Conservatory of Music

Undergraduate Music Courses

Last updated Dec. 4, 2014

Composition (MCO 1000–4999)
Performance, Ensemble (MPE 1000–4999)
Music History, Theory, and Musicianship (MTH 1000–4999)
Additional Studies (MUS 1000–4999)

Composition: Undergraduate

Models I, II, III, IV, V, VI
MCO 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020, 3020, 3030

3 credits (per semester)
I, III, V: Fall; II, IV, VI: Spring
The core music theory curriculum for studio composition and studio production students, consisting of six sequential courses (I–IV only for studio production). Studies in musical structure and syntax. An integrated presentation of melody, rhythm, harmony, counterpoint, and timbre. This course begins to explain the universal principles of proportion and beauty in all music.

  1. Music grammar, fundamental harmony, multiple musical traditions
  2. Harmony, species counterpoint, phrase structures
  3. Acoustics, proportion, harmonic series, monophony, species counterpoint
  4. Tonal counterpoint, chromatic harmony, larger forms, jazz harmony and analysis
  5. Pop music, harmonic and rhythmic analysis
  6. Impressionism, expressionism, Fauvism, minimalism, post-tonality

Jazz Theory I and II
MCO 1015
and 1025 / 3 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
The core music theory curriculum for jazz studies students provides a basic foundation leading to proficiency within jazz harmony. Students gain complete facility in major, minor, and dominant seventh scales in every interval, in all 12 keys. Application includes comprehensive abilities within basic foundational harmony, often referred to as II–7, V7, I. This understanding of harmony is immediately put to practical use in standard song forms, some of which are also learned in all 12 keys. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Introduction to Studio Recording
MCO 1130
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An introduction to the recording studio, designed especially for students with no background in music. Students gain an overall understanding of the principles of studio recording and multitrack mixing.
Formerly offered as SOA 1630 for students in other disciplines.

Studio Composition I
MCO 1310
/ 2 credits / Fall
The fundamental information needed to function as an engineer/producer in today’s digitally driven recording environment. Includes an overview of the recording studio and in-depth technical information on the properties of sound, microphone design, cabling, digital audio converters, the Nyquist theorem, consoles, and signal processors. Students gain the working knowledge needed to be comfortable in the studio, together with skills in troubleshooting, maintenance, and engineering. Open to students in all disciplines with permission of instructor.

Studio Composition II
MCO 1320
/ 2 credits / Spring
In this technical exploration of the computer, how it is constructed, and its purpose in a modern recording studio, students gain a transparent view and working knowledge of technology, allowing for greater creative potential. Music-production software programs are explored, e.g., Digital Performer, Logic, Ableton Live, Reason, and Native Instruments. Students learn to troubleshoot and be comfortable in front of any modern computer system with multiple production software programs installed.
Prerequisite: MCO 1310 or permission of instructor

Studio Composition Seminar
MCO 1410
/ 1 credit / Every semester
Group discussions and presentations of student works, together with analysis of music by a range of established composers, encompassing many different styles. Live performances and guest artists enhance class sessions. Required for studio composition majors. Grading is on a pass/no credit basis.

Jazz Harmony I and II
MCO 2015
and 2025 / 2 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Examines the various aspects of jazz harmony and improvisation. Topics include the cycle of fifths; secondary and substitute dominants; key of the moment; cadences, modal interchange, and melodic embellishment; and an in-depth study of improvisational devices, linking scales, advanced reharmonization, and tertian relationships. Limited to jazz studies majors.

MIDI Composition I
MCO 2310
/ 2 credits / Fall
Making technology transparent to musical composition. From the foundation of MIDI signal flow, MIDI editing, and sound-programming theory, students learn to translate compositions into a professional MIDI sequence. Emphasis is on synthesis methods, sampling techniques, and an introduction to instrumentation and orchestration within a MIDI performance. Open to students in all disciplines with permission of instructor.

MIDI Composition II
MCO 2320
/ 2 credits / Spring
A continuation of MCO 2310, with emphasis on instrumentation and orchestration. Students learn advanced MIDI sequencing and sampling techniques for the creation of convincing arrangements and compositions within varying musical scenarios. The acoustical properties of various instrument groups are also addressed.
Prerequisite: MCO 2310 or permission of instructor

Composition Seminar
MCO 3010
/ 1 credit / Every semester
Group discussions and presentations of student works, together with analysis of music by a range of established composers, encompassing many different styles. Live performances and guest artists enhance class sessions.

