Faculty-Dept-Music

Music

Osvaldo N. Golijov, Ph.D., Loyola Professor of Music

Edward Isser, Ph.D., W. Arthur Garriety, Sr. Professor in Human Nature, Ethics and Society, and Chair

Shirish Korde, M.M., Distinguished Professor of Humanities

Chris Arrell, D.M.A., Associate Professor

Carol Lieberman, D.M.A., Associate Professor

Jessica P. Waldoff, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Daniel J. DiCenso, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Eric Culver, D.M.A., Lecturer and Concert Manager

Adam Golka, Artist-in-Residence; Conductor, Chamber Orchestra

Jan Müller-Szeraws, Artist-in-Residence; Director of Performance Program

Matthew J. Jaskot, Ph.D., Lecturer, Manager and Instructor, Theory Lab

Allegra Martin, D.M.A Cand., Director, Choral Music

Michael Monaghan, M.A., Lecturer; Director, Jazz Ensemble

Thomas Mountain, Ph.D., Lecturer; Director, Studios

Donald James, Cand. Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer

Jeannette Jones, Cand. Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer

 

Instrumental and Vocal Instructors

Stephanie Busby, bassoon

William Cotten, voice

Joseph Halko,oboe

Jonathan Hess, percussion

Bruce Hopkins, trumpet

Ona Jonaityte,flute

William Kirkley,clarinet

Jeffrey Nevaras,guitar

Peter Sulski, violin/viola

Marsha Vleck, voice

Douglas Weeks, trombone

Jonathan Yasuda, piano

 

Music is a unique form of human expression that transcends boundaries of language, culture, time, and place. The study of music, especially in a liberal arts context, is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on the sister arts and other fields in the humanities as well as the social sciences and sciences. The Department of Music provides a tremendous variety of opportunities to explore, experience, and perform music both inside and outside the classroom.

We offer all students the opportunity to nurture and develop their own particular love of music, while providing music majors with rigorous, sustained training. Our academic courses explore the history, theory, technology, and performance of music and class topics reach back through history and around the globe. Our program of private vocal and instrumental instruction offers students private lessons, coaching, and master-classes with exceptional performers drawn from across the country. Our ensembles bring students together to collaborate and perform a diverse repertoire.

Whether you are interested in classical, popular, or world music, in music of the past or the present, in creating, performing, or simply listening, Holy Cross provides a rich context for engagement with music and the arts. Our varied and dynamic curriculum has something for everyone: for students who wish to major in music and for those who wish to explore music one course—or one concert—at time.

Facilities

Facilities in the Department of Music include the newly renovated Brooks Concert Hall; fully equipped classrooms; practice rooms with pianos; and lockers for student instruments. The Fenwick Music Library houses a sizeable collection of scores, books, sound recordings, and DVDs, as well as computers and state-of-the-art audio/visual stations. A rich variety of technology resources include the Brooks Recording Studio, equipped with professional software and hardware complemented by a wide selection of microphones, digital and analog mixers, and studio monitors; the Brooks Media Studio, containing 12 dedicated student workstations furnished with industry standard software and hardware used for computer music coding and hacking, audio recording and mastering, composing for film and video, and the creation of electronic, electroacoustic, and new media projects; and several music-notation and ear-training workstations housed in the Fenwick Music Library.

Scholarships

The department offers two merit-based scholarships. The Brooks Music Scholarship is a four-year scholarship offered annually to an incoming student who will major in music or double major in music and another discipline. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding achievement in the area of instrumental/vocal performance or composition in addition to a significant academic record. The recipient is granted full tuition, independent of need. The scholarship is renewable annually, provided that the student maintains a strong academic record and continues to be a highly active music major. Candidates should address inquiries to Chair, Department of Music, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610. The application deadline is January 15. The Organ Scholarship is a four-year, full tuition, scholarship, renewable on a yearly basis, offered to an incoming student who will major in music or double major in music and another discipline. Applicants should already be advanced organists who have studied organ seriously for several years, have experience in church music, and have a strong background in keyboard studies and good sight-reading skills. As the Holy Cross Organ Scholar, the recipient will assist the College Organist in all aspects of the chapel music program and will have available the 1985 four manual, fifty-stop mechanical action organ located in the beautiful St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. The Organ Scholar will also be expected to study organ privately for four years and have a career goal in church music and/or organ. Please note: the organ scholarship is not offered every year. To find out if it will be offered in the year you are applying, please contact Prof. Jan Muller-Szeraws (jmuller@holycross.edu). Applicants for the organ scholarship must apply for early decision and December 1 is the deadline for those applying for the organ scholarship. Organ scholarship applicants should apply as early as possible because the live audition at Holy Cross must be completed no later than December 18.

