Music

General Information

The Department of Music at Carleton enrolls several hundred students every term, both majors and non-majors, in a curriculum that offers a diverse and integrated approach to the areas of performance, composition, theory, history, and ethnomusicology. Students arrive at Carleton with a wide range of musical background and ability, all are encouraged to broaden, deepen, enrich and improve their engagement with music. In addition to applied music-making experiences in our performing ensembles and private lessons, the Department offers an array of classroom courses that range from those designed specifically for the introductory level student to advanced seminars for majors.

Courses in Applied Music

All students, regardless of major, may study an instrument or voice at beginning through advanced levels, and may participate in the Department's musical ensembles by placement or audition. Registration for applied music lessons and ensembles must be included int he student's official registration.

There are several registration options for applied music lessons:

  • a one-credit 100-level course, taken with or without the J (jury) designation
  • a two-credit 200-level course, taken with or without the J (jury) designation

Courses with the J (jury) designation are graded, and include a small end-of-term jury performance for area faculty; students may elect to S/Cr/NC these courses in accordance with College guidelines. Courses without the J designation are mandatory S/Cr/NC. Permission of the instructor is required for registration for two credits.

The comprehensive fee does not include the cost of private instruction, and special fees are charged for applied lessons and some ensemble classes. Fees are not refundable for late drops except when a late drop is made for medical reasons or in similar emergency situations. In such cases, the student must consult with the Music Department.

Requirements for the Music Major

The Music Major introduces students to the primary subfields of music, developing the skills of research, analysis, performance, and the creation of original work. Broadly diverse in its coverage of styles, cultures, and fields, the Music Department provides students foundational knowledge in multiple modes of music study, but offers students substantial freedom in crafting focus of courses relevant to individual interests. The skills in critical thinking, research, writing, and performance gained in the major have proven pertinent and applicable to alumni in a broad variety of fields. Students planning a professional career in music should consult with faculty members in their area for advice and assistance.

Requirements for the Music Major

Sixty-four credits, including:

  • Musical Foundations and Theory (16 credits)
    • MUSC 103, MUSC 104, MUSC 110, and MUSC 204
  • One 200- or 300-level course in Western Art Music (6 credits)
    • MUSC 210, MUSC 211, MUSC 308 or MUSC 312
  • One 200- or 300-level course in Ethnomusicology or Popular Music (6 credits)
    • ARBC 222, CAMS 242, MUSC 215, MUSC 245, MUSC 247, MUSC 248, MUSC 336
  • Composition (6 credits)
    • MUSC 208, MUSC 220, MUSC 285J, MUSC 286J, MUSC 340
  • Juried Applied Lessons (4 credits)
    • Any combination of juried applied lessons and MUSC 299 may fill this requirement. Composition 285J/286J does not satisfy this requirement
  • Ensemble Participation (2 credits)
    • MUSC 185-195)

  • 300-level Seminar (6 credits)
    • MUSC 303-339 (MUSC 303, MUSC 308, MUSC 310, MUSC 312, MUSC 332, MUSC 333, MUSC 336, MUSC 337)
  • Music Electives (12 credits)
    • Any MUSC credits, including Music classes, ensembles, chamber music, applied lessons, and MUSC 299
  • Integrative exercise (6 credits)
    • MUSC 400

Music Department Minors

The Music department offers three Music Minors:

  • American Music Minor provides students with a framework for understanding the diverse musics and musical cultures of America. Does not assume a traditional music background and does not require music theory.
  • Music Minor is a flexible minor that allows students either a broad range of music study, or enables a focus on a particular area of musical inquiry.
  • Music Performance Minor is for students who want to pursue excellence in musical performance with a focus in a particular instrument, voice, or performance area.

American Music Minor

The minor in American Music, brings together the most prominent strands of American music scholarship on campus.

Taking its inspiration from the multidisciplinary approaches characteristic of this emerging field, the minor includes a gateway course surveying American musical history and genres; a foundational course from a field or interdisciplinary area offering a critical perspective on American culture; three courses offering in-depth study of musical traditions essential to the American soundscape and a capstone research seminar in which students pursue individual projects. No previous musical experience is required.

Requirements for the American Music Minor

Six courses are required.

  • Gateway Course: 6 credits
  • Foundations: 6 credits 
    • AMST 115 Introduction to American Studies: Immigration and American Culture
    • AMST 115 Introduction to American Studies
    • CAMS 110 Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies
    • HIST 120 Rethinking the American Experience: American History, 1607-1865 (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 121 Rethinking the American Experience: American Social History, 1865-1945
    • HIST 122 U.S. Women's History to 1877
    • HIST 123 U.S. Women's History Since 1877
    • HIST 125 African American History I
    • HIST 126 African American History II (not offered in 2017-18)
    • RELG 140 Religion and American Culture (not offered in 2017-18)
    • SOAN 110 Introduction to Anthropology
    • SOAN 111 Introduction to Sociology
    • WGST 110 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • Soundtracks of America: 18 credits, at least one course must be at the 200-level or above 
    • CAMS 188 Rock 'n' Roll in Cinema (not offered in 2017-18)
    • CAMS 242 Sound and Music in TV and New Media
    • MUSC 111 Western Art Music: The Last 1000 Years (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 115 Music and Film (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 120 Introduction to Opera (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 130 The History of Jazz
    • MUSC 131 The Blues From the Delta to Chicago
    • MUSC 132 Golden Age of R and B (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 136 History of Rock (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 140 Ethnomusicology: Local and Global in the World's Musical Cultures (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 141 Global Popular Music (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 215 Music Theater in America (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 245 Music of Africa
    • MUSC 247 1950s/60s American Folk Music Revival
    • MUSC 332 Motown
    • MUSC 333 The Beatles (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 341 Rock Lab and Lab
  • Research Seminar  6 credits
    • MUSC 303 Music Since 1900 (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 308 Seminar in Music Analysis (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 310 The Philosophy of Music
    • MUSC 312 Romantic Music
    • MUSC 332 Motown
    • MUSC 333 The Beatles (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 336 Moldy Figs and the Birth of Jazz Criticism (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 337 Music in Social Movements

Requirements for the Music Minor

The Minor in Music is an excellent way for students to pursue their passion for music from a broad perspective, but also offers the flexibility for a student to customize a course of study specific to their particular interests.

