Spring 2010 Courses

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061. Fundamentals of Music
Mary Hunter M  2:30 - 3:25
W  2:30 - 3:25
F  2:30 - 3:25
Gibson-101 Tillotson Room
For the entry-level student. Explores the fundamental elements of music—form, harmony, melody, pitch, rhythm, texture, timbre—and teaches basic skills in reading and writing Western music notation for the purposes of reading, analyzing, and creating musical works.
105. Introduction to Audio Recording Techniques
Christopher Watkinson M  8:30 - 9:25
W  8:30 - 9:25
F  8:30 - 9:25
Explores the history of audio recording technology as it pertains to music, aesthetic function of recording technique, modern applications of multitrack recording, and digital editing of sound created and captured in the acoustic arena. Topics include the physics of sound, microphone design and function, audio mixing console topology, dynamic and modulation audio processors, studio design and construction, principles of analog to digital (ADA) conversion, and artistic choice as an engineer. Students will create their own mix of music recorded during class time.
129. From the Vihuela to the Variax: The History of the Guitar
Vineet Shende M  9:30 - 10:25
W  9:30 - 10:25
F  9:30 - 10:25
Gibson-101 Tillotson Room
An exploration of the guitar's development, from its second millennium BCE Middle Eastern origins to its twenty-first-century digital modeling descendants. Examines how history, culture, and technology have shaped the physical instrument, its technique, its sonic possibilities, and its resultant repertoire. The contributions and innovations of important luthiers, composers, and performers will be studied. While focus will be on the instruments and music of six-string classical, steel-string, and electric guitars, other fretted string relatives, such as the Japanese Biwa, the Indian Sitar, and the Arabic Oud, will be considered as points of reference.
144. Music in Africa
Anthony Perman M  11:30 - 12:55
W  11:30 - 12:55
Gibson-101 Tillotson Room
Introduction to a broad range of musical styles from throughout Africa. Explores how music is used in religious contexts, within nationalist movements, and in social life more generally, with special attention given to popular music and transnational influences on these forms. Students read a range of ethnographic writings on African music, as well as popular press to address issues of colonialism, capitalism, and commercialization in post-colonial Africa.
164. A cappella
Robert Greenlee M  10:30 - 11:25
W  10:30 - 11:25
F  10:30 - 11:25
Gibson-101 Tillotson Room
A study of currently popular a cappella music, including folk song arrangements, pop music in the collegiate a cappella tradition, works by American composers such as Whitacre and Lauridsen, spirituals, and Zulu Iscathamiya (such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo). Possible projects include arranging, rehearsing an ensemble, and analyzing repertoire and performance styles. Vocal techniques will be discussed, and students will be expected to sing.
203. Tonal Analysis
James McCalla T  1:00 - 2:25
TH 1:00 - 2:25
Through a survey of music from Bach to Chopin, the student learns to recognize the basic processes and forms of tonal music, to read a score fluently, and to identify chords and modulations.
223. He Loved Us Madly: The Music and Life of Duke Ellington (1899–1974)
James McCalla M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
A detailed study of the life and work of one of America’s greatest composers and musicians in the context of twentieth-century music and contemporary social history. Ellington disliked the term “jazz” and preferred (among other labels) “African American music.” Examines his works’ antecedents, its stylistic elements, its cultural work within United States society from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era, and its presentation by the government as a symbol of the United States overseas. Also considers Ellington’s almost thirty-year collaboration with Billy Strayhorn (1915–1967); the extraordinary range of his band’s and small groups’ work from secular Hollywood films to the late Concerts of Sacred Music; and his projects with such guest artists as John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, and others.
243. Introduction to Composition
Vineet Shende M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
An introduction to the art of combining the elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, form, and orchestration to create cohesive and engaging music. Students learn techniques for generating and developing musical ideas through exercises and four main compositional assignments: a work for solo instrument, a theme and variations for solo instrument and piano, a song for voice and piano, and a multi-movement work for three to five instruments. Students also learn ways to discuss and critique their own and one another’s work. Ends with a concert of student compositions.
250. World Music, Globalization, and Transnational Culture Industries
Anthony Perman T  10:00 - 11:25
TH 10:00 - 11:25
Gibson-101 Tillotson Room
Explores the role of globalization and commercialization in the creation of “world music” and “worldbeat.” Investigates how the demands of an international market and the constraints of neoliberalism shape musical performance and production in various contexts around the world. Also explores how local and cosmopolitan tastes shape the ways in which music is understood as a living practice, a mode of expression, and as a commodity.
271. Chamber Choir
Robert Greenlee M  4:15 - 5:35
T  4:15 - 5:35
W  4:15 - 5:35
TH 4:15 - 5:35
Gibson-101 Tillotson Room
273. Chorus
Anthony Antolini TH 7:00 - 8:55
SU 7:00 - 9:25
Gibson-101 Tillotson Room
275. Concert Band
John Morneau T  6:30 - 8:25
TH 6:30 - 8:25
279. Chamber Ensembles
Roland Vazquez Studzinski-202
281. World Music Ensemble
Anthony Perman W  6:30 - 9:25Gibson-206
283. Jazz Ensembles
Frank Mauceri Gibson-10
285. Individual Performances Studies
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286. Individual Performances Studies
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287. Individual Performances Studies
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288. Individual Performances Studies
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289. Individual Performances Studies
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315. Computer Music Composition and Sound Synthesis
Frank Mauceri T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
Gibson 6 - Electronic Studio
Covers advanced topics in computer music. Focuses on algorithmic composition and sound synthesis. The significance of these techniques will be discussed with reference to information theory, cybernetics, and cultural critiques of media technology. Students design projects in computer-assisted composition, video sound tracks, and live (real time) media applications.
353. Topics in Music History: Mozart's Operas
Mary Hunter M  10:00 - 11:25
W  10:00 - 11:25
A close study of the Mozart operas, with special focus on the late works. Includes musical analysis and work in biography, and musical, social, and theatrical history. Projects include analysis and creation of productions.
385. Advanced Individual Performance Studies
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386. Advanced Individual Performance Studies
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387. Advanced Individual Performances Studies
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