Investigations of specialized topics in entrepreneurship and music business. These courses expand upon other courses offered in the 21CM curriculum.
Fall Semester informationKristina Boerger
380A: 21CM Topics: Hearing Culture: What's Music Got to do with it?
380B: 21CM Topics: Dalcroze Eurhythmics
This course combines experiential and traditional ways of exploring the relationship between our aural and physical understanding of and response to music. In Dalcroze Eurhythmics, we use the body to directly experience how musicianship develops through sensitivity to physical energy. Although this is largely a movement class, it is not dance. Instead, it uses ordinary movement like walking or tossing a tennis ball as ways of discovering how musical energy works in parallel with the body's experience of rhythm and physical energy. Classwork includes movement games and study as well as regular performance clinics, in which we use Eurhythmics techniques to actually improve student musical performance on the instrument. Our movement work is done barefoot, so students should wear comfortable clothing and plan to remove shoes and socks before each class.
Spring Semester informationKristina Boerger
380A: 21CM Tps:Music & Social Justice: Choral Singing and the Carceral State
For musicians desiring to assist music-making at Putnamville Correctional Institute: At the start, this course will provide an overview of the movement to facilitate music-making in the nation's prison systems; the bulk of the course will prepare students for and involve them in direct musical service to the inmates at Putnamville.
380B: 21CM Tps:Innovation in Audience Engagement
Audience engagement practices at contemporary arts organizations span initiatives related to artistic planning, education, community engagement, marketing, public relations, and fundraising. Using data from audience surveys, and examining audience engagement strategies currently employed by various music organizations and artists, this class teaches students best practices in audience engagement. The course will also teach and employ ethnography and design anthropology to examine and critique current audience engagement practices and come up with innovative alternatives. Theorizing an audience-centered organizational structure, students will be guided towards the creation and implementation of their own audience engagement strategies for concerts in which they and their colleagues perform this semester. We will also discuss securing resources for audience engagement strategies, as well as various modes of assessment.