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Explorations in Musicology
MUSC 520
Fall 2023
Section: 01  

What is Musicology? How and why do scholars write about music? This course will investigate some of the motivation for making music a scholarly object of inquiry. After reviewing some of the methodologies through which scholarship has been constructed (archival research, reception history, historiography, practice-led research), we will assess and discover new ways to write about music and the cosmos. This topic will serve as a prism through which musicological debate can be understood, and contrasted with ethnomusicological and other approaches. We will draw on a range of musicological approaches and frameworks--cultural, historical, scientific, and environmental studies, posthumanism, mythology, and countercultural spirituality.

Course Objectives:
- To gain familiarity with diverse thinking about music inspired by the great beyond
- To understand some of the reasons why musicians turn to cosmology
- To develop cross-cultural understandings of the collaborations of musicians and astronomers
- To explore celestial motion as a form of design, or a mode of rationalizing
- To use musicology tools to find new ways of analyzing phenomena
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: None
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: GRAD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on JUN-13-2024
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