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MUSI 207 Native American Music. Chapter 11. Ethnic North American Music. Instrument Creation (STOMP) Instrument, music to play with it, solo or ensemble Chapter Presentation Conceptualization Commodification and Specialization of M usic Art and Commerce North American Values.

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Musi 207 native american music

MUSI 207Native American Music

Chapter 11


Ethnic north american music
Ethnic North American Music

Instrument Creation (STOMP)

  • Instrument, music to play with it, solo or ensemble

  • Chapter Presentation

  • Conceptualization

  • Commodification and Specialization of Music

  • Art and Commerce

  • North American Values


  • How is music conceptualized in north america
    How is music conceptualized in North America?

    Something done by professionals, artists

    Something encountered-concerts, public sphere

    Music learned from schoolmates, teachers, parents, and/or church members

    Comes to mind better than more formalized examples (printed music, MP3 files, concerts)

    “Music for music’s sake.”


    Commodification and specialization of music
    Commodification and Specialization of Music

    Financial success is esteemed

    Artistic excellence measured

    Producers’ goal-make music with wide appeal

    Artists’ goal-make music that evidences talent, pursues excellence


    Art and commerce
    Art and Commerce

    • Tense relationship

      • Courting mainstream audience

      • Compromising artistry and authenticity

    • Concert Halls

      • Sell tickets

      • Challenge audiences with new music


    North american values
    North American Values

    Refining performance skills

    Composing new music

    Entering contests

    Interpreting challenging compositions

    All efforts may yield little financial reward


    Music as a reflection of culture
    Music as a Reflection of Culture

    Music is measured by its ability to integrate society, ceremonies, and social events. Technical complexity is not a valid criterion. For the Blackfeet, “the right way to do something is to sing the right song with it.” Every activity has its appropriate song.


    For next class
    For next class

    Chapter Exam 12 is due Friday

    Comment on the D2L PowerPoint presentations (last week to do this)

    Read Chapter 12 (pgs. 401-419) on Ethnic North American music



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