What’s good y’all!? My name is Deionte Appling, sophomore class of 2016 here at Brown, and I’m a music and psychology concentrator. Alongside Eimi, I write for the Music to My Ears column for the Bruin Club Prospective Blog. Fun Facts: I sing in chorus, I occasionally perform operas with Brown Opera Productions, and I love Robert Plant! Music to My Ears is the prospective student’s gateway to the life of music at Brown, and I’ll attempt to show you the ins and outs of our music department to the best of my knowledge!
This weekend marks the beginning of the great series of performances by the Theater, Arts, and Performance (TAPS) at Brown. This department is honestly something that is often forgotten about in terms of music at Brown, in part due to the existence of other student organisations such as Brown Opera and Gilbert & Sullivan, but I try to go to one of their performances every semester because they are beyond spectacular. In this department, you can study a nice array of different concentrations, including Theater Arts, Performance Studies, and Writing for Performance. Theater Arts is a very diverse concentration, ensuring that concentrators are well versed in their knowledge of acting, directing and technical production. Opportunities are also diverse, for they include acting in shows, directing shows, dance, and tech.
Performance Studies is a look into different means of performance and their respective outlets and their effects on people. This track will also look at media, different entities that are considered performance, and exactly how performance communicates. Although this track does not focus on a particular means of performance, Brown’s open curriculum will allow you to explore your interests more.
The Writing for Performance track looks at the methods and techniques of writing performance pieces while being conscious of an ever changing society and also the history of theater and their relative time periods. This track can also help satisfy the different interests of individual concentrators, thanks again to Brown’s open curriculum.
Passing Strange is the musical that TAPS is currently presenting with through Sock & Buskin, which is a dramatic punk-rock musical depicting the story of a Black artist in Europe and the journey that he and his band is embarking on. The cast consists of some of the most talented, dedicated, and wonderful people and musicians on this campus. I encourage anyone to definitely check out a performance if you happen to be visiting or just near by. It would be well worth your time for a nice weekend.
For those of you tickled by curiosity, would like to express your love for me, or simply want to chat about any and all things music, please feel free to email your questions or comments to Deionte_Appling@brown.edu and I’ll get back ‘atcha ASAP!
If it ain’t Baroque… Let it play!