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MUSIC 1105 : Introduction to Western Music Theory
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
James Spinazzola
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 2019 Instructor:
Neal Zaslaw
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:
Ronald Hoy
Annie Lewandowski
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:
Judith Peraino
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:
Alejandro Madrid
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 1466 : Physics of Musical Sound
Crosslisted as: PHYS 1204 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Katherine Selby
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 1505 : The F Word
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Catherine Appert
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MUSIC 1701 : FWS: Sound, Sense and Ideas
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Daniel Hawkins
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Mark Gotham
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Annie Lewandowski
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:
Catherine Appert
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:
Andrew Zhou
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:
Neal Zaslaw
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 2330 : Music in and of East Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2259 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Christopher Miller
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: ASRC 2360, NES 2360, RELST 2360 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Leila Tayeb
What does Islam "say" about music? This course will trace circulations of this question in scholarly, popular, media, and religious discourses. Why and how does it matter what sound is called music and not, what music is called Islamic and not? We ask both how the thinking and the doing of music and Islam have been entangled in particular moments and places and how and why Muslim and non-Muslim scholars have sought out these entanglements. No prior study of music or Islam is required.
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MUSIC 2441 : Shaping Sound II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri
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:
Andrew Hicks
Courtney Roby
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 2703 : Thinking Media
Crosslisted as: COML 2703, ENGL 2703, PMA 2703 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Roger Moseley
From hieroglyphs to HTML, ancient poetry to audiotape, and Plato's cave to virtual reality, "Thinking Media" offers a multidisciplinary introduction to the most influential media formats of the last three millennia. Featuring an array of guests from across Cornell, including faculty from Communication, Comparative Literature, English, German Studies, Information Science, Music, and Performing & Media Arts, the course will present diverse perspectives on how to think with, against, and about media in relation to the public sphere and private life, archaeology and science fiction, ethics and aesthetics, identity and difference, labor and play, knowledge and power, expression and surveillance, and the generation and analysis of data.
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MUSIC 3121 : Choral Conducting
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Robert Isaacs
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 3150 : Tonal Counterpoint
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Matthew Hall
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:
Alejandro Madrid
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 3321 : Jazz Around the World
Crosslisted as: AMST 3321 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sergio Ospina Romero
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 3431 : Sound Design
Crosslisted as: PMA 3680 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Warren Cross
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:
Steven Pond
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 3511 : Individual Instruction
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tamara Acosta
Xak Bjerken
Desmond Bratton
Ilze Brink-Button
Blaise Bryski
Deette Bunn
Amelia Christian
Peter Chwazik
Anna Coogan
Emily DiAngelo
Eric Feinstein
Lucy Fitz Gibbon
Melissa Gardiner
John Haines-Eitzen
Matthew Hall
Daniel Hane
William Hurley
Shin Hwang
Frank Grosso
Ariana Kim
Scott Harrell
Annie Lewandowski
Becky Lu
Elizabeth Lyon
Eli Marshall
Timna Mayer
Ryan McCullough
Gary Moulsdale
Judy Park
Patrice Pastore
Juliana Pepinsky
Annette Richards
Joseph Salzano
David Solazzo
Lenora Schneller
Theodora Serbanescu-Martin
Angela Yantorno
Amy Elizabeth Shuhan
Madeline Schatz-Harris
Michael Sparhuber
James Spinazzola
Anna Steppler
Steven Stull
Marc Webster
Morton Wan
Miri Yampolsky
David Yearsley
Andrew Zhou
Individual instruction in voice, organ, harpsichord, piano and fortepiano, violin, viola, cello, percussion, and some brass and woodwind instruments to those students advanced enough to do college-level work in these instruments. For more information about individual instruction, see the section titled Musical Instruction.
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MUSIC 3512 : Individual Instruction
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tamara Acosta
Xak Bjerken
Desmond Bratton
Ilze Brink-Button
Blaise Bryski
Deette Bunn
Amelia Christian
Peter Chwazik
Anna Coogan
Emily DiAngelo
Eric Feinstein
Lucy Fitz Gibbon
Melissa Gardiner
John Haines-Eitzen
Matthew Hall
Daniel Hane
William Hurley
Shin Hwang
Frank Grosso
Ariana Kim
Scott Harrell
Annie Lewandowski
Becky Lu
Elizabeth Lyon
Eli Marshall
Timna Mayer
Ryan McCullough
Gary Moulsdale
Judy Park
Patrice Pastore
Juliana Pepinsky
Annette Richards
Joseph Salzano
David Solazzo
Lenora Schneller
Theodora Serbanescu-Martin
Angela Yantorno
Amy Elizabeth Shuhan
Madeline Schatz-Harris
Michael Sparhuber
James Spinazzola
Anna Steppler
Steven Stull
Marc Webster
Morton Wan
Miri Yampolsky
David Yearsley
Andrew Zhou
Individual instruction in voice, organ, harpsichord, piano and fortepiano, violin, viola, cello, percussion, and some brass and woodwind instruments to those students advanced enough to do college-level work in these instruments. For more information about individual instruction, see the section titled Musical Instruction.
