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MU228 – From Stage to Screen: A Musical Transformation

In block 7, students in MU228 will explore the deceptively complicated question: How does our experience of music change when it moves from a live to a mediated event?

Instructor(s)

Assistant Professor Ryan Banagale email

Music is first and foremost a sonic experience, but one that relies significantly on the visual to convey meaning. Film, television, and the internet have fundamentally changed the ways in which we experience music.

This course explores the vibrant world of musical performance and how a change of venue, from the stage to the screen, affects both our experience of the musical event and our understanding of it. Some of the transformations we will investigate include: film adaptations of Broadway musicals and opera; the classical canon as soundtrack and subject; rock and pop concerts as music video and video games.