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


Boris Berman opens the Horowitz Piano Series Oct. 7

In New Haven, CT:  Faculty pianist presents multimedia performance of Debussy’s “The Toy Box”

bermanThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music opens its season with a recital by Boris Berman on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 pm.

Professor Berman, who serves as artistic director of the Horowitz Piano Series, will perform works by Brahms and Chopin, as well as Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box) which features narration and projected images by André Hellé.

The program’s most substantial work, Debussy’s whimsical children’s ballet La boîte à joujoux was written for children or marionettes based on a story by children’s book illustrator André Hellé, whose illustrations will be displayed throughout the performance. YSM graduate John Taylor Ward, baritone, will be the narrator.

Also on the program are Chopin’s Barcarolle, Op. 60, one of the composer’s last major compositions, written only three years before his death, as well as Brahms’ Piano Pieces, Op. 76.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $13, $7 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, the public should visit music.yale.edu, contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158, or visit the box office at 470 College Street.