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

Formerly listed as: FAMS-42  |  MUSI-19


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.

If Overenrolled: Instructor's consent.


Artistic Practice, Community Based Learning, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2017, Fall 2018