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"A Musical Melange” taught by SGL: Dan Kruse, UA Fred Fox School of Music graduate (masters in Ethnomusicology, 2012) and noted musical researcher, lecturer and documentarian.This upbeat, interactive, 4-session course (first presented at OLLI NW) covers a variety of music-related topics, including the world of scholarly thought on a variety of aspects of music and Dan’s research projects and documentary works. Each session includes two lectures/discussions. Session 1: "The Three Big Questions in Ethnomusicology" (We’ll answer these questions together in class) and “West African Music: Rhythm and Relationship”; reflections on Dan’s research and field experiences with the music of Ghana, West Africa. Session 2: “The Question of Musical Universals” (Do all cultures’ music have qualities in common? If so, what are they? Are there other “universal” qualities of musical experience?) and “The Arizona Ear Worm Project” (Ever get a song stuck in your head? Dan’s UA-funded research project of 2014-15). Session 3: "The Shape of the Song: An Exploration of Musical Form and Structure” (How do composers “build” their music? What’s the “architecture” of a song…and how can the average music lover have a greater appreciation of this?). Session 4: “Late-'50's Rock 'n' Roll: From Elvis to Buddy Holly” and “The Zoom Records Story” (includes a screening of Dan’s 33-minute documentary film on this fascinating part of Tucson’s musical heritage).
Instructor: 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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