MUS 103

Introduction to Music

Professor/Instructor

Rob C. Wegman, Wendy Heller, Jamie L. Reuland

A listener's introduction to western musical styles from the middle ages to the present. The course is designed for students with no previous musical background and is taught essentially without musical notation. Emphasis is on guided analytic listening to selected works of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Two lectures, one class.

MUS 104

When Music Is Made

Professor/Instructor

Donnacha Matthew Dennehy

An introduction to the fundamental materials of a variety of musics, including Western concert music, jazz, and popular music. Course activities center around interrelated theoretical, compositional, and analytical projects that serve to explore issues of music theory, style, and creativity. Two lectures, two preceptorials.

MUS 105

Music Theory through Performance and Composition

Professor/Instructor

Juri Seo, Barbara Ann White, Dmitri Tymoczko

An introduction to the procedures, structures, and aesthetics of tonal music. Composing, singing, playing, analysis of music such as 18th-century chorale, and 18th- and 19th-century piano music. Emphasis on fluency in handling tonal materials as a means of achieving a variety of formal and expressive ends. Two lectures, two classes, one session in practical musicianship.

MUS 106

Music Theory through Performance and Composition

Professor/Instructor

Juri Seo, Barbara Ann White, Dmitri Tymoczko

An introduction to the procedures, structures, and aesthetics of tonal music. Composing, singing, playing, analysis of music such as 18th-century chorale, and 18th- and 19th-century piano music. Emphasis on fluency in handling tonal materials as a means of achieving a variety of formal and expressive ends. Two lectures, two classes, one session in practical musicianship. Prerequisite: ability to read music.

MUS 205

Species Counterpoint

Professor/Instructor

Steven Mackey, Daniel Laurence Trueman, Juri Seo

An introduction to the principles of voice leading and linear construction through a series of systematic compositional exercises. Two lectures, two classes. Prerequisite: 106 or equivalent.

MUS 206

Tonal Syntax

Professor/Instructor

Steven Mackey, Daniel Laurence Trueman, Juri Seo

An introduction to the syntactic structure of the music of the 18th and 19th centuries through exercises in analysis and composition. Two lectures, two classes. Prerequisite: 205 or equivalent.

MUS 210

Beginning Workshop in Musical Composition

Professor/Instructor

Steven Mackey, Juri Seo

A continuous cycle of creation, discussion, and response based on the creative musical activity of the students. Varieties of kind and style--notated composition, multimedia music, multitracking, and improvisation--are encouraged. Prerequisite: instructor's permission. Two 90-minute classes.

MUS 213

Projects in Instrumental Performance

Professor/Instructor

Guides students in extended projects in performance. Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

MUS 214

Projects in Vocal Performance

Professor/Instructor

Guides students in extended projects in performance. Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

MUS 215

Projects in Jazz Performance

Professor/Instructor

A performance course that focuses on the development of style, concept, and repertoire in the jazz idiom. Students are coached by faculty in extended projects in performance. One three-hour class.

MUS 220 / MTD 220

The Opera

Professor/Instructor

Wendy Heller

An introduction to opera. Lectures deal with works by major composers, conventions of libretto poetry, singers and voice types, musical forms and dramatic pacing, and opera staging. Classes are devoted to close study of two works and the plays on which they were based. Two lectures, one class. Prerequisite: any music course, or some musical background, or instructor's permission. Open to freshmen.

MUS 221 / REL 221

Choral Music

Professor/Instructor

A survey of vocal literature (excluding opera) from the early Middle Ages to the present. Relations between text and music are stressed. The classes are devoted to a close study of two or three works. Two lectures, one class. Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

MUS 225

Instrumental Music: The Symphony from Haydn to Stravinsky

Professor/Instructor

Scott Gordon Burnham, Wendy Heller

A study of the development of the symphony from its origins in the mid-18th century through the first half of the 20th. Representative works will be chosen for detailed study in the class meetings. Two lectures, one class. Prerequisite: any music course, some musical background, or instructor's permission.

MUS 230 / MED 230

Music in the Middle Ages

Professor/Instructor

Rob C. Wegman

Major developments of Western music up to about 1400, including some of the following: the origin and growth of chant, its liturgical context and musical properties; medieval secular song; early polyphony and Parisian organum; the French ars nova and Machaut; the Italian trecento; English medieval music. Prerequisite: a year of theory or instructor's permission.

