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Current Music Courses

Rose Hill - Spring 2021

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 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 2231 - Intro to Jazz Improvisation (4 credits)
Introduction to the practice of jazz improvisation including scales, chords, transcription, stylistic analysis and performance. Students will play through exercises in class and transcribe solos for their own instruments. Open to all students regardless of experience.

MUSC 3130 - Race and Gender in Latin American Popular Music (4 credits)
This course will analyze the various effects popular music can have on identity, especially race and gender, as well as how it serves as a link to the past, as part of creating an imagined community, and as a form of resistance to dominant ideologies. Examples of music genres will include bachata, dembow, soca, samba, zouk, tango, and trap.

Lincoln Center - Spring 2021

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 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 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 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.