The Thornton School of Music is pleased to offer three new courses for spring 2014 that are open to all students at the University. No prior music experience or knowledge required.
MSCR 475: Introduction to Jewish Music (42618)
Mondays 12-1:50pm in UUC B3
Instructor: Nick Strimple
v 2-unit course
v Survey of Jewish music from biblical times to the present, with emphasis on the development of music in Temple worship with emphasis on the following:
§ Klezmer, cantorial singing, and nineteenth century choral and theatrical music
§ Yiddish songs and their influence on American popular music (Tin Pan Alley)
§ The impact of selected Jewish composers (Leonard Bernstein, Felix Mendelssohn, Arnold Schoenberg, etc.) on Western culture
§ The survival of European Jewish music during the Nazi era
§ The historical development of Jewish folk music in the middle east; and the development of music in Israel
MUSC 499: Special Topics – Electronic Dance Music (47254)
Tuesday 6-9pm in THH 202
Instructor: Joanna Demers
v 4-unit course
v This course will be considering two questions, one ontological, the other ethical:
1) What is EDM? 2) And what should EDM be?
v We will enlist history and musicology to describe EDM’s origins, development, and current incarnations. We will pay particular attention to how musical processes like DJing, scratching, synthesis and sequencing, and sampling have evolved since the mid-1970s.
v We will draw from cultural criticism to study social, political, and cultural phenomena such as constructions of race, neighborhood, and masculinity, misogyny and homophobia, intellectual property, and political activism.
MUSC 499: Special Topics – The Music Video: From Popular Music to Film and Digital Media (47255)
Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm in THH 202
Instructor: Richard Brown
v 4-unit course
v This course will introduce students to the Music Video genre and how it has evolved since its emergence in the late 1970s.
v We will explore how the gender, race, and class of video participants shapes meaning, as well as how pacing and editing contribute to (or detract from) a narrative flow.
v Special topics include precursors to the music video in avant-garde film, visual music, and video art, new media outlets such as YouTube, video remixes and parodies, live concert video projections and video games.
v We will also consider the music video in relation to notions of stardom and celebrity, and will speculate on the future of the music video amid drastic changes in the production and marketing of media.