Studio Production I
MCO 3330
/ 2 credits / Fall
Advanced recording and production technology, with an emphasis on digital multitracking. Large-format “out of the box” consoles and advanced signal path and gain structures are discussed. Includes acoustics and studio design seminars, with soundproofing and construction considerations; and advanced microphone and electronics selection, technique, theory, and practice. Students 
track a variety of instruments together. Culminates in a complex overdubbed class project.
Prerequisite: MCO 1320 and 4360, or permission of instructor

Studio Production II
MCO 3340
/ 2 credits / Spring
Advanced mixing and mastering, including plug-in automation, audio restoration, and mixing in 5.1 surround sound, with an emphasis on troubleshooting, professionalism, and meticulous attention to production values. Discussions include analog processing and its relevance to digital workstations; the role of the engineer and producer in a modern studio environment; and ethics, technique, and real-time production constraints.
Prerequisite: MCO 3330 or permission of instructor

Scoring on Assignment
MCO 3350
/ 2 credits / Spring
Producers of film, TV, advertising, and theatre request a wide range of musical moods and feels. In this course, composers and arrangers are given deadline assignments of writing to a client’s specifications within typical industry parameters. Various styles and techniques used by commercial composers (e.g., thematic writing, underscore, and ostinati devices) are covered. Client relations are emphasized, as is the concept of perfection when writing on demand.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Recommended: Some notation or theoretical ability

Melody Writing
MCO 3415
/ 2 credits / Alternate years (Fall)
A practical study of the craft of writing contemporary melody. Analytical and creative focus on effective melodic practice, plus musical rhyme, dramatic pitch curve, repetition and excursion, bridge, prechorus and chorus writing, melodic psychology and hooks. Studies may include Franz Schubert, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Billie Holiday, Carole King, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Randy Newman, and others. Prior musical accomplishment as a melodist and ability to read notation are required. Open to students in other disciplines with permission of instructor.
Formerly also offered as SOA 3505 for students in other disciplines, with permission of instructor.

Lyric Writing
MCO 3420
/ 2 credits / Spring
A practical study of the craft of writing contemporary lyrics. Analytical and creative focus on effective musical structures, plus rhyme forms and schemes, line and unit densities, text and subtexts. Studies may include Langston Hughes, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith, Chuck D, Tupac Shakur, and others. Prior musical accomplishment as a lyricist and a desire to collaborate are required. Open to students in other disciplines with permission of instructor.
Formerly also offered as SOA 3500 for students in other disciplines.

Film Scoring I
MCO 3500
/ 2 credits / Fall
Writing/producing music for motion pictures. Action/dialogue underscoring, multiple cues, synchronization, editing, and critical budgets of time, equipment, and labor.
Prerequisite: MCO 1320 or MCO 2320 or permission of instructor

Film Scoring II
MCO 3510
/ 2 credits / Spring
Practical exercises in the technical and creative aspects of production and engineering, with an emphasis on sound for motion pictures. Topics include production sound, automated dialogue replacement (ADR), SFX, Foley, file formats and Sync, stem mixes, spotting and scoring, mixing to picture, and delivery formats. The course includes demonstrations and a group recording project. Collaborative work with Purchase College film students is encouraged.
Prerequisite: MCO 3500 or permission of instructor

Studio Arranging I
MCO 3550
/ 2 credits / Fall
Designed to provide students with the knowledge needed to transform a song from its simplest form to a full-fledged, multidimensional arrangement, ranging from an entire symphony orchestra to exotic percussion and experimental studio effects.
Prerequisite: MCO 2020 and MTH 2425

Studio Arranging II
MCO 3555
/ 2 credits / Spring
A continuation of MCO 3550, with a more in-depth approach to song structure, instrumentation/orchestration, lead sheet writing, the skill of transcription, and the harmonic/melodic/rhythmic relationship. Formulating an album concept, genre-specific characteristics, and arranging preexisting material are also discussed in detail.
Prerequisite: MCO 3550

Contracts, Copyrights, and Publishing
MCO 3712
/ 2 credits / Fall
A course in the business of music that focuses on essential legal terms, language, and concepts underlying standard recording artist agreements, U.S. copyright law, and standard music publishing contracts. Sampling legislation, synchronization, and mechanical licenses are also examined in detail. Pending schedule availability, noted music industry professionals present guest lectures on relevant topics. Open to students in all disciplines with permission of instructor.

