Courses

  • MUSC 100: Bob Dylan's America

    Bob Dylan’s music has a captivating relationship with the “American spirit.” This course will look at select periods of Dylan’s career to investigate the manner in which he has engaged themes of nationalism, protest, romanticism, and religion. We will use close listening of commercial recordings and live performance analysis to investigate Dylan’s music, and read both primary sources and academic writings that speak to the ephemeral nature of his musical output. Using methods from both musicology and American Studies, students will engage with fundamental questions concerning national identity from the early 1960s to the present.

    6 credit; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2016 · A. Flory
  • 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 credit; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2017 · A. 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. Prerequisites: The ability to read music fluently in one clef 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016 · A. Mazzariello
  • 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. Prerequisites: Music 103, 200 or placement by examination 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2017 · J. 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 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017 · A. Mazzariello
  • MUSC 110: 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. Prerequisites: The ability to read music fluently in one clef 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Fall 2016 · R. 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.  

    Prerequisites: No prerequisite: the ability to read music is not necessary 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2016 · M. Sarno
  • 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 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2017 · R. Rodman
  • 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 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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. Prerequisites: Ability to read music not required. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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. Prerequisites: Ability to read music not required. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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. A one-credit trailing course, Ethics and Digital Ownership, PHIL 199, is available to interested students. 6 credit; Writing Requirement, Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2017 · A. 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. Prerequisites: Ability to read music and active participation in a faculty conducted ensemble, or permission of instructor. 3 credit; Arts Practice; not offered 2016–2017
  • MUSC 129: Rock on Record

    This course is devoted to deep listening and analysis of records illustrating the chief style trends and genres of rock's first three decades. During this period (1950s-1970s) popular music developed a new common language that bound together diverse stylistic and cultural elements through the medium of sound recording. We will trace the development of that language and its rhetorical elements through a series of guided listening projects. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Spring 2017 · A. Flory
  • MUSC 136: History of Rock

    A survey of rock and roll from its beginnings to the present day, focusing on the performers, composers and the music industry.

    6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2016 · A. Flory
  • 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.

    6 credit; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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 2016–2017
  • 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Widman, M. McCright, L. Fishman, N. Melville
  • 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Widman, M. McCright, L. Fishman, N. Melville
  • 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · R. Penning, V. Vargas, P. Kent, B. Allen, L. Burnett
  • 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · R. Penning, V. Vargas, P. Kent, B. Allen, L. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Kreitzer
  • MUSC 155: Violin

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Horozaniecki, L. Ericksen, H. Valdivia
  • MUSC 155J: Violin (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Horozaniecki, L. Ericksen, H. Valdivia
  • MUSC 156: Viola

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Horozaniecki, L. Ericksen, H. Valdivia
  • MUSC 156J: Viola (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Horozaniecki, L. Ericksen, H. Valdivia
  • MUSC 157: Cello

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Z. Pelletier, T. Rosenberg
  • MUSC 157J: Cello (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Z. Pelletier, T. Rosenberg
  • MUSC 158: Classical String Bass

    The study of the acoustic string bass in the Classical style. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · C. Martin
  • MUSC 158J: Classical String Bass (Juried)

    The study of the acoustic string bass in the Classical style. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · C. Martin
  • MUSC 159: Flute

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Jamsa
  • MUSC 159J: Flute (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Jamsa
  • MUSC 160: Oboe

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Klemp
  • MUSC 160J: Oboe (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Klemp
  • MUSC 161: Clarinet

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · N. Olsen
  • MUSC 161J: Clarinet (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · N. Olsen
  • MUSC 162: Saxophone

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. Keel
  • MUSC 162J: Saxophone (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. Keel
  • MUSC 163: Bassoon

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · A. Pesavento
  • MUSC 163J: Bassoon (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · A. Pesavento
  • MUSC 164: French Horn

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. Anderson
  • MUSC 164J: French Horn (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. Anderson
  • MUSC 165: Trumpet

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. Deichert
  • MUSC 165J: Trumpet (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. Deichert
  • MUSC 166: Trombone

