Music in Our Lives

Spring 2017

FRPG 2071
Instructor: Paul Siskind
Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
This course fulfills the FYS general education requirement.

Despite the cliché, music is not a "universal language!"  This course will explore many facets of the varying roles that music can play in people's lives. Some of these issues include:  How (and why) did music evolve in human culture? How is music processed by the brain, and how does music evoke emotional responses?  Does music convey any specific "meaning"; if so, what does it mean? Are folk music, popular music, and "classical" music really different from each other?  What are the similarities and differences between music and other forms of art?  What makes music "good" versus "bad?"  How do the answers to these questions vary between different cultures, and how have they evolved over time?  We will explore these questions through listening to a wide variety of musical styles; through reading and discussing what others have written about music; through participatory creative activities; and through researching topics of your own interest. Previous experience in performing music or reading music notation is not necessary for this course; the only prerequisites are open ears and an open mind!

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