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Music and Social Action

What is a musician’s response to the condition of the world? Do musicians have an obligation and an opportunity to serve the needs of the world with their musicianship?

At a time of crisis for the classical music profession, with a changing commercial landscape, a shrinking audience base, and a contraction in the number of professional orchestras, how does a young musician construct a career today? Are we looking at a dying art form or a moment of reinvigoration?

In this course we will develop a response to these questions, and we will explore the notion that the classical musician, the artist, is an important public figure with a critical role to play in society.

The course will include inquiry into a set of ideas in philosophy of aesthetics; a discussion about freedom, civil society, and ways that art can play a role in readying people for democracy; discussion on philosophy of education as it relates to the question of positive social change; and an exploration of musical and artistic initiatives that have been particularly focused on a positive social impact.

Guiding questions for this course inquiry will include:

- How can classical music effect social change?
- How has music made positive change in communities around the globe?
- What can the field of classical music learn from other movements for social change?
- How have educators and philosophers thought about the arts and their connection to daily contemporary life?

Each class will explore one critical question through lectures, discussions, interviews, or documentaries.

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Yale University

Rating 4.1 based on 23 ratings
Length 10 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Dec 10 (2 days ago)
Cost $49
From Yale University via Coursera
Instructor Sebastian Ruth
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art Philosophy

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social action in 3 reviews

I enjoyed this course and learned a great deal about music and social action.

I It is a course at first somewhat complex, but then the ideas of great thinkers and participants of social action are unfolding through culture and music.

There is very little music involved and a lot of social action.

Perhaps "The Influence of the Arts on Social Action" would better define the intent of the course.

music as in 3 reviews

Also, it was unclear why the focus was on CLASSICAL music, since so many examples come from other artforms (e.g., Ai Wei Wei) and I'm sure the discussions would be richer if they considered popular music as well.

The course involved many interesting conceptions (like how modern conceptions of civil society differ from Hegel’s) and discussions of many really worthy persons (like Pablo Casals, Bronisław Huberman, or Ai Weiwei) but did not pertain music as such.

Very interesting and informative for anyone interested in music as a vehicle for social justice.

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Yale University

Rating 4.1 based on 23 ratings
Length 10 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Dec 10 (2 days ago)
Cost $49
From Yale University via Coursera
Instructor Sebastian Ruth
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art Philosophy