36 credits required, including:

  • Musical Foundations and Theory (6 credits)*
    • MUSC 110 or MUSC 204
  • Two 200- or 300-level courses (12 credits) selected from:
    • ARBC 222, CAMS 188, CAMS 242, MUSC 208, MUSC 210, MUSC 211, MUSC 213, MUSC 215, MUSC 220, MUSC 227, MUSC 236, MUSC 245, MUSC 247, MUSC 248, MUSC 308, MUSC 312, MUSC 332, MUSC 336, or MUSC 337
  • 300-level Seminar (6 credits)
    • One class from courses numbered MUSC 303-339
  • Music Electives (12 credits)
    • Any MUSC credits, including Music classes, ensembles, chamber music, applied lessons, and MUSC 299

Students pursuing work in an interdisciplinary area (e.g. ethnomusicology, media studies, music psychology) may petition for elective courses outside of Music to count towards the minor.

* As per the college catalog, a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory exam grants six credits. This does not grant students automatic exemption from MUSC 103 and/or MUSC 110; exemption in these courses is determined by the departmental placement exam. Credits earned via the AP exam do not count for elective credit in the major or minor.

 

Requirements for the Music Performance Minor

The Minor in Music Performance has a prescribed area of focus for a student who wishes to pursue excellence in music performance or conducting.

Prerequisite: minimum 1 term of juried lessons at the 200 level; entry into the minor in music performance is by audition only. Auditions will usually take place during juries held at the end of each term.

Thirty-six credits, including:

  • Musical Foundations and Theory (2-6 credits)*
    • One course from MUSC 101, MUSC 103, MUSC 104, MUSC 110 or MUSC 204
  • Juried Applied Lessons (10 credits)
    • Any combination of 1- or 2-credit juried lessons; normally these 10 credits of applied study will be on the same instrument/voice, but in areas such as non-Western and American folk, students may petition to count lessons on more than one instrument/voice.
      Composition 153J/253J does not satisfy this requirement
  • Ensemble (3 credits)
    • Three credits from any course number Music 185 to Music 199 (inclusive)
  • MUSC 342: Music Performance Seminar (3 credits)
  • MUSC 299: Recital (3 credits)
    Must be taken once, may be repeated for elective credit
  • Music Electives (12-15 credits to total 36 credits)

Any additional MUSC credits, including classroom courses, ensembles, applied lessons.

It is recommended--though not required--that students minoring in music performance take additional courses in theory, history, composition, or world musics.

*As per the college catalog, a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory exam grants six credits. This does not grant students automatic exemption from MUSC 103 (Musicianship Lab 1) and/or MUSC 110 (Theory I); exemption in these courses is determined by the departmental placement exam. Credits earned via the AP exam do not count for elective credit in the major or minor.

