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MUSIC 1100 : Elements of Musical Notation
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 2018 Instructor:
Have you ever wondered: is there music in outer space? what is music's "deep history"? how do we know music when we hear it? why does it make us want to dance? does it also make us "civilized"? and how do cultural, technological, and economic forces shape why we listen, when we listen, and what we listen to? Elements of Music offers the opportunity to think about all these questions (and more) through a wide variety of hands-on musical activities: experimenting with instruments, recording and manipulating sounds from the world around us, examining medieval musical books, dancing the Twist, Sweatin' to the Oldies, improvising, singing, and above all, listening to music from around the world. 
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MUSIC 1105 : Introduction to Western Music Theory
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 1201 : European Music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This listening-intensive course will introduce students to key styles in European art music from before 1750 through a focus on several important musical centers at different historical moments: medieval Paris (chant, organum, monophonic songs), 15th-century Burgundy (sacred and secular polyphony), late 16th-century Mantua (madrigals, instrumental genres, early opera), late 17th-century Versailles (court ballet, instrumental suite), Leipzig around 1740 (organ music, cantata), and London around 1750 (concerto, opera, oratorio). Works by composers such as Perotin, Dufay, Monteverdi, Bach, and Handel will be studied within the cultural contexts that allowed them to flourish.
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MUSIC 1202 : Classical Music from 1750 to the Present
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2019 Instructor:
This course is for anyone who listens to music or plays music and wonders what's going on in your brain that makes you feel the way you do. Starting with the music each of you knows and loves—the soundtrack to your life—we will explore what's going on in your brain when you play or just listen. We will tackle questions like: What is the relationship between language and music? Do animals have music? How does the brain process rhythm & tempo, melody, harmony, and pattern in music? How and why does your music work for you?
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MUSIC 1312 : History of Rock Music
Crosslisted as: AMST 1312 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course examines the development and cultural significance of rock music from its origins in blues, gospel, and Tin Pan Alley up to alternative rock and hip hop. The course concludes with the year 2000.
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MUSIC 1321 : Music of Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora
Crosslisted as: AMST 1321, LATA 1321, LSP 1321, SPAN 1321 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This class is a survey of music practices among Mexican communities both in Mexico and in the U.S. Taking contemporary musical practices as a point of departure, the class explores the historical, cultural, and political significance of a wide variety of Mexican music traditions (including indigenous, folk, popular, and art music, dating back to the 16th Century) from a transnational perspective.
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MUSIC 1330 : African Music
Crosslisted as: ASRC 1330 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is an introduction to the music of Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to exploring the diversity of indigenous musics throughout the continent, students will learn how migration, colonialism, nationalism, and globalization contributed to the development of African popular musics, from early twentieth century genres to contemporary Afrobeats. Engaging scholarly and popular media texts, musical recordings, and documentary films, students will explore how music has negotiated political, economic, and health crises, and will critically examine the relationship between music and global representations of Africa.
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MUSIC 1341 : Gamelan in Indonesian History and Cultures
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2245, VISST 2744 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
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 2019 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 1520 : Wonder Women
Crosslisted as: ASRC 1120, DSOC 1120 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course brings together students, faculty, and invited guests to discuss the art of leadership and the opportunities and challenges women in leadership roles have encountered in their careers and how they have managed them. The sessions will be held in North Campus faculty residences and will feature prominent women from different professions and walks of life. Potential speakers include politicians; artists; writers; scientists; women in spiritual life; and business owners and entrepreneurs. Speakers will share their stories with students in an informal way, opening up faculty-facilitated discussions about gender, leadership, accomplishment, work-life balance, and mentorship. These talks may be interspersed with or supplemented by reading and discussion of recent writing on women and leadership.            
