81699 - General Ethnomusicology (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student:

- Will have knowledge of the theory and critical fundamentals of Ethnomusicology, through a close examination of the main orientations developed in its field through the 20th century.

- Through the study of a selected few music cultures, the student will have a deep knowledge of the systems and functions of music languages different from our own.

Course contents

The program focuses on the Sardinian tradition of launeddas, and on the female traditions of the rom of Kosovo.

The students who are not enrolled in Music Studies or from another Department, if they do not possess technical knowledge of music theory are exempted from the discussion of the analytical parts of the program.


1. Nico STAITI, Kajda. Musiche e riti femminili tra i rom del Kosovo , con due saggi di Silvia Bruni, Roma, SquiLibri, ebook con dvd allegato, 2012. 2. Andreas Fridolin WEIS BENTZON, The Launeddas. A Sardinian folk-music instrument, Copenhagen, Akademisk Forlag, 2 vol.

Teaching methods

Lectures with audiovisual media.

Assessment methods

The final examination consists of an oral interview. Students will be evaluated considering the skills acquired and their critical capabilities.

Students may take the final examination on the scheduled dates or, upon reservation one week before, at the teacher's office.

It will be assessed as excellent the performance of those students achieving an organic vision of the course contents, the use of a proper specific language, originality of reflection and familiarity with the ethnomusicology tools. It will be assessed as discrete the performance of those students showing mostly mechanical or mnemonic knowledge of the subject, disarticulated synthesis and analysis capabilities, or a correct but not always appropriate language, as well as a scholastic study of ethnomusicology. It will be assessed as barely sufficient the performance of those students showing learning gaps, inappropriate language, lack of knowledge of the instruments of ethnomusicology. It will be assessed as insufficient the performance of those students showing learning gaps, inappropriate language, no orientation within the recommended bibliography and inability of ethnomusicological analysis.

Teaching tools

Audio files and movies will integrate the lectures.

For students who do not attend the lessons there is no additional bibliography.

Office hours

See the website of Domenico Staiti