Spring Courses 2016

100-01  Rudiments of Music: MWF 9:00-9:50 Pratt Room 109
Larry Schipull
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)
Larry Schipull

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.