Spring 2012

Pioneer Valley Soundscapes

Listed in: Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-312  |  Music, as MUSI-238

Formerly listed as: FAMS-42  |  MUSI-19


Jason Robinson (Section 01)


(Offered as MUSI 238 and FAMS 312.)  This course is about exploring, participating in, and documenting the musical communities and acoustic terrain of the Pioneer Valley. The first part of the course will focus on local histories and music scenes, ethnographic methods and technologies, and different techniques of representation. The second part of the course will involve intensive, sustained engagement with musicians and sounds in the Pioneer Valley. Course participants will give weekly updates about their fieldwork projects and are expected to become well-versed in the musics they are studying. There will be a significant amount of work and travel outside of class meetings. The course will culminate in contributions to a web-based documentary archive of Pioneer Valley soundscapes. We will also benefit from visits and interaction with local musicians. Two class meetings per week.

Requisite: MUSI 111, 112, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Spring semester. Professor Robinson.

MUSI 238 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 08:30 AM - 09:50 AM ARMU 212
Th 08:30 AM - 09:50 AM ARMU 212


Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2023, Fall 2024