Music (MUSC)

MUSC 1000. Music at Northeastern. 1 Hour.

Intended for freshmen in the College of Arts and Sciences. Introduces freshmen to the liberal arts in general; familiarizes them with their major; helps them develop the academic skills necessary to succeed (analytical ability and critical thinking); provides grounding in the culture and values of the University community; and helps them develop interpersonal skills- in short, familiarizes students with all skills needed to become a successful university student. Prereq. Music majors only.

MUSC 1001. Music in Everyday Life. 4 Hours.

Dedicated to exploring, expanding, and exploding traditional meanings of what music is; of what it means to be a composer, performer, and audience member; and of what it means to listen. The overarching goal is to provide students with the tools and opportunities necessary for determining for themselves what place music holds in everyday life.

MUSC 1101. Introduction to Music. 4 Hours.

Offers an introduction to selected works of our Western musical heritage, from earliest to contemporary styles. Consists primarily of a survey and listening format, with emphasis on styles, basic theory, forms, and the historical, social, and artistic periods that these works represent.

MUSC 1103. Music as a Social Expression. 4 Hours.

Examines the processes of music making and the perceptions of music’s functions in human culture. Considers what is music, why we have it, what kinds of music are made, and what kinds of music are made to be meaningful. Identifies various styles and genres of music and examines them within an ever-shifting context of aesthetics, social history, and cultural heritage.

MUSC 1104. Survey of African-American Music. 4 Hours.

Explores the various musical traditions of African Americans, with a specific focus on the United States. Examines the impact of African, European, and Native American traditions on African-American music as well as the role of music as an expression of African-American aesthetics, traditions, and life. Considers historical and contemporary forms of African-American music, with selected video presentations. Prereq. Not open to students who have taken AFAM 1104.

MUSC 1105. Music of the USA. 4 Hours.

Examines American music from the time of Puritan psalm singing to the present. Covers a wide variety of music including concert music, traditional folk music, jazz, and contemporary styles.

MUSC 1106. Women in Music. 4 Hours.

Examines the multifaceted role of women in music from the Renaissance to the present. Discusses the fact that for centuries women have been active and influential patrons, composers, teachers, conductors, and performers in Europe and the United States. Examines their contributions to classical and popular music and to jazz, with emphasis on such widely varying figures as Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Germaine Tailleferre, Billie Holiday, Carla Bley, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Pauline Oliveros, Sarah Caldwell, Antonia Brico, and Nadia Boulanger.

MUSC 1108. Music and Poetry. 4 Hours.

Examines the art of setting words to music. Confronts the aesthetic problems encountered in a synthesis of two different art forms. Examines that synthesis in selected songs, choral works, tone poems, and operas of diverse periods and styles (classical, folk, and popular).

MUSC 1109. Introduction to Art, Drama, and Music. 4 Hours.

Offers an interdisciplinary approach to music and other arts including painting, film, and theatre. Examines works of art from various periods in the context of the cultures that produced them. Supplements regular classes with visits to art museums or attendance at concerts and theatrical performances.

MUSC 1110. Music in Popular Culture. 4 Hours.

Explores the nature of music composed for the mass market. Discusses techniques of recording and merchandising music. Selected songs are analyzed for their musical content. Traces the evolution of various styles including ragtime, jazz, blues, rock, and music for the media.

MUSC 1111. Rock Music. 4 Hours.

Examines the development of rock-and-roll and its relationship to blues, rhythm and blues, country, folk, and other styles of music. Considers themes such as the role of rock as youth music, the reflections of social realities in rock songs, the relationship of rock to the recording industry and the mass media, and the changing styles of rock. Emphasizes listening skills.

MUSC 1112. Jazz. 4 Hours.

Examines the evolution of the creative improvisational musical styles commonly called jazz, from its African-American roots to its status as one of America’s classical musics and an internationally valued art form. Explores the contributions of African and European musical traditions and African-American spirituals, work songs, and blues. Examines major contributors and stylistic development and change through selected audio and audio-visual presentations. Also considers the sociocultural dynamics that have affected musical evolution and acceptance.

MUSC 1113. Film Music. 4 Hours.

Emphasizes the various ways that music is used in film, including music depicted on-screen and musical scores. Music is a crucial element of meaning in film, yet its presence is easy to ignore. Offers students an opportunity to learn basic approaches to the analysis of music and sound in film, to develop the ability to think critically about film, and to become knowledgeable about key historical developments in film music and sound. No musical background is necessary.

