SIL and its partner educational institutions offer training in ethnomusicology and arts, to prepare people to be effective arts advocates and to build capacity in others.

Ethnomusicology and Arts training prepares a student to work alongside singers, actors, dancers, story tellers and artisans, to research and document a community’s performing and visual arts and then spark artistic creation that helps meet local needs.

Arts courses are offered at the Center for Excellence in World Arts (in the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics) and Payap University. Courses offered include:

  • Applied Arts: principles and methods for working with performing and visual artists to create new works of art in local genres that help meet a community's social, physical, and spiritual goals.
  • Audio and Video Techniques for Fieldworkers: field recording techniques for eliciting, recording, and archiving high quality audio and video recordings.
  • Expressive Form Analysis: initial structural analyses of the musical, verbal, dramatic, dance, and visual features of an ethnolinguistic community’s artistic genres.
  • Oral Tradition and Literature: a survey of the genres of oral traditions and the roles they serve in cultures worldwide, both in literate and non-literate societies.
  • Research Methods for World Arts: ethnographic approaches to understanding the people, structures, dynamics, meanings, and processes involved in creativity and performance in a community.
  • Song Transcription and Analysis: an introductory, practical course in the transcription and analysis of vocal music in a variety of song traditions from around the world.

In addition, SIL offers frequent artistic co-creation workshops for members of minority language communities.

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