Drawing on examples from many different places and times, we will develop an analytic language to address the power of musical performance. We will study various methods of musical enculturation; the connections between politics and musical aesthetics; the ways in which music reinforces and challenges scaffoldings of race, nation, and ethnicity; and the power of music to form ethical subjects. Prereq: Registration for this course is open until the first day of class, at which point instructor consent will be required. Class Notes: This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times.