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Online Courses

Music and Social Action

What is a musician’s response to the condition of the world? Do musicians have an obligation and an opportunity to serve the needs of the world with their musicianship?

Music and Social Action is an online course offered by Yale University. The course is ideal for musicians, educators, and individuals who are interested in the power of music as it relates to driving social change. There is no background work required for the course. People of all levels and experience backgrounds can register to take the class.

Lasting for 7 weeks, Music and Social Action is taught through a series of videos and supplemental readings. Each week, students are assigned one to two modules to complete at their own pace. Grading writing assignments and projects accompany the work and are used to assess how well students have mastered the course material. To be successful in the course, students should be prepared to spend roughly 2 to 3 hours per week viewing the videos and completing the additional work.

The first module, Welcome to Music and Social Action, provides a quick introduction to the class. In the second module, What is Art and How Do We Experience It?, students learn what philosophers have to say about music as it relates to public life. During the third and fourth modules, students explore how democracy and artistic expression intertwine. The fifth unit discusses art’s role in urban renewal, and the sixth and seventh modules explore examples of how 20th and 21st century artists contributed to social change. During the eighth module, the course discusses how students can effect social change with their own work. Finally, the course culminates in a personal reflection module.

Yale University
2-4 hours (per week)
Social Justice
7 Weeks

Disclosure: Human Rights Careers may be compensated by course providers.