MUSC 1114. Mozart. 4 Hours.

Traces Mozart’s musical development from child prodigy to mature artist through personal letters and biographies. Analyzes many of his major compositions including symphonies, concertos, operas, and chamber works.

MUSC 1115. Debussy and the Music of Paris. 4 Hours.

Recognizes that Claude Debussy, impressionist in sound, composed music that marked a turning point toward modern trends. Covers much of his music for piano, orchestra, and voice, including Suite Pour le Piano, Suite Bergamasque, Images (for piano and orchestra), Nocturnes, La Mer, and Pelleas et Melisande. Discusses the music of Satie, Ravel, and Fauré as it relates to that of Debussy.

MUSC 1116. Beethoven. 4 Hours.

Analyzes the complex personality and art of Beethoven, his relation to the turbulent times in which he lived, and his role in classical and romantic music.

MUSC 1117. George Gershwin. 4 Hours.

Studies the life and works of George Gershwin (1898-1937) including popular song, musical comedy, opera, and orchestral compositions. Explores the relationship of George Gershwin to his times, both musically and historically. Takes as a critical starting point Gershwin’s famous statement, “My people are American; my time is today.”.

MUSC 1118. Music Therapy 1. 4 Hours.

Examines the application of music as a therapeutic vehicle to release suppressed emotions, to encourage self-expression in psychiatric patients, and to treat a wide variety of disorders. Examines music therapy, in a modern approach to health services, as a supplement to other treatments.

MUSC 1119. Fundamentals of Western Music Theory. 4 Hours.

Introduces students with little or no musical experience to all the major and minor key signatures and the following scales: major, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor. Topics include how to read music in treble clef, bass clef, and various C-clefs; how to identify and construct intervals, triads, and seventh chords; how melody and harmony work together to create a piece of music; roman numeral analyses; and various small forms. Short excerpts are analyzed, and students are required to write musical compositions.

MUSC 1121. Medieval and Renaissance Music. 4 Hours.

Offers an introduction to European music from the sixth through the sixteenth centuries. Covers a wide variety of music, ranging from the serene elegance of sacred Gregorian chant and the plaintive love songs of the medieval troubadours to the lively dances and humanistic vocal music of the Renaissance. Examines representative works by composers such as Machaut, Landini, Josquin, Palestrina, and Dowland.

MUSC 1122. Music of the Baroque Era. 4 Hours.

Focuses on music of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in Italy, Germany, France, and England. Discusses the emergence of important new genres (such as opera, sonata, and concerto) and examines representative works of major composers (such as Bach, Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi, Rameau, and Purcell).

MUSC 1123. Music of the Classical Era. 4 Hours.

Focuses on crucial developments in musical styles and forms of the late eighteenth century and on emerging genres, such as the symphony, the concerto, and the string quartet. Emphasizes the vocal and instrumental works of Haydn and Mozart and the early works of Beethoven.

MUSC 1124. Music of the Romantic Era. 4 Hours.

Focuses on romantic realism and idealism as expressed in the music of the nineteenth century. Emphasizes historical, nationalistic, and literary influences. Includes composers such as Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Berlioz, Liszt, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Mahler.

MUSC 1125. Twentieth-Century Music. 4 Hours.

Focuses on developments in music from 1900 to 2000. Examines a broad range of musical styles including expressionism, neoclassicism, and other major trends in music of the twentieth century.

MUSC 1126. New Directions in Music. 4 Hours.

Recognizes that music from 1950 to the present has changed more radically than during any other era in history. Examines new elements in classical and popular music and focuses on the relationship between the two styles.

MUSC 1127. Introduction to World Music. 4 Hours.

Introduces musical traditions from around the world using ethnomusicological approaches to examine the role of music in culture. Focuses on various world music from the perspectives of the people who create the music and compares these perspectives with our own.

MUSC 1128. Music of Africa. 4 Hours.

Uses ethnomusicological frameworks and concepts to examine some of the many music cultures on the continent of Africa. Selected cultures are studied through their musical, social, historical, and political heritage. Musical focus includes various vocal and instrumental performance characteristics as well as dance. Covers traditional and contemporary African music. Prereq. Not open to students who have taken AFRS 1128.

