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David M. Nixon
B CUSP 131
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in First-Year Learning

Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

The point of this class is to get better at thinking about, talking about, writing about, and playing music. We will take some time to focus on some particularly philosophical issues connected to music, such as: What is music? What is the connection between music and emotion? What is the value of music? We will primarily learn by doing: We will learn how to be more sophisticated and articulate in our thinking and writing about music by doing a lot of writing about it, mostly in the form of music reviews. We will learn how to play music by creating it. One needn’t have any particular musical talent, just the willingness to make music regardless.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Reading, music reviews, journal of all reading, final musical performance, final exam, participation, occasional quizzes


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David M. Nixon
Date: 01/05/2009