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A Kaleidoscope of Music - Ongoing Classical Music Exploration Class
Political Expression in Music
Kirsten Bowman JD
This course explores U.S. and global politics through the decades by analyzing music of political expression
US Grade 7 - 10
This course aims to engage and involve learners in the big events of the decades (a short introduction of history and political expression in music and then we will begin in the 60's and move forward) through an exploration of the music of the time period, pulling out particular genres, artists and albums of political expression. The relationship between music and politics has existed for centuries. From protest songs to voter campaigns to expressions of anger and fear, artists throughout...
Learning goals include engaging learners who are reluctant history fans to learn important historical events through a medium that interests them. Further, the course seeks to provide learners a window into important eras in musical history and the show learners the way that history has influenced music and how music has influenced history.
I am a human rights attorney and teach law and politics as a University Professor. I am adept at teaching global politics from an objective perspective, and using the Socratic method to teach learners how to think, rather than what to think.
Homework OfferedFurther learning will be encouraged by posting additional musical information after class. No required homework prior to class will be given.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments OfferedIf requested, grades and assessments are available. All assignments must be completed in order to receive grade or assessment.
Grades OfferedIf requested, grades and assessments are available. All assignments must be completed in order to receive grade or assessment.
Within the Civil Rights period we will study two pieces of music, “Strange Fruit” which discusses the difficult topic of lynchings in the South and one other piece of music the does include one phrase which may be offensive to some, Nina Simones “Mississippi ———-“. Both of these songs are sensitive in nature and may evoke painful feelings. If your learner is especially sensitive to these issues, you may want to consider if this is the right course to enroll in. In the week in which we study rap and hip hop music, difficult themes will be expressed. Clean versions of important pieces of rap and hip hop will be listened to, but even with the clean versions, it is not very difficult to pick out the language being muted. Music is chosen not for the shock value of the language but for the political expression itself.
Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday Mississippi _______ by Nina Simone Fight the Power by Public Enemy
Meet the teacher
I am a human rights lawyer by profession and a university professor and mom by passion. I have my JD with a specialization in international law and completed my PhD in international law in 2023. I have travelled the world working for the UN as a...
1x per week
Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
4-12 learners per class