Designed to provide a big-picture overview of musicâ€™s role in varied historical and cultural contexts; to acquaint students with the central paradigms, methods, and problems of music scholarship; and to provide a critical orientation of some of the major philosophical questions that play a role in subsequent music history coursework at SMU. Questions to be addressed include: What is music? What is its purpose? What does music mean, how does it mean, and how is it able to move the emotions? How is music historically and culturally constituted? How do we study it? Students engage with these and many other questions through intensive reading, listening, and lecture. Examples are drawn liberally from Western art music and popular music.