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MUSIC 1701 : FWS: Sound, Sense and Ideas
Semester offered: Fall 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 2006 : Punk Culture: The Aesthetics and Politics of Refusal
Crosslisted as: AMST 2006, COML 2006, ENGL 2906 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Punk Culture–comprised of music, fashion, literature, and visual arts–represents a complex critical stance of resistance and refusal that coalesced at a particular historical moment in the mid-1970s, and continues to be invoked, revived, and revised. In this course we will explore punk's origins in New York and London, U.S. punk's regional differences (the New York scene's connection to the art and literary worlds, Southern California's skate and surf culture, etc.), its key movements (hardcore, straight edge, riot grrrl, crust, queercore), its race, class and gender relations, and its ongoing influence on global youth culture. We will read, listen, and examine a variety of visual media to analyze how punk draws from and alters previous aesthetic and political movements. No previous experience studying music is necessary.
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MUSIC 2101 : Theory, Materials and Techniques I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Study of the foundations of tonal music as manifested primarily in the Western literate tradition, also incorporating examples from various vernacular idioms. The course combines modern pedagogical methods with the study of historical sources and focuses on 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; rhythm, meter, and gesture. During sections, the concepts and skills introduced in lecture will be practiced at the keyboard as well as vocally. Other section activities include elements of musicianship (aural skills, intervallic production and identification, rhythmic accuracy and fluency, etc.); transcription; sight singing; and score reading.
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MUSIC 2102 : Theory, Materials and Techniques II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Songwriting introduces 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) through analysis, composition, recording technologies, performance, and concert reports. Proficiency on one or more musical instruments is required. Songwriting can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of the Songwriting sequence with Collaborative Songwriting.
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MUSIC 2112 : Collaborative Songwriting
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Collaborative Songwriting introduces 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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
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 2019 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 2224 : Mozart in History, History in Mozart
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2241 : Music as Drama: An Introduction to Opera
Crosslisted as: PMA 2633 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Opera has been enthralling audiences for 400 years; this course explores the multiple facets of its appeal. Using seven operas as the focus-chosen from different periods, national traditions, and styles-the class will examine the texts that have been turned into operas, the musical conventions that have guided composers (or against which they have worked), and the decisions directors make when they put operas on stage. Each work will be seen as well as heard-either in a special screening or, at least once in the semester, in a live performance. Students who have a strong background in music may wish to also enroll in MUSIC 3901, which involves an extra class-period per week where the music is discussed in greater detail. Permission of the instructor is required for this one-credit addition.
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MUSIC 2260 : Music of the 1960s
Crosslisted as: AMST 2260, ASRC 2260 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
In this class, we will examine how musicians working in such genres as rock, jazz, folk, classical, soul, and experimental music responded and contributed to the major themes of the 1960s in the US: the counterculture, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, women's liberation, and the space race. We will examine written texts, recordings, and films from the period. The ability to read music is not required.
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MUSIC 2330 : Music in and of East Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2259 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2360 : Music and Islam
Crosslisted as: NES 2360, RELST 2360 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor: Description
MUSIC 2440 : Shaping Sound I: An introduction to Experimentation in Sound and Composition
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
In the second part of Shaping Sound - an introduction course toexperimentation in sound, composition and performance - we will continue to experiment with creating, manipulating and transforming sounds.  By using everyday sounds, materials, notations and guided improvisations we aim to create forms of interacting, listening, sonic textures, and structures. Through this process we will question notions of sound perception and generate new forms of sonic knowledge. In a workshop environment, we will explore influential compositions and artworks from the 20th century to the present day, as starting points for discussions on form, concept, and artistic method. A larger project inspired by the works examined through the course can be presented as a composition, sound object, an installation, an exhibition, or any combination thereof.
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MUSIC 2642 : The Art of Math: Mathematical Traditions of Symmetry and Harmony
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2642, MEDVL 2642 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Symmetry and harmony are central aesthetic concepts built on a long history of mathematical exploration, not just in the European mathematical tradition but also in mathematical texts from China, India, and the Islamic world. This course will cover theoretical proofs and practical applications from geometrical, harmonic, and astronomical traditions ranging from ancient Greek geometry to early modern science. Topics include geometrical proofs, calculating systems, astronomical models, ratios and proportions, and scales and temperaments.
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MUSIC 3112 : Jazz Improvisation and Theory II
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Continuation of jazz theory, technique, and applied skills.
