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MUSIC 1100 : Elements of Musical Notation
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This four-week course fulfills the requirement of basic pitch, rhythm, and score-reading skills needed for some introductory courses and 2000-level courses with prerequisites.
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MUSIC 1101 : Elements of Music
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course offers a diverse set of approaches to five "elements" of musical activity: pitch, timbre, harmony, rhythm, and form. Its focus is the act of deliberate and practiced listening, which we will apply to a broad range of sounds, traditions, and ways of thinking and behaving musically, both familiar and unfamiliar, local and global. Through hands-on activities we will explore the complex history of these seemingly elementary concepts with three questions in mind: How has the human experience of musically organized sound changed along with changing technologies of sound production and music making? How are those experiences culturally specific? And how do cultural, technological, and economic forces shape why we listen, when we listen, and what we listen to?
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MUSIC 1105 : Introduction to Western Music Theory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A self-contained introduction to theories of notated Western concert ("classical") music and related ideas found in jazz, rock, film, other popular forms, and traditional folk genres. Fundamentals of pitch (melody, harmony, counterpoint, tuning), time (rhythm and form), and other parameters (including timbre and instrumentation). Application of music notation, and implications on analysis. The history and science of music theory. "Western" music theory in context, and contemporary approaches.
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MUSIC 1202 : Classical Music from 1750 to the Present
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A survey of Western art music in many genres, with emphasis on listening.  The course covers the Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras, ending with works by living composers.  Opportunities for hearing live music are built into the course. 
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MUSIC 1212 : Music on the Brain
Crosslisted as: BIONB 4200 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor: Description
MUSIC 1313 : A Survey of Jazz
Crosslisted as: AMST 1313 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course addresses jazz from two perspectives: the various sounds of jazz, as well as the historical streams-musical and cultural-that have contributed to its development. Listening and writing assignments are major components of the course.
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MUSIC 1320 : Music of Latin America
Crosslisted as: LATA 1320 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course examines the diverse music of Latin America, covering traditional, popular, and classical repertoire. Listening and discussion will focus on the most significant musical developments from early colonial times to the present.
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MUSIC 1341 : Gamelan in Indonesian History and Cultures
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2245, VISST 2744 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course combines hands-on instruction in gamelan, Indonesia's most prominent form of traditional music, and the academic study of the broader range of music found in contemporary Indonesia, including Western-oriented and hybrid popular forms. Students thus engage with music directly, and use it as a lens to examine the myriad social and cultural forces that shape it, and that are shaped by it.
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MUSIC 1421 : Introduction to Computer Music
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A composition-based introduction to computer hardware and software for digital sound and media. Fundamentals of audio, synthesis, sequencing, and other techniques for electronic music production. Each student creates several short compositions.
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MUSIC 1466 : Physics of Musical Sound
Crosslisted as: PHYS 1204 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Explores musical sound from a physics point of view. Topics include how various musical instruments work; pitch, timbre, scales, intervals, and tunings; hearing; human voice and room acoustics. This course is a Writing In The Majors Course: both science writing and physics problem-solving skills are developed through weekly assignments. Student activities include hands-on investigations of musical instruments and field trips. Students write a term paper investigating a topic of their choice. At the level of The Science of Sound by Rossing, Moore, and Wheeler.
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MUSIC 1701 : FWS: Sound, Sense and Ideas
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This First-Year Writing seminar provides the opportunity to write extensively about music's place in our world. Topics vary by section.
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MUSIC 1701 : FWS: Sound, Sense and Ideas
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This First-Year Writing seminar provides the opportunity to write extensively about music's place in our world. Topics vary by section.
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MUSIC 2101 : Theory, Materials and Techniques I
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Study of the foundations of tonal music as conceived and practiced throughout eighteenth-century Europe. The course combines modern pedagogical methods with the study of relevant historical sources and incorporates active learning at the keyboard. Topics to be covered include rudiments such as scales and triads; melodic and harmonic principles; voice-leading strategies and schemata; species counterpoint; improvisation, including techniques of embellishment and the realization of solfeggi and partimenti; rhythm, meter, and the musical embodiment of gestures; and the study of topoi and social registers. During section meetings, the concepts and skills introduced in lecture will be practiced at the keyboard as well as vocally. Other topics to be covered in sections include the rudiments of musicianship (literacy, aural skills, intervallic production and identification, rhythmic accuracy and fluency, etc.); sight singing; and score reading.
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MUSIC 2102 : Theory, Materials and Techniques II
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Theory, Materials, and Techniques II surveys tonal music as conceived and practiced throughout late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century Europe. The course combines modern pedagogical methods with the study of relevant historical sources and incorporates active learning at the keyboard. Topics to be covered include the analysis of form and genre; advanced techniques of modulation; transformational theory and other approaches to the configuration of diatonicism and chromaticism; and the relationship of words and music in nineteenth-century song. During section meetings, the concepts and skills introduced in lecture will be practiced at the keyboard as well as vocally. Other topics to be covered in sections include advanced aural skills; sight singing; score reading; and the improvisation of preludes.
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MUSIC 2111 : Songwriting
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This course aims to introduce students to the practice of songwriting through workshop formatted classes. Songs will be analyzed from a diverse range of genres to develop a deeper understanding of lyrics, melody, harmony, rhythm, form, texture, and arrangement. In addition to listening and analysis assignments, students will create original songs by themselves and in collaboration with classmates. Student work will be presented in class and at an end of the semester concert.