Study Abroad

Many majors choose to study abroad and up to two electives may be completed abroad with approval, though required theory and history courses may not be taken abroad. All majors who wish to go abroad should consult the Department’s Study Abroad Advisor for approval of courses taken aboard to count toward the major.

Advanced Placement Credit

Students with AP Credit in Music Theory, prior course work in, or knowledge of music theory may earn advanced placement in the department’s theory sequence. These students may be eligible for advanced placement in the major and should consult with the chair of the department. Please note: even in these cases, AP Credit does not count toward the number of courses required for the major.

 

MUSIC MAJOR: Requirements and Recommendations

A minimum of 10 courses is required for a major in music; additional courses are strongly encouraged. Through the integration of theory, history, and performance, the major takes the study of music to an advanced level by focusing on the creation and reception of music in a wide variety of cultural contexts. It is designed to accommodate students with diverse interests and career goals. In planning their electives, students are encouraged to design a program that develops at least one area of individual interest. Many students choose to engage in solo and collaborative performance, creative projects, independent study, and advanced tutorials. 

Music majors in the classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021 are required to fulfill the following requirements (unless they opt into the new major):

Theory Courses

Music 201: Theory of Music 1

Music 203: Theory of Music 2 (formerly Music 202)

Music 301: Theory of Music 3 

Music 302: Theory of Music 4  

 

History Courses

Music 211: History of Western Music 1 

Music 212: History of Western Music 2 

 

Senior Seminar

Music 400: in the spring semester of the fourth year

 

Electives

3 music courses (Music 101 and Music 103 do not count toward the major)

 

Music majors in the class of 2022 and beyond are required to fulfill the following requirements:

 

Theory Courses

Music 201: Music Theory 1, with Music Theory 1 Lab (Music 202)

Music 203: Music Theory 2, with Music Theory 2 Lab (Music 204)

Music 305: Music Theory 3: Advanced Topics  

 

History Courses

Music 211: History of Western Music 1 

Music 212: History of Western Music 2 

Music 315: Advanced Topics in Music History  

 

4 Electives* 

2 courses at the 200 level or higher (one of these courses mustbe a classroom experience)

2 courses at the 300 level or higher (one of these courses mustbe a classroom experience)

* One of these must be in World Music, Popular Music, Digital/Computer Music, or Jazz at the 200 level or higher 

 

Two semesters of enrollment in each of the following categories of Performance

Participation in a Department Ensemble (Music 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, or 116)

Private lessons on an instrument or voice (Music 105 and 106, or 205 and 206)

 

PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

The Department of Music invites all students to participate in our extensive performance program, which includes ensembles (such as College Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Balinese Gamelan), chamber music, and private instruction.

With options for every student, our performance ensembles are both diverse and inclusive. They offer students the chance to learn music of different cultures and styles, running the gamut from early music to new (see the website for a complete list). All are open to both majors and non-majors. Ensembles that may be taken for performance credit include the College Choir, Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and Schola Cantorum. Students who wish to may take eligible ensembles for lab credit for up to two years.

Our Chamber Music Program provides interested students the opportunity to play in small chamber ensembles such as duets, string quartets, or mixed ensembles (strings with piano or winds). Each ensemble receives weekly coaching by music department faculty. Select groups have the opportunity to perform at department recitals.

The department provides the opportunity for all students (including beginners) to take private lessons in either instrumental or vocal performance. Students may choose either eleven half-hour or one-hour lessons per semester. For music majors and non-majors who qualify, lessons may be taken for lab credit (pass/no pass) for up to two years.

