Genre, Sound & Society

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Genre, Sound & Society

Fall 2019

Taught By: Amanda L. Scherbenske

Section: A

CRN: 7281

Credits: 4

What really is a music ‘genre’? Interrogating this taken-for-granted term reveals many insights about sound, society, and subjectivity in American music. The course begins by examining recent popular music studies and critical theory on genre. Then, it traces the politics of genre in case studies from popular musics, including the blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, the folk revival, and hip-hop, as well as classical and new music. Throughout the course students consider the following questions: What are the terms by which genre is constructed and performed? How does it mediate and interact with the sonic, the musical, and the social? How are genres employed as manifestations of power, particularly in serving racial and gendered formations? How and why is genre at once structurally determined and sonically flexible? By the end of the semester, students will be able to actively and analytically listen to music, interpretively discuss the sonic and social significance of genre, and write and think critically about labels and categories as they pertain to music specifically as well as to expressive arts and society broadly.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:00am 12/7/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 602

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/12/2019