Touring, Promotion, and Distribution
MCO 3722
/ 2 credits / Spring
Addresses the complexities of booking a tour, artist promotion, and current trends in music distribution, including do-it-yourself (DIY) Web-based distribution. Ethical issues relating to controversial subject matter and images, derogatory lyrics, social politics, and sexual content and its effect on the marketplace are also discussed. Open to students in all disciplines with permission of instructor.

Jazz Composition I
MCO 4030
/ 2 credits / Fall
A writing course covering the basics of composition as they relate to the jazz idiom. Song forms, harmonic and melodic structure, genre-specific compositional traits, and the work of both specific bebop-era jazz composers and composers in the Great American Songbook are studied. Compositions from different genres within the jazz idiom are broken down into their common components for comparison and contrast. All assignments are delivered via Finale or Sibelius notation software. Limited to jazz studies majors.
Prerequisite: MCO 1015, 1025, 2015, and 2025; MUS 4410 and 4420

Jazz Composition II
MCO 4035
/ 2 credits / Spring
A writing course covering more contemporary concepts of composition as they relate to the jazz idiom. Song forms, harmonic and melodic structure, genre-specific compositional traits, and the work of specific modern post-bop jazz composers are studied. Compositions from different genres within the jazz idiom are broken down into their common components for comparison and contrast. All assignments are delivered via Finale or Sibelius notation software. Limited to jazz studies majors.
Prerequisite: MCO 1015, 1025, 2015, and 2025; MUS 4410 and 4420

Studio Composition Master Class
MCO 4120
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Weekly study in small groups with master composers. Melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, form, and lyrics are studied within a variety of styles, aesthetics, and technologies. Students present their work at each class.

Studio Production Master Class
MCO 4125
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Weekly study in groups of three to five with master producers. Recording techniques and technologies, as well as the psychological, logistical, and entrepreneurial crafts of a producer, are studied. Students present their work at each class.

Digital Audio I
MCO 4350
/ 2 credits / Fall
A “Pro Tools 101” course covering digital audio workstation (DAW) essentials, in which intensive digital editing and DAW skills are developed. Includes specific instruction in Pro Tools shortcuts, file types and digital audio formats, edit modes, groups, playlists, session management, and safe data-file management skills, along with background history on tape vs. digital recording techniques. Open to students in all disciplines with permission of instructor.

Digital Audio II
MCO 4360
/ 2 credits / Spring
How to equip and set up a modern digital recording studio. Topics include equipment, project, and professional studio design and logistics for stereo and multitrack recording; setting up and running a tracking session; microphone techniques and cue mix strategies; an overview of mixing and mastering, including automation, region manipulation, time-division multiplexing (TDM), and AudioSuite and Real-Time AudioSuite (RTAS) plug-in basics; and advanced signal processing.
Prerequisite: MCO 4350 or permission of instructor

Creative Production Techniques I and II
MCO 4711
and 4721 / 1.5 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Focuses on unique scenarios and non-mainstream techniques in recording and production. Assignments include recording live to mono analog tape; instrument construction, using scrap materials; and composition and recording. Study of ethnic music, including reggae and blues.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

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Performance, Ensemble: Undergraduate

Freshman Jury
MPE 0200, 0201, 0202, 0203

0 credit / Spring
An evaluation of each music major’s progress after one year of study in the conservatory. Students perform for a faculty jury, and their abilities in their area of concentration are critically evaluated. Successful completion of the freshman jury is required to continue in the program. Students register as follows: MPE 0201, jazz studies; MPE 0202, studio composition; MPE 0203, studio production; MPE 0200, all other juries.

Sophomore Jury
MPE 0300, 0301, 0302, 0303

0 credit / Spring
An evaluation of each music major’s progress after two years of study in the conservatory. Students perform for a faculty jury, and their abilities in their area of concentration are critically evaluated. Successful completion of the sophomore jury is required to continue in the program. Students register as follows: MPE 0301, jazz studies; MPE 0302, studio composition; MPE 0303, studio production; MPE 0300, all other juries.

