Vision is the most dominant of our senses. Studies demonstrate that if we hear information, we remember only ten percent of it after three days; if we add pictures, we remember sixty-five percent. Applying this principle to musical performance has remarkable implications. This seminar will examine the relationship between music and visual media by engaging students in verbal and written analysis of music video and multi-sensory musical productions. Students will exercise the skills essential for independent, critical thought, and will be expected to participate in an on-going in-class dialogue concerning early popular music videos, and art music and performances of Phillip Glass, Tan Dun, John Adams, and others. The ability to read music is encouraged, although not required.
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