Fall 2013

LGBT Perspectives in Popular Music

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-121

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)


Mitchell B. Morris (Section 01)


(Offered as MUSI 121 and WAGS 121.)  LGBT Perspectives in Popular Music is an introduction to the ways that LGBT people and members of other sexual minorities have participated in popular music as composers, performers, and crucial audiences. In this historical survey of the recorded repertory of (mostly) American popular song, students will acquaint themselves with music in a wide range of vernacular styles and explore the social, political, and aesthetic contexts within which they have appeared. Representative figures in this respect include blues singers like Bessie Smith or Billie Holiday; composers of standards and musicals, such as Cole Porter or Stephen Sondheim; and Post-Stonewall musicians from Alix Dobkin to Rufus Wainwright. The course is designed to be welcoming to non-majors, and knowledge of musical notation and technical vocabulary is not required to enroll.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Valentine Professor Morris.

If Overenrolled: Seniors first, then 1st years, then sophomores, then juniors


Fine Arts for Non-majors


2019-20: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013