Discontinued Fall 2014 (5/15/14):
Midpoint Assessment
MPE 0310, 0312, 0313, 0314

0 credit / Spring
A skills-related exam/jury scheduled concurrently with the second semester of second-year theory. Students are asked to demonstrate proficiency in theory or models, solfège or ear training, secondary keyboard (non-pianists only), and music history. Failure to do so results in the postponement of the junior recital/production. Students register as follows: MPE 0312, studio composition; MPE 0313, studio production; MPE 0314, vocal performance; MPE 0310, all other music majors (excluding jazz studies). Grading is on a pass/no credit basis.
Prerequisite: MCO 2010, MTH 2050, or MTH 2435 and permission of faculty advisor or conservatory director
Corequisite: MCO 2020, MTH 3050, or MTH 2445

Keyboard Studies I, II, III, IV
MPE 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020

1 credit (per semester)
I, III: Fall; II, IV: Spring
Designed to promote facility at the keyboard, this four-semester sequence of lessons for non-keyboard students culminates in a proficiency examination normally taken at the end of the sophomore year. Different sections of this course sequence are designed specifically for classical performance (excluding piano), jazz studies, and studio composition majors.

Studio Chart Reading
MPE 1030
/ 1 credit / Every semester
Focuses on the art of reading and performing music notation written for and by studio musicians. Topics include techniques in reading and performing numeric charts, reading and writing music shorthand, and sight-reading charts. This course recreates real-life studio conditions for ensembles and prepares players to participate in the professional opportunities of the recording studio.

Title modified 3/27/14:
Jazz Ensemble
MPE 1050
/ 2 credits / Every year
Provides students from other disciplines an opportunity to participate in a small jazz combo. Emphasis is on standard jazz repertoire, understanding of the jazz vernacular, and jazz improvisation. A background in performing in similar ensembles in high school is beneficial. Taught by a faculty member of the jazz studies program.
Formerly offered as SOA 1550 for students in other disciplines.

Chamber Music Class
MPE 1110
/ 2 credits / Every semester
The study and performance of works from the chamber music repertoire and/or the sonata literature for piano and instruments. Coaching sessions (up to one and a half hours per week) culminate in performances.
Prerequisite: Audition

Brass Chamber Music
MPE 1112
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Coached by members of the brass faculty, this ensemble class focuses on group intonation, phrasing, articulation, and blend. Literature is selected from all styles and eras of music, and composition for the ensemble is also encouraged. Rehearses weekly for one and a half hours.
Corequisite: MPE 1221

Contemporary Ensemble
MPE 1160
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Presents the opportunity to study and perform contemporary works by established composers for diverse instruments, in all styles. Open to all undergraduate music majors.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Purchase New Music
MPE 1165
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Presents the opportunity to study and perform contemporary works by student composers for diverse instruments, in all styles. Open to all undergraduate music majors.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Camerata
MPE 1170
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Interpretation of music of the 17th and 18th centuries from the perspective of historically informed performance. Instructors teach basic principles of interpretation that are evident from early performance manuals, then encourage students to actively engage these principles by forming personal interpretations around them. Students are encouraged to form creative, original approaches to the repertoire, particularly when the historical record may be incomplete, inchoate, or simplistic.

Symphony Orchestra
MPE 1201
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Intense preparation of works, mostly from the standard repertoire, for performance. Study of characteristic styles, performance practice, and acquisition of large ensemble skills and professional etiquette. Open to students in all disciplines with permission of instructor.

Woodwind Performance Class
MPE 1210
/ 1 credit / Every semester
This course is devoted to the study of orchestral excerpts and large-scale chamber music. Instrumental techniques, tuning, and ensemble balance are given careful attention.
Corequisite: MPE 1211

Woodwind Instrumental Lab
MPE 1211
/ .5 credit / Every semester
Companion performance lab for participants in MPE 1210.
Corequisite: MPE 1210

Brass Performance and Ensemble
MPE 1220
/ 1 credit / Every semester
The main instrumental ensemble (20–30 players) in the brass program. Conducted by members of the brass faculty, this ensemble performs repertoire from the 16th century to the present. It also performs music from the British “brass band” repertoire, in which students are required to play traditional brass band instruments. Rehearses weekly for one and a half hours. Open to students in all disciplines with permission of instructor.

