MUS 132 Women and Music (Not offered 2004-2005)

This course will introduce students to various issues concerning women in music (classical and popular): e.g., the widespread perception that there are no "great" female composers, the claim that there is a "women's sound" in music, the representation of women in music by men, the gendered understanding of musical forms, genres, and techniques, the historical spheres of women's music-making, and the challenges faced by female musicians in various social contexts from the Middle Ages to the present. The class will explore women's contributions to music as composers, performers, teachers, patrons, and scholars. Evaluation based on class participation, two papers, a class presentation, and a final exam. No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 19.