Junior or Senior Music Majors who wish to enroll in one of the Performance Courses (Music 331/332, 431/432, or 433/434) to receive individual instruction on an instrument or voice for full course credit must have successfully completed four semesters of one-hour lessons for credit, four courses in the major, and be in good standing in the department (have at least a B average in the major and B- overall). Interested students may audition for the Director of Performance and must obtain the signatures of both the Director of Performance and the Chair of the Department in order to enroll. Performance Course requirements include (1) meeting specific goals worked out in advance with a private instructor, (2) participating in department recitals during both terms of enrollment, (3) successful completion of final jury examinations administered by music department faculty at the end of each semester. Students must register for the class as a fifth course in the first semester of enrollment. At the end of this first semester, they will be assigned an IP (In Progress). During the second semester of enrollment they may register for Performance as a fourth or fifth course with a letter grade. Students may only claim a maximum of two units of Performance with letter grade toward graduation. No student may enroll in more than one upper-division Performance course each semester.

 

Courses

Music Courses

Music
101
Introduction to Music
Fall, spring

A one-semester introduction to art music in the Western tradition, its forms and history, with an emphasis on the major composers of the common practice period. Assignments focus on developing critical listening skills and an appreciation and understanding of Western art music. One unit.

Music
103
Fundamentals of Music
Fall, spring

Introduction to the rudiments of music theory (notation, scales, intervals, chords, rhythm and meter, and form) and basic musicianship (keyboard skills, score reading and listening skills). No prior music background is required for this course. One unit.

Music
105
Individual Instruction
Fall, spring

Beginning/intermediate students enroll in a first semester of individual instruction on an instrument or voice with an appropriate instructor. Eleven private lessons are given at a mutually convenient time to be arranged. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Half-hour lessons no credit; one-hour lessons one-quarter unit.

Music
106
Individual Instruction
Fall, spring

Beginning/intermediate students enroll in a second semester of individual instruction on an instrument or voice with an appropriate instructor. Eleven private lessons are given at a mutually convenient time to be arranged. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Half-hour lessons no credit; one-hour lessons one-quarter unit.

Music
107
Individual Instruction
Fall, spring

Beginning/intermediate students enroll in a third semester of individual instruction on an instrument or voice with an appropriate instructor. Eleven private lessons are given at a mutually convenient time to be arranged. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Half-hour lessons no credit; one-hour lessons one-quarter unit.

 

Music
108
Individual Instruction
Fall, spring

Beginning/intermediate students enroll in a fourth semester of individual instruction on an instrument or voice with an appropriate instructor. Eleven private lessons are given at a mutually convenient time to be arranged. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Half-hour lessons no credit; one-hour lessons one-quarter unit.

Music
110
Choir
Fall, spring

Students attend all regularly scheduled rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concerts during the period of enrollment. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Students may repeat this course and/or other ensemble courses. One-quarter unit.

Music
111
Orchestra
Fall, spring

Students attend all regularly scheduled rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concerts during the period of enrollment. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Students may repeat this course and/or other ensemble courses. One-quarter unit.

Music
112
Jazz Ensemble
Fall, spring

Students attend all regularly scheduled rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concerts during the period of enrollment. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Students may repeat this course and/or other ensemble courses. One-quarter unit.

Music
113
Schola Cantorum
Fall, spring

Students attend all regularly scheduled rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concerts during the period of enrollment. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Students may repeat this course and/or other ensemble courses. One-quarter unit.

Music
114
Chamber Music
Fall, spring

Students attend all regularly scheduled rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concerts during the period of enrollment. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Students may repeat this course and/or other ensemble courses. One-quarter unit.

Music
115
Chamber Singers
Fall, spring

Students attend all regularly scheduled rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concerts during the period of enrollment. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Students may repeat this course and/or other ensemble courses. Department consent required. One-quarter unit.

Music
116
Concert Band
Annually, spring

Students attend all regularly scheduled rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concerts during the period of enrollment. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Students may repeat this course and/or other ensemble courses. Department consent required. One-quarter unit.

Music
140
Song Through the Ages
Annually

This course explores the power of song in Western culture drawing on both classical and popular traditions. Songs of love, songs of war, songs of worship, songs of protest—every human emotion has been expressed in song. The focus is on questions of expression and shared values in over four centuries of music. One unit.

Music
141
From Opera To Broadway
Annually

Introduction to opera, musical comedy, and related genres such as dance and film music, with attention to the relationship between drama and music. A brief historical survey of each category with study of representative scenes and complete works. One unit.

