Five College Consortium

Patterns in Sound

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Amherst College

How do people organize sound into music? How do they organize themselves to make music? What do musicians hear in and think about the music they are making? How can one describe and compare patterns, principles, and processes in different musics? This course addresses these questions through the close study of rhythm, groove, and meter, harmonic practices, mode and tuning, pedagogy, composition, and improvisation, and musical form in a variety of musical traditions from around the world. Our explorations will cover popular, classical, and improvised musics from the Balkans, the Indian subcontinent, North and South America, West and East Africa, the Caribbean, and East and Central Asia, as well as globalized forms of hip hop and electronic dance music, for instance. The goal of this course is to develop translatable ways of thinking analytically about and listening closely to musical patterns, principles, and processes. This course includes lecture-demonstrations by visiting artists, weekly listening and analytical work, and hands-on engagement with music. Two class meetings per week.

 Requisite: MUSI 111, 112, or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Engelhardt.

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Patterns in Sound
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Jeffers Engelhardt

TTH 11:30AM-12:50PM

ARMU 212