Spring 2023

Live Music

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-116


Darryl Harper (Section 01)


Most of us listen to music by putting on our headphones and connecting to the internet, but not that long ago, such a feat was physically and technologically impossible. In the space of little more than a generation, there has been a sea change in how we listen to music. What are some of the implications of this transformation? If we are usually alone when we’re doing it, can listening to music still be considered a communal activity? Have we privatized the musical space? Have we democratized it? Has live music become a quaint vestige of the past?

In this course, we will closely examine what is at stake for performers and listeners in live music settings. Through attendance at rehearsals and performances, as well as lectures and panel discussions by guest speakers, we will engage the communities of musicians and listeners in the region and familiarize ourselves with the rich heritages of music found here. Through reading and writing assignments, we will critically examine how the live music experience changes or stays the same across formats, styles, and cultures: a metal concert in a bar, a hip hop concert in a stadium, a singer-songwriter’s performance in a café, a symphony performance in a concert hall. We will also examine ideas about virtual music that bring into question the very notion of liveness. Coursework includes attendance at roughly one music event per week outside of class.

Limited to 30 students. Spring Semester. Professor Harper. 

How to handle overenrollment: If over-enrolled, students will be randomly selected.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: attendance at off-campus performances, short writing assignments, oral presentation, group work

MUSI 116 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM ARMU 212
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM ARMU 212


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2023