Music Courses

MUSC 100 I Got Rhythm: The Science of Musical Time An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of musical rhythm. In this class you will, among other things, design and make a clock, invent a new form of rhythmic notation, read some Greek philosophy, recreate some classic experiments in time perception, study the nuances of musical performance, and explore the neurobiological underpinnings of "groove." Class readings will be drawn from philosophy, psychology, music theory, evolutionary biology, anthropology, phonology, and mathematics. Musical examples discussed will range from Gregorian chant to Stevie Wonder. Course assignments will involve group projects and various short writing assignments. No prerequisite, though the ability to read music will be helpful. 6 credits; AI, WR1; Fall; Justin M London
MUSC 100 Muses and Composers: How Women Shaped Classical Music Women’s music is everyone’s music. In this seminar, we will use feminist critical perspectives to understand how women shaped the course of music history. Women have filled almost every role in music activities public and private, as music businesspeople—patrons, sponsors, and impresarios—and creators—muses, performers, and composers. We will analyze the work of such women as Hildegaard von Bingen, Maria de Medici, Catherine the Great, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Nadia and Lili Boulanger, Germaine Tailleferre, Caroline Shaw, Meredith Monk, and Julia Wolfe. Reading and listening assignments will prepare students to research an original topic for a final essay. 6 credits; AI, WR1, IS; Fall; Megan E Sarno
MUSC 101 Music Fundamentals A course designed for students with little or no music background as preparation and support for other music courses, ensemble participation and applied music study. The course covers the fundamentals of note and rhythmic reading, basic harmony, and develops proficiency in aural skills and elementary keyboard skills. This class will make regular use of the music computer lab for assignments. 3 credits; ARP; Spring; Andrea Mazzariello
MUSC 103 Musicianship Lab I An introduction to the basic elements of rhythm and melody, with a strong emphasis on sight reading using solfége, score reading in multiple clefs, and short dictation exercises. Prerequisite: The ability to read music fluently in one clef. 2 credits; ARP; Fall; Justin M London
MUSC 104 Musicianship Lab II Continuation of Musicianship Lab I. More advanced solfége is introduced, including chromaticism, and longer dictation exercises which introduce standard melodic schemas. Some harmonic dictation will also be included. Prerequisite: Music 103, 200 or placement by examination. 2 credits; ARP; Winter; Justin M London
MUSC 108 Introduction to Music Technology A course in using the computer to make meaningful interventions into our practices as musicians. We'll explore a number of approaches to composing, producing, and hearing music, among them coding, visual programming, and working in a digital audio workstation. Students will ultimately combine and hybridize these different methods in order to create unique, individual systems, using them to make new work. Open to all interested students; no prior experience with music, programming, or production required. 6 credits; ARP; Fall; Andrea Mazzariello
MUSC 110 Theory I: The Materials of Music An introduction to the materials of western tonal music, with an emphasis on harmonic structure and syntax. It also covers phrase structure, musical texture, and small musical forms, along with basic theoretical concepts and vocabulary. Student work involves readings, listening assignments, analytical exercises, and short composition projects. Prerequisite: The ability to read music fluently in one clef. 6 credits; LA; Fall; Ronald Rodman
MUSC 111 Western Art Music: The Last 1000 Years A general overview of art music practices in the European tradition from the medieval period to the present. Students will encounter representative examples from the major style periods-Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and contemporary classical. Genres include chant, the madrigal, opera, symphony, and chamber music. Listening assignments introduce students to the music, and reading assignments explain relationships between music and politics, society, and the other arts. Ability to read music not required. Prerequisite: No prerequisite: the ability to read music is not necessary. 6 credits; LA, IS; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 115 Music and Film This course explores the history and development of film music along with theories of how music contributes to the meaning of moving images and narrative scenes. The primary focus of the course will be on film music in the U.S., but notable film scores from Europe and Asia will also be discussed. The film music history covers historical periods from the pre-cinematic Vaudeville era through the postmodern films of the early twenty-first century. Cross-cutting this chronological history will be discussion of film musicals as a separate genre. Ability to read music not required. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 120 Introduction to Opera  A survey of opera and its history with special emphasis on four major works, one each by Mozart, Bizet, Wagner, and Stravinsky. Operas will be studied through video presentation, listening, and readings. Librettos available in translation; ability to read music not required.  6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 121 Songs from Beethoven to Ben Folds This course will provide an overview of the song cycle genre from its beginning up to and including some popular albums. Our goal is to enhance listening and analytical skills through reading and listening assignments, in-class discussions, and analyses. Prerequisite: Ability to read music not required. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 122 Symphonies from Mozart to Mahler A survey of orchestral symphonies and related genres from the late eighteenth through the late nineteenth centuries with emphasis on the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mahler, and others. Symphonies will be studied through listening and readings; connections to other aspects of nineteenth-century European culture will be explored. Prerequisite: Ability to read music not required. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 126 America's Music A survey of American music with particular attention to the interaction of the folk, popular, and classical realms. No musical experience required. 6 credits; WR2, LA, IDS; Winter; Andy Flory
MUSC 128 Introduction to Conducting The course covers the fundamentals of conducting such as beat patterns, baton technique, score reading, cueing, fermatas, and releases. The class will function as an ensemble, with each student conducting short assignments as frequently as possible. Prerequisite: Ability to read music and active participation in a faculty conducted ensemble, or permission of instructor. 3 credits; ARP; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 130 The History of Jazz A survey of jazz from its beginnings to the present day focusing on the performer/composers and their music. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Fall; Andy Flory
MUSC 131 The Blues From the Delta to Chicago A history of the Delta blues and its influence on later blues and popular music styles, tracing its movement from the Mississippi Delta in the 1920s to Chess Records and the Chicago Blues of the 1940s and 50s (especially Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters). Music and musicians discussed will include the classic blues singers of the 1920s, early country music (Jimmie Rodgers), and the legacy of Robert Johnson. Issues of authenticity and "ownership" of both the music and its cultural legacy will also be discussed. The course involves readings, listening assignments, and some transcriptions of early recorded blues. No prerequisite, although the ability to read music is helpful. 6 credits; LA, IDS; Spring; Justin M London
MUSC 132 Golden Age of R and B A survey of rhythm and blues from 1945 to 1975, focusing on performers, composers, and the music industry. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 136 History of Rock This course is an introduction to the history of rock music, emphasizing primarily the period between 1954 and the present. Mixing historical and cultural readings with intense listening, we will cover the vast repertoire of rock music and many other associated styles. We will focus on the sounds of the music, learning to distinguish a wide variety of genres, while also tracing the development and transformation of rock and pop styles. The lectures will use a wide variety of multimedia, including commercial audio and video, unpublished audio and video sources, print materials, and technological devices. Knowledge of a technical musical vocabulary and an ability to read music are not required for this course.  6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 140 Ethnomusicology: Local and Global in the World's Musical Cultures An introduction to the world's musical variety (including the study of musical genres, forms, instruments, and practices) and to ethnomusicology, the field dedicated to its study. We will examine traditional, popular, and even global genres, consider the relationships between sound, place, and cultural identity, and explore ethnomusicological theory and method. No previous musical experience is required. LA, IS 6 credits; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 141 Global Popular Music We will study the profusion of popular musics around the globe, and also music which has become global in its reach. Genres include reggae, bhangra, tango, salsa, huayno, highlife, filmi, Afrobeat, rai, soca, merengue, and soukous. Musics will be explored in their historical, political, and social contexts, with the goal of understanding both their sounds and their meanings. Students will engage multiple forms of ethnomusicological scholarship, develop critical listening skills, and learn to convey their growing understanding of musical elements in writing and oral presentation. No musical experience necessary. Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 142 Musical Theater Practicum The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown’s musical about a writer/aspiring Broadway performer couple, dramatizes the exhilaration and frustration of going to audition after audition on the way to a big break. This theme is exploited countless times in American musicals, precisely because singers and actors face countless auditions. In this course, students will gain historical and theoretical knowledge of the musical theater genre, a deeper knowledge of the craft, and be better prepared to face auditions of any kind. Final projects may be small-scale performances of solos, duets, or a full-class ensemble number. 6 credits; ARP; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 150 Piano Applied study on the instrument, with attention to both musical and technical development. Students will study appropriate works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods, with special reference to a composer's individual notation, technical challenges and stylistic interpretation. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Nikki Melville, Loren B Fishman, Matthew McCright, Marcia Widman