MUS 232

Music in the Renaissance

Professor/Instructor

Rob C. Wegman

Introduction to the history and current scholarship of European music in the period 1400-1600. The principal thread is compositional history; in addition, the course includes extensive coverage of these topics: aesthetics, orality/literacy, improvisation, gender and sexuality.

MUS 234

Music of the Baroque

Professor/Instructor

Wendy Heller

An introductory survey of style developments, aesthetic trends affecting music, and principal vocal and instrumental genres (opera, cantata, concerto, sonata, and suite) of the period 1600-1750. Major figures to be considered include Monteverdi, Schütz, Lully, Corelli, Vivaldi, Handel, and J. S. Bach. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Prerequisite: any music course or instructor's permission.

MUS 236

Music of the Classical Period

Professor/Instructor

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the music of the Viennese Classical period. In addition to becoming familiar with some 20 musical works by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, students will engage the cultural context of this music, including historical, aesthetic, and biographical issues. Includes units on the primary instrumental genres of the Classical style and concludes with a series of in-depth analyses of large-scale works by each composer. Two lectures, one class.

MUS 240

Musical Modernism 1890-1945

Professor/Instructor

Simon Alexander Morrison

An introduction to modern music, beginning with its origins in late Romanticism, up to World War II. Composers considered include Mahler, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, and Berg. Topics range from urban centers for modern music (Paris and Vienna), the relationship of musical modernism to contemporary literature and visual arts, music and politics, to the impact of recording technology and cinema on musical arts. Prerequisite: any music course, some classical music background, or instructor's permission. Two lectures, one preceptorial.

MUS 242

Music since 1945

Professor/Instructor

Donnacha Matthew Dennehy

European and American music since World War II. Study of many recent approaches to music and their cultural, social, and philosophical bases. Topics include: postwar European avant-garde, American extensions of serialism, technological developments, influences of popular and folk cultures, American avant-garde. Prerequisite: any music course, some musical background, or instructor's permission. Two lectures, one preceptorial.

MUS 251

Music and Film

Professor/Instructor

Simon Alexander Morrison

An examination of the effect of different compositional practices and different sound technologies on the film viewer. The course will focus on three parameters of film music: music that has a visual point of origin on the screen (diegetic music), music that does not have a visual point of origin on the screen (nondiegetic music, also called background scoring), and music that floats between these two realms. Prerequisite: 103, or 105, or permission of instructor. One three-hour seminar.

MUS 258 / AFS 258

Music of Africa

Professor/Instructor

V. Kofi Agawu

Introduction to the vocal and instrumental music of Africa south of the Sahara. Topics include the place of music in society, the influence of language on musical composition, principles of rhythmic organization, urban popular music, "art" music as a response to colonialism, and the impact of African music on the earliest forms of African American music. Two 90-minute lectures.

MUS 262 / AAS 262

Introduction to the Evolution of Jazz Styles

Professor/Instructor

An introduction survey examining the historical development of jazz from its African origins through the present. The course will place emphasis on the acquisition of listening skills and explore related musical and social issues.

MUS 264

Urban Blues and the Golden Age of Rock

Professor/Instructor

Rob C. Wegman

Examines post-World War II blues, rock music mostly of the late sixties and early seventies, and the connections between them. Explores wider musical and extramusical connections. Two lectures, one class.

DAN 304 / MUS 301 / THR 321 / VIS 320

Special Topics in Contemporary Practice

Professor/Instructor

Offers students the opportunity to gain a working knowledge of the ways in which dance, dance/theater, and body-based art are created and performed today. Primarily a studio course that stresses learning through doing. Students will have the opportunity to work with leading experimental creators. Topics, prerequisites, and formats will vary from year to year.

MUS 308

Contemporary Music through Composition and Performance

Professor/Instructor

Steven Mackey, V. Kofi Agawu

An introduction to a variety of 20th-century approaches to composition. Emphasis on understanding different techniques, syntaxes, and musical languages through exercises in compositional emulations and in performance projects of student and studied works, using available performance skills of participants. Prerequisite: 206 or instructor's permission. One three-hour seminar, one preceptorial.