Thinking Musically

Music for most young people is either a participatory activity such as orchestra or choir, or a listening activity used as a hobby or pastime.  This seminar, adapted from a course in World Music, encourages students to step back from their own musical lives to think about what it really means to be a musician in a global context and how people define music differently.  Students will also examine issues of how we assign value to music, and how gender and socioeconomic status interface with music.   Examples will be drawn from popular music, classical music, and non-Western music.


Dr. Mark Swift, Professor of Music