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Current Music Courses

Rose Hill - Spring 2020

MUSC 2022 – Broadway Musicals (4 credits)
This course studies Broadway’s musical theater in its ever-changing forms. It surveys the history of musicals from the 19th century to the present, drawing on the work of influential figures such as the Gershwin brothers, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Stephen Sondheim. It focuses on skills to analyze how books, lyrics, and music work in a musical, and it fosters critical thought in probing how musicals reflect and engage the political, economic, and social concerns at given moments in American culture. 

MUSC 2140 – Fundamentals of Keyboard Musicianship (3 credits)
This is an intensive hands-on course in the basic skills necessary for the expression of musicianship at the keyboard. First, we learn to read, write, and interpret the fundamental elements of music theory: pitch, clef, and interval; rhythm and meter; scales and key signatures. Then, we apply these tools to the analysis and realization of triads and seventh chords, using both Roman numerals and jazz lead-sheet notation. No prior background assumed.

MUSC 2141 – Keyboard Lab (1 credit)
Offered in conjunction with MUSC 2140. This practical lab focuses on applying music-theoretical skills at the keyboard: playing diatonic scales and chord progressions; mastering specific compositions from the classical repertoire; developing a reliable sense of rhythm and meter; acquiring basic improvisational strategies and the technique of realizing jazz and popular styles from lead sheets.

MUSC 2146 - Music Theory II (4 credits)
Music Theory II is a continuation of the required three-course music theory sequence. The class will deal primarily with the principles of diatonic harmony as found in classical music of the Common Practice era, as well as through more contemporary and popular styles. Students will learn about chord construction and progressions, and continue in the study of voice-leading principles (as exemplified by four-part writing) begun in Music Theory I. This course is required for all Music majors. Music Theory I (MUSC 2145) is a pre-requisite to this course, though some students with past music theory experience could be admitted upon instructor approval.

MUSC 2233 - Jazz Arranging and Orchestration (4 credits)
This class covers basic tools and skills for learning about the sounds of different instruments and voices used in a jazz ensemble. We will learn how these elements can be combined to create various styles and effects specific to jazz music.

Rose Hill - Fall 2020

MUSC 2048 - World Music and Dance (4 credits)
This course will take an approach based on the premise that to study music is to study people, community, history, religion, politics and dance, as well as to study musical styles, forms and instruments.  This approach provides the student with an appreciation of the sound, power and meaning of music as it exists within culture.

MUSC 2145 - Music Theory I (4 credits)
Music Theory I is the first in a series of three required semester-long courses designed to offer a comprehensive overview of the theory of tonal music, especially of classical music during the Common Practice era, but also relating to the other genres, such as jazz and popular music. This course will cover the following subject areas: fundamentals of music theory, 2 and 3-voice counterpoint, triadic harmony, and the basics of four-part writing. This course is required for all music majors and minors. Students who do not have any prior music theory experience may be required to take an introductory level course, MUSC 2120, as a pre-requisite. Instructor permission should be granted before enrolling.

MUSC 2300 - Electronic Music and Music Production (4 credits)
An introduction to the creation, editing, and sequencing of electronic and recorded music using MIDI, computer software, sampling, and audio recordings.

MUSC 3123 - Music in the Romantic Century (4 credits)
Most of our current behaviors and beliefs with respect to Western music were first shaped in the cultural discourse of the 19th century. This course examines these as part of the interactions of 19th-century music composition, performance, and criticism with the major social, intellectual and cultural movements of the age, focusing on the work of Beethoven, Rossini, Berlioz, Wagner, Verdi, Brahms and Mussorgsky.

Lincoln Center - Spring 2020

MUSC 1211 – Music for Dancers II (3 credits)
This two-course sequence develops general knowledge of the major historical periods, styles, and genres of Western music, as well as familiarity with world music. It also provides critical tools to understand the basic components of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, tempo, dynamics, and instrumentation. To cultivate musicality, class taught, in part, through practical application: singing and rhythm exercises, elementary score reading, etc. Open to B.F.A. students only.

MUSC 2048 - World Music and Dance (4 credits)
This course will take an approach based on the premise that to study music is to study people, community, history, religion, politics and dance, as well as to study musical styles, forms and instruments. This approach provides the student with an appreciation of the sound, power and meaning of music as it exists within culture. Previously titled Worlds Of Music. 

