Music History

It’s now well established that musicking (the contemporary term inclusive of all musical behaviors) is a universal human phenomenon, although it appears in extraordinarily diverse forms in cultures around the world. Music History courses at SUA are aimed at helping students explore the central question of the Humanities (what it means to be human) through the lens of this universal behavior, and broadening their awareness of the cultural and historical contexts in which it occurs. With this in mind, we offer an introductory world music survey course and regional study courses engaging with the musical practices of Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, Africa and the Western classical tradition. Extending beyond geographical diversity to interdisciplinary studies, we also offer courses on women in music, music and ecology and music psychology.


Our music faculty members, Allison Johnson and Michael Golden, are both active as musicians, composers and scholars, and bring a fully engaged perspective to these courses.