THEORY 560 - Special Studies
Winter 2019, Section 001 - Music in Political Film
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Music Theory (THEORY)
Department: Music School


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Enforced Prerequisites:
THEORY 240 and 250.
May be repeated for credit.
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THEORY 560 - Special Studies
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: "Music," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, "is the universal language of humankind." Indeed, the belief that there is something language-like about music has long fascinated not only poets like Longfellow, but also scientists, philosophers, and thinkers from a variety of other backgrounds not to mention linguists and music theorists. This course builds on this age-old interest from an interdisciplinary perspective, to see how music and language are related, and how they are also different. So we will explore, for example, how music and language function in different cultural contexts, as described by anthropologists, and how they evolved, and allow us to think, express and be creative, as philosophers, psychologists and biologists have discussed and in the process, we will explore things as diverse as birdsongs and Beethoven symphonies, fractals and Neanderthal flutes, and grunge rhythms and the music of New Guinea. To help us ground our comparison of music and language, we will learn some linguistics too?within a framework known as generative linguistics, developed by linguists like Noam Chomsky and we will see how this perspective suggests that music and language might actually be identical. Graduate students elect Theory 560.

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