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date: 20 October 2020

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This chapter argues that applied ethnomusicology projects should be evaluated on how they navigate the value systems of the people they engage. Study of these value systems—a kind of ethnomusicology of values—should inform the design and assessment of projects. As a basis for a new model for studying value systems, the author proposes a return to the idea of value judgments from early ethnomusicology, illustrating how the model might be used via ethnographic examples from the author’s research, service, teaching, and performance projects on popular music, indigenous Canadian music and music theater in the urban poverty context of Vancouver, Canada’s Downtown Eastside. The chapter also asks and answers questions about evaluating values in applied ethnomusicology. For example, whose values does applied work support?

Keywords: values, evaluation, research, applied ethnomusicology, poverty, popular music, indigenous Canadian music, music theater

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