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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 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: 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 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 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 2208 : History of Western Music II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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 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 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 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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This seminar explores counterpoint as a creative compositional idea, pedagogical and theoretical tool, and general musical phenomenon. Students pursue expertise in three interconnected areas: a thorough grounding in Fuxian species counterpoint practice, an understanding of musical concepts central to species counterpoint and in other types of contrapuntal design, and the ability to listen to and interpret counterpoint and polyphony in a diverse collection of notated and non-notated musics, with an emphasis on musical resources and performances at Cornell.
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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
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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 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: 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 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 sopranos and altos. 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 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: 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 3612 : World Drum and Dance Ensemble
Crosslisted as: ASRC 3612 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble is an introductory performance course where students learn performance traditions from across West Africa. No prior experience is necessary. Students may choose to focus on drumming or dancing.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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MUSIC 4601 : Chamber Singers
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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
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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 4621 : Cornell Chamber Orchestra
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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
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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
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Concentrated instruction for students in advanced techniques of performance on Indonesian gamelan instruments.
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MUSIC 4651 : Chamber Music Ensemble
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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
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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 4912 : Honors in Music
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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 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
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
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Graduate seminar covering a topic in 18th century music.
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MUSIC 7232 : Late 18th-Century Gothic
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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
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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 7411 : Rethinking the Sound Sculpture
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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
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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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