Michael F. Berry
B CUSP 117
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: W.
Music in Everyday life (Winter 2013): Scholars of music tend to focus on one of two broad areas: either close readings of musical works or studies of the cultures from which these works emerged. Both approaches “center” the musical object and relegate personal encounters with that work to the periphery. Few scholars have studied the ways in which communities and individuals use music in their daily lives. Through readings from the scholarly literature, discussion, and self reflection, this class will attempt to shed light on how music structures our lives and influences our behavior. Simultaneously, we will consider how our daily lives shape our understanding of music. We will consider topics such as workout music, elevator music and Muzak, music in retail establishments, iPod culture, ringtones, and general music listening habits. A semester-long journal project will provide students with an opportunity to study their own individual listening habits.
Student learning goals
1. Demonstrate a basic familiarity with musical terminology
2. Summarize the ways that members of other societies use music
3. Articulate the role of music in their daily lives
4. Critically assess the ways in which institutions use music to influence behavior
General method of instruction
The class will take the form of lecture and discussion.
NO reading knowledge of music or previous musical background is necessary.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments will include reading, participation in class discussion, a semester-long journal project, and a final research paper.
Grades will be assigned based on participation in class discussion, the journal project, and the final research paper.