Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Great class!

What a great class! I hope that you enjoyed our first meeting as much as I did.

There follows the other half of our syllabus.

The Future of Classical Music
Fall 2007 Calendar
Wednesdays 1:30 – 3 p.m., Wolfinsohn Room
Instructor: Isaiah Jackson 617-945-0675 (before 10 p.m.);

Required Textbooks, sold at the Harvard Coop:
  • Cook, Music: A Very Short Introduction (2000) “VSI”
  • Hewett, Music: Healing the Rift (2003) “HTR”
  • Levine, Highbrow/Lowbrow (1990) “H/L”
The three required texts are also on reserve in the Longy Library.

Our Wikipedia group page:

Our class blog:

For each of the first 2 weeks, please post one entry per week to this, our class blog. By the end of the month, I suspect that we will be ready for prime time, at which point we can follow Wayne Marshall's suggestions, to wit:

I think the best way to go would be for your students to post their articles each week directly to Wikipedia, either in the form of a new article that seems to merit creation or a substantial addition/edit of an extant article. You could form a group page under the "Future of Classical Music" banner, and students could link their contributions directly to the page. ….Have them post a link to the article on a class blog, along with some text of their own explaining and justifying their choices by tying it to the class themes. This is the sort of approach we'll be taking in Musi E-145 this fall, and I call it "self-interested" because I think your students could help improve Wikipedia to the greater edification of us all, and that seems good.
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Attendance is expected at all class sessions. No unexcused absences are allowed. If you believe that you have a valid reason for missing a class, please contact Isaiah Jackson before the class; otherwise, the absence will be considered unexcused. Excessive lateness will also result in the lowering of the final grade.

The final grade will be based on a total of 100 points (75 points for attendance, class participation, Wikipedia & blog entries + 25 points for the Final Wikipedia Project).

Each unexcused absence will result in a deduction of 5 points from the final grade. Excessive lateness will also result in at least one 5-point deduction.

1 comment:

cheung_kit48 said...

This is my first time using Google's "Blog." I hope what I'm doing is right!
Interesting class. Here are my after thoughts:
If "classical music" does matter in present time. In my opinion, the access to the understanding of classical music is limited. So many musciologist, theorists, performers have contributed alot of substantials analysis that targets towards the professionals, and students.
Perhpas, if the historians, and theorists, and especially the performers could lighten up on conveying the message in such a way that could reflect on today's society, or reach out to today's audiences' taste. Maybe, then, the classical music could be easier to understand.