The Music Video
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NMUS 3701
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Media & Culture
  • Contemporary Music
  • Music History, Theory & Criticism
This course traces the history of the music video from the early 1980s to the present, exploring the connections and interrelations between culture, film and television, and music. We explore and analyze techniques such as the use of editing to create a visual landscape and reinforce the rhythm or form of the music. We survey video genres and the use of setting to trigger cultural associations in listeners, such as outdoor settings in hip-hop videos, as in Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing),” and fantasy settings in pop videos, as in Duran Duran’s “Wild Boys.” We discuss sexuality, gender, and ethnicity and look at how their portrayal has changed over time, to bring us Lady Gaga’s “Judas” and Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”
Course Open to: Degree Students