MUSI 207Native 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. 401-419) on Ethnic North American music