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Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars
From the JBA Web site:
"The Joseph Baldwin Academy offers highly talented students a head start on their future university careers by allowing them to spend three weeks as college freshmen: they move into a residence hall; adapt to living with a roommate; eat dorm food; make new friends; attend classes; and work with Truman State's faculty. The primary goal of the Academy is, and will always be, that our students leave with an increased appreciation for the pleasures of education, intellectual engagement, and the college experience. Along the way we expect that they will grow both academically and socially as they interact with other high-ability students from across the country."
JBA 2010 Course Description
Ethnomusicology: Music in the Real World
Course designed and taught by Shirley McKamie,
Truman State University
Music is a form of human behavior that can vary widely across cultures. In 2011, as in ancient times, social, geographical, and political conditions--as well as spiritual concerns--shape each society’s music.
In this course, we use a global perspective to consider many types of music from around the world.
We begin with a discussion of the meaning and use of music in our own experience, including: entertainment (generational, pop-culture music); artistic or intellectual expression (art or classical music); group cohesion/motivation (national songs, marches, or protest/political music); and background/manipulation (film and television scores; Muzak Corporation music). Later, we use various media to “visit” different parts of the world, trying to answer the question, “Why do all cultures carefully preserve their ‘significant’ music?” As part of the answer we compare the music of oral tradition to that preserved by notation. A number of classes will explore the ceremonies and songs of indigenous cultures throughout the world.
Finally, Euro-American classical composers and interpreters are studied. The contributions of musical performers to their respective societies, over the span of several centuries, are examined.
Activities feature electronic research and multimedia-center sessions held at the University Library, live performances, and demonstrations by guests. In addition to invited Truman students and faculty who perform, students in this class who wish to play or sing are invited to share their talent.
While the field of Ethnomusicology generally includes a comparative study of the world’s music, examining its meaning and use in different cultures, this JBA course also focuses upon
the importance of the trained musical performer in today’s world.