Ethnomusicology Final Post

Project Summary: I will be traveling on a ethnomusicological research trip to the region of northern India for a month and a week to document the process of building several types of traditional instruments, and to record as many examples of these instruments being played in both large and small ensembles. My focus will be…

Final Project Proposal: Northern India Research Trip

Hey guys. For my final project I will be planning an educational and research trip to India, focusing on some larger cities, towns and rural areas in the Northern region of the country. My goal will be to immerse myself in, and record masters of Hindustani classical music both in ensembles and as soloists. Additionally…

Case Study: Japan!

Hello Class, I wanted to return to Japan after experiencing some eye-opening musical culture from that region during my “Cultural Insider/Outsider” post from week 3. That week I discovered Japanese Noh Theatre Music, a beautiful and unique cultural tradition. This week I hope to dig a little deeper and look at the wider scope of…

Case Study: Northern India

Hello class. This week I’m exploring Northern India and building a case study concerning their musical traditions. It seems to me (from a Western standpoint), that there has been a significant mainstream crossover with some of its cultural traditions into our culture. I think this is particularly true with music. Our book attributes much of…

Week 1: The Sachs-Hornbostel System of Instrument Classification Hello friends. This week I’ll discuss the widely-used Sachs-Hornbostel system for placing different unique instruments into representative groups. Why Classify Musical Instruments?Because the broad goal of ethnomusicology is to find ways to obtain knowledge  about the music of the world (Miller/Shahriari, 8), it’s important to study the…