MUSC 1129. Music of the Middle East. 4 Hours.

Presents an introduction to the music of selected Near Eastern and Arab cultures (such as Persian in the East and Ethiopic and Berber in Africa). Includes the cantillation styles and practices of various chants of the Hebrew, Christian, and Islamic traditions.

MUSC 1131. Music of Latin America and the Caribbean. 4 Hours.

Introduces students to the diverse music of Latin America and the Caribbean. Offers students an opportunity to read and write about the cross-fertilization of indigenous, European, and African influences in the music that have created unique hybrid musical genres. Cultural theories used in class frame the conceptual, behavioral, and musical aspects of performance in a number of contrasting music-cultures. Offers students an opportunity to gain an understanding of the important connection of music to its accompanying dance, which shapes the music’s tempo, rhythmic structure, and form. Also offers students an opportunity to discuss and write about features of the music-cultures under study, to investigate how music constructs meaning for listeners, and to develop critical listening skills.

MUSC 1132. Music of the Jewish People. 4 Hours.

Investigates the role that music has played in Jewish life from ancient to modern times. Topics include music in the time of the Bible, rabbinic attitudes toward music, music and mysticism, the development of the modes for prayer and scriptural cantillation, church and synagogue music compared, music of the holidays and the life cycle, folk and popular music in the Diaspora, the development of art music in the modern era, and music in modern Israel. Prior knowledge of music is not required.

MUSC 1133. Voice Class. 4 Hours.

Gives students the opportunity to learn the basic vocal production required for fine singing. Chooses repertoire, both classical and contemporary, for each student to learn and perform in lessons and before the entire class. Topics include diction, the physiology of singing, resonance, registers, and interpretation. Also studies the basics of music reading and sight-singing. Discusses some interpretation, and plays recordings of the greatest vocal artists for class analysis.

MUSC 1134. Guitar Class. 4 Hours.

Provides an introduction to the fundamentals of classical guitar playing for those with or without prior knowledge of the guitar. Covers music reading and theory. Requires students to perform alone and in ensemble with other members of the class. Augments the syllabus by live performances from outside professional and student classical guitarists. Bases final grades on several written examinations and student performance.

MUSC 1135. Coltrane. 4 Hours.

Studies the life of John Coltrane, recognized as one of the greatest musicians of all time. Presents, in a chronological sequence, his growing up in a Black North Carolina community during the era of U.S. apartheid to becoming a world-class artist whose music touched the hearts and souls of listeners all around the globe. His advanced and innovative conceptions (melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic) and stylistic contributions in and to the realm of African-American creative improvisation changed the way to play the music forever. Emphasizes his immense impact on jazz and other improvisational music and expressive art forms, as well as his spiritual legacy, which focused on using music as a force for the improvement of humanity. His musical and spiritual legacy continue as major influences in current times. Prereq. Not open to students who have taken AFAM 1135.

MUSC 1136. What’s Playing at Symphony?. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to attend several performances of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at Symphony Hall. Discusses each piece of music from a variety of perspectives, including the history of a given composer and his or her relationship to music history and the history of a given composition and its relevance to the symphonic repertoire. Analyzes program pieces in order to provide a deeper appreciation for their musical construction; however, no musical background is required to participate in this course—it is designed for nonmusic majors and music majors alike. Requires students to purchase BSO College Cards (for a nominal fee) for the current BSO concert season.

MUSC 1139. Popular Music, Sexuality, and the New Global Order. 4 Hours.

Introduces critical debates on the role of sexuality, focusing on a number of popular music or artists from around the globe—the transgendered pop of Saida Sultan/Danna International; dance and the body politics in post-Suharto Indonesia; and the intersection of sex, nation, and religion in Turkey—to explore the continuously changing categories of gender and sexuality in the processes of globalization. Sexuality is central to popular music because of the way in which it is enacted and embodied by performers and also interpreted by the audience. Although conventions and customs of local cultures and/or societies continue to inform popular music, globalization has opened up spaces in which it is possible to rearticulate gender and sexual identities.

MUSC 1140. Global Pop Music. 4 Hours.

