New & Cross-Listed Courses!

Sep 25, 2018, 10:00 AM

Please see below for a list of new and cross-listed courses being offered this term. The undergraduate add/drop deadline is September 25. For a complete list of Music Department courses, please click here.

MUS 260/AMS 309     Music Traditions in North America

Velasco, Maria J.

(T Th 11:00 AM to 12:20 PM)

(LA) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Total Course Enrollment: 60

From Native American song to modern hip-hop, the North American continent has a rich history and repertory of musical expressions. This course will delve into the many historical themes, social issues, and musical aspects of the diverse musical traditions of Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. We will focus particularly on comparing colonial traditions, examining the musics of the U.S. South, comparing protest music of the 1960s, and exploring newer contributions to global music trends. While mostly taking a historical approach, we will also examine issues of authenticity, appropriation, migration, race/gender/class, and the music industry.


MUS 265/AFS 265/ANT 358   Global Popular Music

Steingo, Gavin

(MW 1:30 PM to 2:50 PM)

(LA) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

This course explores the formation of popular music genres throughout the world -- from Johannesburg and Accra, to Mexico City, Istanbul, and Jakarta, among other places. We will analyze the relationship between global processes of music circulation, on the one hand, and highly localized musical styles, on the other. By listening carefully, we will discover that the contemporary "world system" is not always one of smooth integration, but is instead characterized by friction, distortion, and noise.



Other non-department Courses cross-listed with Music

AAS 305/REL 391/ MUS 354/AMS 335        The History of Black Gospel Music

Best, Wallace

(TTH 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM)

(LA) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Total Course Enrollment: 50

This course will trace the history of black gospel music from its origins in the American South to its modern origins in 1930s Chicago and into the 1990s mainstream. Critically analyzing various compositions and the artists that performed them, we will explore the ways the music has reflected and reproached the extant cultural climate. We will be particularly concerned with the four major historical eras from which black gospel music developed: the slave era; Reconstruction; the Great Migration, and the era of Civil Rights.


COM 219/GER 219/MUS 227 A Cultural History of the Nineteenth Century

Chen, Guangchen

(MW 1:30 PM to 2:50 PM)

(LA) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Total Course Enrollment: 15

Wagner's 15-hour opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen is a unique masterpiece that transformed opera as a genre. With enormous emotional and intellectual power, it provides insight into key social and political issues that were particularly troubling in 19th-century Europe. It is also the magnum opus of a controversial composer whose overt anti-Semitism resonates well into the present. Through a close study of audio and video recordings, and with equal emphasis on musical and theatrical aspects, this course will offer a cross-disciplinary introduction to the Ring, unpacking the musical, cultural, political and economic history of the period.


STC 204/MUS 204     Musical Instruments, Sound, Perception, and Creativity

Bhatia, Aatish & Trueman, Daniel

(T 2:30 PM to 4:20 PM & W 1:30 PM to 4:20 PM)

(LA) No Audit

Total Course Enrollment: 15

Enrollment by Application or Interview. Departmental Permission Required.

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? We will explore these questions through readings, listening, analysis, labs, and composition. Specific topics include: harmony and the keyboard; tuning and temperament; meter and machines; preparing the piano, digital and analog. More generally, we will consider the productive tension between qualitative and quantitative understandings of musical concepts.


VIS 225/MUS 271/THR 225 Sound Art

Rowland, Jess

(M 7:30 PM to 9:40 PM)

(LA) na, npdf

Total Course Enrollment: 12

In this course, you will be asked to develop your own voice in sound as an art material. Through the making of physical objects and use of audio technologies, we will think about sound expansively, as physical material, personal experience, and as concept. Along the way we will explore the extensive works of pioneers in sound art and contemporary music, learn new skills, and investigate ideas about sound which can inspire your own creative explorations. Building on diverse practices from Experimental Music to the Fine Arts, this will be a creative, open - and fun - journey into sound as art material.