South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Stephen Slawek


ProfessorPhD, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

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Musical traditions of South Asia, southeast Asian music, American popular music

Biography


Stephen Slawek (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986), Professor, joined the faculty in 1983, adding an Asianist's perspective to the curricular offerings of the ethnomusicology program. He specializes in the musical traditions of South Asia and has secondary interests in Southeast Asian music and American popular music. His publications draw upon extensive field experience and personal studies of performance practice in India. He has authored one book, Sitar Technique in Nibaddh Forms (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass 1987) and, with Robert Hardgrave, Jr., co-authored Musical Instruments of North India: Eighteenth Century Portraits by Baltazard Solvyns (Delhi: Manohar Publishers 1997). He has contributed articles and reviews to several journals such as Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, The Yearbook for Traditional Music , Notes and Journal of Vaishnava Studies, and has articles in The Garland Encyclopedia for World Music: South Asia and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Professor Slawek has been a member of the Board of the Society for Ethnomusicology, is currently on the Board of the Society for Asian Music, and serves as editor of Asian Music, the Journal of the Society for Asian Music. A senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar, he has an international reputation as an accomplished performer on the Indian sitar. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses on Asian musics and graduate seminars in ethnomusicology, Professor Slawek directs the Indian Classical Music Ensemble.

Courses


MUS 380 • Music Of India

22125 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MRH 2.604
(also listed as ANS 361, ANT 324L, MUS 342)

This course will comprise a broad introduction to the musical traditions of India, with particular emphasis placed on the art music of North India, the system referred to as Hindustani sangita. We will study Hindustani sangita both as a system with its own principles of internal organization and as a tradition in interaction with other musical traditions in India, and with musics elsewhere in the world. In doing so, we will resort to models and theories drawn from the field of ethnomusicology to develop an understanding of Hindustani music as a constellation of culturally meaningful sounds.

Course Objectives: The major goals in this course are that students

  1. learn how sound is organized into musically meaningful structures in Indian culture,
  2. learn about the relationships that exist between Hindustānī saṅgīta and other types of musical expression in India,
  3. understand the history of Hindustānī saṅgīta, and how its development has been interconnected with political and religious events in South Asia.
  4. acquire a basic understanding of the place of music and musicians in Indian culture,
  5. acquire a basic aptitude for listening intelligently to performances of Indian art music. (By intelligent listening, it is implied that the listener knows what has happened and what will probably happen in any one performance. This will necessarily entail becoming familiar with a vocabulary of musical description [including indigenous theoretical terms, knowledge of musical instruments, genres, developmental processes within genres, stylistic schools et cetera].)
  6. acquire a basic knowledge of available resource materials for furthering their knowledge of Indian music after leaving the course.

Course Requirements:

This course is being offered in accordance with University guidelines for courses intended to satisfy the undergraduate "writing flag" and “global cultures” flag requirements. Thus, the course will include a variety of assigned writing projects that, together, meet or exceed the guidelines for such courses.

ANS 361 • Music Of India

30830 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MRH 2.634

Selected topics in south and east Asian anthropology, economics, history, geography, government, art, music, and philosophy.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Asian Studies 320 and 361 may not both be counted unless the topics vary.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 361 • Musics Of India

31820 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MRH M3.113

Selected topics in south and east Asian anthropology, economics, history, geography, government, art, music, and philosophy.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Asian Studies 320 and 361 may not both be counted unless the topics vary.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 361 • Musics Of India

31737 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MRH 2.614

Selected topics in south and east Asian anthropology, economics, history, geography, government, art, music, and philosophy.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Asian Studies 320 and 361 may not both be counted unless the topics vary.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 384 • South Asian Mus Post-Col World

31840 • Spring 2012
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM MRH 3.134

Study of various aspects and periods of South Asian culture and society.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 361 • Musics Of India-W

30515 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MRH 2.610

Selected topics in south and east Asian anthropology, economics, history, geography, government, art, music, and philosophy.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Asian Studies 320 and 361 may not both be counted unless the topics vary.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 361 • Musics Of India-W

31183 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MRH 2.634

Selected topics in south and east Asian anthropology, economics, history, geography, government, art, music, and philosophy.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Asian Studies 320 and 361 may not both be counted unless the topics vary.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 361 • Mus Of India: Hindustani Mus-W

27850 • Fall 2000
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MRH M3.112

Selected topics in south and east Asian anthropology, economics, history, geography, government, art, music, and philosophy.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Asian Studies 320 and 361 may not both be counted unless the topics vary.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

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