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Experiencing Ethnomusicology
Teaching and Learning in European Universities

ISBN 9781138254237
Published November 10, 2016 by Routledge
254 Pages

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Book Description

Simone Krüger provides an innovative account of the transmission of ethnomusicology in European universities, and explores the ways in which students experience and make sense of their musical and extra-musical encounters. By asking questions as to what students learn about and through world musics (musically, personally, culturally), Krüger argues that musical transmission, as a reflector of social and cultural meaning, can impact on students' transformations in attitude and perspectives towards self and other. In doing so, the book advances current discourse on the politics of musical representation in university education as well as on ethnomusicology learning and teaching, and proposes a model for ethnomusicology pedagogy that promotes in students a globally, contemporary and democratically informed sense of all musics.

Table of Contents

Contents: Prologue; Part I Disciplining Ethnomusicology: Transmitting ethnomusicology, expressing progression; Transmitting ethnomusicology, expressing culture. Part II Listening to Ethnomusicology: Listening to music, experiencing identity; Listening to music, experiencing authenticity; Listening to music, experiencing democracy. Part III Performing Ethnomusicology: Performing music, discovering material culture; Performing music, discovering expression and form; Performing music, experiencing emotion; Performing music, discovering value. Part IV Constructing Ethnomusicology: Transcribing music, exploring structures, or reinforcing Eurocentrism?; Composing ethnography: strategies, impact and change; Mediating fieldwork experience: ethnomusicological uses of film and video; Epilogue: Modelling ethnomusicology pedagogy; Bibliography; Index.

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Simone Krüger is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Liverpool John Moores University (UK) where she leads higher education courses and modules on globalisation, world music studies, popular music studies, and the role of music in culture. Simone Krüger publishes in the areas of educational anthropology, ethnomusicology ’at home’, and globalisation. Besides her monograph Experiencing Ethnomusicology: Teaching and Learning in European Universities, she is completing a jointly authored book entitled Media and Globalised Cultures. Simone Krüger is a committee member of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. For further information, please see www.simonekruger.net.


'Krüger asks what ethnomusicology is achieving in higher education: whose voices it projects, what values it expresses, what students make of the panoply of world musics and musicians thrust upon them, and how far, finally, teachers of world music succeed in their educationally transformative interventions. Informed by fieldwork at institutions in Britain and Germany, and by Krüger's own experiences as teacher and former student, this is a provocative and necessary study, rich in insights for ethnomusicologist and music educator alike.' Professor Jonathan Stock, University of Sheffield, UK ’A fascinating and thorough discussion ... the book is a good read, as Krüger is an entertaining writer who couples engagement with her subject with a forensic, non-judgemental approach.’ 4 stars, Songlines 'Krügerʼs book takes a fresh look at what is most familiar to ethnomusicologists in ways which, at different times, can be enlightening, challenging or inspiring, and although based on research in Europe, it is of no less relevance to ethnomusicologists in other continents... This is an important book, not only essential reading for ethnomusicologists, but also potentially mind-expanding for all music educators, regardless of disciplinary allegiances, theoretical perspectives or current pedagogical practices.' Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa