Fall 2016 Courses

100-01  Rudiments of Music: MWF 9:00-9:50
Ng Tian Hui
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). Meets for only the first half of each semester.

131-01  Basic Musicianship: MTWThF 9:00-9:50
Ng Tian Hui
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.

FYSEM 110-01 Adventures in Music
:  TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
Ng Tian Hui
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.

FYSEM 110-01 Transgressive Music: TTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
David Sanford
The seminar will introduce and discuss various musical works and genres that fall under rock critic Ann Powers' definitions of 'Violator Art,' exploring them within the context of their wanton and disturbing appeal, as well as their often scandalous social impact. Topics will include the Second Viennese School, free jazz, protest music, punk rock, hip-hop, works such as J. S. Bach's 'Cantata No. 179,' Strauss's 'Salome,' Stravinsky's 'Le Sacre du printemps,' Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit,' George Crumb's 'Black Angels,' and artists such as Frank Zappa, Donna Summer, Prince, and Nirvana.

232-01  Theory II:  MTuWThF 10-10:50am
David Sanford
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.

226-01 World Music:   MW 1:15PM - 2:30PM
Olabode F. Omojola
This course is a survey of selected musical traditions from different parts of the world, including Africa, Indonesia, Indian, the Caribbean, and the United States. The course adopts an ethnomusicological approach that explains music as a cultural phenomenon, and explores the social and aesthetic significance of musical traditions within their respective historical and cultural contexts. It examines how musical traditions change over time, and how such changes reflect and relate to social and political changes within a given society. Weekly reading and listening assignments provide the basis for class discussions. Students are expected to undertake a final project in music ethnography.

281-01 History of Western Music I:  TTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
Adeline Mueller
The first half of a two-semester survey of Western music history, Music 281 examines the musical culture of Europe from the Middle Ages through the mid-eighteenth century, focusing on evolution of style and the changing roles of composers, performers, patrons, and audience.

371-01  Topics in Music: Shakespeare and Music to 1800  TTh 2:40PM - 3:55PM
Adeline Mueller
This seminar develops skills in the use of primary materials for musicological, ethnomusicological, and/or theoretical research; in critical engagement with published scholarship; and in the communication of original research to a wider community. Collaborative inquiry on a specific interdisciplinary topic provides the context from which each student fashions a substantial independent project, often with a practical or public component. This year, the topic is musical settings and adaptations of Shakespeare from 1590-1800. Students will collectively research, program, rehearse, and perform an evening-length program of music from Shakespeare's Tempest.