This program offers an introduction and orientation to the popular music of the United Kingdom, most specifically, music from the country of England. It will explore the meaning and impact of the 1960s as reflected in the music of that era. Specific attention will be given to the international exchange of musical influences between the United States and the United Kingdom in the historic period beginning with the assassination of JFK and ending with Woodstock. The primary focus will be on the phenomenon of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Kinks, the Yardbirds and Cream and their musical intersections with cultural icons in the United States performing Rhythm and Blues and Rock 'n Roll. After two weeks of study on the Ohio State campus, all members of the class will travel to London and Liverpool, England, to experience first hand the cultural demographics and the music created there.
The program will take place in London and Liverpool, England.
Students will stay in double rooms in centrally located hotels in London and Liverpool. Breakfast is included every morning at the hotel.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Acquire a basic familiarity with the leading composers, singer-songwriters, and popular performing groups based primarily in England in the 1960s
Listen critically in order to analyze the musical structure, lyrics, and aesthetic impact of selected songs that have proven to have lasting influence
Sing or otherwise perform at a basic level selected songs from the era
Identify innovations in recording techniques and sound sources that eventually became staples of the genre
Discuss the dominant cultural, economic, political, and societal influences of the decade of the 1960s in both the U.K. and the USA that were reflected by, and in turn, influenced the music of that time
Critique live and recorded performances of a wide variety of representative music from both British and American artists
Compare, reflect, and evaluate the impact of American “R and B” on British popular musicians
Synthesize and employ insights from class discussions, listening analysis, and excursions to Columbus concerts and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the musical experiences planned during the U.K. course component.
Admitted participants are required to register in three hours of Music 3350 during summer semester. Music 3350 can count for GE Visual and Performing Arts, as well as GE Education Abroad. Successful completion of the course includes the on-campus portion of the course from May 7-17, as well as the abroad portion of the course from May 18-31.
This program is open to undergraduates in all majors.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,980 program fee. The program fee includes airfare from Columbus to London, ground transportation from London to Liverpool, accommodations in London and Liverpool, entrances, performances, excursions, in-country travel, some group meals, and international insurance. It does not cover return flight to the United States, passport, immunizations, most meals, personal expenses, and passport.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
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I learned how to listen to music with a greater appreciation and understanding. While I did not know much about music going into the course, I came out of the class with knowledge about song structure, back-up vocals, lyrics, and composition.