Music
142
American Popular Song
Alternate years

Historical survey of American popular song — Stephen Foster, blackface minstrels, sentimental parlor songs, songs of the Civil War, gospel hymns, vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway musicals, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, jazz-band songs and singers, country music, rhythm and blues, rock ’n’ roll, rock, popular “folk” songs, and more. One unit.

Music
143
History of Rock
Annually

Survey of rock music from its beginnings in earlier forms of popular music to 1990. Attention is given to the relationship of rock music to its cultural, political, and economic contexts. One unit.

Music
145
Music and Disabilities
Annually

Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary field that approaches the study of disability not as a medical pathology but as a pervasive human condition and identity category subject to social, cultural, and political constructions, much like gender, race, and sexuality. This course pursues various intersections of this field with the study of music, with topics covering disability’s role in shaping musical identities (especially those of composers and performers), disability's expansion of categories of musical knowledge and experience, and representations of disability within musical discourses and narratives. One unit.

Music
150
American Music
Alternate years

Surveys three main repertoires of music in the United States: folk and traditional music of urban, rural, and ethnic origin; jazz; and art music from Charles Ives to the present, with particular attention to the influence of science and technology on recent developments. One unit.

Music
197
Music of Peace and Conflict
Alternate years

This course will survey the music related to military conflicts, political movements, and peace-making efforts from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Students will explore how folk music, popular music, and art music have been to used to depict war, express pro- and anti-war sentiments and promote political and ideological positions. Throughout the semester students will examine the broader relationship between music and society, and how world events shape musical styles and genres. One unit.

Music
199
Special Topics
Annually

Course topics vary from year to year. Introductory.  One unit.

Music
201
Music Theory 1
Annually, fall

The first semester of a two-semester Western music theory sequence devoted to the underlying principles of tonal music. Music Theory 1 explores the elements of diatonic music through listening, discussion, analysis, and musical composition. Topics include music fundamentals, common scales and chords, melodic writing and harmonization, counterpoint, and voice leading. Prerequisite: Ability to read one or more musical clefs or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: Music 202 (Music Theory 1 Lab). One unit.

Music
202
Music Theory 1 Lab
Annually, fall

A co-requisite of Music 201 (Music Theory 1), this lab is designed to develop aural skills through sight singing and rhythm exercises, listening and transcription exercises, and basic keyboard and conducting exercises. Topics correspond to the written course material, and exercises include singing and aurally identifying scales, intervals, chords, melodies, and diatonic harmonic progressions, as well as performing and improvising rhythms in simple and compound meters. Active participation is required. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Simultaneous enrollment in Music 201 is required. One-quarter unit.

Music
203
Music Theory 2
Annually, spring

The second semester of a two-semester Western music theory sequence devoted to the underlying principles of tonal music. Music Theory 2 explores the elements of chromatic music through listening, discussion, analysis, and musical composition. Topics include advanced chromatic harmony, extended counterpoint, and large-scale musical forms. Prerequisite: Music 201 or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: Music 204 (Music Theory 2 Lab). One Unit.

Music
204
Music Theory 2 Lab
Annually, spring

A co-requisite of Music 203 (Music Theory 2), this lab is designed to develop aural skills through sight singing and rhythm exercises, listening and transcription exercises, and more advanced keyboard and conducting exercises. Topics correspond to the written course material, and exercises include singing more advanced melodies that include chromaticism, as well as performing and improvising rhythms that include syncopation, changing meters, irregular meters, and polyrhythms. Aural exercises will include identifying chromatic harmonies, modulations and large-scale musical forms. Active participation is required. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Simultaneous enrollment in Music 203 is required. One-quarter unit.

Music
205
Individual Instruction
Fall, spring

Intermediate level students enroll in a first semester of individual instruction on an instrument or voice with an appropriate instructor. Eleven private lessons are given at a mutually convenient time to be arranged. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Half-hour lessons no credit; one-hour lessons one-quarter unit.

Music
206
Individual Instruction
Fall, spring

Intermediate level students enroll in a second semester of individual instruction on an instrument or voice with an appropriate instructor. Eleven private lessons are given at a mutually convenient time to be arranged. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Half-hour lessons no credit; one-hour lessons one-quarter unit.

Music
207
Individual Instruction
Fall, spring

Intermediate level students enroll in a third semester of individual instruction on an instrument or voice with an appropriate instructor. Eleven private lessons are given at a mutually convenient time to be arranged. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Half-hour lessons no credit; one-hour lessons one-quarter unit.

