Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

The idea of musicking conceives of music as a process rather than an object. It encompasses all activity involved in and surrounding music, including but not limited to performing, improvising, composing, listening, responding, dancing, teaching, engaging with music theory and history, and attending and producing musical events. MUS 130 explores selected dimensions of musicking from multiple perspectives. Students explore through modules that offer a foundational framework of the following skills: • artistic creation, the exercise of individual and collaborative creativity in developing an artistic voice; • critical thinking, the intellectual skills of curiosity, rational thought, analysis, and problem solving; and, • everyday advocacy, the habits of mind for making meaningful connections between our audiences and our art and effectively advocating for what we value.

Student Outcomes

By the end of this course the successful student will be able to: • begin to develop critical skills to investigate music as a cultural force that has played many powerful and diverse roles in past and present societies. • become more aware of music in your everyday life and be able to discern the ways it influences your mood, behavior, and identity. You will be more attuned to your modes of listening and experiencing music. • learn to question the underlying ideologies and assumptions in the ways people use music and discuss how it contributes to the construction and affirmation of national, group, and personal identities. • begin to communicate more clearly and effectively about music in both writing and conversation.