MUSC 2014 – Jazz, A History in Sound (4 credits)
This course studies jazz historically from the turn of the 20th century to the present, through both the shifting relations between white and black cultures in America, and the changes in musical tastes and practices over time. It considers the development of New Orleans, Swing, bebop, modal, fusion, and contemporary jazz styles, with special attention to the contributions of Armstrong, Ellington, Parker, Davis and Coltrane.
MUSC 2120 – Introduction to Musicianship (3 credits)
Elementary musicianship for students wishing to learn how to read and write music. Organizations of basic musical materials, intervals, rhythms, modes and scales. Melodic analysis. For students with no prior knowledge of musical notation. (Other see MUSC 2145.)
MUSC 2121 – Ear-Training & Sight-Singing (1 credit)
This course provides students with the opportunity to improve their skills in hearing and reading music.
MUSC 2140 – Basic Keyboard (3 credits)
An intensive hands-on course for the acquisition of basic keyboard skills and the techniques of ear-training, sight-singing and musical dictation. No prior background is assumed.
MUSC 2141 – Piano (1 credit)
Usually in conjunction with the Basic Keyboard course, this practical lab will focus on applying ear-training skills to the piano, learning to play melodies on the keyboard and using chords to provide basic accompaniment to specific melodies.
MUSC 2146 – Musicianship II: Diatonic Harmony (4 credits)
This course is a continuation of Musicianship I and studies the basic principles of tonal harmony: chord construction, progressions, and modulation. It focuses on the style of 18th century composers such as Handel or Mozart, but will draw upon contemporary styles as well. Written assignments and analyses.
MUSC 3121 – Baroque Music: Between Ancients and Moderns (4 credits)
The Baroque era (c. 1600-1750) saw the creation of important new genres such as opera and the concerto, as well as many pieces by composers such as Monteverdi, Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel that are still beloved today. To understand what this music meant, and what it might mean to us now, this course considers Baroque debates about music's relationship to (and potential friction with) drama, morality, colonialism, sexuality, religion, the occult, and the rapid progress of early Enlightenment scientific endeavors.
MUSC 3124 – Music in the 20thCentury (4 credits)
Beginning with the innovations of Mahler, Debussy, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky, this course traces the main developments in the history of the 20th century Western music to the present. It examines both the music and its engagement with such social and cultural issues as the challenge of modernism; the technological revolution, high vs mass culture, art in democratic and totalitarian societies; and the impact of jazz, popular and world music.
MUSC 4000 – Music and Nationalism (4 credits)
Since modern nationalism first emerged in the eighteenth century, music has been used in many ways by nationalists to shape and to stand for their cultural and political claims. This interdisciplinary course will examine how music helped motivate the earliest interest in "folklore," and how "classical" and even recently "popular" musics have drawn on these foundations. We will examine how historians, musicologists, folklorists, composers, sociologists and others have treated music in this context.