Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Music 398. Experimental Courses

Arts Administration

Students will explore the organization and administrative workings of performing arts groups,
including symphony orchestras, choral ensem- bles, chamber music ensembles, folk, jazz and rockbands, among others. Lectures, individual readings and guest presentations will focus primarily on the non-profit arts organization in the areas of publicity, marketing, fundraising, board relations and programming, as well as managing a concert series or festival, the recording industry, community music schools, the touring artist, and educational residencies. Outside presenters from various area arts organizations will share insight into outreach and programming opportunities/ challenges created by race, gender and ethnicity in the current sociopolitical climate. Students will interact with local arts organizations and concen- trate on a specific genre for their final projects.


Music around Boston

The Massachusetts Bay Colony was one of the earliest colonies established on the east coast of North America, and Boston was the cultural capital of the colonies for decades.Among the many musical firsts in the Bay Colony are the Bay Colony Psalm Book, early singing societies, important instrumental performing groups, concert series, and music schools and libraries.We will study these historical milestones, along with musical contributions brought to North America by subsequent waves of later immigrants such as Africans and Irish musicians.This course will be taught in cooperation with Wheaton Archivist Zephorene Stickney, and much of our work will involve primary source materials and field trips.



A study, through discussion, listening and performance, of the life and works of this most iconic and influential composer in the western musical tradition. Beethoven’s life will be viewed against the social and political history of his time. His works will be examined from the viewpoints of style, form, compositional technique, performance practice and reception history.