Special Studies

Musical culture gets overwhelmingly associated with leisure, not work. This musicology seminar explores the many forms of economic, affective, political, and interpretive labor that make music possible. Introducing students to theoretical frameworks particularly sensitive to the role of social difference, regulated capitalism, and technology, the seminar asks: what do we learn about music when we approach music as labor? Readings in musicology, labor history, music education, ethnomusicology, anthropology, media studies, critical race theory, and gender studies will anchor discussions of topics such as bans on recording, artificially intelligent composition software, lullabies, music lessons, song collecting, copyright, electronics manufacturing, and the soundtrack of labor movements.

A substantial proportion of doctoral seminars are offered each year under this heading

Term

Section

Instructor

Schedule

Location

Spring 2020

1
Lucie Vagerova
R: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM WAVE 268
1
Michael Beckerman
R: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM WAVE 268

Fall 2020

1
Brigid Cohen
R: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM ONLI