Music and Mythology
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This program will examine fundamental concepts of music with special consideration toward the stories at the core of our efforts to gain a clearer understanding of how we interact with each other and our environment. We will consider the role of the arts in recasting ancient myths and creating modern rituals that have the potential to transform lives. This program will focus on foundational music skills and consider cultural and historical environments that influence the development of and give meaning to the arts. Our work with progressive skill development will require physical immersion into the practices of listening, moving, and making music. Theory and literature studies will require the development of a common working vocabulary, writing skills, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking skills. Weekly activities will include readings, lectures, seminars and interactive workshops, which will provide the basis for focused consideration of the ways in which our relationship with sound and stories impacts our daily lives. In-program performance workshops will provide opportunities to gain first-hand understanding of fundamental skills and concepts as well as the transformative possibilities that exist through honest confrontation of challenging experiences. Writing workshops and assignments will encourage thoughtful consideration of a broad range of program topics with a particular emphasis on developing an understanding of the power and importance of bringing one’s own voice into the conversation. This balanced approach to the development of physical craft, artistry and intellectual engagement is expected to culminate in significant written and performance works each quarter.
Credits per quarter
- No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.
Class Size: 23
50% Reserved for Freshmen
Located in: Olympia