GERMAN 336 - German in Song
Winter 2019, Section 001 - Songs of Hamburg
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures


Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
GERMAN 230 or 232 or RCLANG 291 or the equivalent as per placement test results.
Other Course Info:
Taught in German.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:


This hands-on class seeks to embed German language structures and phrasing through the medium of song, a powerful tool for memory. The objectives of the course are to improve confidence in speaking and enunciating German through presentations, singing and creative vocalization, while exploring a variety of relevant topics by contextualizing our songs.

The class will form a performance group, and part of class time will be spent on singing and song arrangement skills, alongside academic work that includes reading and writing about music and musicians. Students will work together both in and out of class to learn song parts from our repertoire, which will include songs by Hamburg classical, pop, rock, hip-hop, indie artists and more.

All class members will contribute their suggestions about song production during ongoing exchanges in German during class. The culmination of our work will be a concert performance at the end of the academic term. Also, the final project leaves much room for a creative choice.

Course Requirements:

  • Attendance/Active Participation 30%.
  • Essays 15%,
  • Quizzes 10%,
  • Homework 20%,
  • Song Presentation 5% (In pairs, students will find a German-language song of their choice for a 20-25 min. presentation analyzing the lyrics & coordinating a class activity relevant to the song.),
  • End of term concert performance 10%,
  • Final project 10% (Students can write a song in German; design an arrangement of any German song for the class to perform; make a music video for a German song; write a creative essay that is music-related, etc.)


GERMAN 336 - German in Song
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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