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LIFE 175: The Mythic Life (ORALCOMM 175)

Why in the twenty-first century do many of our most acclaimed and popular stories carry narrative forms that are thousands of years old? Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Batman - all are deeply informed by ancient myth, folklore, and oral traditions. One reason is that the deep stories of myth and folklore act as a bridge between our personal lives and the profoundest aspects of the human condition. They offer a way to understand our lives and how to live them.n nThis course offers an in-depth study and experience of myth and folklore, the roots of modern story and the roots of our own stories. You will hear these myths live, as people have for thousands of years¿from Trickster folk tales to the medieval Arthurian grail epic Parzival. You will also draw from these epics to create and tell a mythic story of your own. This will give you an appreciation for myth as a living principle, not just something from a long time ago. It will also help you become a good storyteller by developing your memory, improvisation, and image-based thinking. This ability to tell a story well is at the root of authentic leadership and helps us bring a powerful, embodied perspective to championing a cause or just debating over coffee.
Last offered: Spring 2019 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

ME 21: Renaissance Machine Design

Technological innovations of the 1400s that accompanied the proliferation of monumental art and architecture by Brunelleschi, da Vinci, and others who designed machines and invented novel construction, fresco, and bronze-casting techniques. The social and political climate, from the perspective of a machine designer, that made possible and demanded engineering expertise from prominent artists. Hands-on projects to provide a physical understanding of Renaissance-era engineering challenges and introduce the pleasure of creative engineering design. Technical background not required.
Last offered: Spring 2018 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-CE

ME 101: Visual Thinking

Lecture/lab. Visual thinking and language skills are developed and exercised in the context of solving design problems. Exercises for the mind's eye. Rapid visualization and prototyping with emphasis on fluent and flexible idea production. The relationship between visual thinking and the creative process. Limited enrollment, attendance at first class required.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-CE

ME 124: Visual Expressions

A hands-on exploration of the elements and principles of 2D and 3D design common to all the visual arts. Through a mix of theory, analysis, and practice the student will develop his/her ability to interpret visual content and produce effective imagery. Limited enrollment, attendance at first class required.
Last offered: Autumn 2018 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

ME 125: Visual Frontiers

The student will learn how to use graphic design to communicate online, in person, and through printed matter. Fundamentals of visual communications will be applied to branding exercises, typographic studies, color explorations, drawing exercises, use of photography, and use of grid and layout systems.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE
Instructors: Fenton, P. (PI)

MI 70Q: Photographing Nature

Utilizes the idiom of photography to learn about nature, enhance observation, and explore scientific concepts. Builds upon the pioneering photographic work of Eadweard J. Muybridge on human and animal locomotion. A secondary goal is to learn the grammar, syntax, composition, and style of nature photography to enhance the use of this medium as a form of scientific communication and also to explore the themes of change across time and space. Scientific themes to be explored include: taxonomy, habitat preservation, climate change; species diversity; survival and reproductive strategies; ecological niches and coevolution, carrying capacity and sustainability, population densities, predation, and predator-prey relationships, open-space management, the physics of photography. Extensive use of field trips and class critque.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE
Instructors: Siegel, R. (PI)

MUSIC 10AX: Science of Sound

Science of Sound will explore sound and sound-related technology from the perspectives of mathematics, physics, and acoustics. Scientists and engineers will have a chance to apply their technical knowledge to the field of music while musicians will learn how sound behaves physically and how it can be recorded, processed, and reproduced. Using the newly opened Bing Concert Hall as a focal point, we will study the science of sound recording, room acoustics, and multi-channel mixing and playback. Students will use what they learn to create short multi-channel compositions using special techniques to place sounds spatially. These pieces will be performed during the annual outdoor Summer CCRMA Transitions concert and again during the Fall 2014 CCRMA concert at Bing Concert Hall. We will use the textbook by Jay Kadis entitled Science of Sound Recording as our primary text and incorporate plenty of hands-on experience with sound equipment and electronics.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE
Instructors: Callery, E. (PI)

MUSIC 12A: Introductory Piano Class

(A=level 1; B=level 2; C=level 3) There is a fee for this class. Please visit http://music.stanford.edu/Academics/LessonSignups.html for class fee and signup information. Class is closed by design. Please register on the waitlist and show up on the first day of class to receive a permission number for enrollment. Preference to department majors. Zero unit enrollment option available with instructor permission. See website: ( http://music.stanford.edu) for policy and procedure.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE
Instructors: Zerlang, T. (PI)

MUSIC 12AS: Introductory Piano Class, Level 1 (Group)

Piano: Introductory Level 1 (Group; 10 students to a section) (A=Level 1; B=Level 2; C=Level 3). Class is closed by design. Please register on the wait-list and show up on the first day of class to receive a permission number for enrollment. Complete registration form available for download at: http://tinyurl.com/q43c48g. May be repeated for credit 5 times. Zero unit enrollment option available with instructor permission. See website: ( http://tinyurl.com/posmuhn) for policy and procedure. By enrolling in this course you are giving consent for the video and audio recording and distribution of your image and performance for use by any entity at Stanford University.
Terms: Sum | Units: 1 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable for credit
Instructors: Zerlang, T. (PI)

MUSIC 12B: Introductory Piano Class

This class is closed by design. To enroll, please sign up on the Axess waitlist and show up on the first day to receive a permission number for re-enrollment. Your place on the waitlist will be considered a reservation. If the waitlist is closed, there are no more spaces in the class. (A=level 1; B=level 2; C=level 3) There is a fee for this class. Please visit http://music.stanford.edu/Academics/LessonSignups.html for class fee and signup information. Zero unit enrollment option available with instructor permission. See website: ( http://music.stanford.edu) for policy and procedure.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE
Instructors: Zerlang, T. (PI)
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