MUET focus questions #2 revised

MUET focus questions #2 revised - Alexandra Nass Muet200 TA...

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Alexandra Nass Muet200 TA: Deborah Byrd February 7, 2012 Unit I, Section A: Ethnomusicology and Music-Culture Readings: Titon “The Music-Culture as a World of Music” and Charry “ Jeliya Focus Questions (Titon): 1. What is a soundscape? Stand still for a moment anywhere on campus and describe the soundscape. A soundscape is the characteristic sounds of a particular place both human and not human. These sounds capes are within the acoustic environment in which sounds, including music occur. We are able to experience the idea of soundscape everyday and we don’t even realize it. When I was walking on campus I noticed the sounds that I usually take for granted and don’t really pay attention to in my daily occurances. The loud songs playing from people’s ipods, and the noises of the traffic from the buses and cars. 2. How can you define “culture” in an anthropological sense? Why are ethnomusicologists not satisfied studying “the music itself” but study “music as culture”? What does this mean? Culture is the idea of a group’s involvement with music: idea’s, actions, institutions, material objects; anything that deals with the world of music. All of the beliefs and activities associated with music are part of a culture. Culture is the way of life of people, learned and transmitted from one generation to the next. Ethnomusicologists are dissatisfied with studying “the music itself” because people may be baffled by music outside their own music-culture, so they may find the music difficult to hear and enjoy.
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3. Can you explain in your own words what a music-culture is and why people of different cultures might not have the same idea of music? Different cultures give music different meanings, which impacts the way cultures value certain music. People from different cultures might not have the same idea of music because music sounds out of tune when its system is judged by standards of another.
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