 

Music
208
Individual Instruction
Fall, spring

Intermediate level students enroll in a fourth semester of individual instruction on an instrument or voice with an appropriate instructor. Eleven private lessons are given at a mutually convenient time to be arranged. This course is taken pass/no pass as an overload and does not count toward graduation. Half-hour lessons no credit; one-hour lessons one-quarter unit.

Music
211
History of Western Music 1
Annually, fall

Survey of the history of music, its notation, forms, and styles, in Western Europe from the development of music notation in the middle ages to the death of Bach in 1750. Topics include genres and composers of the medieval, renaissance, and baroque periods as well as the study of representative works from scores and recordings. Prerequisite: the ability to read music. One unit.

Music
212
History of Western Music 2
Annually, spring

Traces the history and development of Western music from 1750 to the present, with emphasis on major composers and genres of the classical, romantic, and modern periods. Prerequisite: Music 211 or permission of instructor. One unit.

Music
215
Music of the Classical Era
Every third year

The rise and development of the Viennese classical style with an emphasis on the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Prerequisite: ability to read music, or permission of the instructor. One unit.

Music
216
Music of the Baroque Era
Every third year

Study of the most important developments in French, German, and Italian Baroque national styles, from the beginning of the 17th century to the middle of the 18th century. Prerequisite: ability to read music, or permission of instructor. One unit.

Music
218
Jazz/Improvisation 1
Annually, fall

Introduces students to the fundamentals of jazz harmony and improvisation. Topics include chord and scale construction, harmonic progression, symbols used in improvisation, jazz scales, and modes. These theoretical concepts are applied to the analysis and performance of standard jazz tunes. A portion of the class is devoted to performance and improvisation. One unit.

Music
219
Jazz/Improvisation 2
Annually, spring

Examination and analysis of contemporary jazz improvisation techniques. Students are required to play their own instruments in class. Recorded jazz solos by jazz artists will be analyzed and discussed. Prerequisite: Music 218 (Jazz/Improvisation 1). One unit.

Music
220
Business of Music
Alternate years

Explores the world of music business from both a contemporary and historical perspective. Students will examine the economic structure that surrounds the core relationship between the artist and the fan. Topics include: copyright, music publishing, recording contracts, music production, marketing, royalties and concert promotion. No prerequisite. One unit.

Music
220
Music of the Romantic Era
Every third year

An exploration of the repertoire, forms, aesthetics, and social contexts of 19th-century European art music, as well as its relationships with poetry, drama, philosophy, and the visual arts. One unit.

Music
231
Music of Bali — Gamelan 1
Fall, spring

Introduces students to Balinese music through the performance of selected pieces from the Gong Kebyar repertory. Instruction provided in the technique of playing the instruments that make up the Gamelan. No prerequisite. One unit.

Music
232
Music of Bali — Gamelan 2
Fall, spring

Introduces students to more advanced techniques of playing the instruments in the Gamelan. Prerequisite: Music 231 (Music of Bali – Gamelan 1). One unit.

Music
233
World Music
Annually

Introduction to music of selected African, Asian, and American cultures. Each culture is approached through its social and cultural context, its theoretical systems and musical instruments, as well as its major musical and theatrical genres. No prerequisite. One unit.

Music
236
Bach and His World
Alternate years

Study of the life and works of J.S. Bach with an emphasis on the development of musical style, the immediate socio-cultural context, and reception history. One unit.

Music
236
African American Music: From Blues to Rap
Annually

This course is a survey of African-American music from the early 20th century to the present day. This course will consider various musical styles, with special emphasis on developments since 1950, including blues, gospel, R&B, rock and roll, doo-wop, soul, funk, disco, hip-hop, and rap — from the rural south to the urban north; from the east coast to the west coast; from the live stage to the recording studio. Though the primary function of the course will be to consider the development of musical style (that is, the music itself), we will also consider broader questions concerning the influences on and influences of African-American music, issues of cultural appropriation and race, and the agency of such music in social movements from the civil-rights era to the present day. No prerequisite. One unit.

