Course Details

Course offered Winter 2015

Honors 398 A: Experiencing Music

Honors 398 A: Experiencing Music (A&H)

SLN 15079 (View UW registration info »)

Claudia Jensen (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Phone: 206-543-6848
Ileana Marin (Comparative History of Ideas; Comparative Literature)
Phone: 206 604-1831

Credits: 3, c/nc
Limit: 23 students

Credit Type

NOTE: This course does NOT fulfill Interdisciplinary Honors requirements, as ALL INTERDISC HONORS REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET WITH 5 CR CLASSES. It will only award non-Honors UW elective credit and a great experience.
How do we experience live music? What have writers, philosophers, and artists said about its power? This experiential learning course will introduce students to the Winter 2015 season at the Seattle Symphony. Students will complete readings and short response assignments in a variety of genres over the quarter, based on their attendance at a series of pre-selected concerts. We will also engage with the artistic staff at Benaroya Hall for their insights into programming, performance, and other topics. All assignments will be appropriate for the Honors portfolio.

The concerts and dates are listed below. Students will purchase their tickets either through the Symphony’s Campus Club (a $25 pass allows you to go to any concert for the rest of the season if seating is available) or through the Teen Tix program ($5 per concert). The instructors will organize signups for the Campus Club and will purchase all tickets for the quarter. Contact Claudia Jensen ( if you have questions or concerns about paying for the tickets.

The list of concerts we plan to attend is as follows (and note that most are on Thursdays, but there one Friday concert and one Sunday concert; all performances are at Benaroya Hall):

Sunday, Jan. 18 (concert at 2:00 pm; Mozart, Weber, Beethoven)
Thurs., Jan. 29 (concert at 7:30 pm; Rachmaninov, Ives)
Thurs., Feb. 5 (concert at 7:30 pm; Beethoven Violin Concerto and other works)
Thurs., Feb. 26 (concert at 7:30 pm; Mozart, Beethoven)
Friday, March 13 (short concert, starts at 7:00 pm; Sibelius)