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MUSIC 3121 : Choral Conducting
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course will help students develop practical skills in conducting and leading rehearsals with singers.  Prerequisite:  ability to read music, and some previous singing experience.  Students will work on developing clear, expressive gestures that convey their musical intent efficiently and support the singers in their own task.  The course will also include discussion of store study and rehearsal preparation.
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MUSIC 3140 : Instrumentation for Composers
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
An applied course on composing for instruments of the classical orchestra, Instrumentation for Composers involves weekly writing projects, read by and discussed with faculty performers. Additional topics include notation, new and extended techniques, as well as instrumental combination and orchestration.  For the final project, students will prepare an ensemble score for performance.
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MUSIC 3150 : Tonal Counterpoint
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This is a practical course for learning the arts of tonal counterpoint. By analyzing and emulating examples of vocal and instrument counterpoint in exemplary music literature from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, students will develop skills in free polyphonic composition as well as strict imitation, canon, and fugue. Emphasis will be placed on the creative use of techniques, building towards an understanding of when and why the "rules" of counterpoint apply (or don't) and an awareness of their historical genealogy. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of contrapuntal techniques, to improve students' compositional and analytical skills, and to stoke the fire the musical imagination, regardless of stylistic preference. 
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MUSIC 3211 : Seminar in Advanced Music Studies
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
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 3312 : Music in World Religions
Crosslisted as: RELST 3312 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
How does music relate to the divine? This class investigates the dynamic nexus of music, theology, and socio-cultural forces in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity.  Students will acquire knowledge of a variety of musical systems and will think and write critically about topics including the role of gender in public and private worship, sacred song and protest, and artistic freedom and liturgical censure. Repertoire will range from Handel's Messiah to African American spirituals, 'cham (Tibetan ritual dance), tajwid (Qur'anic recitation), and bhajan (Hindu devotional music).  Semester-long projects in a religious tradition of each student's choice will combine traditional research methods with creative investigations tailored to individual skill sets (field work, composition, performance, analysis, …) Knowledge of Western notation not required.
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MUSIC 3321 : Jazz Around the World
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course explores the history of the globalization of jazz and offers a survey of local jazz scenes in various parts of the planet. Rather than presenting jazz as an exclusive U.S. tradition spreading throughout the world, the course fosters an understanding of jazz as taking shape in a series of diasporic channels, defined by the constant flux of musicians, audiences, and mass mediated music as well as by its adaptation to different musical structures, social conditions, cultural meanings, and racial ideas. By studying how musicians in multiple locals around the planet have engaged with jazz, the course furthers new and challenging understandings of what jazz is, of its significance in changing historical and cultural scenarios, and of the ways in which it has been shaped in the course of its global dissemination.    
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MUSIC 3340 : Minimalism
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Minimalism emerged in the early 1960s in a tight interdisciplinary configuration among music, sculpture, film, and dance. It has been understood as an investigation into, variously, the relationship between frequency and rhythm, apperception over expression, collaborative authorship or anonymity, the creative possibilities of magnetic tape, and reduced compositional materials. Music-specific descriptions might highlight drones, pulses, consonance, just intonation, and non-western metric systems. This upper-level seminar will touch on all of  these claims about minimalism, as well as the social and political conditions of its appearance. Artists will include La Monte Young, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer, Tony Conrad, Terry Riley, Terry Jennings, Catherine Christer Hennix, Robert Morris, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Julius Eastman, and Eliane Radigue.
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MUSIC 3431 : Sound Design
Crosslisted as: PMA 3680 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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: Fall 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 3480 : Brazilian Culture through its Music
Crosslisted as: ASRC 3480, LATA 3480, PORT 3480 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Few areas of cultural expression can rise to the importance of music in Brazilian life.  This seminar-style course employs discussion, critical reading and listening – and hands-on music-making – to investigate Brazilian culture, history, and politics through the lens of its music.  Samba will be a significant focus, but we will also discuss a range of additional regional and national styles.  Along with two class meetings per week, our "discussion" will coincide with rehearsals for Deixa Sambar, Cornell's Brazilian ensemble.  The course will be taught in English. Music experience is not necessary, but engagement in music-making is an integral part of the course.
