Program Information

Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.
– Plato

Vienna, Prague, and Paris are three major cities integral to the foundation of Western art music, as well home to many of the most recognized and influential composers in Western music.  While historical musical traditions remain revered and cultivated in these cities, at the same time, a constantly evolving and diversifying musical heritage is being created and lived.  Through this program’s courses and field experiences, students will focus on the foundations and evolution of European cultural expression through music.  As they travel through these cities, students will explore the influence on human experience of musical expression ranging from Classical to Jazz.  They will experience first-hand how music “acts on” the individual and society, and how music “is acted on” through the evolution of political, religious, and social movements in Western culture.

This program is open to anyone who enjoys music (students do not have to play an instrument!) and who wants to broaden their understanding of the role of music in human experience. The program includes a “Topics in Music History” course during Fall Semester (2016) prior to traveling abroad, followed by “Abroad Studies in Europe” during the Winter Break.