Taste: Music in Cultural Context

Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Freshman - Sophomore
Class Size: 25
14 Credits per quarter
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This program incorporates Greener Foundations. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s 2-quarter 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 20007). 

One of three affiliated programs with taste as a central focus, this program explores the ways in which people from across the world conceive of, play, and listen to music and the soundscapes that accompany their lives. This lower-division program in fall and winter quarters is connected to two other programs also called Taste, but with different emphases; the others have as their focus history and material culture, and food studies education respectively. By enrolling in this program, you will gain a wider perspective over people's aesthetic interests and actions; you will also learn to play and sing music from various places in the world, and come to understand the governing principles that make music such a central feature of our lives here and elsewhere.

As a participant in a hybrid program, you will need the ability to watch films, listen to music, and view Powerpoint slides and lectures online; a basic laptop with wifi will enable all of these activities. Two 2-hour activities each week will be in-person: a lecture in a large hall (enabling students to disperse throughout the room), and a small-scale music practicum with clean instruments set ten feet apart. In the music practicum half the class will practice at the same time in the same place. The remaining sections of the class include lectures, films, and seminars, all of which will be online.

The shared element will bring students across the three programs together for once-weekly online lectures, films, or workshops, supplemented by short readings. This part of our program time, equaling four credits, will be spent with students and faculty from across the three programs to gain a broader sense of how people make choices in their lives to create, consume, and enjoy particular sounds, foods, and elements of material culture.




Fall 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So (14): 10058
Fr (14): 10059
Winter 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So (14): 20233
Fr (14): 20234

Academic details

Preparatory For

music and anthropology

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing


In Person or Remote
Hybrid (F)
Hybrid (W)
Time Offered
Schedule Evergreen link
see Schedule Evergreen for detailed schedule

First Meeting

Com 408 - Design Lab


Date Revision
2021-04-22 This program is now 14 credits