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MUSIC 2112 : Collaborative Songwriting
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Collaborative Songwriting aims to introduce students to the practice of songwriting through workshop-formatted classes. We will explore the ingredients of song (lyrics, melody, delivery, harmony, rhythm, form, texture, timbre, and arrangement) in diverse collaborative contexts through analysis, composition, recording technologies, performance, and concert reports. Proficiency on one or more musical instruments is required. Collaborative Songwriting can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of the Songwriting sequence.
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MUSIC 2201 : Introduction to Music Studies
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This course introduces students to the study of music as an expression of history and culture by examining the ways in which music creates meaning, knowledge, archives, and identities. Musical examples will be drawn from a broad range of styles, chronological periods, and geographical locations; and students will engage with live performance as well as various forms of recorded music and mediated performance.  Along with considering music as sound, the course will examine different modalities of writing about music—journalistic, academic, and creative—and we will think about how these musical texts, and those that the students produce, function to situate music as discourse. The course will develop critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills. 
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MUSIC 2207 : History of Western Music I
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A survey of Western music and its social contexts from the beginning of notation (circa 900) to 1700. Topics include sacred chant, secular song, polyphony, madrigals, early opera, and the development of independent instrumental music. The course emphasizes listening and comprehension of genres and styles, and is intended for music majors and qualified nonmajors.
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MUSIC 2208 : History of Western Music II
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This course, intended for music majors, music minors, and suitably qualified non-majors and non-minors, surveys the vast terrain and diverse topography of 18th- and 19th-century music across Europe and North America. Involving a comprehensive listening component alongside score study and a wide range of primary and secondary sources, the course is designed to develop students' knowledge of repertory, musical institutions, and social practices; it also aims to equip them with the means to think critically about music and texts amid shifting historical contexts. 
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MUSIC 2224 : Mozart in History, History in Mozart
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An exploration of the phenomenon that is Wolfgang Amadè Mozart, using historical documents to contextualize his life and works while exploring the extensive documentation of his life and works to learn about European history during an era that included the American and French Revolutions. In Fall 2017 Mozart's Italianate works will receive special emphasis.
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MUSIC 2251 : Opera: Social Power, Social Myth, Social Change
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This course examines how opera reflects societal power structures in its narrative construction and performance contexts. Students will engage in musical and dramatic analysis of several operas, using a variety of scholarly texts to guide their understanding and interrogation of each work.
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MUSIC 2280 : Experimental Music
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An introduction to significant figures and movements in adventurous music since 1950. Topics will include the New York School, Fluxus, free jazz, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, European free improvisation, electroacoustic improvisation, and art rock. The ability to read music is not required.
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MUSIC 2311 : The Art and Craft of Music Journalism
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This workshop in music journalism will sharpen your prose, your mind, and your tongue. We'll read the work of great journalists of the past and present who've written ardently and unforgettably about music— Joseph Addison, Hector Berlioz, Robert Schumann, George Bernard Shaw, Paul Griffiths, Greil Marcus, Stanley Crouch, and Alex Ross, among others. Thus inspired, we'll dive into the vibrant musical scene of Cornell and beyond, each participant writing weekly pieces for the class blog, whose title and format will be determined by class members. In the course of the semester each student will accumulate a substantial portfolio of journalism, and a love of writing about music.
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MUSIC 2320 : Latino Music in the US
Crosslisted as: AMST 2320, LSP 2320, SPAN 2330 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Music and dance cultures have been central topics of study in the development of Chicano studies, Puerto Rican studies, and Latino studies in general. From Americo Paredes to Frances Aparicio and from Jose Limon to Deborah Pacini-Hernandez, focusing on music and embodied culture through sound has allowed scholars to engage the wide variety of cultural experiences of the different ethnic groups usually described with the term "Latino." Taking this scholarship as a point of departure, this class offers a survey of Latino music in the U.S. as a window into the political, cultural and social that struggles Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Brazilians, Colombians, and Central Americans have gone through while becoming hyphenated (Eg. Mexican-American, Cuban American, etc) or not, and into how these processes have continually challenged and enriched mainstream notions of "American identity."
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MUSIC 2330 : Music in and of East Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2259 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course explores the breadth of music found in present day China, Japan, and Korea--from indigenous musical traditions, through adaptations of Western art music, up to the latest popular styles--as well as the presence of traditional East Asian musics outside East Asia, including right here at Cornell. In both cases, music offers a lens for examining the myriad social and cultural forces that shape it, and that are shaped by it. The course's academic focus on critical reading and listening, written assignments, and discussion is complemented by hands-on workshops and demonstrations with student-led ensembles.
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MUSIC 2340 : The Beatles
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The course will focus on the music of the Beatles and their impact on American and British culture in the 1960s to the present day. Topics include considerations of race, gender, class, sexuality, and the media in their rise to fame; the influence of the counter-culture, drugs, and other rock musicians, as well as Western and Indian classical music on their music and image; their perceived rivalry with the Rolling Stones; and their experimentation with recording technology
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MUSIC 2350 : Music of the African Diaspora
Crosslisted as: ASRC 2350 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course explores the history and significance of musical performance in the African Diaspora. What specific cultural practices survived the Middle Passage, and how were they transformed in the New World? Why did these practices develop into traditions as seemingly disparate as Cuban Santería's sacred batá drumming and the secular blues music of the American South? In the 20th and 21st century, how have people (including Africans, people of African descent, and marginalized populations without direct historical links to Africa) mobilized certain musics of the African Diaspora as practices of resistance to imperialism, apartheid, and segregation? Tracing intersecting and multi-directional movements of people, music, and culture across the oceanic divide between Africa, Europe and the Americas—the "Atlantic Triangle"—we will examine the central role that music has played in the construction of social identities and movements, from the era of the transatlantic slave trade to the present day.
