Movie Musicals Through the Decades | Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | University of Miami

Movie Musicals Through the Decades

OSH 652 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: TBA
Instructor: Brian Murphy

Course Description

The musical film is a film genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing. The songs usually advance the plot or develop the film’s characters, though in some cases they serve merely as breaks in the storyline, often as elaborate “production numbers.” See the week by week listing for further information as we lovingly revisit the great musicals of yesterday and yesteryear! 

Week 1 1930s/40s Top Hat, Swing Time, Broadcast of 1938, Babes in Arms, Easter Parade, Barkleys of Broadway
Week 2 1950s American –Paris, Pal Joey, The Bandwagon, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Anything Goes, Les Girls
Week 3

1960s West Side Story, Bells Are Ringing, My Fair Lady. Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, Doctor Dolittle

Week 4 1970s Fiddler on the Roof, Willie Wonka, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rose, All That Jazz
Week 5

1980s Blues Brothers, Victor Victoria, Python’s Meaning of Life, Footloose, A Chorus Line, Little Shop

Week 6 1990s – 2000s De-lovely, Sweeny Todd, Nine, Into The Woods, La La Land, The Greatest Showman

Mr. Brian Murphy is a pianist, composer, clinician, instructor, and arranger who has recorded and performed extensively in U.S., Canada, and around the world. Brian has collaborated with the great Tito Puente on a number of award-winning albums. He has conducted workshops on improvisation and has received grants. He has guided Honors Jazz Ensembles in the development of their music-related skills: ear training, sight reading and interpretation, chord & inversion recognition, the importance of playing in tune and keeping steady time, how to listen and communicate within an ensemble, the conversational element of improvisation, trading 2, 4 and 8 measure phrases. He was in 2008 New World School of the Arts (Miami) Adjunct Professor for Advanced Jazz Ensemble.

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