Introduces and studies popular music from around the world within the framework of popular culture and the impact of globalization. Seeks to answer three major questions using readings, musical listenings, and discussions of materials for the course: What do we mean by music as popular culture? What do we mean by global perspective? What is the mutual impact between global forces and local musics? Explores important issues surrounding popular music in regard to specific genres, styles, and practices using readings gleaned from the fields of anthropology, sociology, and ethnomusicology. Requires students both to respond to and to build on the work of various scholars in their writing assignments, final project, and final exam.

MUSC 1141. Wired for Sound. 4 Hours.

Explores the use of electronics in music of various styles and genres from a historical perspective, beginning in the early twentieth century and moving to the present. Examines the methods and means of electronic sound production. Throughout history, technological innovations have influenced music. Starting in the early twentieth century, electricity and, later, electronics, became a key motivating force in music, both in composing and performing and even in listening. Covers the social and cultural conditions under which electric sound was able to evolve. Prereq. Not open to music technology students.

MUSC 1142. Pop, Jazz, and Rock Singing. 4 Hours.

Focuses on singing techniques used in pop, rock, and jazz. Techniques taught, discussed, and applied in class include breathing, tone and vowel production, singing with power without strain, developing range, improvising, and creating one’s own style. Offers students an opportunity to apply these techniques in class, learning through vocal demonstrations in class and through the study of recordings. Singers/songwriters are encouraged to enroll. Prereq. All levels of singers are welcome; students who enroll should already have the ability to sing generally in tune.

MUSC 1143. Music in Culture. 4 Hours.

Studies ethnomusicology—a field of study that places music centrally within cultures and societies. The field’s history, definitions, and scope provide a basis for understanding frameworks used to study music cultures and how musical concepts, behavior, and performance interrelate. Focuses on a number of ethnomusicological studies to illustrate the variety of research approaches used to emphasize particular aspects of music making and musical meaning and to uncover the role and function of music, ranging from ritual to play. Offers students an opportunity to learn about fieldwork methods for collecting data so essential to research. Other topics include comparing music cultures, the challenges of being an outsider in studying music cultures, the impact of new technologies, and processes of musical change.

MUSC 1201. Music Theory 1. 4 Hours.

Introduces melodic and harmonic practices in tonal music with additional work in chord and melody construction. Develops ear training and sight-singing skills. Prereq. MUSC 1119 or permission of instructor.

MUSC 1202. Music Theory 2. 4 Hours.

Continues MUSC 1201. Focuses on harmonic practices in tonal music. Examines the role and function of harmony through analysis of musical examples and composition of four-voice chorales. Introduces study of advanced harmony. Further develops ear training and sight-singing skills. Prereq. MUSC 1201.

MUSC 1241. Musicianship 1. 1 Hour.

Develops ear training, sight-singing skills, rhythmic skills, and keyboard skills. Prereq. Music majors, combined majors, and performance certificate students only.

MUSC 1242. Musicianship 2. 1 Hour.

Continues MUSC 1241. Develops ear training, sight-singing skills, rhythmic skills, and keyboard skills. Prereq. MUSC 1241; music majors, combined majors, and performance certificate students only.

MUSC 1250. Instrumentation and Orchestration. 4 Hours.

Introduces the individual abilities of the instruments of the orchestra as well as the fundamental techniques of orchestration. Prereq. MUSC 1201 and MUSC 1241.

MUSC 1901. Music Lessons 1. 1 Hour.

Offers private instruction in voice or in an instrument. Arranges weekly lessons on a half-hour basis. Contact the music department for arrangements. Requires lab fee.

MUSC 1902. Music Lessons 2. 1 Hour.

Offers private instruction in voice or in an instrument. Arranges weekly lessons on a half-hour basis. Contact the music department for arrangements. Requires lab fee.

MUSC 1903. Composition Lessons. 1 Hour.

Offers private instruction in music composition. Contact the music department for arrangements. Requires lab fee.

MUSC 1904. Chorus. 1 Hour.

Allows students to participate as performers in one or more ensembles under the direction of a faculty conductor.

MUSC 1905. Band. 1 Hour.

Allows students to participate as performers in one or more ensembles under the direction of a faculty conductor.

MUSC 1906. Orchestra. 1 Hour.

Allows students to participate as performers in one or more ensembles under the direction of a faculty conductor.

MUSC 1907. Wind Ensemble. 1 Hour.

Allows students to participate as performers in one or more ensembles under the direction of a faculty conductor.

MUSC 1911. Jazz Ensemble. 1 Hour.

