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6 Scary Stories About Music (Halloween Class!)

Welcome to the dark history of music.
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What you are going to learn

For centuries, musicians have been haunted by ghosts, the devil, curses, and more. In this class, I'll tell you all about the history of 6 infamous incidents involving the dark history of music.

If you've taken any of my other classes, you know that as a PhD in music, I've studied music essentially my whole life. In that time I've come across these stories (and many more), and I've been looking for a way to put them into a class. So I decided a special Halloween class was finally in order.
This class will take you through my six favorite stories from the dark side of music. Including:
  • An incident where a whole city nearly danced themselves to death from a simple melody - one that you've heard hundreds of times.
  • The famous story of bluesman Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil, and how that connects to Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Jamis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix.
  • A song that was so sad it was believed to be cursed, and was banned from being played by the BBC and entire countries around the world.
  • An instrument so ethereal that players and audiences went mad, establishing a belief that the instrument was cursed.
  • A famous composer's head was stolen, and (maybe) is still missing - probably sitting on someone's bookshelf to this day. 
The course of the 9th Symphony, and how one composer tried to cheat fate.

"So what is the goal of this class? What will I get out of it?"
Really I wanted to make this class because I thought it would be fun to make. And it was! 
I hope you get some job out of it, and maybe a little scare. You will probably learn a few things, too.

Dr. J. Anthony Allen

Music PhD, Producer, Composer, Instructor, Professor, Author, & Ableton Certified Trainer. 
Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated online instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. He currently teaches at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, Slam Academy, and Punkademic Courses.