Collins Living Learning Center | Musical Creativity in Theory and Practice
L110 | 30550 | Anthony Guest-Scott


This course asks several broad questions:  How can I understand my own
creativity?  How do other people, both those who live in my own
community, as well as those from a diverse array of social and
cultural contexts, think about and practice musical creativity?  Are
there universally shared perspectives on and practices of creating
music?  What is not shared, and what are the different ways that
creating music can mean something to the people who do it?  We will
explore answers to these broader questions through a cross-cultural
(from Jamaica to Japan) and multi-generic (from Algerian Rai to
Hip-Hop) discussion of particular examples and cases.  Students are
encouraged to share music to which they are already listening as part
of these discussions.  Most importantly, however, through a number of
assignments, we will join theory and practice by employing the ideas
we discuss in the process of actually creating music ourselves.