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IN CULTURAL CONTEXT
OF Music MAKING
SaSS brt l on
o the uninitiated, the scholarly field known
as ethnomusicology might seem a narrow
one. Yet, as two ethnomusicologists in the
University of North Texas' College of
Music prove, quite the opposite is true.
Because ethnomusicologists study
music and music-making within specific
cultural contexts, they collectively pursue an
almost unimaginably broad range of inter-
ests and areas of research.
"I define ethnomusicology as the
study of music and culture, or another way
to define it would be musical anthropology,"
says Eileen M. Hayes, assistant professor of
ethnomusicology at UNT. The research is
important because "people's ideas about
activities in and around music can inform
us quite a bit about the human experience,"
Ii ELDWO R K
Although its nature can vary widely, an
essential aspect of research for most ethno-
musicologists is fieldwork - direct
involvement with a culture and its music.
Hayes' current fieldwork involves
an exploration of race, politics, popular
culture, African American music and gen-
der theories in the context of women's
(women-only) music festivals in the United
States, a lesbian and feminist phenomenon
of the last 30 years.
Her latest research has taken her to
women's music festivals throughout the
country where she conducts interviews
with performers, organizers and audiences
with a particular focus on black women's
experiences. She is writing a book that
delves into music, activism and radical
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