This course introduces students to the social & cultural study of music, primarily drawing on material from ethnomusicology and anthropology. Students will work together over the course of the year to put these ideas into practice through a fieldwork-based project on music in Charlottesville. This project builds on the work of the course’s first cohort, in 2018-19, to create a musical map of Charlottesville, based on research with local artists and community members. In 2019-20, students will continue building relationships with these individuals and scenes; and will further develop the map in collaboration with local musicians. The aim is to produce an interactive tool that tells the story of music and musicianship in town.
The Piedmont Housing Alliance has received a $100,000 grant for a partnership with the University of Virginia to benefit its efforts to redevelop the public-assisted Friendship Court Apartments in Charlottesville.