FA 364 Music, Philosophy & Meaning, 3 credits

This class surveys various answers to two broad and deceptively simple questions: What is music?, and Why does it matter? Both questions have spawned a significant discussions and a variety of answers. In this class, we will examine some of these answers with an eye towards helping students develop thoughtful views of their own as to the nature of music and its cultural value. These questions will be addressed with respect to a variety of musical styles, from “classical” music to jazz, pop and rock. No formal background in music or philosophy is required.

Prerequisite: FA 203 or FA 204