Music History & Liberal Arts

Gain a well-rounded music education by delving into arts, history, creative writing, and other disciplines.

Rock History

Discover the history of rock 'n' roll in more detail than you can imagine from the people that lived it. Learn about the musical and business trends in rock, major technological innovations, the prime innovators, and the historical context that has seen rock alternately flourish and struggle over the past 60 years.

Music History of the Western World 1: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque

This course explores the development of Western European music from the Antiquity and Middle Ages through the Renaissance and Baroque periods. By focusing on major composers, genres, technical aspects, and historical facts, students will gain an understanding of how early Western music gave rise to the Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras.

Music History of the Western World: Classical, Romantic, and Modern

Just as learning the theory behind how music creation works, exploring the history of music is key to understanding the genres of music that we perform, create, and consume today. Music History of the Western World 2: Classical, Romantic, and Modern will provide you with a foundation for understanding how music has developed in the Western world through the study of composers, compositions, and key characteristics of a number of musical genres.

Art History

Through the eyes of two professors of art history with differing yet complementary approaches to understanding art, you will look at a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, and architecture, and discover the diversity of ways that works of art are meaningful to the human experience.

Developing Your Artistry

Explore what it means to be an artist — both from a philosophical and practical perspective. This course will examine artistry and creativity while also teaching you how to plan and sustain a career.

The Language of Film and TV

Gain a thorough understanding of film and television, and learn to communicate effectively with directors, producers, and others involved in the production of these media.

Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice

Learn to write clearly and strongly in your own unique voice, bringing your full self to your writing process every time you write.

Creative Writing: Poetry

Learn to craft and control your writing, enhance your ideas, and write better lyrics through the study of poetry.

Project Management for Musicians

Working in the music industry involves a never-ending series of projects. These projects come in all sizes, budgets, and levels of complexity, but for each, setting up a process for planning, executing, and monitoring your work is crucial in achieving your goals. Project Management for Musicians will provide you with an overall approach, with many specific tools, to help you successfully complete your music industry-related projects

Music Cognition

Explore the mental processes underlying musical behaviors and how emotion, environment, cognitive capacity, personality, individual differences, and other factors influence how we perceive music.

Introduction to Digital Cinematography

Learn effective techniques for producing any kind of video, including a music video or short film.

Math for Musicians

Build your own knowledge of, and confidence in, math in practical ways that relate directly to the world of music. This action-oriented course is designed specifically for those who find math intimidating or who feel that their math skills have become “rusty.”

Creative Writing: Literature Studies for Musicans

Strengthen your writing skills and creative expression by exploring and learning from the works of musician-writers and those for whom music has had a profound influence.

3D Design with Blender

3D Design with Blender is an introduction to the world of cinematic visual effects designed for musicians who want to add interesting visual, non-existent elements or environments to self-made videos.

Professional Certificates (4-6 Courses)

General Music Studies

Create your own certificate program by adding five courses from any interest area into a dedicated program.

15 Credits

Specialist Certificates (3 Courses)

General Music Studies

Create your own certificate program by adding three courses from any interest area into a dedicated program.

9 Credits
Music and Art History

Gain an understanding of both Western music and art history in this three-course specialist certificate program.

9 Credits
Music History

This program provides a solid primer on the origins and backgrounds of music, from the romantic period through the 20th century, and will help you develop as a creative, musical, individual.

9 Credits
Visual Media

Learn the history and language of visual media, and develop the technical skills necessary to create and edit video for a wide variety of personal and professional uses.

9 Credits
Creative Writing for Musicians

Learn the necessary tools needed to communicate effectively through writing. This program takes an approach that incorporates literature study along with extensive writing workshop exercises.

9 Credits

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