100-01 Rudiments of Music: MWF 9:00-9:50 Pratt Room 109
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 Pratt Room 109 (TTh Labs in Warbeke Room)
102 - Music and Technology
Robert Eisenstein MW 1:15-2:30 Pratt Room 104
231 - Theory I
Larry Schipull MWF 10-1:50 Pratt Room 109
231 - Theory I Lab
Larry Schipull TTh 10-10:50 Pratt Warbeke Room
233 - Theory III
David Sanford MWF 10-10:50 Pratt Room 101
233 - Theory III Lab
David Sanford TTh 10-10:50 Pratt Room 104
282 - History II
Adeline Mueller TTh 11:30-12:45 Pratt Warbeke Room
334 - Music Analysis Music, Technology, and the Body
Adeline Mueller F 1:15-4:05 Pratt Room 103
This year, in honor of the Five College Digital Humanities interdisciplinary project Techno Lives (a Spring 2016 collaboration with Mount Holyoke Music, Dance, and Film Studies), our Music Analysis course will focus on six works that foreground the intersections of music, technology, and the body. We will analyze the intermedii to the 1589 comedy La Pellegrina for the Medici court in Florence; the 1917 multimedia ballet Parade, created by Picasso, Cocteau, Satie, and Massine; Powell and Pressburger’s 1948 ballet film The Red Shoes; the postwar Events of John Cage and Merce Cunningham; Twyla Tharp and David Byrne’s 1981 collaboration The Catherine Wheel; and the performance art of Laurie Anderson. Our goal will be to refine our understanding of the ways music “plays” the body in these works, and how that play is conditioned by the technological media involved. Throughout the course, we will be asking ourselves what it means to analyze music, and what constitutes musical meaning. Our course text will be Nicholas Cook’s Analysing Musical Multimedia. Prerequisites: Music 232 or equivalent.
341-01 - Conducting II
Ng Tian Hui TTh 2:40-3:55 Pratt Warbeke Room
374 - Advanced Seminar in Ethnomusicology -- NEW
Olabode Omojola MW 1:15-2:30 Pratt Room 103
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.