Teacher: Nikolaj Sahlstrøm Lessons: 2/week
Few products of human creativity are as popular as music. It lifts us up and lets us forget our daily struggles. But more over, few products of human creativity have the potential and capacity to influence or even revolutionise human behaviour the way music does.
In this class we’ll be looking at the history of a number of music revolutions over the past 100 years, from 1920’s American jazz to rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, folk, protest songs, disco, reggae, psychedelic rock, punk, grunge, hip hop, and electronic dance music.
We’ll attempt to understand how they have influenced our societies and changed the way people dress, talk, think, act, and relate to each other.
We will analyse the music itself, the lyrics, music videos, the attitudes, values and ideologies of the artists and their followers, and the societal context that surrounds these music revolutions.
Introduction to the basics of the ‘language of music’. Presentation and analysis of the music and artists (songs, albums, art work, videos, lyrics) that most heavily influenced Western society in the past 100 years. Group discussions and student presentations. Maybe the occasional dance floor riot.