MUSC 2120 - Introduction ot Music Theory (4 credits)
Intro to Music Theory is a course designed for the student who wants to learn the basics of reading music notation (music written on the staff using treble and bass clefs), as well as the fundamentals of music theory such as scales, keys and key signatures, and intervals. This course assumes little to no formal musical training, and students need not be able to read music before taking this class. Students who do read music already, but lack some knowledge in theory fundamentals, are also encouraged to take this course. This class is a pre-requisite to Music Theory I (MUSC 2145) for those with no formal music theory training.

MUSC 2121 - Ear Training (4 credits)
Ear Training is an aural skills class designed to enhance the student musician’s ability to hear music in context as well as increase fluency in sight-reading and performance. Students will learn to both recognize by ear, and sing on command, the diatonic intervals, as well as training in rhythm and solfège. While there is no course pre-requisite, students must be fluent in reading music and have some knowledge of music theory fundamentals, such as the topics covered in Introduction to Music Theory (MUSC 2120).

MUSC 2222 - Music Composition (4 credits)
This class will engage in the study of instrumental music composition covering a wide range of stylistic approaches and historical genres. Students will compose several short musical works over the course of the semester culminating in a final project that will be performed in a workshop setting by professional musicians.

MUSC 3122 - Music, Enlightenment, and Revolution (4 credits)
From the 1750's to Beethoven's music in the early nineteenth century, this course examines the cultural issues of this crucial period in music history and their reflection in the compositions of such composers as Pergolesi, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. It considers how changing ideas about nature, government, social class, improvisation, dance, and language--as well as national rivalries, war, and technological advances--shaped the music that has come to represent the "classical" era in European art 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. 

New Ensembles

MUSC 1302 – Afro-Latin Music Ensemble
RH - Mon 7:30-9:00pm / LC – Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm

The Afro-Latin Music Ensemble focuses on traditional and popular music from the Pacific coastal region of Ecuador and Colombia as well as popular Afro-Latin rhythms from across Latin America and the Caribbean.  Traditional music from the Pacific is based in syncopated rhythms on drums that accompany the voice and marimba, a type of xylophone of African origin. As Afro-Caribbean music is pervasive throughout the region and incorporated into traditional styles as well, students will also learn the fundamentals of various Latin American playing techniques. The ensemble focuses on participatory music, so beginners are encouraged to join and play, while experienced musicians will still be able to advance their own techniques.

MUSC 1303 – Collegium Musicum
LC – Monday 5:30-7:30pm

Collegium Musicum Fordhamense is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to exploring and presenting music stemming from the medieval and early modern traditions, performing once or more each semester.  Collegium seeks to create opportunities for hands-on experimentation with early repertoire, informed by, but not beholden to, current research into historical performance styles.

Lincoln Center - Fall 2020

MUSC 1210 - Music for Dancers I (3 credits)
This two-course sequence develops general knowledge of the major historical periods, styles and genres of western music, as well as familiarity with world music. It also provides critical tools to understand the basic components of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, tempo, dynamics, instrumentation. To cultivate musicality, class taught, in part, through practical application: singing and rhythm exercises, elementary score reading etc. Open to B.F.A. students only.

MUSC 2145 - Music Theory I (4 credits)
Music Theory I is the first in a series of three required semester-long courses designed to offer a comprehensive overview of the theory of tonal music, especially of classical music during the Common Practice era, but also relating to the other genres, such as jazz and popular music. This course will cover the following subject areas: fundamentals of music theory, 2 and 3-voice counterpoint, triadic harmony, and the basics of four-part writing. This course is required for all music majors and minors. Students who do not have any prior music theory experience may be required to take an introductory level course, MUSC 2120, as a prerequisite. Instructor permission should be granted before enrolling.

MUSC 2147 - Music Theory III (4 credits)
This course is the last in the required three-course music theory sequence. It extends the principles of harmony and voice leading learned in MUSC 2146 (Music Theory II) and covers chromatic harmony, especially as practiced in the 19th century and in popular styles, as well as advanced musical forms.

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.