Music Ethnography Of The Bay Area

This site hosts samples of performances and interviews conducted with various members of the Bay Area musical community conducted by Stanford students as part of their fieldwork for the class MUSIC 147A, Listening to the Local: Music Ethnography of the Bay Area. The class is an introduction to music ethnography through student research on musical life in the Bay Area. Focus is on the intersections of music, social life, and cultural practice by engaging with people as they perform music and culture in situ. Techniques taught include participant-observation, interviewing and oral history, writing fieldnotes, recording, transcription, analysis, and ethnographic writing. A full archive of all the collected materials will be available shortly at Stanford University’s Digital Repository.

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