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.

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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
Music
Art and Commerce
North American Values
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
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
Tense relationship
 Courting mainstream audience
 Compromising artistry and
authenticity
Concert Halls
 Sell tickets
 Challenge audiences with new
music
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 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
Chapter Exam 12 is due Friday
Comment on the D2L
PowerPoint presentations (last
week to do this)
Read Chapter 12 (pgs. 401419) on Ethnic North American
music
Pause for a moment today and
listen to the music of your soul.

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