Studies in Pacific Islands Music
School of Music
University of Michigan
602 Burton Memorial Tower
Ann Arbor MI 48109
Introduction to Course
The aim of this course is to introduce representative music and dance traditions in the the three broad cultural/linguistic regions of the Pacific Islands--Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The course will focus on identifying various uses and functions of music and dance in the context of small-scale societies, especially in the contemporary era, and will emphasize diverse ways of appreciating these traditions in the late 20th century.
There will be a mixture of lectures and discussion sections. Students are expected to complete listening and video viewing assignments throughout the term, and be prepared to discuss the contents in class. Issues of identity, preservation, revival, and transformation are paramount, as is the problem of defining "traditional" music and dance in the contemporary Pacific Islands.
No prior knowledge of the region is required, nor is the ability to read musical notation.
Course Requirements and Grading
1. Essays. Two essays on assigned topics are required--10% each. The essays are to be three typewritten pages long.
2. Research Project--25%. A term project, culminating in a research paper 10-15 pages. Topics should be determined in consultation with the professor during the week of 1/17.
3. Midterm Examination--20%. A midterm examination, consisting of listening identification and/or commentary.
4. Final Examination--25%. Essay questions on video examples.
5. Class Participation--10%.
NB. All requirements must be successfully completed
in order to pass the course.
Quanchi, Max and Ron Adams, eds. Culture Contact in the Pacific. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1993.
Music 193J Reader (at Alternative Copy in I.V., availability TBA):
Mervyn McLean, "Oceania and Australia," in The New Harvard Dictionary of Music edited by Don Randel (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1986), 554-8.
Max E. Stanton, "The Polynesian Cultural Center: A Multi-Ethnic Model of Seven Pacific Cultures," in Hosts and Guests: The Anthropology of Tourism (2nd ed.) edited by Valene L. Smith (Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1989), 247-62.
Amy K. Stillman, "Prelude to a Comparative Investigation of Protestant Hymnody in Polynesia," Yearbook for Traditional Music 23 (1993), 89-99.
Daniel J. Boorstin, "From Traveler to Tourist: The Lost Art of Travel," in The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (New York: Atheneum, 1961/R 1987), 77-118.
Dean MacCannell, "Staged Authenticity," in The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class (New York: Schocken, 1976), 91-107.
Adrienne Kaeppler, "Polynesian Dance as 'Airport Art'," Dance Research Annual 8 (1977), 71-84.
Roger Keesing, "Creating the Past: Custom and Identity in the Contemporary Pacific," Contemporary Pacific 1 (1989), 19-42.
Jocelyn Linnekin, "Defining Tradition: Variations on the Hawaiian Identity," American Ethnologist 11 (1983), 241-52.
Adrienne Kaeppler, "Pacific Festivals and Ethnic Identity," in Time Out of Time: Essays on the Festival edited by Alessandro Falassi (Albuquerque: Univ. of New Mexico Press, 1987), 162-70.
Karen Stevenson, "Heiva: Continuity and Change of a Tahitian Celebration," Contemporary Pacific 2 (1990), 255-78.
Week Topic, Reading, Listening, Viewing
ESSAY 1--assigned Wed 19 Jan, due Mon 25 Jan
DETERMINE TOPICS FOR TERM RESEARCH PROJECT
MIDTERM EXAM - FRIDAY 29 JANUARY
ESSAY 2--assigned Wed. 11 Feb, due Mon 14 Feb
TERM RESEARCH PAPER DUE FRIDAY 4 MARCH
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