Sociology of Music

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Sociology of Music

Fall 2018

Taught By: Aleksandra Wagner

Section: A

CRN: 6972

Credits: 3

In the Introduction to the Sociology of Music, German philosopher and composer Theodor W. Adorno defined his subject as “knowledge of the relation between music and the socially organized individuals who listen to it.” We start here while asking, is it necessary to be musical to appreciate music, or is the special giftedness, long assumed to be required, a convenient social myth? The course devotes itself to three historical genres that nurture connections between sound, word and the culturally driven and sited spectacle—cantata / church; opera / opera house; ‘popular’ music / alternative spaces. It inquires about the social roles of musical stars—male and female—individual musicians, composers and conductors, who have contributed to the ‘abstractions’ of chamber music, concerto and symphony. It views music as a productive activity with an economic base that has helped define both national identities and the fragile sense of unity in the increasingly global world. You will be expected to listen to, and to read, think and write about it, while forging connections with our own Mannes School of Music. Two attendances to live performances—a rehearsal and a final concert—will be part of the course

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment 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: 1:42am 2/19/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 509

Date Range: 8/29/2018 - 12/12/2018