Ethnomusicology as the Study of People Making Music

  • Jeff Todd Titon Brown University
Keywords: ethnomusicology, science, definition, history

Abstract

This essay defines ethnomusicology as the study of people making music. People make sounds that are recognized as music, and people also make
“music” into a cultural domain. The essay contrasts this idea of music as a contingent cultural category with earlier scientific definitions that essentialized
music as an object.

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Published
2015-06-17
How to Cite
Titon, J. T. (2015). Ethnomusicology as the Study of People Making Music. Musicological Annual, 51(2), 175-185. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.51.2.175-185
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