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Core Curriculum Cluster Courses


CLA9023 Creativity in Western Classical Music
This course examines how creativity has shaped the Western classical music tradition and how, in turn, classical music expresses and employs creativity. Students acquire new tools to appreciate classical music through the lens of creativity. The course also demonstrates how music can stimulate creativity in areas beyond music, enabling students to discover how music can tap their own creativity.


CLA9024 Creative Expression with Music
This course provides an opportunity for students of all backgrounds and skill levels to learn to make music in a creative manner. Whether students have had no music training or extensive musical experience, whether they prefer popular or classical styles, whether they enjoy music from Western or Chinese or other cultures – all students will learn how creative music-making works, why it is unique, and what can be gained from engaging in it. Students will not only develop a greater appreciation for music generally, but also learn how music creativity can lead to other expressions of creativity.


CLA9099a Creative Movement and Dance
This course introduces body movement as a means for creativity and expression. It assumes no previous experience of dance. Contemporary dance techniques will be introduced to expand the bodily potential. Different choreographic skills will also be introduced to expand creativity utilizing the bodily expression. Creativity by different dance artists will be studied to further the knowledge on how creativity is exercised in the contemporary dance world.


CLB9022 Music and World Cultures
This course introduces students to the diversity and range of musical expression. Assuming no previous musical training, it will explore how the musics and musical instruments of different world cultures share common fundamental characteristics. At the same time, it will demonstrate the uniqueness of the music produced by any given culture. In examining both the commonalities and differences across different world musics, the course will also show how cultures apply music to an array of art forms (e.g. dance, theatre) and social contexts (e.g. religion, political revolution). It will analyze the role of music in these combined art forms and enriched creative expressions. Students will listen to and watch a range of musical recordings and performances, and critically evaluate these through discussion and writing and the reading of relevant scholarship.


CLB9099b Musical Sustainability on the Silk Road
This course introduces students to notions about musical sustainability, and how they are realized in the musical heritage of the ancient Silk Road. Students will learn about the cultures of different nations that inhabit regions such as Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East, and how their traditional musics has been sustained through experiences such as modernization, colonization, globalization, commercialization, conflicts and migration. Students will critically evaluate the sustainability of different music genres through listening and watching recordings of performances and learning about the social and cultural structures that made such performances possible.


CLD9016 Music and the Science of Sound
This course will examine the make-up of music from the perspective of sound production. It will address such questions as: How is sound created? How do our ears hear? How do musical instruments produce sound? Can all sound be music? How is music based on math and physics? How can we manipulate sounds and sound technologies to make new musics? How can changing the mechanics of music affect our emotional reaction to it? In exploring these questions, students will create and test new musics and music technologies, and investigate the properties of sound and music from a scientific perspective.