This course explores songs from New York City’s “Tin Pan Alley,” selected from such songwriters as the Gershwins, Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin, and songs from earlier times and places, such as Franz Schubert in early 19th-century Vienna or Thomas Campion in Elizabethan England. Primary focus is on the music and the lyrics, but we also study the social and cultural contexts of these songs. Some required concerts and video screenings outside of class time. Offered occasionally. Prerequisite: MUS 200/201 or permission of the instructor. Also offered through European Studies.