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MUSC 211.00 Western Music and its Social Ecosystems, 1600-1830 6 credits

Open: Size: 25, Registered: 5, Waitlist: 0

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Synonym: 57747

Brooke H McCorkle

Western classical music, especially in the academy and the concert hall, enshrines the white racial frame. In this class we begin deconstructing that music’s white racial frame by interrogating how the classical canon came about, what it entails, and acknowledging how it is active in musical activities (called musicking) of the past and present. We will study the relationships between performers, listeners, and composers (social ecosystems) and consider the music and stories of those who have historically been excluded from the canon, including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and female artists. Through a variety of assignments including online posts, in-class discussions, and a final project that can take the form of a written paper or creative work, students will develop critical thinking, listening, and communication skills to help them succeed in their various musical endeavors. An ability to read music is not required, but students should be prepared to think deeply about sound and its meanings.

Prerequisite: Ability to read music preferred, but not required

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