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Music Studies

Note: Non-Music majors must receive approval from the appropriate Department Chair before registering for any music courses. EXCEPTION: Courses specifically indicated for Non-Music majors.

5005. Remedial Studies in Music History (1-3 s.h.)
Designed as remedial study in music history for graduate students. May be taken by undergraduate music majors with approval of the adviser and instructor. Variable Scheduling.


8180. Special Topics in Music (1-3 s.h.)

Special authorization required.


8442. Early Music Seminar (1 s.h.)
Performance and study of music from Medieval through Baroque periods on period instruments. Follows performance practice principles.


8480. Special Topics in Music (1-3 s.h.)

Special authorization required.


8701. Research in Music (3 s.h.)
Survey of primary reference tools, monumental editions and collected works, periodicals, histories, theoretical treatises, iconography, organology, and other bibliographic materials. Term paper written under supervision.


8702. Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3 s.h.)
An overview of the history of ethnomusicology rather than an introduction to the specific musical practices of various countries. Focuses on the origins of the discipline at the turn of the twentieth century, various interests of ethnomusicologists over the years, and internal debates within the field about their relative importance. Attention to anthropology and cultural studies on ethnomusicology since the 1970s and its growing interdisciplinary orientation.


8703. Topics in Ethnomusicology (3 s.h.)
Seminar focusing on issues prominent in present-day ethnomusicological research.


8708. History of Opera (2 or 3 s.h.)
A history of opera from 1600-1790. An expanded paper and/or project are assigned for students seeking 3 credits.


8709. History of Opera (2 or 3 s.h.)
A continuation of Music Studies 708. An expanded paper and/or project are assigned for students seeking 3 credits.


8713. Canon and Fugue (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Counterpoint 4717, or equivalent.

The development of technique in imitative style and an ability to construct phrase and sectional forms in canonic and fugal style.


8714. Contemporary Music (3 s.h.)

Late 19th century through 20th century compositional theories and practices. Includes labs and practicums.


8715. Composition (2 s.h.)

Original composition. Development of inventive ability through compositional modeling.


8716. Composing Music for Films (3 s.h.)

Students use MIDI equipment and software to compose music for synchronization to film and video. Vocabulary and technology of film production, and an understanding of the function of music in documentary and experimental film and video are taught. Includes lab component to develop sequencing skills.


8717. Composition (2 s.h.)

Original composition. Development of inventive ability through performance in a compositional laboratory.


8719. MIDI (3 s.h.)

An introduction to the use of MIDI technology, including basic synthesis, sound design, sequencing, and sampling.


8721. Computer Music Studio (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: Computer Synthesis or MIDI

Extensive, independent compositional activity with computer synthesis.


8726. Computer Synthesis (3 s.h.)

Certain musical applications of digital computers including digital recording, digital sound synthesis, speech synthesis, and various real-time applications. The Csound and PureData applications are used throughout.


8740. Seminar in Composition (3 s.h.)

Enrollment limited to composition majors.  For students enrolled in M.M. and D.M.A. programs in composition. Guidance toward realization of individual creative concepts in music and critical evaluation of the results.


8742. Seminar in Theoretical Analysis (3 s.h.)

Investigation of theoretical and analytical problems in music, including theories of Heinrich Schenker and others as pertinent to particular faculty concerns.


8743-8746 Seminar in Stylistic Analysis (2-3 s.h.)

Advanced study of compositional techniques, composers, analytical techniques, and/or genres. Seminar subject areas may include Bartok's theory and practice, Stravinsky's Russian Period, Analytical Techniques, Lied, Analysis of Opera, Mozart's Piano Concerti, Music of Debussy and Messaien, current trends in analysis, American Neo-classicism, serialists, and others.


8747. Aesthetics of Music (3 s.h.)

Aesthetic principles as applied to music. Problems in making value judgments. Historical survey of aesthetic theories. Individual investigation of topics.


8751. Singing on Record (2-3 s.h.)
A survey of the most notable recorded vocal performances. Emphasis is on vocal categories, repertoire, the operatic career, changing vocal styles, performance traditions and vocal practices throughout the decades.


8752. Studies in Renaissance Music (3 s.h.)
Selected topics from sacred and secular polyphony, and early instrumental music.


8753. Music in the Baroque Era: Seventeenth Century (3 s.h.)
A study of the major stylistic development in the instrumental and vocal music from 1600 to 1700.


8754. Music in the Classical Period (3 s.h.)
Examination of stylistic trends and representative works of pre-classic composers; detailed study of Haydn and Mozart.


8755. Music in the Romantic Period I. (3 s.h.)
An examination of music from the first half of the nineteenth century in the context of new social conditions, literary Romanticism, bourgeois audiences, and the changing role of the artist.


8756. Music in the 20th Century: 1900-1945 (3 s.h.)
An examination of stylistic trends in vocal and instrumental music composed from 1900 through World War II.


8757. Music of the Late Baroque (3 s.h.)
Study of selected works: Vivaldi, Rameau, Bach, Handel, and other composers of the late Baroque period.


8758. Sons of J.S. Bach (3 s.h.)
Seminar on music composed by several sons of J.S. Bach: Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Christian, and Wilhelm Friedemann.


8761. Nineteenth-Century Program Music (3 s.h.)
A study of the development of instrumental program music in the Nineteenth Century. Readings, analysis and individual research will be required.


8762. Verdi Seminar (3 s.h.)
A chronological survey of the major works of Verdi, focusing on changing styles and performance practices.


8763. Studies in Performance Practice (3 s.h.)
An exploration of major issues surrounding the performance of instrumental and vocal music from 1600 to the early Twentieth century. Through the study of historical treatises and tutors, modern secondary literature, recordings, and the music itself, this seminar seeks to broaden the range of performance options available to contemporary performers interested in creating historically informed interpretations.


8764. Studies in Performance Practice (3 s.h.)
A continuation of Studies in Performance Practice 8763.


8768. Renaissance Performance Practice (3 s.h.)
Problems confronting performers of both vocal and instrumental music (ca. 1450-1600): improvisation and ornamentation, modal theory, and music ficta.


8765. Late Nineteenth-Century Russian Music (3 s.h.)
The Russian, Post-Wagnerian tradition in the music of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Genres include symphony, concerto, song, and piano music.


9182. Independent Study (1-3 s.h.)

Special authorization required.


9282. Independent Study (1-3 s.h.)

Special authorization required.


9701. Doctoral Seminar Analysis, Interpretation, and Performance (3 s.h.)

An inquiry in broad context and across media, into some fundamental issues of performance. Analysis, readings, discussions, performance, and critique. Doctoral students only; master's with permission.


9996. Final Written Project-Music Theory (1 s.h.)

A minimum of one semester is required of all M.M. candidates in the Music Theory program.