When songwriter/poets portray a city through the blues, they choose gritty lyrics to reflect its tough side. They sing about their own struggle to remember the dream that seduced them to come to live and strive in the city. This course looks at those urban blues that challenge one's everyday existence. Noise, high rent, and crowding are inconvenient. Unemployment, health risks, kids at risk, underemployment, housing shortages, homelessness, and crime are serious problems. These city ills trap many of its residents and yet, an impressively large number survive and thrive because of the city. In this course, you will look at city blues through the lens of sociology and enjoy the music inspired by the city. Assigned readings, group discussion projects, and analytical memos will help you gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of urban problems. The course will highlight today's successful urban community organizations and urban change agents, partnerships, sponsorships, and resources that musician change agents must know about to power through and turn around the city's blues.
Existential Psychoanalytic Theory and Life
The course examines psychoanalysis and existential therapy. Students learn both traditional and current developments in the field. Students will review of the work of Sigmund Freud, Medard Boss, Rollo May, and Viktor Frankl. Key questions for exploration include: Why do people do the things that they do? How can we free ourselves from our compulsion to repeat? We will explore the powerful forces that compel us to act out unconscious scripts. Issues covered will include: the repetition compulsion of addiction, the tyranny of anxiety and fear, the possibility of purpose, freedom and responsibility, love and will, and the relationship between dreaming and authentic living. A willingness to develop self-reflection is required.
Introductory Spanish 1
This course covers basic grammar, composition, and cultural reading selections. The emphasis is on pronunciation and conversational Spanish. Note: This course is not available for credit to students for whom this is a first language.
Introductory Spanish 2
A continuation of LSPN-161, this course covers more advanced grammar, composition, and reading selections. Emphasis continues on pronunciation and conversational Spanish. Note: This course is not available for credit to students for whom this is a first language.
Intermediate Spanish 1
This course develops the language skills built in Spanish 1 and 2. Students learn Latin American and Spanish culture, including music and literature. Exploring a variety of texts and disciplines, and focusing on conversation, students deepen their language skills. Grammar lessons are embedded in reading and writing assignments.
Intermediate Spanish 2
Spanish 4 is a continuation of Spanish 3 as students develop advanced language skills through readings and analyses of literature and cinema. This course focuses on representations of Latin American and Spanish culture including music, poetry, and fiction. Students explore a variety of texts as a means of deepening language skills through an integrated curriculum. Grammar lessons will be embedded in reading and writing assignments.
Curso intensivo provides a crash course in Spanish language and culture. Students learn basic language skills including core verb tenses and moods, Spanish syntax, gender, prepositions, Spain-specific usage/pronunciation, and real world vocabulary. These core concepts enable students to navigate everyday life in a Spanish-speaking country. Students acquire listening and speaking skills to help them successfully communicate in-country with tasks involving music, travel, friendship, household management, shopping, and leisure. Students also learn basic written communication skills that enable them to connect with Spanish speakers online. Finally, students develop a solid understanding of Spanish culture and history. Note: This course is not available for credit to students for whom Spanish is their native language.
Cinema en español
Cinema en español introduces students to the diverse offerings of film in Spanish. Students learn to examine the art form of film as well as the unique cultural and linguistic aspects of Spanish and Latin American cinema. Students will develop knowledge of cinematography, film scores, screenwriting, acting, direction, and production of films. Students will analyze these elements of filmmaking within the context of Latin American and Spanish artistic environments, considering how culture influences art. In addition, they will explore the political, socioeconomic, and moral questions raised in each film. Finally, students will develop oral and written language skills through writing analytical and descriptive essays in Spanish as well as participating in classroom discussions. Note: This course is not available for credit to students for whom Spanish is their native language.
Literatura iberoamericana introduces students to Latin American literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students examine two major literary genres: the novel and poetry. Students develop knowledge of the historical, linguistic and political movements that shaped the literary landscape of various Latin American countries. Students explore the influences of major writers on contemporary writers. Students learn the major elements of each genre. Students understand the interplay between political repression and artistic expression under dictatorships and civil war. Finally, students develop oral and written language skills through participation in class discussions and writing analytical essays in Spanish as well as writing and presenting a major author study. Note: This course is not available for credit to students for whom Spanish is their native language.
Introduction to the Music Business
This course will provide a survey of the music industry, highlighting those areas where music and business intersect. The focus will be on career possibilities in the music industry, the development of business-related knowledge and skills necessary for effectively maintaining a professional music career, the vocabulary and terminology of the music industry, and the distinction between music and business at the corporate level. The course will serve both the student wishing to increase his/her understanding of common business practices related to the music industry, and the student who is considering further study of music business/management.
Taxation in the Music Business
A specialized study for musicians of local, state, and federal tax systems in the United States. Topics include personal, self-employed, corporate, and partnership taxation issues, with emphasis on effective record-keeping, filing requirements, taxable income determination, and allowable deductions.
Principles of Business Management
An overview of the activities involved in managing a business, including marketing, accounting, finance, and the production of goods and services. The course focuses on the ability of the music business executive to analyze, plan, coordinate, and set objectives for these activities, through the presentation of business theory and problem solving.