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Fall 2008

101. Theory I: Fundamentals of Music Theory
Shannon Chase M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
Designed for students with some beginning experience in music theory and an ability to read music, this course covers scales, keys, modes, intervals, and basic tonal harmony. To ensure proper placement, students are expected to have taken the music placement examination prior to registering for Music 101.

102. Introduction to Classical Music
Mary Hunter T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
Introduction to some major works and central issues in the canon of Western music, from the middle ages up to the present day. The course will include some concert attendance and in-class demonstrations.

122. History of Jazz II
James McCalla T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
A survey of jazz’s development from the creation of bebop in the 1940s through the present day, e.g., from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie through such artists as Joshua Redman, James Carter, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Emphasis is on musical elements, but includes much attention to cultural and historical context through readings and videos.

138. Music of the Caribbean
Anthony Perman M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
Surveys various musical traditions of the Caribbean, paying attention to the relation between sociohistorical context and artistic practice. Organized by geographic region, but addresses such larger issues as colonialism, nationalism, race, gender, and class.

151. Write Your Own Show Tune: Introductory Practicum in Tonal Music
Mary Hunter M 1:30 - 2:25, W 1:30 - 2:25, F 1:30 - 2:25
A largely practical, project-oriented course, for students with some basic experience in music. Students learn elementary tonal vocabulary through writing and performing their own songs, mostly in “Rodgers and Hammerstein” style. Chord writing and analysis, bass-line construction, text-setting, and basic keyboard skills are addressed. Small-group and individual lab sessions are scheduled separately.

218. Introduction to Electronic Music
Vineet Shende M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
Examination of the history and techniques of electronic and computer music. Topics include compositional aesthetics, recording technology, digital and analog synthesis, sampling, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), and computer-assisted composition. Ends with a concert of student compositions.

226. Solitude, Society, Good, Evil, and Love: The Operas of Benjamin Britten
James McCalla T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
The operas of English composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) have held the stage since their creation because of their strong dramatic music and because their central issues address real concerns of contemporary audiences -- among these issues the isolated self in society, the nature of evil, and sexuality and its often sublimated expressions. This class will concentrate on five Britten operas: PETER GRIMES (1945), BILLY BUDD (1951/1960), THE TURN OF THE SCREW (1954), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (1960) and DEATH IN VENICE (1973). We will read the original sources of the last four of these (Herman Melville, Henry James, William Shakespeare, Thomas Mann) and consider the transformations, and in some cases the refocusing, necessary to move these works to the operatic stage.

271. Chamber Choir
Shannon Chase M 4:15 - 5:35, T 4:15 - 5:35, W 4:15 - 5:35, TH 4:15 - 5:35

273. Chorus
Anthony Antolini TH 7:00 - 8:55, SU 7:00 - 9:25

275. Concert Band
John Morneau T 6:30 - 8:25, TH 6:30 - 8:25

279. Chamber Ensembles
Roland Vazquez

281. World Music Ensemble
Anthony Perman W 6:30 - 9:25

283. Jazz Ensembles
Frank Mauceri

285. Individual Performance Studies
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286. Individual Performance Studies
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287. Individual Performance Studies
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288. Individual Performance Studies
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289. Individual Performance Studies
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355. Topics in Ethnomusicology: Music, Emotion, and Experience
Anthony Perman M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25
This course explores the ways in which music and emotion are connected in musical practice and experience. Students will explore the role of music in heightened experiences such as trance and ecstasy, as well as the everyday emotional responses to performance. Students are introduced to the literature exploring these themes from music history, music theory, ethnomusicology, and anthropology in an effort to understand the fundamental role music plays in human experience.

385. Advanced Individual Performance Studies
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386. Advanced Individual Performance Studies
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387. Advanced Individual Performance Studies
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