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MUSIC 2380 : Performing Hip Hop
Crosslisted as: ASRC 2380 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course is a hybrid seminar/performance forum that combines scholarly exploration of hip hop musical aesthetics with applied performance. Students will engage in online and in-class discussions of hip hop musical aesthetics, contextualized historically, socially, and culturally through weekly reading and listening assignments.  They will also devote significant time to creating and workshopping individual and collaborative musical projects. Formal musical training is not required, but students should have experience making music (instrumentalists, beat makers, lyricists, vocalists, beatboxers, etc.), and should have at least a basic familiarity with hip hop music. Students who wish to enroll in the course should contact the professor for more information. 
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MUSIC 2421 : Computers in Music Performance
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A course exploring strategies and techniques for live musical performance and real-time, interactive sound manipulation with computers.
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MUSIC 2440 : Shaping Sound I: An introduction to Experimentation in Sound and Composition
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A hands-on introduction course to experimentation in sound art and composition.  Our main focus will be on the use of everyday sounds and materials in the context of musical composition. We will investigate the process of creating new work from the gathering of materials to extended forms of musical notation. We will experiment with creating, manipulating and transforming sounds using notations and guided improvisations to create forms of interacting, listening, musical textures, and structures. We will also explore notions of time, approaches to musical notation, and the symbolic representation of sound. As part of this course, we will study influential compositions and artworks from the 20th century to the present day, as starting points for discussions on form, concept, and compositional method.
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MUSIC 2441 : Shaping Sound II
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In Shaping Sound II we will explore influential compositions and sound art works, from the 20th century to the present day, as starting points for discussions on form, concept, and compositional method. Through listening, hands-on activities, reading, performing, composing, class discussions, we will explore the history of such practice as contemporary composition, improvisation, sound installation, field recordings, sound walking and other compositional approaches. We will also work with the symbolic representation of sound through various media and deal with possibilities for manipulating time and sound. Variation in the interpretation of musical instructions will also be examined as students create sonic sketches for performance.
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MUSIC 3111 : Jazz Theory and Improvisation I
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An introduction to fundamental jazz theory, technique, and applied skills.
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MUSIC 3130 : Counterpoint
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An in-depth, hands-on approach to composing and hearing, with a focus on Fuxian species counterpoint (with stylistic reference to Renaissance choral repertoire), and additional exploration of two other contexts: Baroque fugue, and the diverse counterpoint of 20th and 21st century musics. In parallel, readings and listening assignments invite questions about the elements and creative meaning of counterpoint, covering selected musical thinkers influencing, and influenced by, species counterpoint; contrapuntal theories of structure at the large scale; cognitive and computational experiments; and some comparisons of counterpoint and polyphony across genres, geographies, and time periods, including areas of student interest.
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MUSIC 3211 : Seminar in Advanced Music Studies
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This course explores historical, critical, and aesthetic writings on music extending from Ancient Greece to contemporary America. We will engage with significant ways of thinking about music from the Western classical tradition and beyond it, building our skills as writers and speakers about the sonic arts in a range of cultural contexts.
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MUSIC 3270 : The Soundtrack to the Last Days of Mankind: Music and the Great War
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course explores how World War I shaped music culture and how music accompanied the war experience. We will examine the role of music in soldiers' and civilians' daily lives, the strategic use of music in war propaganda, musicians' commitment to or explicit abstinence from the war effort; we will study popular songs, choral and band pieces, operas, musicals and symphonic music. Our engagement with music, newspapers and journals, fiction, and film, and our inquiry into technology, gender, race, and disability studies will help us understand how the Great War, and the subject of music and war at large, have been seminal in our thought about and experience of music today. No prior knowledge of music is required. 
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MUSIC 3310 : The Sound of Media
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Our everyday environments are full of sounds. While this statement might seem obvious, the sheer variety of forms and media in which we encounter sonic phenomena bears further scrutiny. What kind of sounds are there in novels? How are sounds visualized in comic books? And, how are the imaginary sounds of the sound of the accelerating spaceship actualized in films? This course will explore different ways of approaching media by focusing on the aspect of "sound" and its representations. Using a wide variety of case studies including the short stories of Kafka, the BBC radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Lord of the Rings Online game, and the Studio Ghibli films, we will investigate the production, (re)presentation, translation, and perception of sounds in the twentieth- and twenty-first century media. The ability to read music is not required.
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MUSIC 3320 : Popular Music and Politics from a Global Perspective
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This course investigates the interaction between popular music and politics by exploring how global patterns of musical production, distribution, and consumption intersect with local musical styles to create new sounds and identities. By examining a variety of popular music repertories worldwide—from Michael Jackson's celebration of multiculturalism to 1960s Hong Kong movie musicals—case studies in turn refract scholarly debates and problems: how do ideas of musical hybridity and authenticity shape notions of citizenship and diaspora? What is implied by industry labels like "world music"? How might the term "politics" change meaning in different contexts? Addressing this final question will necessitate exploring how political dissidents from Victor Jara to Trump-era punks have adopted musical strategies to facilitate social change, and the application of a critical ear to the acoustic and media-technological aspects of race, gender, age, and class.
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MUSIC 3431 : Sound Design
Crosslisted as: PMA 3680 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Covering the basics of digital audio, bioacoustics, psychoacoustics and sound design, as they apply to theatre, film and music production.  Students create soundscapes for text and moving image using ProTools software.
