Liberal Arts Courses
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 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.
In this course, students will explore the art music of Europe and the United States. The course will address such important trends as the evolution of counterpoint, the birth of opera, and the emergence of post-tonal compositional practices, using a selection of repertoire spanning the Middle Ages to the present. Students will finish the course with a clear understanding of how the polystylistic music of the twenty-first century has evolved from past practices. Additionally, students will develop a greater understanding of how other cultural forces have shaped musical practice in the West. This course will explore specific topics in the history of Western classical music in a chronological order.
This course is a survey of the major styles in Western music from about A.D. 600 to the conclusion of the baroque period.
This course is a survey of the major styles in Western and non-Western music from the early classical period to the present.
This course will discuss the contributions that African American composers have made to classical music from the late 19th century to the 21st century. We will explore the extramusical influences affecting black composers past and present, such as the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and the influence of jazz and other black music, and examine whether or not these influences play a role in the music of these composers. We will also try to discover the characteristics that may exist distinguishing the music of black composers from those of non-black composers.
A survey of rock music from its origins to the present. Lectures will focus on musical distinctions among the substyles present in the genre, and will include audio and video clips of major artists and trendsetters. Literary, sociological, and other cultural aspects of this music will also be discussed. Students will be able to take advantage of access to extensive research materials available outside the classroom.
A survey of music in feature-length films from the silent period to the present day. An overview of stylistic scoring approaches that represent the most significant developments in the field. Discussion of works of composers who have contributed extensively to the development of film music, including representatives of newer trends in recent years. Extensive visual examples will be combined with independent aural analysis of a wide range of scores.
This course focuses on the indelible impact the African musical and cultural aesthetic has had on the formation of America's contemporary music soundtrack and popular culture. The course closely examines the intersection of race, class, and gender as it pertains to the emergence of different sounds, including Atlantic, Philly, Stax, Motown, and Buddha, as well as gospel music in traditions such as Baptist, Church of God in Christ, Full Gospel, and the holiness movement. The course will also focus specifically on those African American musical artists who responded musically to the civil rights movement.
This course looks at the development of indigenous music from Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados—to name a few of the islands—and significant artists who have influenced the development of the music over the past sixty years. As with many Caribbean music traditions, these musics and their sub-genres maintain direct links to West African sacred and secular music. This course examines through analysis the various rhythmic and linear linkages to music from West Africa, as well as the contemporary history of the islands as is reflected in the lyrical content of the music. The influences and nuances will be analyzed and examined through selected recordings of the Lord Kitchener, Harry Belafonte, Mighty Sparrow, Arrow, Lord Shorty, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, and David Rudder. Steel band music, which is indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago and has spread over most Caribbean Islands, will also be examined.
A survey course on the female contribution to the art of music from the Middle Ages to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the changing roles of, and attitudes towards, women as composers, performers, teachers, writers, instrument builders, patrons, etc. More specifically, this class will be conducted within a historical framework of contexts and perspectives; thus we will examine the achievements of women musicians in the light of societal expectations, impositions, limitations, and attitudes.