Designed to serve both music majors and nonmajors, this is a performance/theory/history offering of the varied styles and techniques of performance in the jazz tradition of African-American music. Students are drawn from all segments of the University. Repertory is taken from the standard jazz literature as well as investigations of new works. Improvisational and interpretational technique are the core content of the course. Both the NU Jazz Ensemble and the NU Jazz Combo are represented together in this course.

MUSC 1912. Rock Ensemble. 1 Hour.

Allows students to participate as performers in one or more ensembles under the direction of a faculty conductor.

MUSC 1913. Blues/Rock Ensemble. 1 Hour.

Allows students to participate as performers in one or more ensembles under the direction of a faculty conductor.

MUSC 1914. Create Your Own Music. 1 Hour.

Allows students to participate as performers in one or more ensembles under the direction of a faculty conductor. Prereq. Music majors, combined majors, and performance certificate students only.

MUSC 1915. Chamber Ensemble. 1 Hour.

Allows students to participate as performers in one or more ensembles under the direction of a faculty conductor.

MUSC 1916. Contemporary Music Ensemble. 1 Hour.

Offers students an opportunity to participate as performers in an ensemble under the direction of a faculty conductor. Under faculty supervision, students have an opportunity to identify repertory, including original compositions by members of the ensemble.

MUSC 1917. Jazz Choir and Combo. 1 Hour.

Designed to give students who sing jazz and blues the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a small vocal group. Offers students an opportunity to work on singing in harmony and be featured in solos. The group is also accompanied by a student jazz combo. Members of the combo may register for the course for credit. Prereq. Requires audition.

MUSC 1918. World Music Ensemble. 1 Hour.

Explores music-making traditions from selected world cultures through performance on percussion, voice, and other instruments. No previous music-making experience required.

MUSC 1919. Fusion Ensemble. 1 Hour.

Offers students an opportunity to participate as performers in one or more ensembles under the direction of a faculty conductor. Focuses on instrumental rock, blues, funk, and jazz repertoire.

MUSC 1920. Pep Band. 1 Hour.

Offers students an opportunity to participate as performers in one or more ensembles under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The pep band performs at sporting events and other university functions.

MUSC 1921. World Fusion Ensemble. 1 Hour.

Offers students an opportunity to participate as performers in one or more ensembles under the direction of a faculty conductor. Designed for more advanced students seeking to explore a variety of world music.

MUSC 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

MUSC 2101. Black Popular Music. 4 Hours.

Surveys, investigates, and analyzes the role and function of Black popular music from the end of World War II to the present. Explores issues of representation, identity, values, and aesthetics, paying close attention to social commentary, political critique, economic inference, cultural formation, explications of religious and spiritual beliefs, and the like. Emphasizes the creative processes developed over the decades of Black popular music, as well as the role of the music industry, as a major impetus for creation and mechanism of dissemination. Challenges students to rethink and reexamine the intent and impact of Black popular culture as a method and means of expression and communication.

MUSC 2107. Introduction to Opera. 4 Hours.

Offers an historical, social, political, economic, and artistic overview of the evolution of opera from its beginnings to the present day. Examines basic musical concepts (harmony, melody, and orchestration), structures of opera (aria, ensemble, and recitative), vocal categories and schools, and the relationship between literature, history, and librettos. Offers close study of selected operas in various styles (bel canto, verismo, and so on) by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and others.

MUSC 2111. Algebra and Geometry of Music. 4 Hours.

Engages mathematical thinking in music with regard to its symbolic (how we represent music using numbers and signs); sonic (how mathematical thinking might create insights into musical sound); and grammatical (the logic by which music proceeds from one time to the next) expressions. Music and mathematics both contain objects that exhibit similar properties, such as circularity, similarity, objecthood, spatial dimensionality, dynamics, and processuality. Draws upon various branches of mathematics, including number theory, set theory, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Such representations highlight fundamental musical principles invoked in the process of improvisation, performance, and composition. As such, musical listening is a key component of the course. Prereq. Ability to read musical notation or musical experience preferred.

MUSC 2130. Music of Asia. 4 Hours.

