South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Stephen Slawek


ProfessorPhD, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Stephen Slawek

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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


UGS 303 • The Beatles And Beyond

60190-60200 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 1.106
ID

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

UGS 303 • The Beatles And Beyond

62875-62885 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM UTC 4.122
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The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

ANS 361 • Music Of India

31840 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MRH 2.604
GCWr (also listed as ANT 324L, MUS 342, MUS 380)

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.

UGS 303 • The Beatles And Beyond

63305-63315 • Spring 2017
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 1.106
ID

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

ANS 361 • Music Of India

30830 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MRH 2.634
GCWr (also listed as ANT 324L)

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ANS 361 • Musics Of India

31820 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MRH M3.113
GCWr (also listed as ANT 324L)

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ANS 361 • Musics Of India

31737 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MRH 2.614
GCWr (also listed as ANT 324L)

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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
C2 (also listed as ANT 324L)

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ANS 361 • Musics Of India-W

31183 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MRH 2.634
C2 (also listed as ANT 324L)

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ANT 324L • Musics Of India-W

28615 • Fall 2005
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MRH 2.610
C2

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ANT 324L • Musics Of India-W

28420 • Fall 2004
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MRH 2.610
C2

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ANT 324L • Mus Of India: Hindustani Mus-W

26649 • Fall 2002
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MRH M3.112
C2

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ANS 361 • Mus Of India: Hindustani Mus-W

27850 • Fall 2000
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MRH M3.112
C2

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