MUSC 150J Piano (Juried) Applied study on the instrument, with attention to both musical and technical development. Students will study appropriate works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods, with special reference to a composer's individual notation, technical challenges and stylistic interpretation. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Nikki Melville, Loren B Fishman, Matthew McCright, Marcia Widman
MUSC 151 Voice A study of voice production, breathing, tone development, diction, and pronunciation. Selection (according to the individual voice) of Italian, German, French, and English songs of the Classic, Romantic, and Modern periods. Arias and songs from operas, oratorios, musical theater and popular songs from Western and non-Western traditions. In addition, one studio class per week. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Rick A Penning, Ben Allen, Victoria A Vargas
MUSC 151J Voice (Juried) A study of voice production, breathing, tone development, diction, and pronunciation. Selection (according to the individual voice) of Italian, German, French, and English songs of the Classic, Romantic, and Modern periods. Arias and songs from operas, oratorios, musical theater and popular songs from Western and non-Western traditions. In addition, one studio class per week. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ben Allen, Victoria A Vargas, Rick A Penning, Lawrence E Burnett
MUSC 152 Guitar Studies for the development of technique appropriate to the needs of the student. Music is chosen from all musical periods including folk picking, blues, ragtime, popular and classical styles. Students with no prior experience or lessons should take one term of class guitar (Music 197). 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Kreitzer
MUSC 152J Guitar (Juried) Studies for the development of technique appropriate to the needs of the student. Music is chosen from all musical periods including folk picking, blues, ragtime, popular and classical styles. Students with no prior experience or lessons should take one term of class guitar (Music 197). 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Kreitzer
MUSC 153J Composition (Juried) Individual instruction focusing on the student’s original compositions. Course work includes the study of compositional techniques, analysis of relevant works, and computer/MIDI/synthesizer technologies. The course is particularly directed toward the major who wishes to pursue the composition option in the Senior Integrative Exercise. Prerequisite: Music 220 or instructor permission. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Andrea Mazzariello
MUSC 155 Violin 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Hector L Valdivia, Liz Ericksen, Mary B Horozaniecki, Susan M Crawford
MUSC 155J Violin (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Hector L Valdivia, Liz Ericksen, Mary B Horozaniecki, Susan M Crawford
MUSC 156 Viola 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Hector L Valdivia, Liz Ericksen, Mary B Horozaniecki, Susan M Crawford
MUSC 156J Viola (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Hector L Valdivia, Liz Ericksen, Mary B Horozaniecki, Susan M Crawford
MUSC 157 Cello 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Thomas Rosenberg, Zachery W Pelletier
MUSC 157J Cello (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Thomas Rosenberg, Zachery W Pelletier
MUSC 158 Classical String Bass The study of the acoustic string bass in the Classical style. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Connie Martin
MUSC 158J Classical String Bass (Juried) The study of the acoustic string bass in the Classical style. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Connie Martin
MUSC 159 Flute 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Martha N Jamsa
MUSC 159J Flute (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Martha N Jamsa
MUSC 160 Oboe/English Horn 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Merilee I Klemp
MUSC 160J Oboe/English Horn (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Merilee I Klemp
MUSC 161 Clarinet 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Nina E Olsen
MUSC 161J Clarinet (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Nina E Olsen
MUSC 162 Saxophone 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Greg Keel
MUSC 162J Saxophone (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Greg Keel
MUSC 163 Bassoon 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ann Pesavento
MUSC 163J Bassoon (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ann Pesavento
MUSC 164 French Horn 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Gwen M Anderson
MUSC 164J French Horn (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Gwen M Anderson
MUSC 165 Trumpet 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Lynn B Deichert
MUSC 165J Trumpet (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Lynn B Deichert
MUSC 166 Trombone 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ronald Rodman
MUSC 166J Trombone (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ronald Rodman
MUSC 167 Tuba 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ronald Rodman
MUSC 167J Tuba (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ronald Rodman
MUSC 168 Orchestral Percussion Instruction on orchestral percussion instruments such as snare drum, mallets, and tympani. Equipment available for registered students. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 168J Orchestral Percussion (Juried) Instruction on orchestral percussion instruments such as snare drum, mallets, and tympani. Equipment available for registered students. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 169 Harp Studies to develop technique and a varied selection of works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Works from the Romantic and Modern periods are also studied. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Elinor Niemisto
MUSC 169J Harp (Juried) Studies to develop technique and a varied selection of works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Works from the Romantic and Modern periods are also studied. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Elinor Niemisto
MUSC 170 Harpsichord 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Janean A Hall
MUSC 170J Harpsichord (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Janean A Hall
MUSC 171 Organ Basic piano skills required. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Janean A Hall
MUSC 171J Organ (Juried) Basic piano skills required. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Janean A Hall
MUSC 172 Oud Beginning through advanced study of the Arab oud. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Instruments are provided. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Yaron Klein
MUSC 172J Oud Beginning through advanced study of the Arab oud. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Instruments are provided. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Yaron Klein
MUSC 174 Recorder 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Krusemeyer
MUSC 174J Recorder (Juried) 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Krusemeyer
MUSC 175 Jazz Piano Study the tools for learning the jazz "language." Learn to improvise through scale and mode study, transcription, and composition. Turn chord symbols into chord voicings and accompaniment. Explore the blues, jazz "standards," and today's music. Three years piano required. Materials: staff paper, The Real Book, vol. 1, or similar fake book, and the app iReal Pro. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Laura Caviani
MUSC 175J Jazz Piano (Juried) Study the tools for learning the jazz "language." Learn to improvise through scale and mode study, transcription, and composition. Turn chord symbols into chord voicings and accompaniment. Explore the blues, jazz "standards," and today's music. Three years piano required. Materials: staff paper, The Real Book, vol. 1, or similar fake book, and the app iReal Pro. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Laura Caviani
MUSC 176 Electric & Acoustic Bass The study of either electric bass guitar or acoustic string bass in all contemporary styles including rock, jazz, pop, rap, and reggae. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Travis J Schilling
MUSC 176J Electric & Acoustic Bass (Juried) The study of either electric bass guitar or acoustic string bass in all contemporary styles including rock, jazz, pop, rap, and reggae. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Travis J Schilling
