Special Topics in Music I - Music Aesthetics

Course Number: 475*/3.0 3S (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Theory and Composition

Instructor(s): Dr. Stephanie Lind

Term(s): B

Day(s) and Time(s): T: 10.00-11.30, Th: 8.30-10.00

Room: GGSR

Calendar Description

An intensive analysis of a particular topic within a specific area of music: ethnomusicology, musicology or theory/analysis. Details regarding specific topics will be available from the School on an annual basis.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • PREREQUISITE: Third- or fourth-year standing and permission of the School

Additional Information

Music Aesthetics will examine the works of the leading thinkers in music philosophy and aesthetics from both historical and modern perspectives, including (but not limited to) Plato, Rousseau, Kant, Hanslick, Adorno, Kivy, Levinson, and Sacks.  This course will be organized in seminar format with weekly readings, discussion, debate, and critique of key philosophies by leading scholars in musical aesthetics.  The course will have a particular focus on relating historical trends in music philosophy to current society, including issues of technology, media, and musical practice/pedagogy. 

Assessment criteria will include blog posts, position papers, class presentations, a final term essay, and participation.