Courses

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MUS981: Junior Independent Work

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MUS545: Contexts of Composition: Musical Instruments, Sound, Perception, and Creativity
Dan Trueman

Through a series of hands-on labs, we look at a range of topics relevant to how we make and conceive of music, including pitch perception, instrument design, log/linear relationships, spectral analysis, synthesis, resonance, physical modeling, and

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MUS542: Instrumentation and Performance
Dan Trueman

Collaborations with varied ensembles and performers from around the world and here at Princeton, presented in concert on the Princeton Sound Kitchen concert series.

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MUS534: Ends and Means: Issues in Composition
Juri Seo

We investigate the continuity between tone, timbre, and harmony by studying music by various composers who are touched by spectralism (broadly defined as an attitude encompassing a variety of styles that derive pitch materials from acoustical phen

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MUS532: 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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MUS528: Seminar in Musicology: Music and the Human
Gavin Steingo

This seminar examines the place of the "human" in music discourse.

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MUS527: Seminar in Musicology
Dmitri Tymoczko

This class involves an in-depth reading of my manuscript, Tonality: an Owner's Manual, reading one chapter per week.

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MUS512: Topics in Medieval Music: Charlemagne and the Authentic Antiphonal
Rob Wegman

It is a well-known problem in Gregorian chant studies that certain concepts (e.g.

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MUS510: Extramural Research Internship
Wendy Heller
Dmitri Tymoczko

MUS510 is for students in the department who wish to gain experience of central importance to their area of study by working outside of the University capacity.

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MUS435: Music and Narrative

This seminar explores a host of questions surrounding music's capacity to convey and shape narratives.

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MUS346: Music and the Early Modern Soundscape: London, Rome, Vienna
Wendy Heller

What was the soundscape of urban life in Rome, Vienna, and London in the 16th-18th centuries?

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MUS344: The Expanded Voice

Within the realm of composed music rooted in European traditions, vocal performance tends to be associated with a particular kind of singing often referred to as operatic, classical or bel canto.

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MUS343: Music through Fiction
Jamie Reuland

The aphorism that "writing about music is like dancing about architecture" frames musical writing as an act of absurdity. Yet write about music we do.

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MUS330: Advanced Concepts in Rhythm
Dmitri Tymoczko

Rhythm is music's heartbeat, vital yet largely invisible to academic discourse. In this class, we will think about rhythm theoretically, analytically, and creatively.

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MUS326: How to Build a Ballet from Archival Sources

The seminar is dedicated to the reconstruction of ballets of the 19th century with emphasis on Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

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MUS316: Computer and Electronic Music Composition
Jeff Snyder

A composition workshop class, in the context of the traditional sound studio. Emphasis will be on the student's creative work, composing both "fixed media" works and live electronic/laptop music.

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MUS311: Jazz Theory through Improvisation and Composition I
Ralph Bowen

An exploration of the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic principles of the bebop paradigm.

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MUS299: Independent Instruction in Voice or Instrument
Brian Brown
Ronald Cappon
Kevin Deas
Vincent Ector
Martha Elliott
John Ferrari
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek
Margaret Kampmeier
Francine Kay
David Kellett
Christopher Komer
Sunghae Anna Lim
Alberto Parrini
Sarah Pelletier
Michael Pratt
Jayn Rosenfeld
Jo-Ann Sternberg
Nancy Wilson
Eric Wyrick

Independent instruction in voice or instrument is an intensive immersion in all aspects of recreating music for performance.

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MUS270: Medieval and Renaissance Music from Original Notation
Jamie Reuland

In an age before musical notation, Isidore of Seville could claim that unless sounds are remembered by man they perish, for they cannot be written down.

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MUS266: Music and Society in France, c.1750 to the Present

From the singing entertainments of Parisian café-concerts, to the historical revisions of grand opera, to the social critiques of banlieue rappers, music has been central to the cultural and social developments of the French nation.

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MUS262: Jazz History: Many Sounds, Many Voices
Matthew D. Clayton

This course will examine the musical, historical, and cultural aspects of jazz throughout its entire history, looking at the 20th century as the breeding ground for jazz in America and beyond.

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MUS259: Projects in West African Mande Drumming
Olivier Tarpaga

Performance course in West African drumming with focus on music from Mandé Empire (Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal.) Taught by master drummer and exponent of Mogo Kele Foli drumming technique.

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MUS248: Music Cognition

Music can get your feet tapping, trigger a cascade of memories, mire you in nostalgia, or leave you with an earworm. What happens when tools drawn from cognitive science are applied to understanding these experiences?

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MUS242: Music After Modernism, 1945 to the Present
Barbara White

A survey of concert music from the middle of the twentieth century through the present day.

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MUS231: Princeton University Steel Band
Josh Quillen

The PU Steel Band course will focus on the history and performance practice surrounding the steel drum band and its traditional musics from Trinidad and Tobago.