MUSC 177 Jazz and Blues Guitar Study of chord voicings, accompanimental techniques, and solo guitar performance in the jazz idiom. Prerequisites: previous study of guitar and the ability to read music, or the permission of the instructor. Students must provide their own instruments. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Zacc Harris
MUSC 177J Jazz and Blues Guitar (Juried) Study of chord voicings, accompanimental techniques, and solo guitar performance in the jazz idiom. Prerequisites: previous study of guitar and the ability to read music, or the permission of the instructor. Students must provide their own instruments. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Zacc Harris
MUSC 178 Drum Set Instruction Drum Set Instruction on/in jazz and popular drumming styles which use the standard drum set. Equipment available for registered students. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 178J Drum Set Instruction (Juried) Drum Set Instruction on/in jazz and popular drumming styles which use the standard drum set. Equipment available for registered students. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 179 Jazz Improvisation The study of the basic grammar and syntax of jazz improvisation styles, including transcribing solos, chord/scale materials and melodic patterns. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Laura Caviani
MUSC 179J Jazz Improvisation (Juried) The study of the basic grammar and syntax of jazz improvisation styles, including transcribing solos, chord/scale materials and melodic patterns. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Laura Caviani
MUSC 180 Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of voice, guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, etc., approach raga from their current level of musicianship. In all cases, traditional practical instruction is complemented by some theoretical and philosophical exploration of the underpinnings of the music. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; David S Whetstone
MUSC 180J Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of voice, guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, etc., approach raga from their current level of musicianship. In all cases, traditional practical instruction is complemented by some theoretical and philosophical exploration of the underpinnings of the music. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; David S Whetstone
MUSC 181 Sitar Beginning through advanced study of sitar in the gayaki ang style of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Sitars are provided. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; David S Whetstone
MUSC 181J Sitar (Juried) Beginning through advanced study of sitar in the gayaki ang style of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Sitars are provided. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; David S Whetstone
MUSC 182 Chinese Musical Instruments Beginning through advanced study on traditional Chinese instruments, pipa (Chinese lute), erhu (Chinese violin), guzheng (Chinese zither), zhongruan (Chinese moon guitar), hulusi, bawu and dizi (Chinese bamboo flutes). 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Gao Hong
MUSC 182J Chinese Musical Instruments (Juried) Beginning through advanced study on traditional Chinese instruments, pipa (Chinese lute), erhu (Chinese violin), guzheng (Chinese zither), zhongruan (Chinese moon guitar), hulusi, bawu and dizi (Chinese bamboo flutes). 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Gao Hong
MUSC 183 Ethnic Drumming Instruction Ethnic drumming instruction in various ethnic drumming styles including West African (Ghanaian instruments), Cuban (congas), North Indian (tabla) and Middle Eastern (dumbek). Equipment available for registered students. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 183J Ethnic Drumming Instruction (Juried) Ethnic drumming instruction in various ethnic drumming styles including West African (Ghanaian instruments), Cuban (congas), North Indian (tabla) and Middle Eastern (dumbek). Equipment available for registered students. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 184 American Folk Instruments Beginning to advanced study of technique and improvisational styles on American folk instruments. Students may study 5-string banjo (bluegrass or clawhammer style), bluegrass guitar, Dobro©, fiddle (violin, viola, cello), bass, ukulele, mandolin, mandola or mandocello. The Music Department has a single mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and guitar (and two ukuleles) available for shared use by enrolled students unable to provide their own instruments. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Kreitzer
MUSC 184J American Folk Instruments (Juried) Beginning to advanced study of technique and improvisational styles on American folk instruments. Students may study 5-string banjo (bluegrass or clawhammer style), bluegrass guitar, Dobro©, fiddle (violin, viola, cello), bass, ukulele, mandolin, mandola or mandocello. The Music Department has a single mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and guitar (and two ukuleles) available for shared use by enrolled students unable to provide their own instruments 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Kreitzer
MUSC 185 Carleton Choir The Carleton Choir is a select mixed chorus of Carleton students. Each term, the ensemble presents a concert of short and extended works from the large bodies of classical, ethnic and cultural repertories, including works for mixed, treble and tenor-bass voices. Students must have good vocal skills, and the ability to read music. Admission is by audition. Prerequisite: Audition. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Lawrence E Burnett
MUSC 187 Carleton Orchestra The Carleton Orchestra performs large symphonic masterpieces, such as Beethoven, Stravinsky and Bernstein. Concerti with students and faculty soloists, and smaller works for string and wind ensembles are also performed. Occasional sight-reading sessions. Admission by audition. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Hector L Valdivia
MUSC 188 Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble The ensemble will use indigenous instruments and a Chinese approach to musical training in order to learn and perform music from China. Prerequisite: Previous experience in a music ensemble, Chinese Musical instruments or instructor permission. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP, IS; Fall, Winter, Spring; Gao Hong
MUSC 189 Carleton Symphony Band The Carleton Symphony Band performs music selected from the standard repertory, including compositions by Holst, Grainger, Nelybel, and Sousa. Regular sight-reading sessions. Admission by audition. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ronald Rodman
MUSC 190 Carleton Jazz Ensemble The Carleton Jazz Ensemble's focus is on improvisation and the fusion between jazz, rock, funk, and Latin influences. There is no predetermined instrumentation. Rather, the ensemble's size and instrumentation vary each term. String players, vocalists, and any brass or woodwind instrumentalists are welcome to register. The ensemble performs once each term. Prerequisite: Admission by audition. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Laura Caviani
MUSC 191 African Karimba Ensemble This ensemble focuses on the 15-key Shona (Zimbabwe) karimba (sometimes called a "thumb piano"). Beginning students learn the fundamentals of solo and group playing on the karimba. No musical training or experience is necessary. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP, IS; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 192 West African Drum Ensemble The ensemble will use indigenous instruments and an African approach to musical training in order to learn and perform rhythms and songs from West Africa. Prerequisite: Music 199 and/or instructor permission. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP, IS; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 193 Mbira Ensemble An ensemble of 22-key Shona (Zimbabwe) mbira dza vadzimu. Playing techniques, improvisational practices, and traditional repertoire will be taught. No previous musical experience required.  1 credit; ARP, IS; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 194 Chamber Music Small groups, formed by at least three students, will participate in the study and performance of keyboard and instrumental chamber music, non-western, or small jazz ensemble repertory, coached weekly by music faculty. Students must be registered and may not audit or participate in more than one group. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Nikki Melville, Thomas Rosenberg, Zacc Harris, Gao Hong, Laura Caviani, Greg Keel, Jay L Johnson, Martha N Jamsa, Nina E Olsen, Ben Allen, Zachery W Pelletier
MUSC 196 Jazz Workshop Workshop in basic techniques of jazz ensemble and combo playing, including improvisation. Student cannot be simultaneously registered for Music 190, Jazz Ensemble.  1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Laura Caviani
MUSC 197 Class Guitar An introduction to classical and folk guitar: styles, chords and music notation for persons with little or no previous music instruction. Special fee: $88. Not to be taken concurrently with Music 152 or 252 (Guitar). 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Kreitzer
MUSC 198 Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Directed by Syrian oud player and composer Issam Rafea, Dayton Hudson Distinguished Visiting Artist in Spring 2017. The ensemble will introduce participants to Arab music and its modal system (maqamat) by exploring traditional and modern repertoir. All instrumentalists are welcome to register. No previous experience with Middle Eastern music necessary. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP, IS; Not offered 2017-18; Issam Rafea
