M26Lecture01F08 - Music in American Cultures Questions of...

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8/28/08 1 Music 26AC Music in American Cultures Prof. Ben Brinner 8/28/08 2 Music in American Cultures Questions of Definition: What is music ? Who and what is American ? What do we mean by culture ? 8/28/08 3 Questions of Definition: Music What is music? Singing and sounds made on instruments? Can it include animal “songs”? … mechanical sounds? Is your concept of music the same as your friends’? your parents’? 8/28/08 4 Questions of Definition: American Who and what is American ? Is anyone born in America an American? Can someone become American by living here long enough? Is anything created in America American? Is there American music? jazz? blues? rock and roll?
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5 Questions of Definition: Culture What do we mean by Culture ? Does everyone “have” a culture? Can one person “have” or participate in more than one culture? How are different cultures related? How can we study and compare them? American culture or cultures? 8/28/08 6 Music in American Cultures Why cultures ? multiplicity of cultures in US despite pervasive “mainstream” Cultural differences are often marked by music due to different cultural backgrounds of people who have come to the US and to changes in the US, including mixing of these different backgrounds. 8/28/08
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M26Lecture01F08 - Music in American Cultures Questions of...

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