The Music Program offers music history courses on a variety of topics from Western Surveys to Jazz to Mozart Operas to Stevie Wonder to Global Traditions. The small class sizes, typically ranging from 15 to 35, allow for extensive discussion and engagement. A central part of music history courses at UW-Eau Claire is research papers, which offer the opportunity to explore subjects of interest and develop ideas and writing styles. Have you wondered why Bach’s Prelude from his first cello suite is so compelling or what ideas of gender are embodied in the music of Beyoncé? At the core of these papers is a thesis that connects a broader historical concept or issue with the musical style of a composition. These photos of Dr. Ryan Jones’ music history course captures music students helping each other improve their thesis statements. Music history papers help you explore your interests!