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Second Semester 
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The course aims a comprehensive introduction to the scientific study of music as sound, social practice and symbolic language.

1. Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, students can identify and recognize the essential components of a musical performance; they identify the main formal and contextual elements of both folk and popular song; they know how to define some basic mechanisms of today's production, circulation, fruition of music; they can distinguish the contextual elements of the musics analysed during classes.

2. Applying knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, students are able to give consideration to the sound reproduction devices influence on today's making music. They can propose basic elements of reflection on the variety of music of our day as a representation of different cultural instances in the construction of identities, in the definition of global / local relationships, in the dynamics of power, in interpersonal communication, in the representations of the relationships between groups and individuals and so on. They get basic notions of sound / music archives, their activity and function

3. Making judgements
Students are able to describe musical performances of oral tradition similar to those studied in the class and to reflect on the relationship between text and music highlighting the main types of interactions

4. Communication skills: At the end of the course, students think critically about the presence and importance of music in the social life of our time. They also use the basic lexicon of ethnomusicology and discuss some basic concepts, first of all the same concept of “music”; and also they effectively communicate the acquired knowledge and skills.

5. Learning skills. At the end of the course students know how to access the main sound archives of music of oral tradition in the world; they know how to critically relate to the mass of information on music and how to improve their skills so as to be ready to continuing their studies in master's degree courses.


There are no specific course requirements. The classes are open to all. It is assumed that the student has an interest in the musical diversity of the world and is available for a reasoned listening. Class attendance is strongly recommended. Moreover it is highly recommended the course of "Ethnomusicology of Sardinia" and "Sociology of Music and Cinema".


Some introductory lessons deal with the concept of music, and human musicality as the ability of all men to make and give meaning to music. Then the course traces a succinct historical picture of ethnomusicology, with particular reference to anthropological approaches. The discussion will focus on performance and its interpretation, and on some crucial issues such as the relationship "music identity", the concept of "musical culture", the processes of musical transmission and so on. So the focus will shift to the human voice as a universal musical instrument, differently used by the cultures of the earth. Through audio-video materials, some in-depth case-studies will be explored. Last classes focus on sound archives, their importance and function, with practical examples from the Analytical Sound Archive of the Labimus / Department of Literature, Languages and Cultural Heritage of the University of Cagliari

Teaching Methods

Lectures with class discussions and practicals.

Verification of learning

• The questions will concern the basic themes of the course, with special regard to the concept of human musicality
• Competence in framing the ethomusicological studies as a tool for interpretation of contemporary music landscape
• Competence in description of at least two musical practices introduced in the central part of the course.
• Competence in description of a oral tradition music performance
• Expressive proficiency and use of an appropriate terminology


- Ignazio Macchiarella, Introduzione all'etnomusicologia (testo inedito), edizione AA 2021/2022.

At the end of the course an anthology of essays, with multimedia materials, will be available by the teacher

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At the end of the course, the materials for the test will be made available by the teacher. Please, do not ask elsewhere. Please, do not hesitate to contact the teacher:

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