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Teaching What Cannot Be Taught

Ted SolÍs

in Performing Ethnomusicology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238749
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937178 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238749.003.0001
Teaching What Cannot Be Taught

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This chapter provides an introduction to an optimistic overview of music ensembles. It articulates the fact that very little has been written about academic world music ensembles even after such a huge growth in world music performance programs. It discusses an ethnomusicological dilemma that manifests in musical ensembles and also highlights the fact that the emotions engendered and engaged through the act of ensemble creation and participation are profound and volatile. Furthermore, this chapter turns to the discussion of challenges encountered while learning music. It also generalizes ensembles into two categorical types, namely realization ensemble and experience ensemble. A list of typical academic world music ensemble types is certainly shorter than one would imagine, given the great range of interests reflected in general ethnomusicological scholarship. Lastly it discusses patchworkers, actors, and ambassadors: representing the people in general from the world of ensembles.

Keywords: ethnomusicological investigation; musical ensembles; ethnomusicological dilemma; ethnomusicological scholarship; world music

Chapter.  8128 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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