A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to introduce ethnomusicology as a discipline, its methods, and the main steps of its historical development. Furthermore, the monographic topics discussed each year provide an opportunity to deepen the study of some relevant musical practices.
The course also has a more general objective to develop students' ability in listening and understanding musical practices coming from non-European cultures an from European folk and folkloric traditions.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end, the students will have acquired basic knowledge of ethnomusicology, with particular reference to the monographic topic discussed each academic year.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
From Sound to Music: the Tuning of the World, by R. Murray Schafer.

Starting from the reflections of R. Murray Schafer (1933-2021) presented in the famous book The Tuning of the World, the course intends to deal with the study of musical practices and their interactions with the sound environment. The course will be divided into three units.
The first, beside a general introduction to the history and research methods of Ethnomusicology, will introduce the work of R. Murray Schafer.
The second will deal with Schafer's book, rural sound and spaces.
The third of musical practices and urban spaces.
The detailed program of the course will be provided at the beginning of the second semester.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is mainly for the students of Cultural Heritage Sciences and other three-year degrees. It does not require specific prerequisites; however, basic knowledge of elements of musical language and cultural anthropology can be helpful.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons. Viewing, listening and commenting on audiovisual materials.
Teaching Resources
The basic text of will be represented by the book by R. Murray Schafer Il paesaggio sonoro, new edition by G. Cestino, 2021.
More detailed indications about the teaching materials will be provided at the starting of the class, in the second semester.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be written, about the topics presented during the course, the bibliography and the audiovisual materials in the program. The following points will be assessed: the ability to critically re-elaborate the topics discussed in the course; the knowledge of the contents in the program; the ability to discuss and create connections and develope personal interpretative perspectives; the consistency of terminological expression.
Further information will be provided at the beginning of the lessons.
The modes of examination for students with physical and/or learning disabilities will need to be agreed with the course instructor, according with the guidelines of the competent Helpdesk.
Unita' didattica A
L-ART/08 - ETHNOMUSICOLGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-ART/08 - ETHNOMUSICOLGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-ART/08 - ETHNOMUSICOLGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours