SOC 255 - Sociology of Music
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in sociology or musicology, or extensive personal background in music.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course draws on both theoretical and applied literature to explore the impact of social context on the production and experience of music as well as music's impact in various social environments. Popular and classical forms of music are examined.

The sociological perspective sees that every aspect of musical production is affected by social context and that music, in turn, has played a profound role in our societies and subcultures. This course examines the relationship of music and society, moving from micro to macro units of analysis: the individual in social context (composer, musician, audience member), the musical group, musical institutions, music in subcultures and societies, and global dimensions of music. Class time will focus on the discussion of selected articles and book chapters in the sociological literature that range from the highly theoretical works of Weber and Adorno to the applied works of Tia DeNora. These discussions will be supplemented by lectures, guest speakers, student presentations, and media pieces.

Crs Requirements: Attendance and active participation in all class sessions and final take-home essay. Students' understanding of reading and lecture material is demonstrated through a series of quizzes. Two projects about a topic of their own interest:

  1. sociological analysis based on the field observation of a music group in rehearsal and performance;
  2. a poster session displaying their research on the role of music in a specific subculture or society.

Intended Audience: Undergraduates interested in the social contexts of music and musical performances

Class Format: Two 90-minute lectures per week

SOC 255 - Sociology of Music
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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