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In this four-session course, Dan will cover a variety of topics related to his love of music, the wider world of scholarly thought on the subject, and his music-related research and documentary work. Each session will consist of two (2) 40-minute lectures. Session #1:"The Three Big Questions in Ethnomusicology": What are the central questions in the study of the music of the world and its related cultural issues? “West African Music: Rhythm and Relationship”: The functions, instruments and rhythms of West African music – including a shared music-making experience!Session #2: The Question of Musical Universals”: Are there any aspects of music that are shared by musical cultures worldwide? By the end, you’ll have your own answer to this question. “The Arizona Ear Worm Project”: Ever have a song stuck in your head that won’t go away? You’re not alone. Session #3:"The Shape of the Song" (an exploration of Musical Form and Structure): How do composers and songwriters build their music? You’ll be amazed to learn that musical form and structure–form jazz, folk and popular songs to orchestral masterworks – is easier to understand than you may have thought. Session #4:“Late-'50's Rock 'n' Roll”: From Elvis to Buddy Holly and more “The Zoom Records Story”: a lecture and screening of "ZOOM!", Dan’s award-winning documentary film on a tiny record label in late 1950's Tucson.
Instructor(s): Dan Kruse
Dan Kruse holds a Master's in Ethnomusicology from the UA Fred Fox School of Music (2012). His master's thesis, an award-winning documentary, "ZOOM!", was screened at several Arizona film festivals. In semi-retirement, his primary passion is the investigation of "the human relationship to music", including research, lectures and the creation of music-related documentary works. His 2014-15 UA Confluencenter-funded research study, the Arizona Ear Worm Project, resulted in a science documentary on the project. He is also a (very) part-time local host on Tucson's NPR affiliate, KUAZ-FM. Dan very much looks forward to preparing and presenting his fall OLLI classes!
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