MUSC 199 Fundamentals of African Drumming Class instruction in basic techniques of African drumming. No musical training or experience is necessary. Special fee: $88. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 204 Theory II: Musical Structures An investigation into the nature of musical sounds and the way they are combined to form rhythms, melodies, harmonies, and form. Topics include the spectral composition of musical pitches, the structure of musical scales and their influence on melody, chords and their interval content, and the symmetry and complexity of rhythmic patterns. Student work includes building a musical instrument, programming a drum machine, analyzing the statistical distribution of pitches in a folksong corpus, and form in the music of the Grateful Dead. Prerequisite: The ability to read music in one clef. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Winter; Justin M London
MUSC 208 Computer Music and Sound This course will survey computer techniques for analyzing, synthesizing, manipulating and creating musical sounds. We'll study the basic components of digital sound: waveforms, oscillators, envelopes, delay lines, and filters. We'll analyze and modify sounds using the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). We'll study several methods of sound synthesis and create and play original music using open source computer music languages. Course projects will include real-time performances on multiple computers using video game controllers. 6 credits; ARP; Spring; Andrea Mazzariello
MUSC 210 Medieval and Renaissance Music A study of the most characteristic forms of music from 800 to 1600 in the western tradition. Prerequisite: the ability to read music. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 211 Baroque and Classical Music This course provides an introduction to the music of the Baroque and Classical periods. Students will learn about musical form, expressive conventions such as the doctrine of affections and musical topoi, performance practice, and the social function of music. We will encounter examples from keyboard repertory, dance music (both court ballet and aristocratic social dance), theater music, the symphony, and chamber music. Prerequisite: Music 201, 204 or instructor permission. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 213 Music and Religion Music and religion are united through philosophical precepts, but also through practical means. In this course we will encounter philosophical ideas about music as well as examine sacred musical practices of various religions, including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu. Students will analyze what function music holds in liturgies of many traditions. The final project will involve visiting local services to observe first-hand how religions use music. No previous music experience required. 6 credits; LA; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 215 Music Theater in America This course outlines the history of the musical from Tin Pan Alley, through the golden age of Broadway with Rodgers and Hammerstein, to the current sensation "Hamilton," passing through the works of Stephen Sondheim. We will study the development of this hybrid genre by considering musical elements such as form, instrumentation, and harmony as well as dramatic, choreographic, and staging components. Additionally, social questions such as the representation of women and minority cultures, as they concern the works themselves and their audiences, will guide our readings and class discussion. Ability to read music not required. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 220 Composition Studio This course focuses on creating new music, through several exercises as well as a substantial term composition. Class meetings reinforce key concepts, aesthetic trends, and compositional techniques, as well as provide opportunities for group feedback on works in progress. Individual instruction focuses on students' own creative work in depth and detail. Prerequisite: Music 110, 204, or 117, or instructor permission. 6 credits; ARP; Winter; Andrea Mazzariello
MUSC 227 Perception and Cognition of Music Covers basic issues in auditory perception and cognition with an emphasis on the perception of musical pitch, including sensory discrimination, categorical perception, roughness and dissonance, absolute pitch, and auditory streaming. Other topics to be covered include the processing of language and music, and emotional responses to music. A grade of C- or better must be earned in both Music 227 and 228 to satisfy the LS requirement. Prerequisite: A previous course in Music or Psychology, or instructor permission; Concurrent registration in Music 228. 6 credits; QRE, LS; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 228 Perception and Cognition of Music Lab An introduction to the methods of experimental and observational research in music perception and cognition. Student teams will replicate/extend classic experiments in music perception, which will involve reviewing historical and current literature, creating stimuli, running experimental trials, performing statistical analyses of data, and giving a poster presentation of their results. A grade of C- or better must be earned in both Music 227 and 228 to satisfy the LS requirement. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Music 228. 2 credits; LS, QRE; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 245 Music of Africa The study of traditional and popular musics of sub-Saharan Africa, through reading, listening, watching, and playing. Using the works of canonical and contemporary scholars, we'll examine music with particular attention to its intersections with technology, ethnic identity, political life, religion, and gender roles. Students will also learn about West African percussion and Shona karimba through applied study. No experience necessary.  6 credits; IS, ARP; Winter; Melinda Russell
MUSC 247 1950s/60s American Folk Music Revival Explores the historical bases of musical style, the role of recorded music, the social construction of a "folk music" milieu, and the music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, et al. No musical experience necessary; you need not read musical notation. Includes one day per week of applied instruction: Section 1 (beginning folk guitar--instruments provided) only for those with zero guitar experience; Section 2 (folk workshop --provide your own instruments) if you have any experience on guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, ukelele, Dobro, viola, cello, or bass. 6 credits; ARP, WR2, IDS; Winter; Melinda Russell
MUSC 248 Music of India This course focuses on the classical Hindustani and Carnatic music traditions of North and South India, with briefer coverage of folk and popular traditions, including Bollywood/film music. We will consider the historical and cultural contexts of several genres, reading the work of scholars from various disciplines, and studying relevant audio and video. Students will learn rudimentary theory of Indian classical music, understand its twentieth and twenty-first century developments, and develop listening skills to enable recognition of major genres, styles, and artists. One day a week will be devoted to applied study of Indian vocal raga. No musical background required. 6 credits; ARP, IS; Spring; Melinda Russell
MUSC 250 Piano Applied study on the instrument, with attention to both musical and technical development. Students will study appropriate works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods, with special reference to a composer's individual notation, technical challenges and stylistic interpretation. Music 250 is intended for the advanced piano student: permission of instructor is required. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Nikki Melville, Loren B Fishman, Matthew McCright, Marcia Widman
MUSC 250J Piano (Juried) Applied study on the instrument, with attention to both musical and technical development. Students will study appropriate works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods, with special reference to a composer's individual notation, technical challenges and stylistic interpretation. Music 250 is intended for the advanced piano student: permission of instructor is required. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Nikki Melville, Loren B Fishman, Matthew McCright, Marcia Widman
MUSC 251 Voice A study of voice production, breathing, tone development, diction, and pronunciation. Selection (according to the individual voice) of Italian, German, French, and English songs of the Classic, Romantic, and Modern periods. Arias and songs from operas, oratorios, musical theater and popular songs from Western and non-Western traditions. In addition, one studio class per week. Prerequisite: Music 151 or permission of the instructor. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Rick A Penning, Ben Allen, Victoria A Vargas
MUSC 251J Voice (Juried) A study of voice production, breathing, tone development, diction, and pronunciation. Selection (according to the individual voice) of Italian, German, French, and English songs of the Classic, Romantic, and Modern periods. Arias and songs from operas, oratorios, musical theater and popular songs from Western and non-Western traditions. In addition, one studio class per week. Prerequisite: Music 151 or permission of the instructor. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Rick A Penning, Ben Allen, Victoria A Vargas
MUSC 252 Guitar Studies for the development of technique appropriate to the needs of the student. Music is chosen from all musical periods including folk picking, blues, ragtime, popular and classical styles. Students with no prior experience or lessons should take one term of class guitar (Music 197). Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Kreitzer