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MUSIC 3513 : Individual Instruction
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tamara Acosta
Xak Bjerken
Desmond Bratton
Ilze Brink-Button
Blaise Bryski
Deette Bunn
Amelia Christian
Peter Chwazik
Anna Coogan
Emily DiAngelo
Eric Feinstein
Lucy Fitz Gibbon
Melissa Gardiner
John Haines-Eitzen
Matthew Hall
Daniel Hane
William Hurley
Shin Hwang
Frank Grosso
Ariana Kim
Scott Harrell
Annie Lewandowski
Becky Lu
Elizabeth Lyon
Eli Marshall
Timna Mayer
Ryan McCullough
Gary Moulsdale
Judy Park
Patrice Pastore
Juliana Pepinsky
Joseph Salzano
David Solazzo
Lenora Schneller
Theodora Serbanescu-Martin
Angela Yantorno
Amy Elizabeth Shuhan
Madeline Schatz-Harris
Michael Sparhuber
James Spinazzola
Anna Steppler
Steven Stull
Marc Webster
Morton Wan
Miri Yampolsky
David Yearsley
Andrew Zhou
Individual instruction in voice, organ, harpsichord, piano and fortepiano, violin, viola, cello, percussion, and some brass and woodwind instruments to those students advanced enough to do college-level work in these instruments. For more information about individual instruction, see the section titled Musical Instruction.
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MUSIC 3514 : Individual Instruction
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
James Spinazzola
Desmond Bratton
Deette Bunn
Xak Bjerken
Ilze Brink-Button
Blaise Bryski
Amelia Christian
Peter Chwazik
Emily DiAngelo
Tamara Acosta
Daniel Hane
Melissa Gardiner
Eric Feinstein
Lucy Fitz Gibbon
Scott Harrell
John Haines-Eitzen
William Hurley
Frank Grosso
Shin Hwang
Steven Stull
Ariana Kim
Timna Mayer
Elizabeth Lyon
Becky Lu
Michael Sparhuber
Annie Lewandowski
Gary Moulsdale
Judy Park
Patrice Pastore
Juliana Pepinsky
Theodora Serbanescu-Martin
David Solazzo
Joseph Salzano
Lenora Schneller
Amy Elizabeth Shuhan
Madeline Schatz-Harris
Anna Steppler
Matthew Hall
Miri Yampolsky
Ryan McCullough
Andrew Zhou
Marc Webster
Barry Sharp
Annette Richards
Angela Yantorno
Anna Coogan
Isaac Sharp
Eli Marshall
Individual instruction in voice, organ, harpsichord, piano and fortepiano, violin, viola, cello, percussion, and some brass and woodwind instruments to those students advanced enough to do college-level work in these instruments. For more information about individual instruction, see the section titled Musical Instruction.
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MUSIC 3602 : Chorus
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Robert Isaacs
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: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Robert Isaacs
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: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Stephen Spinelli
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 2019 Instructor:
Steven Pond
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:
Christopher Miller
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, PMA 3212 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Isaac Anim
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:
Christopher Miller
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:
Paul Merrill
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:
Adrian Slywotzky
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:
James Spinazzola
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Michael Sparhuber
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Annie Lewandowski
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 : Performing Chamber Wind Music
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
James Spinazzola
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Stephen Spinelli
This community-engaged seminar gives students the opportunity to combine the study of arts education with community engagement projects. A key component is the design and implementation of a music-centered arts program in tandem with community partners in Ithaca. In consultation with instructors who have expertise in arts education and the leaders of local community groups, students will each design and teach a music lesson in an after-school music program. Students will learn about the challenges involved in running a community arts program and explore the ways that musical performance can be a community building activity. In seminars and discussions, they will learn about the civic engagements and ethical practices involved in the design, operation, and administration of community arts programs.
