Music often tells a story. Songs are used to narrate events, convey emotional experiences, and reinforce the myths we tell about ourselves. Music is also used to assist in other forms of storytelling, including film, spoken word, theater, radio, and advertising. What makes music so effective in telling a story, and how might we learn to use music to tell our stories and the stories we care about? How can we use music to talk about life in the time of Covid, about the ongoing struggle to dismantle white supremacy, and about the intimate ways in which these larger movements affect our individual lives? 

In this class, we’ll use music in various ways: to frame our subject, to set the tone, to invite participation, and to serve as a point of departure for introducing broader themes.

 A Warren Wilson College education conveys knowledge as well as the skills to critically consider and put that knowledge to use to address complicated real-world problems. Warren Wilson’s educational emphasis on the development of civic identity offers the skills, knowledge, and experiences that foster in students the capacity and commitment to effectively work toward a just, equitable, and sustainable world. The First Year Seminar at Warren Wilson introduces students to civic identity development through a theme-based course that is academically challenging, community-engaged, and writing-intensive.