Spring 2023

Soundscapes of the Connecticut River Valley

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-239  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-312  |  Music, as MUSI-238


Jeffers L. Engelhardt (Section 01)


(Offered as MUSI 238, ANTH 239 and FAMS 312) This course is about exploring, participating in, and documenting the musical communities and acoustic terrain of the Connecticut River Valley. The first part of the course will focus on local histories and music scenes, ethnographic methods and technologies, and different techniques of documentary representation. The second part of the course will involve intensive, sustained engagement with musicians and sounds in the Amherst vicinity (and beyond). 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 soundscapes projects. We will also benefit from visits and interaction with local musicians. Two class meetings per week. Visit http://www.valleysoundscapes.org/ for more information.

Limited to 12 students. Spring semester. Professor Engelhardt.

How to handle overenrollment: Instructor's consent.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: readings, discussion, independent research, oral presentations, group work, artistic work, field work or trips, visual analysis, and aural analysis.

MUSI 238 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM ARMU 102
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM ARMU 102


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2023, Fall 2024