In this course, students explore topics of current scientific interest through a series of lectures/discussions with experts in their respective fields. Students examine major areas of scientific relevance such as climate change, water/air pollution, medicine, nutrition, etc. Students explore how these topics have direct impact on their lives and evaluate media coverage of these issues. Exact topics will vary every semester, according to the guest lecturers' areas of expertise.
This course explores the relationship between society and the environment. Students learn about ecosystems, the effects of population growth, and the influence of energy and pollution on environmental systems. In addition, students examine the flow of energy through ecosystems; the carrying capacity of an ecosystem; water, food, and mineral resources; fossil fuels vs. alternative energy sources; air and water pollution; climate change; and waste management. The class also discusses options to sustain and preserve the planet.
This course explores the science behind representing an entertainment act, whether as an attorney, agent, manager, or business manager. Specific focus is on advising, representing, and furthering the careers of artists and others in the entertainment industry. Students will examine the basics of agencies, talent booking and contracting, shopping talent, union and government regulations, fee/commission structures, and contractual considerations. Other emphasis will be given to financial management and advising, budgeting, development of a client base, and ethical practices in advisor roles.
This course explores neuropsychology and neuroscience as it relates to the clinical practice of music therapy. Students learn about the ways human function (e.g. language, memory, movement) is affected by pathologies (e.g. aphasia, dementia, apraxia), as they come to understand how irregularities inform us about regular brain function. Students explore the way functions of the brain engage in various musical elements (rhythm, melody, preferred music). Students also review published case studies as they evaluate both the historical and modern research findings in neuroscience and music. In addition, students distinguish the brains of musicians from non-musicians, analyze how the arts impact neural development, and explore how music perception and production research can be applied to clinical practice.