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MUSIC 3490 : Hip Hop in Global Perspective
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course examines hip hop's historic development in the United States and its global spread to Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. We will explore how youth throughout the world increasingly draw on U.S. hip hop to address their own experiences of marginality, exploitation, and displacement, localizing the music in ways that potentially complicate dominant models of cultural globalization.
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MUSIC 3602 : Chorus
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
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 3602 : Chorus
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
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 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 3609 : Brazilian Ensemble - Deixa Sambar
Crosslisted as: LATA 3609 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
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 : Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble
Crosslisted as: ASRC 3612 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 3612 : Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble
Crosslisted as: ASRC 3612, PMA 3212 Semester offered: Fall 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 2019 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: Fall 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 Repertory Ensemble
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Study and performance of a broad repertoire of orchestral works from Beethoven to the present.
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MUSIC 3621 : Cornell Symphony Orchestra
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Study and performance of a broad repertoire of orchestral works from Beethoven to the present.
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MUSIC 3631 : Cornell Wind Symphony
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
The Cornell Wind Symphony unites student musicians in an ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of emerging and traditional wind repertoire. Through annual off-campus experiences we also explore music as a vehicle for cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, and in doing so support Cornell's core values of public engagement and global awareness.
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MUSIC 3631 : Cornell Wind Symphony
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The Cornell Wind Symphony unites student musicians in an ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of emerging and traditional wind repertoire. Through annual off-campus experiences we also explore music as a vehicle for cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, and in doing so support Cornell's core values of public engagement and global awareness.
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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
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
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 3701 : The Performance of Chamber Wind Music: The Classical-Era Wind Octet with Double Bass
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This coached chamber music course emphasizes rehearsal skills, leadership, and collaborative methods; familiarization with the repertory; musical analysis through performance; and developing a historically informed, musically unified, interpretation. Students participate in masterclasses with guest artists and/or Music Department faculty. These classes will present general topics, concepts specific to performance practice, and traditional performance-based instruction. The course includes two recitals featuring music prepared throughout the semester. Students are strongly encouraged to supplement the course with individual instruction on their instrument. For additional information contact jms862@cornell.edu.
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MUSIC 3701 : The Performance of Chamber Wind Music: The Classical-Era Wind Octet with Double Bass
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This coached chamber music course emphasizes rehearsal skills, leadership, and collaborative methods; familiarization with the repertory; musical analysis through performance; and developing a historically informed, musically unified, interpretation. Students participate in masterclasses with guest artists and/or Music Department faculty. These classes will present general topics, concepts specific to performance practice, and traditional performance-based instruction. The course includes two recitals featuring music prepared throughout the semester. Students are strongly encouraged to supplement the course with individual instruction on their instrument. For additional information contact jms862@cornell.edu.
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MUSIC 3703 : Engaged Performance
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MUSIC 3901 : Supplemental Study in Music
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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
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
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 2018 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 4181 : Psychology of Music
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 4180, PSYCH 6180 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 4306 : Historical Performance Practice
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While students develop individual topics to investigate and present, the seminar as a whole will look into tempo in music in relation to 18th-century dance. 
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MUSIC 4345 : Sound, Silence, and the Sacred
Crosslisted as: CLASS 4644, JWST 4545, NES 4545, NES 7545, RELST 4545 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
From the ringing of Tibetan singing bowls to the quiet of desert monasticism, religious imagination and ritual is replete with sound and silence.  Cityscapes resound with church bells and calls from the minarets.   Music, chanting, recitations, incantations, mantras, gongs—the world of religion is intimately tied to ritualistic uses of sound.   But sound goes even beyond ritual to the realm of the imaginary, which frequently contrasts the music of the gods with the noise of the demons.   Sound and silence in such contexts are inherently tied to desire, temptation, and even salvation.  In addition, environmental sounds—the sounds of thunder, water, wind, animals, and so forth—are important for religious history and literature and contemporary practices.    This course will draw upon a wide array of sources—from texts to recordings, videos, and performances—to address the function and meaning of sound (and silence) within diverse religious traditions.   Our goal will be to read selections from the field of sound studies, listen and read closely in texts and music coming from diverse religious traditions, and to make some of our own recordings for a Cornell (and beyond) religious soundscape. 
