Courses

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MUS261: Introduction to Jazz Arranging, Composition and Harmony

In this course, we'll examine how horizontal activity (melody) in multiple voices generates vertical structure (harmony), and how horizontal and vertical activity combine to yield musical architecture (form).

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MUS259: Projects in West African Mande Drumming
Olivier Tarpaga

A performance course in West African drumming with a focus on music from the Mandé Empire (Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal.) Taught by master drummer Olivier Tarpaga, the course provides hands-on experien

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MUS527: Seminar in Musicology
Wendy Heller

Seminar in musicology consists of two distinct six-week modules, one focusing on Music and Digital Culture (with guest speakers) and a second focusing on Francesco Cavalli's opera La Calisto (1652), considering as well the virtual production

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MUS704: Baroque Dance: Sources and Interpretation
Wendy Heller

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MUS983: Senior Departmental Exam
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MUS981: Junior Independent Work
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STC204: Musical Instruments, Sound, Perception, and Creativity
Juri Seo
Dan Trueman

Musical instruments reside at the intersection of varied topics: sound, perception, embodiment, music theory, social values, and more; how has their design influenced the development of music and how might they be reinvented to spur new ideas?

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MUS548: Creative Practice in Cultural Perspective: Cultivating a Humane Arts Practice
Barbara White

The creative arts are often idealized for their virtue and transcendence, for their ability to enrich and inspire us.

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MUS545: Contexts of Composition: Composing concertos: the individual and the group
Steven Mackey

This seminar is a follow up to composing for Orchestra and covers some of the same issues of writing for a large conducted ensemble, but now that ensemble shares the stage with a soloist or small group of soloists and the focus is on the relations

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MUS534: Ends and Means: Issues in Composition
Eric Cha-Beach
Josh Quillen
Adam Sliwinski
Jason Treuting
Dan Trueman

Our focus is on writing new works for percussion quartet, with a level and depth of engagement which resembles So's process of commissioning major new works.

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MUS531: Composition
Donnacha Dennehy
Steven Mackey
Juri Seo
Dan Trueman
Dmitri Tymoczko
Barbara White

Emphasis is placed upon the individual student's original work and upon the study and discussion of pieces pertinent to that work.

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MUS525: Topics in Music from 1400 to 1600: Polyphonic Mass Composition in Europe,1440-1540
Rob Wegman

Chronological survey of the changing styles of Mass composition in the period 1450-1550,
beginning with the anonymous English Missa Caput and Petrus de Domarto's Missa Spiritus

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MUS524: Collisions

This seminar examines the role of key controversies and debates within music studies over the past few decades. What leads to scholarly confrontation, and what comes out of it? How do bouts of discord shape the field?

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MUS513: Topics in 19th- and Early 20th-Century Music: Abstraction
Simon A. Morrison

This semester explores the origins and exploitation of the concept of abstraction in music from circa 1910.

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MUS312: Jazz Theory through Improvisation and Composition II
Ralph Bowen

This course intends to expose the student to the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic concepts of the modal jazz approach in an effort to formulate a basis for self-expression as improvisers and composers.

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MUS310: Advanced Workshop in Musical Composition
Steven Mackey

This course is aimed at nurturing the compositional interests and aspirations of the individual participants. The class will include students of different backgrounds and interests.

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MUS306: Understanding Tonality
Dmitri Tymoczko

In this course we will try to understand the complex phenomenon of "tonality." We will theorize about harmony, voice leading, and scales, studying works by Gesualdo, Beethoven, Wagner, Debussy, Stravinsky, Ravel, Reich, and cont

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MUS300: Junior Seminar
Juri Seo

This course introduces students to key methodological, technical, creative, and disciplinary issues entailed in the study and making of music.

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MUS300: Junior Seminar
Juri Seo

This course introduces students to key methodological, technical, creative, and disciplinary issues entailed in the study and making of music.

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MUS234: Music of the Baroque
Wendy Heller

A consideration of baroque music in early modern Europe, and its circulation across the globe through colonization and exploration. Beginning with the birth of opera and ending with the legacy of J. S.

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MUS223: The Ballet
Simon A. Morrison

A history of ballet from its origins in the French courts through its development into a large-scale theatrical spectacle in the 19th century and its modernist re- and de-formation.

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MUS205: Species Counterpoint
Juri Seo

To lay the foundation for a thorough understanding of the principles of linear structure and voice-leading through the study of 16th-century counterpoint. Includes weekly composition and transcription exercises.

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MUS105: Music Theory through Performance and Composition
Donnacha Dennehy

Music 105 is the first of a two-semester course on introductory music theory of Western classical music.

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MUS103: Introduction to Music
Rob Wegman

MUS 103 is an introduction to Western art music, featuring works from around 800 to the mid-20th century.