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MUSIC 3431 : Sound Design
Crosslisted as: PMA 3680 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Covering the basics of digital audio, bioacoustics, psychoacoustics and sound design, as they apply to theatre, film and music production.  Students create soundscapes for text and moving image using ProTools software.
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MUSIC 3432 : Sound Studies: An Introduction
Crosslisted as: STS 3121 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Sound as a medium has been neglected not only in the sciences but also in social sciences and humanities. We will engage with new emerging work in sound studies by addressing specific locations and activities where sound is important. These include histories of key sonic technologies such as the phonograph and electronic music synthesizer; places where sound is particularly pertinent such as the recording studio and the Laboratory of Ornithology; and practices where sound is the medium such as the use of the stethoscope in medicine. We will also examine interesting sonic locales such as the rain forests of Papua New Guinea. We will cover how sound figures in everyday activities such as economic exchange and in new media such as movies and video games.
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MUSIC 3501 : Individual Instruction
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MUSIC 3502 : Individual Instruction
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MUSIC 3511 : Individual Instruction
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MUSIC 3512 : Individual Instruction
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MUSIC 3513 : Individual Instruction
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MUSIC 3514 : Individual Instruction
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MUSIC 3602 : Chorus
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A nationally renowned treble-voice chorus specializing in music for women's voices. Tours and records annually. The Chorus frequently combines with the Glee Club to work on mixed-voice repertoire and major works.
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MUSIC 3602 : Chorus
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A nationally renowned treble-voice chorus specializing in music for women's voices. Tours and records annually. The Chorus frequently combines with the Glee Club to work on mixed-voice repertoire and major works.
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MUSIC 3603 : Glee Club
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A nationally renowned male-voice chorus specializing in music for men's voices. Tours and records annually. The Glee Club frequently combines with the Chorus to work on mixed-voice repertoire and major works.
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MUSIC 3603 : Glee Club
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A nationally renowned male-voice chorus specializing in music for men's voices. Tours and records annually. The Glee Club frequently combines with the Chorus to work on mixed-voice repertoire and major works.
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MUSIC 3604 : Chorale
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A course for singers wishing to develop their musicianship, sight-reading, and vocal technique.  The Chorale may occasionally perform publicly but is more focused on the development of essential skills to a high level, preparing students for further singing in a cappella groups, the Chorus, the Glee Club, or the Chamber Singers.
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MUSIC 3604 : Chorale
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A course for singers wishing to develop their musicianship, sight-reading, and vocal technique.  The Chorale may occasionally perform publicly but is more focused on the development of essential skills to a high level, preparing students for further singing in a cappella groups, the Chorus, the Glee Club, or the Chamber Singers.
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MUSIC 3609 : Brazilian Ensemble - Deixa Sambar
Crosslisted as: LATA 3609 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Deixa Sambar performs several styles of samba, Brazil's national music. Members need not have prior background in music-making, but a good sense of rhythm is desirable. Members include students as well as Ithaca community members, brasileiros as well as newcomers to Brazilian culture. Rehearsals develop playing skills, with a deep emphasis on cultural understanding of this vital, community-based music.
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MUSIC 3609 : Brazilian Ensemble - Deixa Sambar
Crosslisted as: LATA 3609 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Deixa Sambar performs several styles of samba, Brazil's national music. Members need not have prior background in music-making, but a good sense of rhythm is desirable. Members include students as well as Ithaca community members, brasileiros as well as newcomers to Brazilian culture. Rehearsals develop playing skills, with a deep emphasis on cultural understanding of this vital, community-based music.
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MUSIC 3610 : Cornell Gamelan Ensemble
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Study and performance mostly of traditional Javanese gamelan music. Group rehearsal once a week in preparation for one concert. Individual instruction is offered as necessary; those wishing to learn advanced techniques should also enroll in MUSIC 4641 - Advanced Instruction in Gamelan.
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MUSIC 3610 : Cornell Gamelan Ensemble
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Study and performance mostly of traditional Javanese gamelan music. Group rehearsal once a week in preparation for one concert. Individual instruction is offered as necessary; those wishing to learn advanced techniques should also enroll in MUSIC 4641 - Advanced Instruction in Gamelan.
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MUSIC 3612 : World Drum and Dance Ensemble
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WDDE focuses on traditional music and dance of the Anlo-Ewe culture of southern Ghana. WDDE rehearses weekly for performance as ready throughout the semester. No prior experience is necessary, and all members of the group will sing, drum, and dance.
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MUSIC 3613 : Cornell Steel Band
Crosslisted as: LATA 3613 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The Cornell Steel Band explores the wide variety of music for an orchestra of instruments fashioned from 55-gallon oil drums, and an "engine room" of non-pitched percussion. Interwoven into the focus on hands-on practice is reflection on the meanings of steel band, historically and in the present, in its native Trinidad and Tobago and here in the United States. Formal musical training is not necessary, though a sense of rhythm and a good ear are helpful.
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MUSIC 3613 : Cornell Steel Band
Crosslisted as: LATA 3613 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The Cornell Steel Band explores the wide variety of music for an orchestra of instruments fashioned from 55-gallon oil drums, and an "engine room" of non-pitched percussion. Interwoven into the focus on hands-on practice is reflection on the meanings of steel band, historically and in the present, in its native Trinidad and Tobago and here in the United States. Formal musical training is not necessary, though a sense of rhythm and a good ear are helpful.
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MUSIC 3615 : Jazz Ensemble
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Study and performance of classic and contemporary big band literature. Rehearsal once a week with one to two performances a semester.
