Music in Global Cultures I

Explores how music both reflects and influences individuals and societies. Themes include gender, sexuality, race, spirituality, and disability. Case studies will be drawn from a variety of musical traditions, past and present, from around the globe. Offered online, largely synchronously.

Music in Western Culture I & II

Surveys Western music (including jazz and popular music) from the Middle Ages to the present day. Building on skills from the Music in Global Cultures courses, we seek to understand musical works and performances as the creations of historical persons working in particular times and places.

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Storytelling in the Musical Theatre

Comparisons between musicals, their theatrical/literary sources, and cinematic adaptations. Case studies for Winter 2022 include In the HeightsFun Home, Spring Awakening, Cabaret, West Side Story and more.