Music in Culture: An Overview

Music in Culture: An Overview

Instructor Gabriel Alfieri

Course Number PRDV 77730

  • $ 59500

This course is an introduction to the cultural functions of music. Unit topics include music and technology; music, environment, and identity, with special focus on music in diaspora; music and politics, conflict, and resistance; music and sacred ritual (religion); music and dance; and music and spectacle, including film, television, theater, sports and advertising. In addition to learning about the important roles music plays in these aspects of human culture, participants will hone their skills of active listening and critical thinking about music—and artistic expression more broadly—in a wide range of socio-historical contexts. There are no prerequisites for this course though some knowledge of the fundamentals of music is helpful.

Location: Online

Framingham State University - 3 graduate credits 

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