Music and the Human Experience

MUGN-V294-001 | Spring 2013
April Prince

Service learning is required for this course. 

Time commitment: 20 hours

Learning goal: Students will analyze music as a product of culture and strengthen their understanding of the role played by music in the real lives of individuals and communities in New Orleans.  They will examine the relationship of music to other realms of human experience (class, gender, technology, spirituality, conflict, etc).

Students in this course must complete a service learning placement with one of the following agencies: 

Anna's Arts for Kids
Bridge House    
Catholic Charities: Computer Literacy
Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR)
Hagar's House
Ozanam Inn Computer Lab
Project Lazarus
Uptown Shepherd's Center


  1. Research your options.  Browse the agencies listed on this page.  Find ones that connect to your interests and passions.  Also look for agencies that fit your schedule and transportation situation.  Use this scheduler to figure out your best times to do service learning.  Take into account the transportation support programs offered by the Office of Service Learning.
  2. Make contact with your favorite agencies.  It pays to initiate communication early.  Remember, you are competing for limited spots at each agency.
  3. Come to the SERVE Fair to talk with agency staff and learn more about your favorites.
  4. Receive placement offers.  Accept a placement offer online by Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5 pm. 
  5. Complete preservice requirements.
  6. Agree on a regular schedule with your agency and start serving!
  7. Document all your hours using a service learning timesheet.  Submit your first timesheet to Bobet 113 at midterm (Friday, March 8th @ 5pm).  Submit your final timesheet by the last day of classes (Wed, May 1 @ 5pm).
  8. Finish all your service learning hours by the last day of classes.
  9. Your performance will be evaluated by your agency.  This performance evaluation will be given to your professor an incorporated into your class grade.
  10. Receive a service learning transcript notation.  Put it on your resume too!