Music As Culture (Tufts University)
In “Music As Culture,” students are invited to explore essential questions about the role of music, dance, and sound across cultures. Classes are organized around particular themes – such as musicality, music and race, music and globalization, music and politics, music and aporia – with case studies, readings, and musical examples that provoke and stimulate discussions. For instance, divergent conceptions of musicality in the West, Bali, and among the Venda in South Africa are juxtaposed to make students question how and why musicality is defined differently in each society, including their own. In addition, students learn about how the field of ethnomusicology developed historically, thinking critically about the various approaches and methodologies that ethnomusicologists have relied on in the past and continue to use today.
Music and Politics in the Soviet Union and the Post-Soviet World (University of Toronto)
This course introduces students to music that is rarely taught at universities, such as Russian pop and traditional music in Central Asian and Baltic states, thereby expanding the horizons of their outlooks on Soviet and post-Soviet music and society. Among the topics covered are: nationalism and Orientalism in the music of nineteenth-century Russian composers; masterpieces of Shostakovich and Prokofiev in the turbulent years of the Soviet era; traditional music in the Soviet republics, and; underground rock music as a powerful destabilizing force that opposed the Soviet regime during Khrushchev’s Thaw, Brezhnev’s Stagnation, and perestrojka.
Introduction to Music and Society
Music in North America
Music of the World’s Peoples