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Dr. Aaron Allen, Assistant Professor Musicology, UNCG presentation for UNC Focus Forward April 7, 2010

Dr. Aaron Allen, Assistant Professor Musicology, UNCG presentation for UNC Focus Forward April 7, 2010

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  • 1. Dr. Aaron S. Allen Assistant Professor of Music University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music [email_address] See also www.ams-esg.org
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  • 4. <ul><ul><li>Musicology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>est. 19 th century </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biomusicology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>est. mid 1980s </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zoomusicology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>est. early 1980s </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acoustic ecology / soundscape studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>est. late 1960s & early ‘70s </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ecocriticism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1992: Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1977: American Society of Environmental History (ASEH) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ecomusicology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2007: Ecocriticism Study Group of the American Musicological Society </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>late 1990s (also “eco-musicology”) </li></ul></ul></ul>Interdisciplinarity: ecocriticsm + musicology = ecomusicology
  • 5. Ecomusicology <ul><li>How do musical works and performances express the human-nature relationship? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How composers/musicians express with music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How listeners interpret/contextualize musical experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How are musical cultures threatened and/or preserved? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Cultural sustainability” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How does musical practice impact and/or sustain nature? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Ecological sustainability” </li></ul></ul>
  • 6. Sustainability in the Humanities <ul><li>UNCG Environmental Studies Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major & Minor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No classes focus on sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many classes cover aspects of sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ecomusicology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guest lectures in ENV 101 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporated into MUS 333 (required of music majors) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MUS 602 (spring 2011), “Ecomusicology” seminar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future: undergraduate “Music and Nature” course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others: Biomusic course (MUS 426) </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. Dr. Aaron S. Allen Assistant Professor of Music University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music [email_address] See also www.ams-esg.org

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