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MUSIC 3615 : Jazz Ensemble
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Study and performance of classic and contemporary big band literature. Rehearsal once a week with one to two performances a semester.
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MUSIC 3621 : Cornell Symphony Orchestra
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Study and performance of a broad repertoire of orchestral works from Beethoven to the present.
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MUSIC 3621 : Cornell Symphony Orchestra
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Study and performance of a broad repertoire of orchestral works from Beethoven to the present.
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MUSIC 3631 : Cornell Wind Symphony
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Wind Symphony unites wind, brass, and percussion players who seek remarkable music making through the process of preparing and performing established and emerging wind repertoire in both large and chamber ensembles.
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MUSIC 3631 : Cornell Wind Symphony
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Wind Symphony unites wind, brass, and percussion players who seek remarkable music making through the process of preparing and performing established and emerging wind repertoire in both large and chamber ensembles.
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MUSIC 3634 : Cornell Percussion Group
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The Cornell Percussion Group explores and performs un-conducted chamber music of the rapidly expanding percussion repertoire.  The Group takes advantage of the stylistic and sonic breadth that the relatively young medium of percussion chamber music engenders, performing music that ranges from classics of the percussive canon from composers such as John Cage and Iannis Xenakis, to collaborations with composers on new repertoire.  Members of CPG will develop their percussive technique and collaborative musical skills through the study of a diverse array of un-conducted percussion chamber works and mixed chamber ensemble pieces. Prior experience with percussion instruments is required, and participants must meet with the instructor for a short audition before enrolling.
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MUSIC 3634 : Cornell Percussion Group
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The Cornell Percussion Group explores and performs un-conducted chamber music of the rapidly expanding percussion repertoire.  The Group takes advantage of the stylistic and sonic breadth that the relatively young medium of percussion chamber music engenders, performing music that ranges from classics of the percussive canon from composers such as John Cage and Iannis Xenakis, to collaborations with composers on new repertoire.  Members of CPG will develop their percussive technique and collaborative musical skills through the study of a diverse array of un-conducted percussion chamber works and mixed chamber ensemble pieces. Prior experience with percussion instruments is required, and participants must meet with the instructor for a short audition before enrolling.
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MUSIC 3660 : Music Improvisation Ensemble
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The Music Improvisation Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to explore the elements of music from an improviser's perspective. Each session will focus on a different area of improvisation, including noise, graphic scores, conducted improvisation, free music, small and large group improvisation, and interdisciplinary collaboration with dance and film. This ensemble is open to any level of musician. An audition is required at the beginning of the semester simply as a means of introduction.
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MUSIC 3660 : Music Improvisation Ensemble
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The Music Improvisation Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to explore the elements of music from an improviser's perspective. Each session will focus on a different area of improvisation, including noise, graphic scores, conducted improvisation, free music, small and large group improvisation, and interdisciplinary collaboration with dance and film. This ensemble is open to any level of musician. An audition is required at the beginning of the semester simply as a means of introduction.
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MUSIC 3901 : Supplemental Study in Music History
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Intended primarily for music majors, this option allows students enrolled in an approved 1000- or 2000-level 3-credit music history course to pursue independent research and writing projects. Students will study various topics in music history at a more advanced level through supplementary reading, discussion, and writing, by arrangement with the professor.
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MUSIC 3901 : Supplemental Study in Music History
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Intended primarily for music majors, this option allows students enrolled in an approved 1000- or 2000-level 3-credit music history course to pursue independent research and writing projects. Students will study various topics in music history at a more advanced level through supplementary reading, discussion, and writing, by arrangement with the professor.
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MUSIC 3902 : Supplemental Study in Choral Musicianship
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A one-semester musical orientation for new members of the Chorus and Glee Club, helping them make the adjustment to the much greater demands of musicianship and vocal technique required in those ensembles. Topics covered include interval training, tonal centering, rhythm reading, speeding up the translation of notation, vocal technique, warmup exercises, common choral markings, following a conductor, and so on. Techniques covered in the class will be put into practice by learning some of the common repertoire that each ensemble has sung for generations, forming a bond with alumni.
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MUSIC 4112 : Composition
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 7111 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A course for graduate or advanced undergraduate composers (by permission with a portfolio audition) seeking individual music composition instruction, the course combines one-on-one meetings with group seminars featuring workshops, master classes, and/or visiting guests. In addition to individual and group meetings, composers may have opportunities for the reading and/or performance of their work.
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MUSIC 4181 : Psychology of Music
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 4180, PSYCH 6180 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Covers the major topics in the psychology of music treated from a scientific perspective. Presents recent developments in the cognitive science of music, including perception and memory for pitch and rhythm, performing music, the relationship between music and language, musical abilities in infants, emotional responses, and the cognitive neuroscience of music.
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MUSIC 4222 : Music and Monstrous Imaginings
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 7232 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Explores the monstrous and fantastical in musical, literary, and visual culture around 1800. Topics include theory of Fantastic, Uncanny, Gothic, and Grotesque.
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MUSIC 4325 : Musician Biographies
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 7325 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Johann Nikolaus Forkel's 1802 biography of Johann Sebastian Bach not only helped cement the idea of the composer from Eisenach as a musical "genius" but also, arguably, signaled the birth of musikwissenschaft (musicology) as an authoritative scholarly field. From the discipline's inception through the 1990s, biographical studies thrived through the most important epistemological transformations of musicology as a field of studies. However, at a moment when critical music research moves away from celebrating "great men," reproducing Eurocentric teleology, and embracing grand historical narratives, the genre has lost its popularity. By critically engaging classic as well as recent music biographical literature this class seeks to interrogate the genre, its current transformations, and its future viability as music scholarship opens to modes of inquiry from ethnomusicology, popular music studies, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and performance studies.
