Hon/Music and Social Change
Term: Fall 2023 - Full Term (08/28/2023 - 12/11/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Times & Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Time||Location|
|8/28/2023||12/11/2023||TR||3:40pm - 5:00pm||PCAC M220|
This semester we will be focusing on music and social change with respect to the current social movements for racial justice and especially the long history and traditions of African diaspora and Black music as it intersected with struggles for societal changes, as well as the role of musical organizations such as social justice, feminist, and LGBTQ choirs in promoting and supporting social change, and also taking into account music and social change with respect to other underrepresented groups in the US. All readings will be drawn from online resources, and the course will include regular discussion, both synchronous and asynchronous (in the form of online discussions). You may wish to make sure that you have subscriptions to Netflix and DisneyPlus.
We will engage with a variety of musics and styles, including works like Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer and "Hell You Talmbout," Daniel Bernard Roumain's classical compositions, the music of Rhiannon Giddens, Terence Blanchard's music for Spike Lee films, Max Roach and Abby Lincoln's Freedom Now, and many other musicians and composers (whether or not we know their names). I usually make some space in the syllabus for students to help craft some of the specific content we will cover (we generate lists)