Introduces the musical heritage of a variety of music cultures in Southeast, Far East, and Central Asia, highlighting the importance of music as a human activity and a creative expressive form. Exposure to aesthetic preferences different from the West expands students’ notions of what sounds pleasing, pleasurable, or proper. Offers students an opportunity to learn cultural theories that frame the conceptual, behavioral, and musical aspects of performance in a number of contrasting music cultures. Students discuss and write about features of the music cultures under study, investigate how music constructs meaning for listeners, and develop critical listening skills. Learning about local and global forces that shape music engages students to argue for the positive or negative effects each have on processes of musical change.

MUSC 2137. Viennese School 1. 4 Hours.

Focuses on music from the mid-eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. Covers specific genres as well as specific works by major central European composers.

MUSC 2138. Viennese School 2. 4 Hours.

Focuses on musical developments in Vienna from 1900 to 1925. Examines a broad range of vocal and instrumental works by composers Gustav Mahler, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern. Situates their musical characteristics among contemporaneous Viennese developments in literature, philosophy, psychology, and the visual arts, including Peter Altenberg, Sigmund Freud, Richard Gerstl, Carl Jung, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Karl Kraus, Egon Schiele, Arthur Schnitzler, and Otto Weininger.

MUSC 2150. Making a Musical: Analysis, Craft, and Creation. 4 Hours.

How are great musicals constructed? What tools does one need to build a musical? In an historical context, this course will explore these questions, focusing on how effective lyrics are built; how songs function in musicals; and how book writers, lyricists, and composers create new works and adapt existing works from other media to the musical theater stage. Throughout the semester, students have an opportunity to transform analytical techniques and discoveries into creative strategies, building short musicals in collaborative teams. Students need not be musicians to participate in this class. Aspiring actors, composers, lyricists, authors of all styles, technical theater artists and designers, and all those with a curiosity about the history of musicals and how musicals are made are strongly encouraged to enroll.

MUSC 2208. Jazz Improvisation. 4 Hours.

Focuses on repertory as well as performance. Examines the great improvisational artists in American music, such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. Approaches analysis from a theoretical as well as a practical perspective. Explores the use of rhythm, chords, scales, and modes in the creative improvisation process.

MUSC 2209. Conducting. 4 Hours.

Provides instruction in the basic gestures used in conducting vocal and instrumental ensembles. Topics include beat patterns, conveying phrasing and articulation, cueing, controlling tempo and dynamics, score study, and rehearsal techniques. Provides an opportunity for students to constitute a laboratory ensemble for regular practicum.

MUSC 2210. Songwriting 1. 4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to learn to construct songs with forward motion and memorable “hooks.”Topics include time-proven song forms, melody writing, harmonic tools, lyric writing, collaboration, and production techniques. Emphasizes the craft of writing songs for use in film and television.

MUSC 2211. Songwriting 2. 4 Hours.

Builds on the skills covered in MUSC 2210. Seeks to advance the student’s songwriting toolbox via a combination of analysis/transcription, writing, production, critiquing, and analysis. In order to maximize the amount of professional opportunities afforded to the songwriters, this course is highly collaborative in order to model the writing processes most commonly used in the industry. Prereq. MUSC 1119 and MUSC 2210.

MUSC 2303. Tonal Form. 4 Hours.

Continues MUSC 1202. Examines representative examples of structural principles governing the melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and formal components of music. Focuses on music from the sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries. Further develops ear training and sight-singing skills. Prereq. MUSC 1202.

MUSC 2304. Music Theory 4. 4 Hours.

Continues MUSC 2303. Examines works from the late nineteenth century to the present. Includes selected readings by prominent twentieth-century theorists. Further develops ear training and sight-singing skills. Prereq. MUSC 2303.

MUSC 2308. Principles of Music Literature. 4 Hours.

Examines the evolution and application of each major structural element of music through an historical perspective. Also links larger categories of music such as classical, popular, and non-Western by examining their common elements. Prereq. MUSC 1201 or MUSI 1203; music majors and combined majors only.

MUSC 2311. Historical Traditions: America. 4 Hours.

Provides an overview of music in the United States in cultural and stylistic contexts. Introduces historical methods of music. Studies a broad range of styles including folk, popular, and classical music. Prereq. (a) MUSC 2308 and (b) ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, or ENGL 1102.

MUSC 2312. Historical Traditions: Classical. 4 Hours.

Provides an overview of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth-century Western music in cultural and stylistic contexts. Covers some of the best-known figures in classical music: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, and Stravinsky. Considers why and how the great tradition of tonal music defines classical music even today. Uses scores to help understand the different ways music can be written and the different aesthetic definitions of beauty, pleasure, and meaning in sound. Prereq. (a) MUSC 2308 and (b) ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, or ENGL 1102.