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MUSIC 4331 : The Velvet Underground Archive
Crosslisted as: AMST 4331, AMST 6331, FGSS 4333, FGSS 6333, LGBT 4331, LGBT 6332, MUSIC 6331 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The Velvet Underground remains one of the most acclaimed and influential rock groups to emerge within the culturally turbulent era of the late 1960s. From their association with Andy Warhol beginning in 1965, to their last recorded performance with Lou Reed in August 1970, the Velvet Underground revitalized rock 'n' roll as streetwise outsider art.  Lyrics tell of hard drugs, hustlers, and queer and transgender lives, while the music ranges from noise, drones, feedback, and minimalism to edgy pop tunes. In 2015 Cornell University acquired a substantial archive of Velvet Underground material, including rare photographs, posters, flyers, handwritten lyrics, rare recordings, and ephemera.  The first segment of this course will delve into music, lyrics, and the performance art of the Velvet Underground as an archive of underground and dissident art and identities in New York City; the second segment of the course will be devoted to working with the Cornell Velvet Underground Archive to develop student projects.
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MUSIC 4340 : Fieldwork Methods in Ethnomusicology
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 6340 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Although ethnographic fieldwork is often touted as the hallmark of ethnomusicological research, it is sometimes unclear what distinguishes certain music scholarship as "ethnographic" to begin with. Does conducting interviews render a study ethnographic? Is participant observation in a band or performance ensemble an effective research method? This class introduces and problematizes primary methodologies in ethnomusicological research, taking into consideration the relations of power that determine the subjects, processes and products of that research. It places foundational ethnomusicological texts and contemporary ethnographies of music and performance in dialogue with a broader body of critical scholarship on ethnographic methods, including interviewing, field recording, participant observation, and hanging out. Students will test and critically evaluate these methods as they design and conduct fieldwork projects in the local community and workshop those projects in class.
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MUSIC 4341 : Writing Musical Ethnography
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 6341 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This seminar examines the role of ethnographic writing in musical anthropology, exploring how ethnographic knowledge is produced, authorized, and consumed. It critically interrogates ethnography's generic conventions, probing its relation to travel writing, memoir, poetry, and fiction, and engaging narrative, experimental, reflexive and auto- ethnography. Drawing on performance studies, it considers the textuality of musical events and weighs the particular challenges, possibilities, and limitations of writing ethnographically about sound, music, and movement. In doing so, it explores the temporality and spatiality of ethnographic writing, engages related critiques of the so-called ethnographic present, and considers issues of representation and subjectivity. Students will approach these questions through critical readings in anthropology and ethnomusicology as well as through weekly workshopping of their own writing.
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MUSIC 4360 : The Art of Field Recording: Philosophy, History, Practice
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 7360 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
After World War II, avant-garde and experimental musicians used field recording to ask questions about mimesis, signification, (non)intention, and the relationship between nature and culture; many of these musicians associated their soundscape recordings with the environmental movement of the 1960s. This seminar aims to unite the philosophy, history, and practice of experimental field recording. Among the theoretical questions we will discuss: What is the difference between natural beauty and artistic beauty? What are the processes used to translate "natural" experiences into aural commodities? What does it mean to pose musical creation in the terms of listening? We will also study the history of field recordings as "musical" creations, in the work of R. Murray Schafer, Hildegard Westerkampf, Luc Ferrari, Toshida Tsunoda, Jana Winderen, Chris Watson, and others. Finally, we will create our own pieces based on recordings we make in the field, using microphones of our own design.
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MUSIC 4454 : Writing on Tape in the 1970s
Crosslisted as: AMST 4619, ENGL 4619, SHUM 4619 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course examines the way audiotape both corrupted and enabled the aesthetic and political culture of the 1970s. The possibilities of editing (via the cut, the loop, or the overdub) on one hand, and the seeming capacity for indiscriminate recording of sound on the other, revealed tape to be a medium with claims both for authentic documentation (and also surveillance), and wide aesthetic reference (but also mass deception). With one ear to the state and another to the music industry, this course will focus on the way politics and the arts responded to and incorporated the new technology. Authors include Andy Warhol, Alvin Lucier, Hunter S. Thompson, William S. Burroughs, The Last Poets, The Firesign Theatre, The Credibility Gap, Adrian Piper.
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MUSIC 4501 : Individual Instruction
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For more information about individual instruction, see the section titled Musical Instruction.
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MUSIC 4501 : Individual Instruction
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MUSIC 4601 : Chamber Singers
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A mixed-voice chamber choir for students with outstanding sight-reading skills and considerable choral experience.  Aims to rehearse at a professional level.
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MUSIC 4601 : Chamber Singers
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A mixed-voice chamber choir for students with outstanding sight-reading skills and considerable choral experience.  Aims to rehearse at a professional level.
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MUSIC 4615 : Jazz Band
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Study and performance of classic and contemporary big band literature. Rehearsals twice a week with two to four performances per semester.
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MUSIC 4615 : Jazz Band
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Study and performance of classic and contemporary big band literature. Rehearsals twice a week with two to four performances per semester.
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MUSIC 4616 : Jazz Combos
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Study and performance of classic and contemporary small-group jazz.
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MUSIC 4616 : Jazz Combos
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Study and performance of classic and contemporary small-group jazz.
