The Art of Listening:

"The more I see, the less I know for sure" figures in lyrics by John Lennon and also by Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name just two popular music examples. With a substitution of "hear" for "see" this provocative statement will be our starting point. What *is* the practice of listening? What can it be if we nurture it? Is it and acquired skill? a talent? a bodily practice? a mental process? Is hearing the result of listening? And, what do we hope to know through listening? This class will include creative work and written responses to listening, though there are no prerequisites for enrollment. Inability to read music will not disadvantage any student wishing to take the course. COURSE COUNTS TOWARD THE MUSIC MINOR BUT NOT THE MUSIC MAJOR.

Students acquire a basic vocabulary of musical terms, concepts, and listening skills in order to describe their responses to musical experiences. Considers the structure and style of influential works in the Western art music repertoire, popular music, or other musical cultures, with attention to the wider social, political, and artistic context. Course does not count towards the Music major. Can be counted toward the minor as an elective.

Course Information



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Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2018

Efrain Rozas
MW: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM SILV 320