Queen's University

Ethnomusicology: Memory, Records, and Irish Traditional Music [MUSC 486]

MUSC 486/3.0

 

An introduction to the historical currents, technologies, and migrations that have shaped the sounds of Irish music in the modern Irish state and its diaspora. In this course, we'll problematize the idea of tradition by examining how music is recorded, preserved, and disseminated, both historically and in the present.

For Fall 2020 Remote Delivery

Irish musicians and singers at home and in the diaspora have actively used online spaces to build communities and disseminate their traditions. We'll use the opportunity that remote delivery provides to critically examine online resources (like archives and learning community), exploring the use and design of these sources to identify ideological assumptions, content types, approaches to historical narrative, audience, and dissemination priorities.

Each week, students will complete an online module that includes video lectures, readings, recordings, and activities. We will also meet synchronously via videoconference for 1 hour of discussion and questions based on module content. There is no exam for this course. Instead, students will complete a major term project, a collaborative assignment, and a series of small scaffolded investigations.


An introduction to the historical currents, technologies, and migrations that have shaped the sounds of Irish music in the modern Irish state and its diaspora.


INSTRUCTOR Rebecca Draisey-Collishaw

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