SOUND IN ART, ART IN SOUND
ABOUT THIS CLASS
This course explores the histories of music-making through their material evidence, using the world-class Instrument Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as a living classroom. We begin by tracing the principles of history: the how, why, and for whom, in relation to stories of the past. Students then turn to the Met's collections to identify a musical instrument that serves as the focus of their projects. Their questions inevitably range far and wide, taking up the themes of material history, technologies, aesthetics, poetics, and migration, and blossoming into creative engagement. The course culminates in the production of short, thought-provoking films.
John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University