Winter 2021 Courses


The full list of music courses we offer can be found on the Registrar's website. Please note that courses and times are subject to change.

MUS 3.03 American Music: Roots and Revolutionaries

MUS 20 Introduction to Music Theory

MUS 45.xx The Power of Music (pending)

  • Course Description (see below)
  • Professor: Ted Levin
  • Time: 10A
  • Location: TBA

Why is music powerful and what are the sources of its powers? From the Pythagorean "music of the spheres" and Plato's inventory of the ethical attributes of musical scales and modes to Siberian shaman drumming, Sufi "trance music," and contemporary debates about the "weaponizing" of music, the powers attributed to music have inspired a broad range of philosophical speculation, scientific and pseudoscientific analysis, and critical writing. The aim of the course is to illuminate some of the ways in which music's powers have been explained and described in various times, places, and cultures as well as to develop a critical vocabulary for speaking and writing about music from an evidence-based perspective. In short weekly papers, students will critique musical works and musical performances (both live and recorded) as well as offer their own critical interpretations of selected texts about music. Each class member will develop a final project due at the end of the term that addresses a course-related topic of personal interest. Weekly listening/viewing assignments are drawn from a range of global musical sources.