Fall Courses

100-01  Rudiments of Music  MWF 9:00-9:50
In this half-semester course students will become familiar with the elements of music notation (staves, clefs, pitch names, note and rest values) and with some of the basic skills necessary for college-level music instruction (e.g., construction and identification of scales, intervals, triads, and basic diatonic functions).
Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
L. Schipull
Notes: Meets for only the first half of the semester

MUSIC-102 Music and Technology  MW 1:15-2:30
It is now possible to record, manipulate, notate, and compose music with a variety of powerful and flexible tools using the personal computer. This course will focus on hands-on experience with various sorts of music software, including recording and editing, mixing, synthesis and midi interfaces, notation, and various instructional programs. In the process of experimenting with these tools and operating on their favorite musical styles, students will learn a good bit of notation, ear training, and rudimentary principles of arrangement and composition. Basic computer literacy (such as comfort with basic editing commands and the concept of keyboard shortcuts) is required.
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
The department

131-01  Basic Musicianship  MTWThF 9:00-9:50
Explores the ways in which sound is organized into musical structures. Topics include the physical properties of sound; the basic vocabulary of Western music (scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, rhythm, meter); and an introduction to musical form and analysis. Includes extensive practice in music reading, sight singing, ear training, and critical listening.
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
L. Schipull
Coreq: MUSIC-131L.

FYSEM 110-01 Adventures in Music:  TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
Designed for students with or without prior musical experience, 'Adventures in Music' explores the materials of music. Through reading, hands-on interaction with instruments and their players, discussions and recordings, students will explore concepts of pitch, time, space, structure and timbre, thereby enriching their perception of the world of sound. The best way to access the indescribable in music is often to make music. With this in mind the class will embark in mini composition projects culminating in a final project that utilizes the knowledge acquired over the duration of the course.
T. Ng

FYSEM 110-01 Music in Women's Communities TTh 10:00-11:15
Details to be announced.
A. Mueller

MUSIC-220 Music and Film  TTh 11:30-12:45
This course is for all who stay to the end of the credits, purchase soundtracks, and argue over who should have won the Oscar for Best Score, along with anyone else interested in the undervalued importance of music to the general effect of a motion picture. We will explore and discuss the myriad ways in which these two media interact. The course will focus on classic scores by Herrmann, Morricone, and Williams, as well as the uses of pre-existing music in films of Kubrick and Tarantino.
Crosslisted as: FLMST-220MU
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
D. Sanford
Prereq: MUSIC-100, MUSIC-102, MUSIC-103 or MUSIC-131.

232-01  Theory II  MTuWThF 10-10:50am
This course provides continued study of diatonic theory, including seventh chords in all inversions and an introduction to chromatic theory. Includes part writing, analysis, ear training, and keyboard harmony.
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
D. Sanford
Prereq: MUSIC-231.
Coreq: MUSIC-232L.

MUSIC-242 Conducting I  TTh2:40-3:55
Fundamentals of conducting: gestures, rehearsal techniques, study of representative short scores, and practice leading primarily choral ensembles. Videotaping, class recital.
Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
T. Ng
Prereq: MUSIC-231.

283-01 History of Western Music III:  TTh 1:15-2:30
The third in a three-semester survey of Western music history. Details to be announced.
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
A. Mueller
Writing-Intensive

Prereq: Music 100 or Music 131.

 

MUSIC-341 Conducting II  TTh 2:40-3:55
Conducting II builds on fundamentals of conducting from Music 242. The course will include gestural vocabulary, moving fluently between choral and instrumental conducting, introduction to keyboard realization of scores, relationship between interpretation and conducting, and rehearsal preparation. The conducting class forms the core of the ensemble for the class.
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
T. Ng
Prereq: MUSIC-242.

 

MUSIC-374 Advanced Seminar in Ethnomusicology  MW 1:15-2:30
Designed for music and non-music majors, this advanced seminar examines core theoretical and methodological issues in ethnomusicology and the debates that have shaped its practice since its origins in the early twentieth century as comparative musicology. Drawing on musical traditions from different parts of the world and supplemented by workshops conducted by visiting professional musicians, the course explores the interdisciplinary approaches that inform how ethnomusicologists study the significance of music "in" and "as" culture. Topics covered will include ethnographic methods, the intersection of musicological and anthropological perspectives, the political significance of musical hybridity, applied ethnomusicology, and sound studies.
Crosslisted as: ANTHR-316ET
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive

B. Omojola
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors