has this piece and others like it entered into the repertoire of its music-culture, through word of mouth or by being written down?  Also, how is it taught and disseminated, and by whom?   How has it influenced the people in terms of their identity?  Lastly, is it an “authentic” performance?

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