Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Evans, Kathryn
Discipline and Number
MUSI 3322 Section 001
MW Time 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Music in Modern Culture

Description of Course:


Music has existed since the dawn of time and is a uniquely human creation. But what we listen to and how we now listen to it has changed dramatically in the 21st century. The new musical styles and modes of listening question traditional thinking about the roles of the composer, performer and listener. Recent advances in technology, entertainment and the globalization of music through the internet have radically changed how we think about, talk about and listen to music. Music has played an important roles in defining ideas of nation, race, and gender, and thus in shaping the modern world for better or for worse.

This course will examine modern music from a variety of perspectives and encourage students to bring their own musical experiences and knowledge base to the discussion. Topics will include the business of music; music and technology; music and film; music and video games; music and television; music and emotion; music and cognition; music and perception; music and social media; music and science; music and society; music and psychology; music and political economy; music and drama; music and literature; and many more. We will then consider how these concepts have changed through the history of music, from ancient to modern times.

This course satisfies the upper level music history requirement for the music minor and the AP history requirement for Art and Performance majors. Prerequisite: ARTS1301 or MUSI1306 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to 9 hours.

Required Texts:

Wingell: Writing for Music
Bonds: History of Music in Western Culture
Selected readings from recent publications (provided by the instructor)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Short exams on basics of music terminology and historical concepts.
Required readings and discussion in class over those readings.
Paper and presentation over a theme, chosen by the student and approved by the instructor. Students may chose to work independently or in groups for the presentation, but papers must be submitted individually.

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