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MUSIC 3901 : Supplemental Study in Music
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Hicks
Rebecca Harris-Warrick
Christopher Miller
Judith Peraino
Steven Pond
Annette Richards
Roberto Sierra
Roger Moseley
Benjamin Piekut
David Yearsley
Catherine Appert
Robert Isaacs
Alejandro Madrid
Neal Zaslaw
Kevin Ernste
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 4181 : Psychology of Music
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 4180 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Carol Krumhansl
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 4345 : Sound, Silence, and the Sacred
Crosslisted as: CLASS 4644, JWST 4545, NES 4545, NES 7545, RELST 4545 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Kim Haines-Eitzen
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 4501 : Individual Instruction
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Deette Bunn
Emily DiAngelo
Xak Bjerken
Desmond Bratton
Ilze Brink-Button
Matthew Hall
Blaise Bryski
Amelia Christian
Peter Chwazik
Stephen Spinelli
Kevin Ernste
Eric Feinstein
Anna Coogan
John Haines-Eitzen
William Hurley
Shin Hwang
Ariana Kim
Judy Park
Timna Mayer
Ryan McCullough
Annie Lewandowski
Gary Moulsdale
Eli Marshall
Patrice Pastore
Juliana Pepinsky
James Spinazzola
David Solazzo
Joseph Salzano
Lenora Schneller
Amy Elizabeth Shuhan
Madeline Schatz-Harris
Michael Sparhuber
Steven Stull
Annette Richards
Marc Webster
Andrew Zhou
Miri Yampolsky
David Yearsley
Lucy Fitz Gibbon
Individual instruction in voice, organ, harpsichord, piano and fortepiano, violin, viola, cello, percussion, and some brass and woodwind instruments to those students advanced enough to do college-level work in these instruments. For more information about individual instruction, see the section titled Musical Instruction.
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MUSIC 4601 : Chamber Singers
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Stephen Spinelli
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: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Paul Merrill
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Paul Merrill
Study and performance of classic and contemporary small-group jazz.
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MUSIC 4621 : Cornell Chamber Orchestra
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Timna Mayer
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:
Juliana Pepinsky
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:
Christopher Miller
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 2019 Instructor:
John Haines-Eitzen
Roger Moseley
Chris Kim
Ariana Kim
Juliana Pepinsky
Xak Bjerken
Ryan McCullough
Neal Zaslaw
Miri Yampolsky
Elizabeth Lyon
Timna Mayer
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 2019 Instructor:
Kevin Ernste
Rebecca Harris-Warrick
James Spinazzola
Xak Bjerken
Chris Kim
Judith Peraino
Steven Pond
Andrew Hicks
Roberto Sierra
Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri
Benjamin Piekut
James Webster
David Yearsley
Stephen Spinelli
Roger Moseley
Catherine Appert
Robert Isaacs
Alejandro Madrid
Paul Merrill
Neal Zaslaw
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Kevin Ernste
Rebecca Harris-Warrick
Robert Isaacs
Catherine Appert
Chris Kim
Judith Peraino
Steven Pond
Benjamin Piekut
Roberto Sierra
Neal Zaslaw
James Webster
David Yearsley
Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri
Xak Bjerken
Roger Moseley
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 6770 : Hispanic Caribbean Rhythms and Aesthetics
Crosslisted as: LATA 6770, LSP 6770, SPAN 6780 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Shawn McDaniel
This course explores how Caribbean music-such as son, merengue, and reggaetón-dialogues with literature in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and New York.  Theoretical readings on Caribbeanness (Benítez-Rojo, Glissant) and ethnomusicology (Flores, Moore, Rivera-Rideau) animate our interdisciplinary examination of Aftro-Antillean poetics (Nicolás, Guillén), Cuban neo-Barogue aesthetics (Severo Sarduy), coloniality and cultural consumption (Luis Rafael Sánchez), queer Caribbean diasporas (Mayra Santos-Febres), and soundtracks from Dominican urbanity (Rita Indiana).
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MUSIC 7103 : History of Theory
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Hicks
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri
Roberto Sierra
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 2019 Instructor:
Rebecca Harris-Warrick
This seminar will focus on mid-century opera, starting from theatrical works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, but also turning toward operas from across Europe, in accordance with student interests. One goal is to gain familiarity with the variety of operatic styles around the middle of the 18th century by studying both representative works and the institutional structures that supported them. Another is to take advantage of the Cornell library's rich holdings in primary materials—scores (both printed and manuscript), librettos, iconographic sources, archival documents, theoretical writings---as well as 18th-century sources available on line, in order to build skills in utlizing and interpreting such materials. A unit on editing opera will cultivate another set of useful skills.
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MUSIC 7322 : Institutions and Critique
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Benjamin Piekut
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:
Catherine Appert
Focusing on cultural practices as performative dialogues that reflect, create, sustain, and mediate diasporic connections, this seminar explores the intersecting and multidirectional transnational circulations, both historic and contemporary, that define the Black Atlantic world.
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MUSIC 7901 : Independent Study in Music
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Kevin Ernste
Rebecca Harris-Warrick
Andrew Hicks
Malcolm Bilson
Chris Kim
Judith Peraino
Steven Pond
Annette Richards
Roberto Sierra
Alejandro Madrid
Catherine Appert
James Webster
David Yearsley
Roger Moseley
Neal Zaslaw
Benjamin Piekut
Miri Yampolsky
Paul Miller
Robert Isaacs
Xak Bjerken
Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri
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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