This page focuses on the course 21M.S53 Chinese Popular Musics in Dialogue as it was taught by Dr. Meredith Schweig in Spring 2014.
This course introduced students to the major popular music cultures of the Chinese-speaking world. Emphasis was placed on listening beyond the notion of a monolithic “Chinese popular music” to something more dynamic, multivocal, and translocal. Interactive experiences, including contributing to a class blog, creating multimedia compositions through the use of Scalar, and conducting participant observation at a concert, were at the core of this course.
Permission of Instructor
21M.S53 Chinese Popular Musics in Dialogue was offered for the first time in Spring 2014 as an experimental special subject, not part of the regular department curriculum.
The students' grades were based on the following activities:
The class was open to students with a variety of background experiences. No musical background was assumed. Likewise, it was not expected that students would have familiarity with the localities under discussion or knowledge of Mandarin. Source readings were in English, with translations provided whenever possible for non-English content.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows: