We support a wide range of musical styles and encourage all students interested in making music to join us in a class or an ensemble appropriate to their level.
“New Perspectives in American Music” is a spring semester 2017 speaker series offered by the Music Department and hosted by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College, the CHI. All talks are at 4:30-6:30 PM and are open to the public.
Yvette Jackson (UCSD) — January 30
Alisha Jones (Indiana University) — February 27
Braxton Shelley (University of Chicago) — March 20
Patrice Rushen (University of Southern California) — April 10
All talks are open to the public. For more information, please contact Alisa Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As he marks 20 years of teaching at Amherst, David E. Schneider, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, discusses his love of music, the decision that led to his career as a musicologist and how his classes at Amherst have evolved over the decades.
Explore the roots and development of Afro-Jamaican popular music, its leading figures and styles, and its enduring influence throughout the world.
Explore, participate in and document the Pioneer Valley’s musical communities and acoustic terrain. Engage through fieldwork with local musicians to contribute to a Web-based documentary archive of nearby soundscapes.
Explore stylistic characteristics of compositions that demonstrate the most important tendencies in 20th-century music. Try out various approaches, taking into consideration the composers’ different educational and cultural backgrounds.