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Modeling Ethnomusicology$
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Timothy Rice

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190616885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190616885.001.0001

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Toward the Remodeling of Ethnomusicology

Toward the Remodeling of Ethnomusicology

(p.43) 1 Toward the Remodeling of Ethnomusicology
Modeling Ethnomusicology

Timothy Rice

Oxford University Press

This chapter proposes a model of the research foci of ethnomusicologists in the 1980s and model for the formative processes at work in music cultures. The simple three-part model indicates that music is historically constructed, socially maintained, and individually created and experienced. The model responds to and extends the thinking of Alan Merriam. The chapter claims that simple models, rather than complex models such as one that Charles Seeger proposed, are easy to remember. It also claims that simple models are particularly useful as heuristic devices for planning and carrying out research in ethnomusicology.

Keywords:   model, formative processes, Alan Merriam, Charles Seeger, heuristic devices

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