The Art of Listening (MU 203)
Through guided listening, students are introduced to the major styles, genres, and works in the western “art” music tradition from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Students will learn about the cultural contexts and aesthetic aims behind some of the most popular works still performed in concert halls today. Students will apply skills and lessons from the musical past to their own musical lives and see how the practice of listening to music can be an ethical activity that shapes their relationships with other cultures and ethnicities. The ability to read music is not a prerequisite. Fulfills fine arts core requirement.
Remi Chiu is a music historian specializing in European music of the Renaissance and the relationship between music and medicine.
Effective Writing - Culture and Popular Art (WR 100)
In this class, students and plan and write mainly argumentative essays, drawing upon readings that deal with television, film, music, the media and other interesting topics related to influential aspects of contemporary culture. We will consider essays by George Orwell and other, more current writers who address cultural and artistic topics in a wide range of publications. In addition to writing research-supported critical or argumentative essays, students in "Culture and Popular Art" will also have the opportunity to practice other aspects of essay writing, including the development of voice, tone and style.
Brian Murray, PhD., teaches in the Writing Department, the Honors Program, Film Studies and Liberal Studies. He has written two books on Charles Dickens and has published essays and reviews on many subjects in a wide range of popular and scholarly publications.
Malika Rogers graduated from Towson University and has a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Loyola University Maryland. She has worked in the office of Event Services since 2005 and works closely with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community groups to coordinate activities and events on campus. Malika lived in Los Angeles for a number of years but is originally from the Chicago land area. She calls Baltimore her home and she is a casual foodie and avid sci-fi enthusiast.