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · R. Rodman
  • MUSC 166J: Trombone (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · R. Rodman
  • MUSC 167: Tuba

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · R. Rodman
  • MUSC 167J: Tuba (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · R. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · E. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · E. Niemisto
  • MUSC 170: Harpsichord

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. Hall
  • MUSC 170J: Harpsichord (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. Hall
  • MUSC 171: Organ

    Basic piano skills required. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. Hall
  • MUSC 171J: Organ (Juried)

    Basic piano skills required. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Y. Klein
  • MUSC 172J: Oud

    Beginning through advanced study of the Arab oud. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Instruments are provided. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Y. Klein
  • MUSC 174: Recorder

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Krusemeyer
  • MUSC 174J: Recorder (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. 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 and portable tape player. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. 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 and portable tape player. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · T. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · T. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Z. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Z. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · D. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · D. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · D. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · D. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Kreitzer
  • MUSC 185: Carleton Choir: Bella Cantemus

    The Carleton Choir, the cornerstone of the choral program, 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. Concerts are sometimes repeated off campus. Students must have good vocal skills, music reading ability, and a high degree of interest in performing quality choral music. Admission is by audition.

    Prerequisites: Audition 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. Burnett
  • MUSC 185: Carleton Choir: Men's Chorus

    The Carleton Choir, the cornerstone of the choral program, 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. Concerts are sometimes repeated off campus. Students must have good vocal skills, music reading ability, and a high degree of interest in performing quality choral music. Admission is by audition.

    Prerequisites: Audition 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. Burnett
  • MUSC 186: Carleton Singers

    The Carleton Singers is a small, highly select vocal group dedicated to performing a cappella choral music of all periods and styles. The Singers comprise the core of the Carleton Choir. Membership is offered to students who demonstrate exceptional vocal and musical skills. The need to balance all parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass) dictates the size of the ensemble. With few exceptions, membership is for the full year. Admission by audition and concurrent registration in Music 185 are required. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017
  • 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · H. 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. Prerequisites: Previous experience in a music ensemble, Chinese Musical instruments or instructor permission 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice, International Studies; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · C. Larson, R. 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. Prerequisites: Admission by audition 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. Caviani
  • MUSC 191: 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; Arts Practice, International Studies; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017
  • 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. Prerequisites: Music 199 and/or instructor permission 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice, International Studies; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. 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; Arts Practice, International Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Z. Pelletier, H. Valdivia, J. Johnson, G. Hong, L. Ericksen, G. Anderson, N. Melville
  • MUSC 195: Jubilee Singers

    The ensemble explores chants, spirituals and gospel music from the African-American communal singing tradition. Music reading skills are not required. A placement hearing is required to assess student's ability to match pitch and be assigned to a voice part. Prerequisites: A placement hearing 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. Burnett
  • MUSC 195: Opera Workshop

    Opera Workshop (MUSC 195.04) develops the vocal skills, acting, and technique needed for the demanding roles and musical styles of fully-staged productions, as well as smaller scenes (highlights) of musicals and operas. Winter 2015: Vilia - The Jukebox Recital. Prerequisites: Placement hearing 1 credit; Arts Practice; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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: $85. Not to be taken concurrently with Music 152 or 252 (Guitar).

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Kreitzer
  • MUSC 199: Fundamentals of African Drumming

    Class instruction in basic techniques of African drumming. No musical training or experience is necessary. Special fee: $85.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. Johnson
  • MUSC 204: 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 comparing the music of Bob Dylan and Charles Ives. Prerequisites: Music 110 or 200 or by placement examination 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2017 · J. London
  • MUSC 205: Musical Form and Analysis

    An introduction to the theory and analysis of larger musical forms. Large forms (Rondo, Theme and Variations, and Sonata Form) will be surveyed and analyzed, with an increased emphasis on writing about musical structure. Important sources in formal theory (including Reicha, Czerny, A.B. Marx, and Schoenberg) are read and discussed; the course involves a major analytical research paper and an oral presentation.

