Courses: Thinking about Music: Ideas, History, and Musicology (MUSCH229A01)

Fall 2014

Core concepts and perspectives for the serious study of music. Students will explore music, meaning, and musicological method in a variety of contexts through a set of six foundational themes and questions: Music and the Idea of Genius, Who Owns Music? Music and Technology, The Global Soundscape, Music and the State, Tonality, Sense, and Reason. Each unit will use a small number of musical works, performances, or documents as focal points. In each unit we will also read current musicological work in attempt to understand the methods, arguments, and perspectives through which scholars interpret music and its many meanings.

Prerequisites: Musc 110, 203, or equiv prior knowledge of music.

Fulfills: HU III


Music (Web site)

Taught By

Richard Freedman (Profile)


Haverford, Union 114

Meeting Times

TTh 10:00-11:30