David M. Nixon
B CUSP 131
Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.
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
Class assignments and grading
Reading, music reviews, journal of all reading, final musical performance, final exam, participation, occasional quizzes