Music 202 - Thinking About Music

Thinking About Music

Margaret Sarkissian

M 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM; W 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Smith College
Sage 215
This course explores different approaches to the study of music as a cultural phenomenon. The course considers basic questions, such as: Why is music so often at the center of one's most profound personal and social experiences? Why is music a fundamental means of connecting with one's lives, communities and the wider world? Through in-depth reading and in-class discussion, students study the institutions of music (concerts, recording studios) and the varied practices of music making (classical, popular, amateur, professional) in order to construct a picture of the musical worlds and to understand what they say about society.
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.