Music
241
Introduction to Electroacoustic Music
Annually, fall

Survey of electroacoustic music from roughly 1945 to present day. Topics: applicable scientific theory, sound processing techniques, digital waveform synthesis, multitrack recording, and audio mixing. Course activities also include study of selected repertoire and discussion of musical aesthetics. Students complete several creative projects, including the scoring of a short video. No prerequisite. One unit.

Music
242
Coding Music
Annually, spring

Coding Music welcomes all majors interested in DIY instrument design and collaborative performance of live electronic music. An experiential class, students learn the science of sound synthesis by designing digital synthesizers that react in real-time to human interaction (pressing keys on a computer keyboard, tilting a cellphone accelerometer, toggling a hacked gaming joystick, etc.). These synthesizers are then used to create musical compositions that the class performs for the end of the semester H-CLEF (Holy Cross Laptop Ensemble Federation) concert. Using technology to create both instruments and repertoire, students broaden creative capacity while exploring how technology can expand artistic expression. No Prerequisite. One unit.

Music
251
Digital Media for Musicians
Annually, fall

Explores the role of digital media in the world of music and teaches how digital tools are utilized by the contemporary composer. Students get “hands-on” experience with digital audio, MIDI, the internet, and a host of computer applications (PowerPoint, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, ProTools, Audacity, Adobe Premier), that are essential for the aspiring musician. No prerequisite. One unit.

Music
252
Advanced Digital Media for Musicians
Annually, spring

Second part of a two course sequence focusing on music creation using the latest digital technology, including hard disk recording, editing, mixing, and digital signal processing. Listening and analysis of historical music compositions and recordings from the 20th century which utilize both analog and digital technology. Prerequisite: Music 251 (Digital Media for Musicians). One unit.

Music
255
Music of Latin America
Alternate years

The discovery and exploration of the different cultures of Latin America through their music. The course focuses on five regions that are musically rich and representative of the variety of roots from which Latin American people have emerged — Brazil, Argentina, Andes, Mexico and Caribbean Islands. One unit.

Music
260
Gregorian Chant
Annually

In this course students will come to understand the history of Gregorian chant, both as a religious phenomenon and as a repertory of music. The course will begin in the Early Christian era and trace the history of Gregorian chant through the Middle Ages all the way to the present. Students will consider the role chant was made to play in asserting theological and cultural disagreements that historically led the rise of a variety of forms of Christian worship in the early centuries, some of which continue to be preserved and practiced in the present. The course will also consider chant’s role as art music and popular music, from the History of Western Music to film and popular song. No prerequisite. One unit.

Music
265
Music of the 20th Century
Alternate years

Study of representative works of the 20th century and beyond, illustrating their compositional techniques and relationship to the past (i.e., the music of Bartok, the different styles of Stravinsky, the atonal and serial music of Schoenberg and his followers). This course also includes selected readings on contemporary music theory and practice. Prerequisite: Ability to read music or permission of instructor. One unit.

Music
271
The Organ: History and Music
Every third year

Introduction to the history of the construction and design of the pipe organ and its music from the Middle Ages through the present time. Prerequisite: ability to read music, or permission of the instructor. One unit.

Music
275
Symphony
Every third year

Introduction to the orchestra, its instruments, and repertory from the inception of public concerts in the 18th century to the present day. Prerequisite: ability to read music, or permission of the instructor. One unit.

Music
283
Mozart and His World
Alternate years

This course offers an in-depth exploration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), who began his career as a child prodigy and remains today one of the most popular composers of all time. We will study important works of every major genre, instrumental and vocal, secular and sacred. Access to the Mozart family letters, other primary sources, and a rich variety of critical readings will place Mozart’s music in the multifaceted, vibrant culture of enlightenment Vienna. We will also consider posterity’s fascination with myths about Mozart and take a look at the film Amadeus. Prerequisite: ability to read music, or permission of the instructor. One unit.

Music
284
Beethoven and His World
Alternate years

Beethoven was the most celebrated composer in Europe during his lifetime and his fame has only increased over the last two centuries. His heroic perseverance in the face of deafness--an almost unthinkable affliction for any musician--has transformed his biography into a story of struggle and triumph. In this course we will study some of his most famous works in depth, with an emphasis on the development of his musical style, the immediate socio-cultural context, and reception history. Prerequisite: ability to read music, or permission of the instructor. One unit.

Music
299
Special Topics
Annually

Course topics vary from year to year.  Intermediate.  One unit.

