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MUS 414 A - Music and Society

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Examination of the social context, function and meaning of music/music-making in one or more communities, from one or more areas of the world, in one or more time periods. May address music in relation to such social issues as gender and sexualities, ethnicity, politics, etc. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topic varies. Prerequisite: MUS 313 and MUS 314, and junior standing in music; or consent of instructor.

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Topic: "MUSIC AND ANIMALS." In this course, we will explore relationships between (nonhuman) animals and music. We will examine musical works and practices (from diverse musical traditions) inspired by animals. We will discuss music performed for animals as listeners. We will also learn about performers who make music alongside animals. Through an engagement with research in bioacoustics and zoomusicology, we will consider similarities between music and some forms of animal communication. Throughout, we will discuss animal rights, human/nonhuman animal relations, and various conceptualizations of both -animals- and -music.-

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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