MUSC 252J Guitar (Juried) Studies for the development of technique appropriate to the needs of the student. Music is chosen from all musical periods including folk picking, blues, ragtime, popular and classical styles. Students with no prior experience or lessons should take one term of class guitar (Music 197). Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Kreitzer
MUSC 253J Composition (Juried) Individual instruction focusing on the student's original compositions. Course work includes the study of compositional techniques, analysis of relevant works, and computer/MIDI/synthesizer technologies. The course is particularly directed toward the major who wishes to pursue the composition option in the Senior Integrative Exercise. Prerequisite: Music 220 or instructor permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Andrea Mazzariello
MUSC 255 Violin Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Hector L Valdivia, Liz Ericksen, Mary B Horozaniecki, Susan M Crawford
MUSC 255J Violin (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Hector L Valdivia, Liz Ericksen, Mary B Horozaniecki, Susan M Crawford
MUSC 256 Viola Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Hector L Valdivia, Liz Ericksen, Mary B Horozaniecki, Susan M Crawford
MUSC 256J Viola (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Hector L Valdivia, Liz Ericksen, Mary B Horozaniecki, Susan M Crawford
MUSC 257 Cello Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Thomas Rosenberg, Zachery W Pelletier
MUSC 257J Cello (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Thomas Rosenberg, Zachery W Pelletier
MUSC 258 Classical String Bass The study of the acoustic string bass in the Classical style. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Connie Martin
MUSC 258J Classical String Bass (Juried) The study of the acoustic string bass in the Classical style. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Connie Martin
MUSC 259 Flute Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Martha N Jamsa
MUSC 259J Flute (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Martha N Jamsa
MUSC 260 Oboe/English Horn Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Merilee I Klemp
MUSC 260J Oboe/English Horn (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Merilee I Klemp
MUSC 261 Clarinet Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Nina E Olsen
MUSC 261J Clarinet (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Nina E Olsen
MUSC 262 Saxophone Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Greg Keel
MUSC 262J Saxophone (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Greg Keel
MUSC 263 Bassoon Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ann Pesavento
MUSC 263J Bassoon (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ann Pesavento
MUSC 264 French Horn Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Gwen M Anderson
MUSC 264J French Horn (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Gwen M Anderson
MUSC 265 Trumpet Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Lynn B Deichert
MUSC 265J Trumpet (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Lynn B Deichert
MUSC 266 Trombone Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ronald Rodman
MUSC 266J Trombone (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ronald Rodman
MUSC 267 Tuba Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ronald Rodman
MUSC 267J Tuba (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Ronald Rodman
MUSC 268 Orchestral Percussion Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 268J Orchestral Percussion (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 269 Harp Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Elinor Niemisto
MUSC 269J Harp (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Elinor Niemisto
MUSC 270 Harpsichord Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Janean A Hall
MUSC 270J Harpsichord (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Janean A Hall
MUSC 271 Organ Basic piano skills required. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Janean A Hall
MUSC 271J Organ (Juried) Basic piano skills required. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Janean A Hall
MUSC 272J Oud Advanced study of the Arab oud. Instruments are provided. Instructor's permission required. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Yaron Klein
MUSC 272 Oud Advanced study of the Arab oud. Instruments are provided. Instructor's permission required. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Yaron Klein
MUSC 274 Recorder Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Krusemeyer
MUSC 274J Recorder (Juried) Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Krusemeyer
MUSC 275 Jazz Piano Study the tools for learning the jazz "language." Learn to improvise through scale and mode study, transcription, and composition. Turn chord symbols into chord voicings and accompaniment. Explore the blues, jazz "standards," and today's music. Three years piano required. Materials: staff paper, The Real Book, vol. 1, or similar fake book, and the app iReal Pro. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Laura Caviani
MUSC 275J Jazz Piano (Juried) Study the tools for learning the jazz "language." Learn to improvise through scale and mode study, transcription, and composition. Turn chord symbols into chord voicings and accompaniment. Explore the blues, jazz "standards," and today's music. Three years piano required. Materials: staff paper, The Real Book, vol. 1, or similar fake book, and the app iReal Pro. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Laura Caviani
MUSC 276 Electric & Acoustic Bass The study of either electric bass guitar or acoustic string bass in all contemporary styles including rock, jazz, pop, rap, and reggae. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Travis J Schilling
MUSC 276J Electric & Acoustic Bass (Juried) The study of either electric bass guitar or acoustic string bass in all contemporary styles including rock, jazz, pop, rap, and reggae. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Travis J Schilling
MUSC 277J Jazz & Blues Guitar (Juried) Study of chord voicings, accompanimental techniques, and solo guitar performance in the jazz idiom. Prerequisites: previous study of guitar and the ability to read music, or the permission of the instructor. Students must provide their own instruments. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Zacc Harris
MUSC 277 Jazz and Blues Guitar Study of chord voicings, accompanimental techniques, and solo guitar performance in the jazz idiom. Prerequisites: previous study of guitar and the ability to read music, or the permission of the instructor. Students must provide their own instruments. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Zacc Harris
MUSC 278 Drum Set Instruction Drum Set Instruction on/in jazz and popular drumming styles which use the standard drum set. Equipment available for registered students. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 278J Drum Set Instruction (Juried) Drum Set Instruction on/in jazz and popular drumming styles which use the standard drum set. Equipment available for registered students. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 279 Jazz Improvisation The study of the basic grammar and syntax of jazz improvisation styles, including transcribing solos, chord/scale materials and melodic patterns. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Laura Caviani
MUSC 279J Jazz Improvisation (Juried) The study of the basic grammar and syntax of jazz improvisation styles, including transcribing solos, chord/scale materials and melodic patterns. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Laura Caviani
MUSC 280 Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of voice, guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, etc., approach raga from their current level of musicianship. In all cases, traditional practical instruction is complemented by some theoretical and philosophical exploration of the underpinnings of the music. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; David S Whetstone
MUSC 280J Raga:Voc/Instr Study Hindustani (Juried) Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of voice, guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, etc., approach raga from their current level of musicianship. In all cases, traditional practical instruction is complemented by some theoretical and philosophical exploration of the underpinnings of the music. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; David S Whetstone
MUSC 281 Sitar Beginning through advanced study of sitar in the gayaki ang style of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Sitars are provided. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; David S Whetstone
MUSC 281J Sitar (Juried) Beginning through advanced study of sitar in the gayaki ang style of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Sitars are provided. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; David S Whetstone
MUSC 282 Chinese Musical Instruments Beginning through advanced study on traditional Chinese instruments, pipa (Chinese lute), erhu (Chinese violin), guzheng (Chinese zither), zhongruan (Chinese moon guitar), hulusi, bawu and dizi (Chinese bamboo flutes). Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Gao Hong
MUSC 282J Chinese Musical Instruments (Juried) Beginning through advanced study on traditional Chinese instruments, pipa (Chinese lute), erhu (Chinese violin), guzheng (Chinese zither), zhongruan (Chinese moon guitar), hulusi, bawu and dizi (Chinese bamboo flutes). Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Gao Hong
MUSC 283 Ethnic Drumming Instruction Ethnic drumming instruction in various ethnic drumming styles including West African (Ghanaian instruments), Cuban (congas), North Indian (tabla) and Middle Eastern (dumbek). Equipment available for registered students. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 283J Ethnic Drumming Instruction (Juried) Ethnic drumming instruction in various ethnic drumming styles including West African (Ghanaian instruments), Cuban (congas), North Indian (tabla) and Middle Eastern (dumbek). Equipment available for registered students. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Jay L Johnson
