音乐 Opportunities in the 艺术学院 & 科学
When you combine music and the broader liberal arts, amazing things can happen.
Taking Classes in the 音乐学院
You can be a serious musician in the 艺术学院 and 科学. 在一个典型的学期里, more than 300 arts and sciences students enroll for credit in conservatory classes. Many of these classes are open to all students; while some, such as music theory and aural skills, 要求进行安置测试.
Sample 音乐学院 Classes
- Intro to Western Art 音乐
- Intro to 音乐s of the World
- Intro to African-American 音乐
- Voice Class for Non-Majors
- Historical 性能: Gamba class, Baroque violin class
- Composition for Non-Majors
- Intro to Technology in 音乐 & 相关的艺术
音乐-Related Courses in the 艺术学院 and 科学
At Oberlin, you can approach the study of music from almost any direction. Here are a few you can try:
The emphasis of this course is upon the thesis that the Black or `Blues Aesthetic’ is a cultural perspective that emerges from within the experiences of Black people, facing the socio-政治 and 经济 conditions of modern and contemporary America. Our focus will be upon the traditions of African American music, 文学, 戏剧和电影, and specifically the visual arts.
This course explores the relationship between sound and its affect on visual perception in relation to moving images. By practicing the creative application of audio post-production techniques (foley, 美国存托凭证, 声音设计, surround mixing) the class will learn about various conceptual elements of sound (diegetic, non-diegetic, 打开和关闭屏幕, 视觉磁性). Students will learn to approach sound in film with a better understanding in both theory and application.
The class explores the influence of music on the development of mathematics, specifically the sub-discipline of analysis. From Pythagoras’s tuning problem, an early evidence for the existence of irrational numbers, to finding precise descriptions for pitch and musical timbre, questions from music inspired important developments in mathematics, giving rise to the flourishing subfield known as harmonic analysis. By exploring the influence of music on mathematics, the class will provide an introduction to harmonic analysis, reaching from classical results on the convergence of Fourier series to the theory of the Fourier transform and distributions, and their applications to acoustics.
Using different case studies from around the world, this course examines the power of music in social life. We will explore the meanings and uses of music, such as the way music is used to heighten and ensure spiritual efficacy, to comment on and contribute to social movements, or to make sense of “natural” disasters. Rather than diving deep into musical structures, we will explore music in its cultural, 政治, 宗教, 经济, 历史, and/or ecological contexts. Ultimately, the course gives you critical tools and frames to apply to your own case students.
This course explores interactions of sensory experience, time, and place in which music is an integral part, drawing on texts from 执行ance studies, 音乐的历史, 人种音乐学, 文化社会学, 媒体研究, 和人类学, with in-class active listening from music indexed in the texts used to analyze the ways in which music from a variety of genres and time periods structures the intentions and affect of places and the practices they facilitate. (未来)
This course explores the long-standing relationship between verbal art and music in high art, 受欢迎的, 还有民间传统. We will consider: how musical paradigms shape literary 美学, 歌曲和身份, improvisation in music and verbal art, Romanticism and the dissonance of Modernity in 文学 and music, the relationship between 受欢迎的 song and poetry, tradition and innovation in oraliture, models of 执行ance in 文学 and music. Examples drawn from Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. 拉丁美洲/传统. 西班牙语授课.
This course is an introduction to Samba. Deeply enmeshed with Brazil’s colonial 历史 Samba has arisen as a symbol of its cultural and national identity. 以舞蹈为重点, this course will offer an embodied exploration of the racial and cultural mixing at Samba’s root through a study of physical techniques, 美学, 节奏和意识形态. We will also study the music, 历史, traditions and socio-cultural context surrounding the dance through readings, 视频和讨论.
The lyric poem has always had a close but mysterious relationship to music and song. In the domain of 文学, term lyric has designated a type of poem distinct from 戏剧tic or narrative poetry, 但在音乐领域, 尤其是歌剧, the distinction breaks down, 和抒情, 戏剧, and narrative work hand in hand. This course will investigate these relationships by reading and writing the lyrics, both in the poetic and musical sense of the word. Students enrolled in this learning community will work in close collaboration with composers and singers to develop a new opera.
The basic principles of physics (mechanics, 波动, and sound) that influence the design and 执行ance characteristics of musical instruments will be studied. The major groups of modern orchestral and keyboard instruments will be discussed, 还有听觉物理, 唱歌, 和谐, 调优的性格, and room acoustics will be included. Group 项目 will be required.
The German city of Berlin has long been a city of fascination and transformation. During the short years between WWI and the Nazi takeover, it was the center of a cultural efflorescence that has rarely been matched since, including the music of Kurt Weill, the art of Dada and Neue Sachlichkeit, and the designs of the Bauhaus, 等. This course will examine the culture of Weimar Berlin and situate it within the turbulent social life and politics of those years. Required course for the From Berlin to Broadway: The 音乐 of Kurt Weill StudiOC Learning Community.
音乐 from a Non-音乐学院 Perspective
Thoughts and an interview from college students immersed in music at Oberlin.
A liberal arts approach to music
An interview with my friend Emily, a musical studies major.
My First In-Person Oberlin Concert
Acclimating to what was once normal.
You might already know about the incredible number of concerts on campus: faculty 执行ances, 学生演出, 乐团音乐会, and visiting artists like opera superstar Joyce DiDonato, jazz legend Terence Blanchard, and Grammy-winning Apollo’s Fire. But did you know that the Office of Student 领导 and Involvement and other groups also bring 执行ers to campus?
Recent 执行ers include Lizzo, Maxo Kream & UNiiQU3, Snail Mail, Haley Heynderickx, Ari Lennox, Madison McFerrin, Mwenso & shake和Lucki.
Before you start rehearsing for Battle of the Bands at the ’Sco, you should check out the Gear Co-op in Wilder 404. This student-run organization aims to provide the space, 设备, and educational resources needed to allow anyone to practice, 执行, and record whatever they please.
If all you really need is a quiet space with good acoustics and perhaps a Steinway piano, any Oberlin student can use the practice rooms in the 音乐学院 – you don't need permission or a key.
Collaboration plays a fundamental role in the community’s constant appetite for great art. This inclusivity is indicative of the communal Oberlin personality that makes it such an incredible place.
Charles Abbott ’14, on Oberlin’s inclusive music scene
After Oberlin: 校友 in 音乐
和大多数字段一样, Oberlin 校友—from both the college and the conservatory—have done great things in the music business. Performers such as Josh Ritter, 莉斯菲尔, 里安农吉登斯, 阿克伦, 克里斯·埃尔德里奇, 海滨别墅, and Deerhoof once called Oberlin home.
What's more, many of them like to come back and 执行.