Creative Literacy: Music and Literature

Winter 2022
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
16 Credits per quarter
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“…I always think of my books as music before I write them.”  Virginia Woolf

“…besides being poetic and dramatic, it is something more. There emerges, when we analyze it, a kind of musical design…”   T.S. Eliot on Hamlet

This program incorporates Greener Foundations. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s introductory student success course, which provides all first-year students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive at Evergreen. First year students will get 14-credits from this program, and 2-credits from a Greener Foundations course. First year students will need to register for the 14-credit program CRN PLUS Greener Foundations (CRN 20001). 

Can music literacy enhance our understanding of literature?  Might attentiveness to the patterns of literature guide us to richer musical experiences?  Written sequences of symbols – musical notes in a score, words in a paragraph –  are an important method by which creative individuals communicate layers of information – information filled with complexity that leads to a multitude of nuanced levels of understanding.  And, while skillful interpreters of artistic works can provide meaningful entry points for others to experience the pleasure of art, being able to decipher the symbols used by artists allows one to see and understand the structure of a work for themselves – understanding that provides opportunities for insights and perspectives that continue to shift and expand with experience.

In this program we will work toward developing fluency with interpreting written notation and explore the pathways that weave between music and literature.  Students will be encouraged to develop new ways of understanding artistic works that enhance their own creative interests.  Curricular work is structured for students at all levels of experience whether new to deciphering musical and literary symbols and structures or looking for opportunities to gain greater fluency, depth of understanding and build on work of previous programs.

Weekly activities will include readings, lectures and seminars.  We will also have regular interactive workshops that provide opportunities for students to share original compositions in their areas of interest (music and/or creative writing).


Winter 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20281
Fr (14): 20284

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory For

music and the humanities

Maximum Enrollment
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Time Offered
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First Meeting

Com 110 - Perf and Prod Studio