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MUSIC 4601 : Chamber Singers
Semester offered: Fall 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
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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 Ensemble
Semester offered: Fall 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 Ensemble
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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 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 2019 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 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 4631 : Chamber Flute Ensemble
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2019 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 2018 Instructor:
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 4651 : Chamber Music Ensemble
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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
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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 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 2018 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 2019 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 2018 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 7103 : History of Theory
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This seminar investigates the history of fundamental concepts in music theory—pitch, pitch collections, consonance, dissonance, harmony—and their connections to mathematical, acoustical, and philosophical thought from Greek and Roman antiquity through Rameau. Focusing on competing theories of pitch organization and different strategies for schematizing and visualizing "pitch space" (tetrachords, interval species, affinitas, hexachords, octave periodicity, modality, transposition, and modulation), the seminar will also extend its reach into more contemporary theory by foregrounding historiographical issues in the reception of ancient and medieval theory.
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MUSIC 7111 : Composition
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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 7111 : Composition
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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 7130 : The Music of Igor Stravinsky
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The seminar will explore the works of Stravinsky from the early Russian period to his last compositions. Discussion will focus mainly on analysis of his works, and we will look at writings by Boulez, Straus, Taruskin, van den Toorn, etc. We will also examine Stravinsky's influence on other 20th century composers.
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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 7205 : Seminar in Nineteenth Century Music
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This seminar will explore how the music of Franz Schubert has touched those who play, listen to, and think about it. Having framed Schubert's music from multiple historical and analytical angles, we will get to grips with its phenomenal affective force by way of activities based on its coming into audible being, involving performance in historically informed contexts. These activities will serve to make Schubert's music available for reflection on its tangible properties; they will also prompt us to consider the historical and cultural limits of its capacity to touch audiences in different times and places, and thereby to register the radically different terms in which this power has been conceived in critical, musicological, and music-theoretical discourse.
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MUSIC 7312 : Vocality and Embodiment
Crosslisted as: FGSS 7312, LGBT 7312, PMA 7312 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
The voice occupies a peculiar phenomenological position, on one hand emanating from material bodies and conveying that materiality with register, mannerism, grain, and break; on the other hand existing as disembodied sound waves, and an internalized sonorous Other. This course will explore the many cultural and conceptual approaches to the voice and its role in the production of music, language, desire, subjectivity, embodiment, and the human.  Students will workshop projects developed within the course or already underway as part of a dissertation, article, performance, or recording.
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MUSIC 7322 : Institutions and Critique
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
The critique of institutions has been a major theme of avant-garde art since 1900, and theorists have taken up the matter in various forms since the 1960s, continuing to produce new texts in the contemporary moment. In academic music studies, institutional critique has played a far less pronounced role in discussions of radical practice. How would one conceive of the institution in musical terms, and how would one adapt or challenge existing theories of institutional critique in the context of music?
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MUSIC 7330 : Cultural Dialogue in the African Diaspora
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
While traditional understandings of the African diaspora center on displaced communities of African-descended peoples in the Americas, emerging scholarship increasingly calls attention to the active role played by Africans in the production of the Black Atlantic world. Focusing on cultural practices as performative dialogues that reflect, create, sustain, and mediate diasporic connections, this seminar explores the intersecting and multidirectional transnational movements, both historic and contemporary, that define the Black Atlantic.
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MUSIC 7352 : Listening from the Other Side: Issues in Music and Border Theory
Crosslisted as: COML 6998, LSP 7352 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Borders are highly contested sites and their representation plays a fundamental role in a variety of identity discourses. The place of borders in contemporary political discourse also speaks of the anxiety borders generate as well as their political currency. This seminar engages a number of cutting edge theoretical and ethnographic writings as well as cultural manifestations (music, films, literature, TV shows) about borders in an attempt to contest the essentialisms that have controlled the representations of these areas and to show instead their fluidity and multi-sited nature. However, in an attempt to articulate the possible shortcomings of border theory, throughout our exploration of the topic we'll keep in mind the following question: who gets empowered when we speak about borders?
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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 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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