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MUSIC 4621 : Cornell Chamber Orchestra
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The goal of this music performance course is to provide the opportunity for you as a string performer to come together with other like-minded musicians in an ensemble setting to rehearse and perform the highest quality literature from the chamber orchestra repertoire. In this course we will focus on overall concepts of self and ensemble expression, engagement, participation, and performance. We will also address musical concepts of ensemble and individual balance, blend, intonation, phrasing, dynamics, articulation, tone, rhythmic precision, color, and ensemble clarity. We are going to listen to ourselves, to each other and to the composer's voice.
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MUSIC 4621 : Cornell Chamber Orchestra
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The goal of this music performance course is to provide the opportunity for you as a string performer to come together with other like-minded musicians in an ensemble setting to rehearse and perform the highest quality literature from the chamber orchestra repertoire. In this course we will focus on overall concepts of self and ensemble expression, engagement, participation, and performance. We will also address musical concepts of ensemble and individual balance, blend, intonation, phrasing, dynamics, articulation, tone, rhythmic precision, color, and ensemble clarity. We are going to listen to ourselves, to each other and to the composer's voice.
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MUSIC 4631 : Chamber Flute Ensemble
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Small ensembles meet weekly to explore diverse flute repertoire including a variety of instrumentation (piccolo, alto flute, bass flute).  There will be a performance opportunity at the end of the semester on a chamber concert or in a studio class setting.
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MUSIC 4631 : Chamber Flute Ensemble
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Small ensembles meet weekly to explore diverse flute repertoire including a variety of instrumentation (piccolo, alto flute, bass flute).  There will be a performance opportunity at the end of the semester on a chamber concert or in a studio class setting.
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MUSIC 4641 : Advanced Instruction in Gamelan
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Concentrated instruction for students in advanced techniques of performance on Indonesian gamelan instruments.
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MUSIC 4641 : Advanced Instruction in Gamelan
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Concentrated instruction for students in advanced techniques of performance on Indonesian gamelan instruments.
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MUSIC 4651 : Chamber Music Ensemble
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Study and performance of chamber music works from duos to octets, for pianists, string, and wind players.
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MUSIC 4651 : Chamber Music Ensemble
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Study and performance of chamber music works from duos to octets, for pianists, string, and wind players.
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MUSIC 4901 : Independent Study in Music
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Independent study affords students the opportunity to pursue special interests or research not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the independent course, must approve the proposed study and agree to provide continuing supervision of the work. Students must prepare a proposal for independent study. To apply for independent study, please complete the on-line form https://data.arts.cornell.edu/as-stus/indep_study_intro.cfm. Undergraduate student and faculty advisor to determine course of study and credit hours.
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MUSIC 4901 : Independent Study in Music
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Independent study affords students the opportunity to pursue special interests or research not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the independent course, must approve the proposed study and agree to provide continuing supervision of the work. Students must prepare a proposal for independent study. To apply for independent study, please complete the on-line form https://data.arts.cornell.edu/as-stus/indep_study_intro.cfm. Undergraduate student and faculty advisor to determine course of study and credit hours.
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MUSIC 4911 : Honors in Music
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
First semester of the two semester honors program. In conjunction with faculty, selected candidates formulate a program that allows them to demonstrate their musical and scholarly abilities, culminating in an honors thesis, composition, or recital (or some combination of these), to be presented in their senior year.
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MUSIC 4912 : Honors in Music
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Second semester of the two semester honors program. In conjunction with faculty, selected candidates formulate a program that allows them to demonstrate their musical and scholarly abilities, culminating in an honors thesis, composition, or recital (or some combination of these), to be presented in their senior year.
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MUSIC 6201 : Research and Critical Methodologies
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course explores two necessary components for advanced study and research in the discipline of music:  1) practicalities of research, including concepts, methodologies, and tools, which introduces students to social constructions of knowledge and how it is managed by libraries and archives, as well as many types of bibliographic tools, both printed and electronic; 2) critical approaches and theories of music, sound, performance, and cultural meaning, which introduces the students to key disciplinary and interdisciplinary intellectual movements and scholarly works.
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MUSIC 6331 : The Velvet Underground Archive
Crosslisted as: AMST 4331, AMST 6331, FGSS 4333, FGSS 6333, LGBT 4331, LGBT 6332, MUSIC 4331 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The Velvet Underground remains one of the most acclaimed and influential rock groups to emerge within the culturally turbulent era of the late 1960s. From their association with Andy Warhol beginning in 1965, to their last recorded performance with Lou Reed in August 1970, the Velvet Underground revitalized rock 'n' roll as streetwise outsider art.  Lyrics tell of hard drugs, hustlers, and queer and transgender lives, while the music ranges from noise, drones, feedback, and minimalism to edgy pop tunes. In 2015 Cornell University acquired a substantial archive of Velvet Underground material, including rare photographs, posters, flyers, handwritten lyrics, rare recordings, and ephemera.  The first segment of this course will delve into music, lyrics, and the performance art of the Velvet Underground as an archive of underground and dissident art and identities in New York City; the second segment of the course will be devoted to working with the Cornell Velvet Underground Archive to develop student projects.
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MUSIC 6340 : Fieldwork Methods in Ethnomusicology
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 4340 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Although ethnographic fieldwork is often touted as the hallmark of ethnomusicological research, it is sometimes unclear what distinguishes certain music scholarship as "ethnographic" to begin with. Does conducting interviews render a study ethnographic? Is participant observation in a band or performance ensemble an effective research method? This class introduces and problematizes primary methodologies in ethnomusicological research, taking into consideration the relations of power that determine the subjects, processes and products of that research. It places foundational ethnomusicological texts and contemporary ethnographies of music and performance in dialogue with a broader body of critical scholarship on ethnographic methods, including interviewing, field recording, participant observation, and hanging out. Students will test and critically evaluate these methods as they design and conduct fieldwork projects in the local community and workshop those projects in class.
