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Words and Music

HNRS 2021 Sec. 081 - Spring 2023

Professor Jeffrey Perry School of Music

Tu Th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
218 French House

An exploration of the many ways in which text and sound can combine to create musicfrom songs to sonic art, from Romantic balladry to modern-day poetry slams, a study of how language and music converge and diverge, unite and conflict. We will recognize and analyze types of music/text interaction and apply critical and analytical criteria appropriate to each type and compose our own songs to texts selected in consultation with the instructor. Group critique of these songs will foster an appreciation of the songwriter’s craft. A final project will allow students to explore an area of interest involving the relationships between music and text we have studied.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Arts