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Teitelbaum, Benjamin Raphael

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Teitelbaum’s interests include music and politics, reactionary ideology and aesthetics, Western esotericism, political theology, research ethics and Scandinavian traditional music and folklore.


  • neofascism, Nordic folk music, ethnomusicology, right-wing populism,


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courses taught

  • IAFS 3630 - Radical Nationalism in Contemporary Northern Europe
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Examines the current rise of National Socialists, white supremacists, ethnic separatists, anti-Islam activists and social and cultural ultraconservatives in northern Europe. Treats extremist nationalism as a social, cultural, aesthetic, intellectual and political movement. Consults scholarship from sociology, criminology and political science, as well as music, literature, art and film. Same as SCAN 3301.
  • IAFS 4500 - The Post-Cold War World
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Fall 2022
    Capstone course for international affairs majors. Examines the ways in which the end of the Cold War, the collapse of failed states, and the rise of global terrorism changed the world. Studies how peoples, governments and nongovernmental organizations face new social, political, economic and security challenges in an era of globalization. Includes discussion, oral reports, critical book reviews, and research papers.
  • MUEL 3822 - Words and Music
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Explores the interaction between words and music in song. Students will consider how such features as rhyme, rhythm, tone, and the connotations of particular words contribute to meaning in poetry; how rhythm, tempo, dynamics, mood, and instrumentation contribute to meaning in music; and how words and music coalesce in song to make a new meaning.
  • MUEL 3882 - Music and Violence
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2024
    Explores the role of music in generating, sustaining and contesting acts of violence. Focuses on conflicts occurring throughout the globe during the late 20th and early 21st centuries, with case studies that treat terrorism, warfare, revolution, street violence, domestic abuse, reconciliation and peace. Helps students to build an understanding of music's motivational powers and the nature of violence, as well as the role of expressive culture in mediating social conflict more generally.
  • MUSC 1802 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2022
    Introduces the study of musical traditions of the world; equips students with requisite skills for understanding and analyzing music as an art in historical and cultural contexts using an integrative approach that includes selected styles and genres, critical reading and writing skills and mastery of conceptual issues related to the discipline of music. Satisfies the World Music requirement for undergraduate students in the College of Music.
  • MUSC 4112 - Ethnomusicology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines the definition, scope, and methods of ethnomusicology, the discipline that focuses on approaches to the study of music theory, history, and performance practices of world cultures.
  • MUSC 4202 - Special Topic in Musicology: Current and Critical Issues
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Examination of a specific topic of current or critical interest within areas of music history, ethnomusicology, critical theoryand practice across the spectrum of Western, Popular and World Music traditions. Designed as a capstone course for music majors who have completed a full complement of musicology courses. Topics vary from term to term. Instructor consent is required for non-music majors.
  • MUSC 6822 - Advanced Studies in Musicology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2022
    Intensive study of a specialized topic in musicology. Students will be guided in critical reading, historical or ethnographic issues, analysis, oral presentations, and independent research. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • MUSC 7822 - Seminar in Musicology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2024
    Required of all musicology majors before completion of comprehensive examinations. A different research area is designated each semester. Offered fall only.


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