Music, Arts, and Culture in London
London’s vibrant cultural life and history provide the setting for an immersive three-week musical exploration throughout this world capital. From the serenity of Evensong to the raucousness of a West End musical, students will engage with a wide variety of musical genres spanning from Handel to Hendrix, famed artists who lived next door to each other in London, two hundred years apart. Students will learn to listen critically and analytically to music originating from a wide variety of historical eras and born from diverse circumstances.
Scholarship Opportunity. Several program scholarships will be awarded to students accepted into the Music, Arts, and Culture in London program. Most scholarships will be in the range of $500-$3,000. Scholarship awards will be based on financial need as well as overall quality of applicants’ study abroad applications. The scholarship application is within the program application; speak with your GEO advisor for more information.
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An interdisciplinary approach will encourage students to consider music in relation to the art and culture surrounding its creation. Designed for students from any major across campus (including music majors), students will attend concerts, visit historically significant venues, and participate in highly interactive class sessions. Journaling will be an important component of this course, prompting students to interact with academic and musical material, art, and culture both inside and outside of the classroom.
The six credit course, Music, Arts, and Culture in London, will count towards Arts and Letters. For Popular Music Studies and General Music majors this course will satisfy 6 credits in the History & Culture category.
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.
Sharon Paul is an award-winning professor at the University of Oregon's School of Music and Dance, where she teaches courses in choral conducting, repertoire, and pedagogy. The UO Chamber Choir, under her direction, has earned international acclaim at competitions in Sweden, Germany, Ireland, and Estonia in recent years. Her work and research interests focus on the application of current learning-science theories to the art and craft of music teaching, toward the goal of creating effective and engaging experiences in rehearsal and in the classroom.
Experience life in Central London, living in shared apartments with 1-2 other students on the program. You’ll be within walking distance of the London Tube, local grocers, restaurants, and cafés. Each apartment is fully furnished with beds, a desk, and chairs. You and another student on the program will share a studio apartment with a small kitchenette. The kitchens are equipped with refrigerator, microwave, utensils, plates, and glasses. All apartments have wireless internet access, bed linens, and 24/7 emergency support
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