MUSC 2313. Historical Traditions: World. 4 Hours.

Studies music from around the globe. Analyzes the different meanings music holds and the cultural preferences for sound that distinguish cultures and subcultures. Students read and write about cultural theories that guide them in linking the conceptual, behavioral, and musical aspects of performance in a number of contrasting music cultures. Investigates how music constructs meaning for listeners. Offers students an opportunity to develop critical listening skills, learn about local and global forces that shape music, and to argue for the positive or negative effects each have on processes of musical change. Expects students to complete a final research paper, applying cultural theories and integrating data about musical sound, behavior, and concepts in their writing. Prereq. ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, or ENGL 1102.

MUSC 2316. Historical Traditions: History of the Music Industry. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to obtain a thorough grounding in the history of the music industry. Following intensive study of the electronic and print tools available to those interested in researching the music industry, the course initiates historical work in the nineteenth century, when many aspects of the modern music industry took root and blossomed. The remainder of the course is organized around topics drawn from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including record companies and marketing, television and the music industry, and the Internet and the music industry. Each unit is accompanied by the most recent and cutting-edge research in the field. Prereq. (a) MUSC 2308 and (b) ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, or ENGL 1102.

MUSC 2319. Korean Pop Music and the Music Business. 4 Hours.

Covers the history of Korean pop music (K-pop) from 1970 to the present, focusing on its rapid growth over the last ten years. Discusses the history of Korean pop music, major K-pop artists, and the K-pop music business. Discussions are coupled with site visits to provide context. Excursions may include visits to recording studios to observe producers and pop artists at work and to K-pop concerts to study stage settings, the flow of concerts, and musical arrangements; TV stations; and classes given by K-pop artists. Taught in Korea.

MUSC 2320. 40,000 Years of Music Technology. 4 Hours.

Surveys the relationship between music and technology from the Paleolithic Age to the present. Examines the origins and impact of diverse musical instruments, with attention to connections between musical and technological developments; the reasons instruments are accepted, modified, or abandoned; and debates about the effects of new technologies on music. Considers such forces as standardization, institutionalization, and commodification, as well as experimentation, hacker, and DIY cultures, and asks whether music technologies are “just tools, or rather carry with them ethical values and ramifications. By studying the socio-cultural history of such instruments as the violin, piano, electric guitar, and synthesizer, students have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the interplay between technological change and the enduring human need for music.

MUSC 2343. Musicianship 3. 1 Hour.

Continues MUSC 1242. Develops ear training, sight-singing skills, rhythmic skills, and keyboard skills. Prereq. MUSC 1242; music majors and combined majors only.

MUSC 2344. Musicianship 4. 1 Hour.

Continues MUSC 2343. Develops ear training, sight-singing skills, rhythmic skills, and keyboard skills. Prereq. MUSC 2343; music majors and combined majors only.

MUSC 2420. Music Composition Seminar 1. 4 Hours.

Exposes students to the basic methods of music composition. Analyzes examples from music literature to gain an understanding of the methods employed; students complete several compositions of their own. Prereq. MUST 1301.

MUSC 2540. Special Topics in Music. 4 Hours.

Focuses on various topics related to music.

MUSC 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

MUSC 3337. Writing about Music. 4 Hours.

Provides an overview of various types of musical journalism including criticism, reviews, feature articles, program notes, promotional material, and so on. Offers students significant opportunity to develop their own skills in writing, editing, research, and interview techniques as they apply to writing about music and the music industry. Prereq. (a) ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, or ENGL 1102 and (b) sophomore standing or above.

MUSC 3410. Recital 1. 1 Hour.

Offers preparation for and performance of a minirecital (twenty to thirty minutes of music) under the guidance of the student’s primary instrumental or vocal instructor. Minirecitals are usually shared by more than one student. Students take MUSC 3410 in place of MUSC 4992.

MUSC 3470. War and Music. 4 Hours.

