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Conversations with scholars about music, hosted by musicologist Will Robin and produced by D. Edward Davis

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Conversations with scholars about music, hosted by musicologist Will Robin and produced by D. Edward Davis

    Rebecca Black's "Friday" and Viral Music with Paula Harper

    Rebecca Black's "Friday" and Viral Music with Paula Harper

    Way back in 2011, Rebecca Black's music video "Friday" went viral because it was widely considered to be one of the worst songs of all time. But what does that actually mean––for music to "go viral," and for music to be so widely criticized as "bad"? A conversation about gender, genre,  and musical virality in the 2010s with musicologist Paula Clare Harper.

    Paula Clare Harper is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis; this fall, she will join the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln as an assistant professor.

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    Questions? Thoughts? Share them with Will on Twitter @seatedovation

    • 47 min
    Freedom Singing at the March on Washington with Tammy L. Kernodle

    Freedom Singing at the March on Washington with Tammy L. Kernodle

    Though often overlooked in mainstream histories, the voices of Black women were central to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963. And those voices included some of the greatest musicians of the time: Odetta, Mahalia Jackson, Camilla Williams.  These women, and the political significance of the spirituals they sang, are the subject of this week's episode: a conversation with the musicologist Tammy L. Kernodle about the wide-ranging role of music, and the fractious political coalitions it represented, at the 1963 March on Washington.

    Tammy L. Kernodle is Professor of Musicology at Miami University in Ohio.

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    Questions? Thoughts? Share them with Will on Twitter @seatedovation

    • 52 min
    Expert Listening and d/Deaf Culture with Jessica A. Holmes

    Expert Listening and d/Deaf Culture with Jessica A. Holmes

    When we think about music and deafness, it's often through the lens of Beethoven: the mythological figure who overcomes his hearing loss to compose great music. But members of the d/Deaf community often talk less about hearing loss than about deaf gain.  And we can gain a lot from understanding the wide range of methods through which d/Deaf people engage with, create, and listen to music. A conversation with musicologist Jessica A. Holmes, who researches the relationship between music and disability, including the listening expertise found in d/Deaf culture.

    Jessica A. Holmes is a lecturer in the Department of Musicology at the UCLA Herb Albert School of Music.

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    Questions? Thoughts? Share them with Will on Twitter @seatedovation

    • 36 min
    Teaching Music History with Sara Haefeli and Andrew Dell'Antonio

    Teaching Music History with Sara Haefeli and Andrew Dell'Antonio

    Maybe you teach music history, and maybe you don't, but pedagogy is a part of your life: we have all been teachers, and we have all been students. This conversation, with musicologists Andrew Dell'Antonio and Sara Haefeli, is about how they have innovated in their classrooms, but it is also about teaching itself as a practice, as an art, and as a form of research. What does it mean to abandon traditional lecturing and traditional grading, and empower students to see themselves as creators of music history? 

    Sara Haefeli is associate professor of music theory, history, and composition at Ithaca College. Andrew Dell'Antonio is professor of music at the University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music.

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    Questions? Thoughts? Share them with Will on Twitter @seatedovation

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Diversifying Music Theory with Ellie Hisama

    Diversifying Music Theory with Ellie Hisama

    Music theory has long been a space in which white male scholars analyze music  by white male composers. But many music theorists are actively trying to change that, and our guest today, Professor Ellie Hisama, is foremost among them. In this conversation, we discuss her pioneering work on women modernist composers; diversifying the music theory classroom; her recent scholarship on gender discrimination in music theory, including sexist and homophobic comments made by Milton Babbitt; and a lot more.

    Ellie Hisama is Professor of Music, Music Theory and Historical Musicology at Columbia University.

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    Questions? Thoughts? Share them with Will on Twitter @seatedovation

    • 56 min
    The Gospel Imagination with Braxton D. Shelley

    The Gospel Imagination with Braxton D. Shelley

    What happens, musically and spiritually, when a congregation sings gospel ? How can we analyze music that moves not just the mind, but also the body and the soul? A conversation with Braxton D. Shelley, whose scholarship fuses theology and musicology to understand how musical techniques like vamps and "tuning up" lead to transcendent religious experiences.

    Braxton D. Shelley is Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and Assistant Professor of Music in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Kritischer Bericht ,

Behind the scholarship

Beyond the "what do musicologists do all day?" question, this podcast probes scholars to tell "why?" What factors prompted their work, sometimes leading them into new and unexpected directions? The issues considered are big, but the stakes are huge--connecting what goes on in the classroom with what goes on in "the real world." Perceptive questions from Will Robin, who knows also how to stay out of the way and let his guests tell their story.

AmoralPerc ,

Fantastic show!

Sound Expertise has rapidly become one of my favorite podcasts. Every episode is highly informative and lively thanks to Will Robin’s strength as an interviewer and his guests’ obvious passion for their research. The variety of musical topics covered guarantees that there’s something in the episode catalogue for everyone. Furthermore, Sound Expertise provides a great introduction to today’s musicology field and how it has grown/shifted over the last few decades. Much appreciated!

Woof Barlow ,

Musicologists discuss their fields of study

Will Robin is a knowledgeable interviewer and a trained listener. It is refreshing to hear a podcast where the host avoids interrupting and allows their guest to unspool a complete thought. The George Lewis interview is an informative listen.

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