The collaboration required Shwartz, Assistant Professor of Oboe and Bauch, Assistant Professor of Geo-Humanities to bridge the gap between their two worlds of study to create a curriculum beneficial for both groups of students.
What they achieved was altogether unique and delightful.
“We picked a spot on campus to be inspired by,” explains oboe student Matthew Sumter, “and we talked about different aspects of the spot, like how it made us feel and how people interact with it.”
The professors joined students studying oboe with undergraduates in the course Introduction to Geo-Humanities , and tasked groups of three with creating a piece of music inspired by a specific place on OU’s campus.
From fountains, to clock towers, and even an indoor training facility, the students worked together to observe and define key attributes of each place based on research in cultural geography. The end result? A work of art.
“For musicians it's so incredibly important to explore music from all facets and angles outside of just what your teacher puts on the music stand in front of you,” Schwartz points out. Bauch chimes in as well, “In the spirit of application, this collaboration with the music students has helped me teach my students about core cultural geographical concepts.”