Offers an interdisciplinary and comparative exploration of the diverse ways in which composers, artists, novelists, poets, and dramatists have depicted the excitement, glory, agony, and sacrifice of war both at the dawn of modern gunpowder-based warfare in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and as the full impacts of “industrialized killing” became visible in the twentieth. Drawing on artistic and literary artifacts and the massive cultural outpourings that the slaughter and destruction of the two World Wars of the twentieth century elicited, students will investigate how artists’ interactions with the experience and meaning(s) of war have developed and changed in the modern world and how those changes have affected our own understanding of its impact and significance.

MUSC 3501. Modernizing Tradition in Balinese Performing Arts. 4 Hours.

Explores music, dance, and theatre in Bali, examining their history and how they have been adapted to fit within the daily religious, personal, and community activities in modern Balinese society. Focuses on various Balinese gamelan traditions and examines how global influences have been incorporated into ancient traditional arts as a means of maintaining dynamic cultural expressions that reflect contemporary Balinese society. Also covers fundamentals of ethnographic field research and requires a final project as the culmination of a directed-research study.

MUSC 3540. Special Topics in Music Analysis. 4 Hours.

Focuses on advanced topics in theory and analysis. Topics vary with each offering. Prereq. MUSC 2304 and MUSC 2344.

MUSC 3541. Music Analysis Seminar. 4 Hours.

Exposes students to advanced methods of musical analysis. Focuses on techniques for analyzing large musical forms from the baroque period to the present day. Prereq. MUSC 2304 and MUSC 2344.

MUSC 3550. Historical Traditions: Special Topics. 4 Hours.

Provides an advanced seminar examining topics and issues surrounding musical cultures and histories. Topics vary with each offering. Prereq. MUSC 2311, MUSC 2312, or MUSC 2313.

MUSC 3560. Historical Traditions: Music since 1900. 4 Hours.

Offers an intensive overview of music from 1900 to the present day. Covers the works of the best-known figures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and draws on a variety of repertoires including American and European “classical” music, jazz, and the music of non-Western cultures. Includes analysis of scores as well as thorough investigations into the social milieus from which the music emerged. Prereq. MUSC 2312 and sophomore standing or above.

MUSC 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

MUSC 4621. Seminar in Performance Practice. 4 Hours.

Provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their research as it applies to their performances. Students present written reports to be discussed at the seminar. Students are also expected to research and write the program notes for their performances. Fulfills the college’s experiential education requirement for literature and performance majors. Prereq. (a) MUSC 2311, MUSC 2312, or MUSC 2313 and (b) junior or senior standing; music majors and combined majors only.

MUSC 4622. Recital 2. 1 Hour.

Offers preparation for and performance of a senior recital (forty to sixty minutes of music) under the guidance of the student’s primary instrumental or vocal instructor. Prereq. MUSC 3410 and senior standing.

MUSC 4631. Music History and Analysis Capstone. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to complete a culminating written project for the music history and analysis major. Projects might include writing program notes, reviews of concerts, and/or completing a research project that explores a particular area of music history and analysis. Prereq. (a) MUSC 2311, MUSC 2312, or MUSC 2313 and (b) junior or senior standing.

MUSC 4641. Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Issues in Fieldwork and Methodology. 4 Hours.

Offers a practice-oriented course, the goal of which is to apply theories and paradigms covered in MUSC 3350. Requires a final paper/research proposal and presentation. The research project necessitates fieldwork, reading relevant literature (including research methodology, research techniques, and proposal writing), and reflecting about questions in which students are interested and methods of addressing them through ethnography. Focuses on critical aspects of proposal and project development, including data analysis, audiovisual techniques, methodology, and ethics of ethnomusicology. Prereq. MUSC 3350 and junior or senior standing.

MUSC 4970. Junior/Senior Honors Project 1. 4 Hours.

Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Combined with Junior/Senior Project 2 or college-defined equivalent for 8-credit honors project.

MUSC 4971. Junior/Senior Honors Project 2. 4 Hours.

Focuses on second semester of in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Prereq. MUSC 4970.

MUSC 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

MUSC 4991. Research. 4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision.

MUSC 4992. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Focuses on independent work in a selected area of music under the direction of a member of the department. Enrollment is limited to qualified students by special arrangement with the supervising faculty member and with the approval of the department chair.

MUSC 4993. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor.

MUSC 4994. Internship. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity for internship work.

MUSC 4996. Experiential Education Directed Study. 4 Hours.

Draws upon the student’s approved experiential activity and integrates it with study in the academic major. Restricted to those students who are using it to fulfill their experiential education requirement.