MUS 203-01 - Topics in Ethnomusicology
4 credits (Spring)
Embodied Listening. When we listen, what does our body do? Our multisensory experience of sound is reflected in everyday metaphors… ‘your music moved me, touched me.’ Sound perception (not limited to “hearing”) is fundamental to many human and non-human activities. How can other ways of knowing deepen the way we listen and attend to our world?
Music schools are listening schools and have vital information to investigate and share. When we make music we share not only what we perceive, but also the actions that we aspire to hear, see, and feel. In this course we explore sound through multimodal activities to discover the interconnectedness of our sensory perceptions, and to discover what listening feels like and means in different contexts. We examine relationships among sound, power, vulnerability, boundaries, and technology.
Hands-on exploration is paired with theoretical understanding as students engage in processes of artistic creation, collaboration, presentation, self-reflection, and peer feedback, alongside lectures, readings, and critical research. The student will be guided to find their own original ways of perceiving and participating in a creative world, and to honestly recognize their intentions, fears, and the historical and social roles inherited and resisted in such processes.
A strong desire to explore the topic is requisite. Individuals with any dis/ability, and from any artistic tradition, discipline, and type of experience and/or lack of education, are welcome and encouraged to enroll.