Intro to Music Studies – ONLINE (3 credits)
FAM 1045-001 (Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:50 a.m., synchronous)
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: SCE Society, Culture, Ethics; FA Fine Arts
This writing intensive seminar introduces students to the study of music as an essential component of human life. Students will examine the ways in which music moves people, creates meaning, forms knowledge, and shapes social life as an expression of history, culture, identify, and creativity. Using examples from multiple styles, time periods, and geographic origins, students will learn to engage with the sonic dimensions of music through live performance, recordings, and written forms. Students will consider how different modes of writing and thinking about music both inside and outside of the academy intersect with different modes of making music, whether through collaborative performance, improvisation, compositions, or amateur music-making. This course asks broad questions about music and its place in the world, and trains students to focus on the cultural and historical processes through which people engage with music. The format of the course allows students to think, speak, and write about musical sound in diverse contexts. This course will engage with a wide variety of repertories, including American vernacular/popular music and African-American musical traditions, a minimum of three non-Western traditions; and will consider a range of styles with Western art music, historical and contemporary.