Theater, Music & Performing ArtsWriting, Journalism, Media & Publishing

MUSC 249 – Music Journalism and Public Musicology

As listening modes have transformed over recent decades, so too have the ways audiences read and write about music. This course will offer an introduction to music journalism as a practice of public musicology. Students will analyse and apply techniques used to write about music, learn how to pitch and develop ideas, sharpen critical skills, and complete a series of reporting assignments. We will look at the history and function of music criticism, assess different kinds of music writing, discuss changing perceptions of music as a public art-form, and the role of journalism in cultural preservation. The class will write and collaboratively edit a series of reviews, and make a short radio feature in collaboration with WESU (88.1FM). The reviews will focus on recordings, live events, and books on musical cultures. Students will have the opportunity to engage with professional music writers, which will help to prepare them for later work in music journalism, or in arts or media organizations.

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