The act of performing music creates a multitude of social relationships between listeners, audiences, musicians, performers, and the industries and institutions that surround them. This subject will ask students to study acts of performance historically, theoretically, and observationally. They will examine a wide range of situations and circumstances and try to work out how the expression of music is also an expression, affirmation, and contestation of social power. This subject will appeal to those who wish to study subjects such as music, performance studies, sociology, anthropology, and gender and cultural studies. It cuts across all of these areas of inquiry in the attention that is paid to the complexity and subtlety of how music is perceived and experienced across multiple social scenes and communities. This subject is not about performance practice or assessment. Instead, it seeks to allow students to gain some insight into the experience of performance as multifaceted and perspectival. The case studies will focus primarily on popular music, but will also include boundary riding performances from the avant garde and experimental music traditions of the 1960s and 70s.
1 x 2hr seminar/week
1 x 500wd fieldwork report and presentation (10%), 1 x 1500wd performance genre report (25%), 1 x 1000wd fieldwork report and presentation (20%), 1 x 3000wd essay (30%), overall seminar participation (15%)