This course examines musical models of the environment by focusing on programmatic music, i.e. music that has specific associations beyond its inherent musical design. In order to understand how different cultures musically interpret their environments, we must consider both Western and non-Western perspectives. Characteristic of such a study is an examination of how humans relate to the environment emotionally and spiritually, not just physically and quantitatively. Student work will focus on learning how to hear environmental messages in music and practicing the communication of these skills orally.
MUS 345 is not open to students who have taken MUS 245.