“Writing about music is like dancing about painting,” goes a chestnut attributed to Elvis Costello. Yet the art of putting music into words is one of the oldest artistic collaborations. In this class, we’ll look at examples of contemporary musical prose, and talk about this essential act of multidisciplinary translation. Students will write short concert and album reviews while developing a musical ear for language. Students are also expected to attend one lecture, performance, or event outside of regularly scheduled class.