    Prerequisites: Music 110 or Music 200, or instructor permissionnot offered 2016–2017
  • 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 credit; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2017 · A. 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 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2016–2017
  • MUSC 211: Baroque and Classical Music

    An examination of western art music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Prerequisite: Music 200 or consent of the instructor. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2016 · M. Sarno
  • 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.

    Prerequisites: Music 110, 204, or 117, or instructor permission 6 credit; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2017 · A. 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. Prerequisites: A previous course in Music or Psychology, or instructor permission; Concurrent registration in Music 228 6 credit; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Science with Lab; offered Spring 2017 · J. London
  • 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. Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in Music 228 2 credit; Science with Lab, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Spring 2017 · J. London
  • MUSC 236: Rock Lab

    This 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. 3 credit; Arts Practice; not offered 2016–2017
  • MUSC 244: Music in Social Movements

    We'll consider the role of music in a variety of social movements, including the labor, civil rights, gay rights, and anti-war movements, the anti-nuclear and environmental movements, the American Indian Movement, the Black Arts movement, Rastafari, the Jesus Movement, the Arab Spring, Nueva Canción, and Black Lives Matter. 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 focused listening and through the work of diverse scholars and participants. No musical experience required.

    not offered 2016–2017
  • MUSC 245: Music of Africa

    The study of traditional and popular music of sub-Saharan Africa, through reading, listening, watching, and playing. Music is examined in its cultural context with particular attention to ethnic identity, political life, religion, and gender roles. Students will also learn rudiments of West African percussion and Shona karimba through applied study. No experience necessary. 6 credit; International Studies, Arts Practice; offered Winter 2017 · M. Russell
  • MUSC 247: The U.S. Folk Music Revival

    We'll consider the historical basis of musical style, the role of recorded music, the social construction of a "folk music" milieu, and explore the music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, among others. 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) if you have no guitar experience; Section 2 (folk workshop --provide your own instruments) if you have one year or more experience on guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, ukelele, Dobro, viola, cello, or bass.

    6 credit; Arts Practice, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2017 · M. 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 credit; Arts Practice, International Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Widman, M. McCright, L. Fishman, N. Melville
  • 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 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Widman, M. McCright, L. Fishman, N. Melville
  • 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 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · R. Penning, V. Vargas, P. Kent, B. Allen, L. Burnett
  • 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 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · R. Penning, V. Vargas, P. Kent, B. Allen, L. Burnett
  • 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). Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. 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). Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Kreitzer
  • MUSC 255: Violin

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Horozaniecki, L. Ericksen, H. Valdivia
  • MUSC 255J: Violin (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Horozaniecki, L. Ericksen, H. Valdivia
  • MUSC 256: Viola

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Horozaniecki, L. Ericksen, H. Valdivia
  • MUSC 256J: Viola (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Horozaniecki, L. Ericksen, H. Valdivia
  • MUSC 257: Cello

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Z. Pelletier, T. Rosenberg
  • MUSC 257J: Cello (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Z. Pelletier, T. Rosenberg
  • MUSC 258: Classical String Bass

    The study of the acoustic string bass in the Classical style. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · C. Martin
  • MUSC 258J: Classical String Bass (Juried)

    The study of the acoustic string bass in the Classical style. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · C. Martin
  • MUSC 259: Flute

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Jamsa
  • MUSC 259J: Flute (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Jamsa
  • MUSC 260: Oboe

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Klemp
  • MUSC 260J: Oboe (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Klemp
  • MUSC 261: Clarinet

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · N. Olsen
  • MUSC 261J: Clarinet (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · N. Olsen
  • MUSC 262: Saxophone

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. Keel
  • MUSC 262J: Saxophone (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. Keel
  • MUSC 263: Bassoon

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · A. Pesavento
  • MUSC 263J: Bassoon (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · A. Pesavento
  • MUSC 264: French Horn

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. Anderson
  • MUSC 264J: French Horn (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. Anderson
  • MUSC 265: Trumpet

