MUS300
Seminar Topics

Topic for Fall 2022: Music and the Holocaust


Topic for Spring 2023: Global Music Industries

Topic for Fall 2022: Music and the Holocaust

The arts were often vital in the lives of inmates in Nazi concentration camps and ghettos. While manifestations of creativity during time of duress can be found throughout history, the Holocaust is the first occurrence of this phenomenon to be well documented. This course seeks to trace the development of artistic activities in Jewish communities, camps, and ghettos, and to examine the use of propaganda music by the Nazi regime; to evaluate the impact of these activities on inmates, survivors, and others; and to introduce this music as well as more recent Holocaust-related works. The class involves lectures, discussion of assigned readings, viewing photos and film, listening to recordings, and interaction with Holocaust survivors. Some music history and theory knowledge is recommended.

Topic for Spring 2023: Global Music Industries

Have you ever wondered how the music you love gets transformed from its inception to a product for eager audiences around the world? Discovering new music is often a combination of personal taste, the influence of our social cohort, and the limitations of what is available through live performance in our neighborhood and online digital music services.  This seminar will take a critical exploration of the different routes that we use to find the music we love.  We will cover a vast array of topics ranging from the ways musical taste changes in time, the use and abuse of streaming digital media, and the mining of musical ideas from the developing world in recent pop music trends.  All students in the seminar will have an opportunity to design a term project on the role of listening among Wellesley students.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: MUS 100 or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Graham (Fall); Goldschmitt (Spring)

Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

Notes: This is a topics course and can be taken more than once for credit as long as the topic is different each time, with permission from the department.