A performance course in African dance drumming with a focus on music from the West African Manding Empire (Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal.) Taught by master drummer Olivier Tarpaga, exponent of the Mogo
The course provides a survey of opera from its inception in the 17th-century to the present, considering such issues as opera's relationship to its cultural context, contemporary stagings, opera conventions and singers (including the castrato), op
Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Literature Prize, finally affirming that song lyrics matter. This course interrogates the collaboration between words and music, but entertains the notion that each is potentially a threat to the other.
DAN304: Special Topics in Contemporary Practice: Creating Collaboratively, Collaborating Creatively
Choreographer/director Pavel Zustiak, composer/musician Shawn Jaeger, and visiting guest scenographers lead this workshop on the interdisciplinary creative process, with the aim to collaboratively research, create, and perform.
THR330: Special Topics in Performance Practice: Luminaries of American Musical Theatre
This course is a series of studies around six of the greatest influences on the American Musical Theatre over the past 60 years: Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, Kander and Ebb, Harold Prince, Jerome Robbins, and Stephen Sondheim.
MUS528: Seminar in Musicology: Music and Hermeneutics
Examines various approaches to the interpretation of music. The repertoire ranges from the early 19th-century to the present. These approaches include agency, temporality, narrativity, intertextuality, and subjectivity.
Music 310 is a composition course for independent, self-directed composers, working in any style whatsoever. The major requirement is to compose a substantial piece and to present it at our class concert at the end of the semester.