The Sound of Seattle

GEN ST 160

What is the “sound of Seattle”? How do artists as diverse as Macklemore, Nirvana and the Seattle Symphony embody that sound? Does the city's history, culture and geography shape the sound? Can music shape our perception of the city? In this course, we’ll use music as a vehicle to explore questions like these through reading, discussion, listening and attending concerts.

Course Curriculum and Features

We’ll undertake a historical overview of music in Seattle from roughly 1900 to the present. You’ll explore a range of genres, focusing on classical music, jazz, grunge and hip-hop. Each of the genres contributes to a “Seattle sound,” a concept that has shifted over time. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to articulate the ways in which music reflects changing social conditions throughout the city’s history.

Designed For

Those interested in the diversity of cultural offerings available in the city. No prior knowledge of musical performance, theory or history is required.


Michael Berry
Lecturer, School of Music

Aug 22–Sep 15, 2017

UW Seattle
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.