Collaborative Ethnomusicology: Thoughts and projects in community music

by Jamie Topper

A community bombazo at Africaribe Cultural Center, Chicago

A community bombazo at Africaribe Cultural Center, Chicago

I am a musician and Teaching Artist.  I have found myself repeatedly invited into musical cultures different from my own ethnic heritage.   This is a gift, and my impulse to reciprocate has led me to develop community projects that I call collaborative ethnomusicology.  In this essay I will share three examples of these types of projects, the philosophical and pedagogical frameworks that support them, and the nuts and bolts of how they get done.

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