Metropolises bring together diverse groups of people in concentrated locations all over the world. Along with heightened crime and poverty, they are also home to an astounding variety of musical innovations. This course offers an exploration of disparate musical cultures in major metropolises of the world. Throughout the semester, we will study major cities, the major musical developments to come from them, and the cultural conflicts and celebrations that emerge in contemporary urban life. In addition to local styles, we will discuss such global styles as hip-hop, punk, pop, dancehall, rock, roots music, “world music,” and electronic dance music, and how they relate to the urban environments where they were developed and where they continue to thrive.
Max Enrollment: 18
Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video
Typical Periods Offered: Fall
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall