Yale Opens Online Course in Music and Social Action

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The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the launch of its first massive open online course (MOOC), “Music and Social Action.” Taught by MacArthur Fellow Sebastian Ruth, the course asks vital questions about musicians’ responses to the condition of the world.

Sebastian Ruth is the founder and artistic director of Community MusicWorks, a nationally-recognized organization that connects professional musicians with urban youth and families in Providence, Rhode Island. It has been hailed as a “revolutionary organization” by the New Yorker and in 2010 received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, conferred by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Ruth has received a “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for “creating rewarding musical experiences for often-forgotten populations and forging a new, multifaceted role beyond the concert hall for the twenty-first-century musician.” Community MusicWorks was the inspiration for New Haven’s own Music Haven, which provides free instruments, lessons, classes, and ensemble and leadership development opportunities to young people (ages 6–18) from low-income New Haven neighborhoods.

Sebastian Ruth’s free online course offers students around the world an opportunity to learn from this leading educator and thinker. The multimedia course includes not only thoughtfully crafted lectures and engaging assignments but also historical photos and audio clips.

The course asks vital questions such as: Do musicians have an obligation and an opportunity to serve the needs of the world with their musicianship? Are we looking at a dying art form or a moment of re-invigoration? The course itself, as well as the impact of organizations such as Community MusicWorks and Music Haven, argues the case for re-invigoration.



The next session opens March 21.  Register here: Coursera


Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas is now On-Demand




A note from the Curtis Teaching Staff:

The wait is over… Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas is once again open! You can instantly Start Learning in this On-Demand course if you missed our last offering in the Spring of 2014 (or if you’re ready for another round).

We’ll explore Beethoven’s sonatas from the point of view of performer Jonathan Biss. You’ll learn from approximately 5 hours of videos and quizzes in this self-paced course.

Jonathan is busy recording new lectures on new sonatas that will be added to the course this Spring. Even if you took the course last time, you may want to re-watch the first series to refresh your knowledge. Then you’ll be ready to dive in as he covers NEW sonatas in detail.

Thanks for your interest in Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas.