Taking Music Humor Seriously

A Song Is Born (1948), directed by Howard Hawks, © Samuel Goldwyn Productions, courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn/Photofest


Taking Music Humor Seriously

Online Class

Wednesdays, March 10–April 7, 1:00–2:30 pm (PT)

About the Program

For hundreds of years, music has been used to satirize culture, politics, and human behavior. Through curated videos and lively discussions, discover the many facets of musical humor from crass tastelessness to high culture. Laugh and sing along to the works of Mozart, Tom Lehrer, Anna Russell, Danny Kaye, and more. Plus, engage in a bit of schadenfreude with candid musical mishaps and the music of operatic wannabe Florence Foster Jenkins. Lift your spirits, tickle your funny bone, and never leave class with a straight face!

Instructor: Neal Brostoff has taught Jewish music courses at UCLA, American Jewish University, Loyola Marymount University, Pierce College, and Santa Monica College. He has also held the positions of Cultural Affairs Director for the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles and Concert Manager of the Pasadena Symphony. Brostoff received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mount St. Mary’s University and Masters in classical piano from California State University, Fullerton.