Spring 2011

Seminar in the Anthropology of Music: Listening, Hearing, Audition

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-49


Jeffers L. Engelhardt (Section 01)


What happens when you think about music from the perspective of listening, hearing, and audition? How does the way people listen vary over time and across distances? What knowledge of musical experience, musical values, and the social and cultural significance of music-making does this approach generate? This seminar engages these questions by examining listening and audition as culturally specific practices, as forms of performance in their own right, as forms of consumption and exchange, and as relationships to technologies. Drawing on a wide variety of musics, media, and scholarly work, we will think comparatively about the difference between listening and hearing, sound and hierarchies of the senses, representations of listening in various media, the relationship of sound and audition in various religious traditions, and the relationship of listening to musical analysis, structure, and meaning. The seminar will culminate with ethnographic, historical, creative, or performance projects. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major.

Requisite: Music 31 or consent of the instructor.  Spring semester.  Professor Engelhardt.


Artistic Practice, Community Based Learning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2011