Pioneer Valley Soundscapes
Formerly listed as: FAMS-42 | MUSI-19
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Maria E. Mendonca (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. Fall semester. Valentine Visiting Professor Mendonca.
If Overenrolled: Instructor's consent.
KeywordsFine arts for non-majors, Artistic practice, Community based learning
Offerings2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014