Music
301
Theory of Music 3
Annually, fall

Focuses on the analysis and composition of tonal music through the study of representative works of such composers as Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms. Students are required to produce original compositions. Prerequisite: Music 203 (Music Theory 2). One unit.

Music
302
Theory of Music 4
Annually, spring

Focuses on 20th-century musical systems with an emphasis on the study of compositional theory and the analysis of selected works of 20th-century European and American composers. Original composition is required. Prerequisite: Music 301 (Theory of Music 3). One unit.

Music
303
Theory of Music 5
Every third year

Offers advanced theoretical studies for students who have completed the Theory 1-4 sequence. This course is especially valuable for those students who plan to pursue graduate studies in musicology or theory/composition. One unit.

Music
305
Music Theory 3: Advanced Topics
Annually

This is the third and final course in our theory sequence and will focus on 20th-century musical systems with an emphasis on analysis of works by European and American composers. Original composition is required. Individual topics and selected works vary from year to year. Prerequisite: Music 203 (Music Theory 2). One unit.​

Music
306
Advanced Topics in Theory 2
Every third year

Offers advanced theoretical studies for students who have completed the Theory sequence. This course is especially valuable for those students who plan to pursue graduate studies in musicology or theory/composition. Prerequisite: Music 305. One unit.

Music
315
Advanced Topics in Music History
Annually

This course explores music history from a methodological perspective. How do we construct and make sense of the music of the past? How does this activity inform our understanding and appreciation of music today? With an emphasis on critical reading, listening, analysis, discussion, and writing. Topics, materials, and course format vary from year to year. Prerequisite: Music 211 & 212. One unit.

Music
325
Tutorial
Annually

Independent study on a topic in any field of music conducted under the direction of a faculty director. Weekly meetings and a student-designed term project are customary. Permission of faculty member and the Chair of department required. Advanced. One unit.

Music
325, 326
Tutorial
Annually

Independent study on a topic in any field of music conducted under the direction of a faculty director. Weekly meetings and a student-designed term project are customary. Permission of faculty member and Chair of department required. Advanced. One unit.

Music
331, 332
Intermediate Performance 1
Annually

Instrumental or vocal lessons for students of intermediate competency. Interested students must have completed four semesters of individual instruction, perform at the intermediate level and obtain the permission of the Director of Performance and the Chair of the department. One unit.

 

Music
399
Special Topics in Music
Annually

Seminar with an emphasis on reading, writing, discussion and analysis. Course topics, which vary from year to year, may include the intersection of music and identity, questions of form and genre, or emphasis on an aspect of music and society. Advanced. Prequisites: Music 203 and 212, or permission of the instructor. One unit.

Music
399
Special Topics
Annually

Course topics vary from year to year.  Advanced. One unit.

Music
400
Senior Seminar
Annually, spring

This course is designed to present an integrated approach to the study of music drawing on and combining aspects of various disciplines (History, Theory, Ethnomusicology, Performance Practice, Popular Music Studies, etc.). Topics and selected works vary from year to year. Required for Music majors. Prerequisites (or co-requisites): Music 212 (History of Western Music 2) and Music 302 (Theory of Music 4). One unit.

Music
400
Fourth-Year Seminar
Spring

This course is designed to present an integrated approach to the study of music drawing on and combining aspects of various disciplines (History, Theory, Ethnomusicology, Performance Practice, Popular Music Studies, etc.). Topics and selected works vary from year to year. Required for Music majors. Prerequisite (or co-requisite): Music 212 and Music 302. One unit.

 

Music
401
Musicology
Alternate years

An advanced topics course for students with a serious interest in music history and theory, especially majors planning to continue their studies in graduate school. Readings center on historical and analytical methods, recent trends in scholarship, and historiography. Prerequisites: Music 202. One unit.

Music
431, 432
Intermediate/Advanced Performance
Annually

Instrumental or vocal lessons for students of intermediate to advanced competency. Interested students must have completed four semesters of individual instruction, perform at the intermediate or advanced level and obtain the permission of the Director of Performance and the Chair of the department. One unit.

Music
433, 434
Advanced Performance
Annually

Instrumental or vocal lessons for students of advanced competency. Interested students must have completed four semesters of individual instruction, perform at the advanced level and obtain the permission of the Director of Performance and the Chair of the department. One unit.