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. Deichert
  • MUSC 265J: Trumpet (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. Deichert
  • MUSC 266: Trombone

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · R. Rodman
  • MUSC 266J: Trombone (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · R. Rodman
  • MUSC 267: Tuba

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · R. Rodman
  • MUSC 267J: Tuba (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · R. Rodman
  • MUSC 268: Orchestral Percussion

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. Johnson
  • MUSC 268J: Orchestral Percussion (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. Johnson
  • MUSC 269: Harp

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · E. Niemisto
  • MUSC 269J: Harp (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · E. Niemisto
  • MUSC 270: Harpsichord

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. Hall
  • MUSC 270J: Harpsichord (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. Hall
  • MUSC 271: Organ

    Basic piano skills required. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. Hall
  • MUSC 271J: Organ (Juried)

    Basic piano skills required. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. Hall
  • MUSC 272J: Oud

    Advanced study of the Arab oud. Instruments are provided. Instructor's permission required. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Y. Klein
  • MUSC 272: Oud

    Advanced study of the Arab oud. Instruments are provided. Instructor's permission required. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Y. Klein
  • MUSC 274: Recorder

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. Krusemeyer
  • MUSC 274J: Recorder (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. 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 and portable tape player. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. 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 and portable tape player. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · T. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · T. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Z. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · Z. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · D. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · D. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · D. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · D. 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). Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. 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). Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · G. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · J. 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.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. 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.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · M. 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.

    Prerequisites: Music 220 or instructor permission 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · A. 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.

    Prerequisites: Music 220 or instructor permission 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · A. 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. Prerequisite: completed recital form and permission of the Music Department the term prior to the recital. Fees and financial aid for 299 are the same as for two-credit applied lessons. 2 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 · L. Ericksen, B. Allen, L. Caviani, N. Melville, M. McCright, M. Horozaniecki, R. Penning
  • 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. Prerequisites: Music 201 or 204 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2016–2017
  • MUSC 304: Songwriters and Songwriting

    This course combines analysis of popular songs from various idioms with practical songwriting workshops. Songs from Tin Pan Alley to rock will serve as models illustrating principles of musical design and lyric writing. These, in turn, will inform students' creative efforts developed through a series of writing assignments leading ultimately to original songs. 6 credit; Arts Practice; not offered 2016–2017
  • MUSC 305: Seminar in American Music

    A research seminar addressing issues in American Music with rotating topics. This course will allow students to build upon previous studies of American Music in a focused seminar environment. Bibliographic tools, historical artifacts, and critical readings will comprise course texts. Students will present short regular written reports in preparation for a research paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisites: Music 130 3 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Spring 2017 · R. Rodman
  • MUSC 306: Seminar in American Music

    A research seminar addressing issues in American Music with rotating topics. This course will allow students to build upon previous studies of American Music in a focused seminar environment. Bibliographic tools, historical artifacts, and critical readings will comprise course texts. Students will present short regular written reports in preparation for a research paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisites: Music 126 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2017 · A. Flory
  • MUSC 307: Music in Childhood, Youth, and Adolescent Culture

    A research seminar exploring children, youth, and adolescents as learners, creators, listeners, users, and critics of music. Using music drawn from diverse areas (roughly half of the United States), and scholarship from various disciplines, we will examine repertoires, practices, and beliefs. Students will conduct original research, sharing regular updates, and will complete a research paper and presentation, choosing a topic in consultation with the instructor. No specific previous experience (including musical) is required. An economics major might explore children's concert ticket pricing; an educational studies concentrator the history of music pedagogy. Many different kinds of research are appropriate, including fieldwork, the use of archival materials, and quantitative analysis.

    6 credit; not offered 2016–2017
  • MUSC 312: Romantic Music

    An examination of western art music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Schubert, Berlioz, Brahms, and Wagner. Prerequisites: Music 110 or 204 or instructor permission 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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. Prerequisites: Ability to read music and previous music course, or instructor permission 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2016–2017
  • 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; offered Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017