Music stirs emotion. Composers and performers have wielded this power for centuries, but so have marketers, politicians, and other leaders. To understand the power of music in propaganda it is necessary to examine how the world of sound is attached to action and ideas. Through the study of music fundamentals – melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, and timbre – and music history, students will explore how these elements combine with words, images, and ideas to advance, sometimes forcefully, a particular agenda or viewpoint.