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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

The Music Between Us

Instructor(s): Gordon Thompson, Music

Music can bind us together and drive us apart. Music is an element of our individuality and can help us disappear into a group. How do individuals define themselves in the context of musical communities? What kinds of communities are there? How can we describe musical communities? What is the relationship between musical change and social change in the context of these communities? What is the role of music in the relationship between the self and society? This seminar will reason through a number of descriptions of how humans employ music to define themselves.

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