AMERICAN MUSIC: TONALITY, TRADITION, AND INNOVATION
Fee: $200.00

Offered by: Manhattan School of Music
Program Description:
The 20th century was a time of experimentation and development across all art forms. We can see this in the abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock, the pop art of Andy Warhol, and the avant-garde dance of Merce Cunningham. Similarly, American music shifted its focus from its folk roots to acoustic experimentation. This program explores how legendary American composers, including Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, lay the foundations for the techniques adopted by experimental composers such as Henry Cowell and John Cage. An MSM teaching artist helps uncover a range of social influences that sparked this movement, which has influenced the current trend of fusion between music, visual arts, and/or dance. Students will observe the performance of live extended instrumental techniques and will also create their own pieces involving new auditory possibilities. An intensive interactive program designed to inspire students to explore new artistic possibilities.