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MUSIC 6341 : Writing Musical Ethnography
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 4341 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This seminar examines the role of ethnographic writing in musical anthropology, exploring how ethnographic knowledge is produced, authorized, and consumed. It critically interrogates ethnography's generic conventions, probing its relation to travel writing, memoir, poetry, and fiction, and engaging narrative, experimental, reflexive and auto- ethnography. Drawing on performance studies, it considers the textuality of musical events and weighs the particular challenges, possibilities, and limitations of writing ethnographically about sound, music, and movement. In doing so, it explores the temporality and spatiality of ethnographic writing, engages related critiques of the so-called ethnographic present, and considers issues of representation and subjectivity. Students will approach these questions through critical readings in anthropology and ethnomusicology as well as through weekly workshopping of their own writing.
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MUSIC 7111 : Composition
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This course will examine works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will also present and discuss their works either in class or through individual meetings. Concurrent with the seminar the Composer's Forum will meet; the Forum will feature a guest speaker and is open to all students and faculty. Forum dates will be posted on the Department website.
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MUSIC 7111 : Composition
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 4112 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A course for graduate or advanced undergraduate composers (by permission with a portfolio audition) seeking individual music composition instruction, the course combines one-on-one meetings with group seminars featuring workshops, master classes, and/or visiting guests. In addition to individual and group meetings, composers may have opportunities for the reading and/or performance of their work.
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MUSIC 7204 : Seminar in Eighteenth Century Music
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Graduate seminar covering a topic in 18th century music.
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MUSIC 7232 : History and Criticism
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 4222 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Topic: C.P.E. Bach and the 18th-century Aesthetics of the Sublime and Sentimental
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MUSIC 7232 : Late 18th-Century Gothic
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Explores intersections between musical, literary and visual culture at the margins of the rational around 1800. How do the monstrous, mad and fantastical figure in cultural theory and practice of the period? What is the role of deception and illusion? In what kinds of performance do the imaginary and real intersect? What are the implications of theories of genius and imagination for the conception of 'eccentric' works of art? Readings include Burke, Todorov, Diderot, Abbate, E. T. A. Hoffman, Freud, with music from C. P. E. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Paganini. Topics include the sublime and the beautiful, genius and inspiration, automata, the glass harmonica, the grotesque, and the uncanny. A reading knowledge of German will be helpful.
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MUSIC 7306 : Charles Burney's Musical Travels
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The seminar is centered around one of the richest 18th-century texts concerning music: the three-volume diary published in the early 1770s by the English music historian and composer Charles Burney documenting his travels through France, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands.  In addition to Burney's diaries, we will read other travel writings of the period, as well as excerpts from the history of music researched by Burney during his European sojourns.  Drawing on both primary and secondary sources, the seminar will address themes such as music historiography, biography, cosmopolitanism, politics and music, and changing conceptions of travel and cultural exchange.
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MUSIC 7325 : Musician Biographies: Re-assessing a Genre
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 4325 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Johann Nikolaus Forkel's 1802 biography of Johann Sebastian Bach not only helped cement the idea of the composer from Eisenach as a musical "genius" but also, arguably, signaled the birth of musikwissenschaft (musicology) as an authoritative scholarly field. From the discipline's inception through the 1990s, biographical studies thrived through the most important epistemological transformations of musicology as a field of studies. However, at a moment when critical music research moves away from celebrating "great men," reproducing Eurocentric teleology, and embracing grand historical narratives, the genre has lost its popularity. By critically engaging classic as well as recent music biographical literature this class seeks to interrogate the genre, its current transformations, and its future viability as music scholarship opens to modes of inquiry from ethnomusicology, popular music studies, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and performance studies.
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MUSIC 7360 : The Art of Field Recording: Philosophy, History, Practice
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 4360 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
After World War II, avant-garde and experimental musicians used field recording to ask questions about mimesis, signification, (non)intention, and the relationship between nature and culture; many of these musicians associated their soundscape recordings with the environmental movement of the 1960s. This seminar aims to unite the philosophy, history, and practice of experimental field recording. Among the theoretical questions we will discuss: What is the difference between natural beauty and artistic beauty? What are the processes used to translate "natural" experiences into aural commodities? What does it mean to pose musical creation in the terms of listening? We will also study the history of field recordings as "musical" creations, in the work of R. Murray Schafer, Hildegard Westerkampf, Luc Ferrari, Toshida Tsunoda, Jana Winderen, Chris Watson, and others. Finally, we will create our own pieces based on recordings we make in the field, using microphones of our own design.
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MUSIC 7411 : Rethinking the Sound Sculpture
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Sound Sculpture Seminar is a course exploring several meanings of "sound sculpture" including techniques for sound manipulation and formation, sound analysis and re-synthesis, sounds in space, as well as more concrete notions of intermedia artwork that makes sound. The course is intended for graduate students in music but open to others by permission of the instructor.
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MUSIC 7901 : Independent Study in Music
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Independent study affords students the opportunity to pursue special interests or research not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the independent course, must approve the proposed study and agree to provide continuing supervision of the work.
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MUSIC 7901 : Independent Study in Music
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Independent study affords students the opportunity to pursue special interests or research not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the independent course, must approve the proposed study and agree to provide continuing supervision of the work.
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MUSIC 9901 : Thesis Research
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