MUSC 286 (MUSIC AS CULTURE): MUSIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT

This five-week course introduces issues concerning music and the natural environment. Through creative projects, short written assignments, and readings on topics from birdsong in medieval music to Childish Gambino’s “Feels Like Summer” and the local Festival for the Eno, we will explore the following questions and more:

1) Is music an effective mode of environmental activism?
2) How is the natural world represented in popular and classical music?
3) Have musicians and the music industry contributed to the present environmental crisis?

Taught by Samantha Horn, this course meets Monday through Friday, 1:15–2:45 pm during Summer Session II. It counts as 3 credits towards graduation and has no prerequisites. No prior music experience is required and it fulfills the VP requirement. This class counts toward the Music minor and may be taken as an elective by Music majors.

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