MUSC 284J American Folk Instrument (Juried) Beginning to advanced study of technique and improvisational styles on American folk instruments. Students may study 5-string banjo (bluegrass or clawhammer style), bluegrass guitar, Dobro©, fiddle (violin, viola, cello), bass, ukulele, mandolin, mandola or mandocello. The Music Department has a single mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and guitar (and two ukuleles) available for shared use by enrolled students unable to provide their own instruments. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Kreitzer
MUSC 284 American Folk Instruments Beginning to advanced study of technique and improvisational styles on American folk instruments. Students may study 5-string banjo (bluegrass or clawhammer style), bluegrass guitar, Dobro©, fiddle (violin, viola, cello), bass, ukulele, mandolin, mandola or mandocello. The Music Department has a single mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and guitar (and two ukuleles) available for shared use by enrolled students unable to provide their own instruments. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Mark Kreitzer
MUSC 285J Composition (Juried) Individual instruction focusing on the student’s original compositions. Course work includes the study of compositional techniques, analysis of relevant works, and computer/MIDI/synthesizer technologies. The course is particularly directed toward the major who wishes to pursue the composition option in the Senior Integrative Exercise. Prerequisite: Music 220 or instructor permission. 1 credit; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Andrea Mazzariello
MUSC 286J Composition (Juried) Individual instruction focusing on the student's original compositions. Course work includes the study of compositional techniques, analysis of relevant works, and computer/MIDI/synthesizer technologies. The course is particularly directed toward the major who wishes to pursue the composition option in the Senior Integrative Exercise. Prerequisite: Music 220 or instructor permission. 2 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Andrea Mazzariello
MUSC 299 Recital A public music recital of a minimum of thirty minutes of solo performance (some chamber music may be included). Students enrolling in 299 do so in lieu of registering for applied lessons; 299 includes nine one-hour lessons. Normally 299 would be taken in the junior or senior year, and is repeatable one time. Fees and financial aid for 299 are the same as for two-credit applied lessons. Prerequisite: Permission of department. At least two terms of juried lessons at the 200 level. Students must have completed recital form and permission of the Music Department the term prior to the recital. 3 credits; ARP; Fall, Winter, Spring; Victoria A Vargas, Gao Hong
MUSC 303 Music Since 1900 This course, required for the music major, is both an overall survey of the Western art music of the twentieth century, and an analysis class designed to equip the major with analytical techniques in non-formal music from Schoenberg to the avant-garde. Prerequisite: Music 201 or 204. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 308 Seminar in Music Analysis An introduction to advanced analytical techniques for larger formal structure in Western Art Music repertoire from the classic, romantic and early twentieth century. Musical forms to be considered are binary, ternary, rondo, and variation forms, with particular emphasis on theories and analyses of sonata forms of eighteenth and nineteenth century music. Prerequisite: Music 201 or 204. 6 credits; LA; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 310 The Philosophy of Music What is Music, and what exactly is a “musical composition,” especially in the age of recorded music and sampling? Can music tell a story, express an emotion, or convey a proposition? And if music can do any of these things, how does it do it? Last but not least, how are we to judge the value of musical pieces and musical practices? Do we need to judge popular music differently from so-called “art” music?  To address these questions we will listen to a wide range of musical examples, from Bach and Mozart to the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, and we will read a wide range of writings about music, from Plato, Rousseau, and Kant to current philosophers, including Scruton, Kivy, Davies, Carroll, and Gracyk. Prerequisite: A previous course in Music or Philosophy or instructor permission. 6 credits; NE, WR2; Not offered 2017-18; Justin M London
MUSC 312 Romantic Music An examination of western art music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Schubert, Berlioz, Brahms, and Wagner. Prerequisite: Music 110 or 204 or instructor permission. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Winter; Megan E Sarno
MUSC 332 Motown A research-based course focused on the people, music, and cultural contributions of the Motown Record Company from its antecedents throughout the mid-1980s. Prerequisite: The ability to read music and a previous music course, or permission of the instructor. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Winter; Andy Flory
MUSC 333 The Beatles A critical examination of the music and cultural impact of the Beatles. Students will engage with primary and secondary materials relating to the music of the Beatles, perform basic musical analyses, and participate in class presentations. The course will conclude with a research paper. Prerequisite: Ability to read music and previous music course, or instructor permission. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 336 Moldy Figs and the Birth of Jazz Criticism In this course, students will investigate the interest of white literati in jazz during the 1930s and 1940 through the lens of former Carleton English professor Jack Lucas. An writer for the well-known jazz appreciation magazine Down Beat, Lucas taught courses about jazz in the 1950s, and donated his large historic record collection to the College. We will read early written criticism and consider issues of canonization of jazz. Students will create their own compilation of early jazz recordings according to a theme, revisiting a common form of agency among jazz critics during the 1950s. 6 credits; HI, WR2 Prerequisite: Music 126. Not offered 2017-18
MUSC 337 Music in Social Movements How, specifically, is music instrumental in social change? What musical choices are made, and by whom? How are new musics made, and old musics repackaged, to help mobilize social movements and create collective identity? We'll approach these questions through the work of diverse scholars and participants, through focused listening, and ultimately through guided student research projects.  Among the social/musical movements we'll consider: Nueva cancíon, Rastafari, anti-Apartheid; the labor, civil rights, women's, anti-war, anti-nuclear and environmental movements, the Black Arts Movement, American Indian, Jesus, Hippie, and White Nationalist Movements, and Black Lives Matter. No musical experience or previous coursework required.   6 credits; WR2, LA, IDS; Spring; Melinda Russell
MUSC 340 Advanced Composition Seminar An advanced seminar in music composition for students with previous course work or compositional experience. Class will meet weekly as a group as well as individually with the instructor to work on compositional projects. Students will compose works in a range of styles and using a variety of media. Prerequisite: Music 208, 220 or instructor permission. 6 credits; ARP; Spring
MUSC 341 Rock Lab and Lab This class combines performance and academic study of rock music. In the first half of the course, we will learn to perform simple songs in small-group coaching sessions with a polished public performance as a midterm goal. During the second half of the course, we will make recordings of these performances. Throughout the term, we will accompany performance and recording activities with readings and discussion about aesthetics, performance practice in rock music, and mediation of recording techniques, all extraordinarily rich topics in popular music studies. No performance experience is needed. The course will accommodate students with a range of experience. Students will be grouped according to background, interest, and ability. There is a required hands-on laboratory component, which will be assigned before the start of the course. In these smaller groups, students will perform, record, and work with sound in small groups. Work will include experimentation with electric instruments, amplifiers, synthesizers, microphones, recording techniques, performance practice issues, musical production, mixing, and mastering. 6 credits; ARP, IDS; Spring; Andy Flory
MUSC 342 Creative Music Performance Seminar Students will prepare a creative performance of a musical composition informed by exploration of sources, comparison of recordings, score analysis, and performance science. Group meetings explore the pedagogy of preparation that synthesizes intuition and intellect to create a compelling sound and interpretation. Learn to maximize the results of your efforts to improve technical and musical consistency in performance. Harness and integrate the powers of mind, body and spirit when you practice and perform music. Prerequisite: One term of 2 credit juried lessons on any instrument/vocie or permission of instructor. 3 credits; ARP; Winter; Hector L Valdivia
MUSC 400 Integrative Exercise Required of senior majors. The integrative exercise may be fulfilled by completion of a significant composition, performance, or research-paper project. Students who wish to fulfill Music 400 with such projects must meet department-specified qualifying criteria.  1-6 credit; S/NC; Fall, Winter, Spring