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A History of Resistance in Music

Department: Music

Instructor: Thomas Babin
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Prerequisites: none 
Section ID: 155718

Schedule: Mon., Wed., Fri. 9AM - 11AM PST


Course Description

This course will provide a broad overview of how notions of resistance are audible in music. Each week we will focus on a
general philosophy of resistance music making and look at how composers and performers through history have
expressed their discontent within the music itself.

Course Goals / Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students will

  • have developed a skill set to listen for meaning in music
  • understand basic musical concepts
  • understand music in relation to historical events and socio-cultural environments
  • recognize that there are multiple perspectives from which one can know music
  • recognize that the motivations, methodologies and philosophies of music making are audible in the music itself
  • be able identify some of these motivations, methodologies, and philosophies simply by listening to music

Course Topics

  • Ways of listening to music
  • Ways of understanding music
  • Ways of making music
  • Music history
  • Musical philosophy
  • Musical genres and subgenres
  • Musical performance practice

*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students. Courses have been modified for online teaching.