Brass Instrumental Lab
MPE 1221
/ .5 credit / Every semester
Companion performance lab for participants in MPE 1112.
Corequisite: MPE 1112

Percussion Performance Class
MPE 1230
/ 1 credit / Every semester
A forum for percussionists to discuss and examine the many facets of percussion performance. The study of the orchestral repertoire for timpani and percussion is the primary focus.

Percussion Ensemble
MPE 1231
/ 1 credit / Every semester
Study and performance of the percussion ensemble repertoire. Students have the opportunity to perform a range of parts, from basic to virtuosic, in all areas of percussion: timpani, mallets, and multiple percussion.

Hand Drumming Workshop
MPE 1232
/ 1 credit / Every semester
An exploration of the ancient musical tradition of hand drumming found in many cultures. Hand drumming techniques from Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, and Asia are learned and practiced in an ensemble setting to energize, build unity, and heighten creativity. Students gain experience with djembe, guiro, conga, shakers, and clavés, as well as other percussive and rhythmic instruments. No prior musical experience is required.
Formerly offered as SOA 1500 for students in other disciplines.

String Performance Class
MPE 1240
/ 1 credit / Every semester
A weekly gathering of all violinists, violists, violoncellists, and bass students, providing a forum for string players to perform for each other and to discuss and examine the many facets of string playing. Repertoire may include solo, chamber, and orchestral. Audition techniques, performance traditions, and instrument maintenance may also be covered.

Soul Voices Ensemble
MPE 1245
/ 2 credits / Every semester
A mixed vocal ensemble that explores the music of the African American experience, including spirituals, gospel, soul, rhythm and blues, funk, and jazz. The semester culminates with a public concert on campus. Open to students in all disciplines, including music majors.
Formerly offered as SOA 1520 for students in all disciplines.

Harpsichord/Organ Repertoire Class
MPE 1260
/ 1 credit / Every semester
Covers the full range of basic repertoire for the harpsichord and organ. Students perform and actively participate in the analytical and critical process for pedagogical purposes.

Viola for Violinists
MPE 1270
/ 2 credits / Every semester
An introduction to the viola for violinists. Students gain proficiency in the alto clef, familiarity with sound production, and techniques of the bow and left hand as considered from a different perspective on the viola. Repertoire is individualized for each student.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Jazz Saxophone Doubling
MPE 1295
/ 1 credit / Every semester
A comprehensive overview of playing techniques for the common saxophone doubles, especially clarinet and flute. Specifics on embouchures, fingerings, tone production, and performance practice are facilitated by weekly in-class readings of repertoire, études, and technical exercises.

Klezmer Ensemble
MPE 1360
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
The study and performance of traditional and contemporary repertoire from the Eastern European Jewish music tradition known as klezmer. Students develop improvisational skills using the traditional ornaments and modal melodic language. They also learn the klezmer approach to ensemble playing, which combines unison playing, call and response, and improvised solos. This course culminates in a performance as final project. Open to students in other disciplines with permission of instructor.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Formerly also offered as SOA 1510 for students in other disciplines, with permission of instructor.

Italian Art Song Literature I and II
MPE 1370
and 1375 / 1.5 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
A survey course of Italian art songs from the 16th century to modern times; part of the core curriculum for classical voice majors. Presented chronologically, the songs explore the repertoire that forms the core of each linguistic style and historical period. Students learn and perform one song every week in a master-class setting. Integrated with MPE 1380 and MPE 1390.

Italian Diction I and II
MPE 1380
and 1390 / 1 credit (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
An exploration of the principles of Italian diction. The international phonetic alphabet is employed to indicate correct pronunciation. Vigorous application of these principles to the repertoire studied in MPE 1370 and 1375.

Guitar Performance Class
MPE 1400
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Covers a full range of solo repertoire and performance. Students actively participate in the analytic and critical process for pedagogical purposes.

Harp Performance Class
MPE 1420
/ 1 credit / Every semester
A weekly gathering of harpists, providing a forum for performance, discussion, and examination of the many facets of harp technique and interpretation. Repertoire may include solo, chamber, and orchestral works. Audition techniques, performance traditions, and instrument maintenance are also covered.

Reinstated with new description Spring 2014 (9/03/13):
Guitar Ensemble
MPE 1450
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Designed for classical guitarists who are interested in gaining ensemble, sight-reading, and arranging skills for guitar ensemble. Students are expected to perform repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries and create their own arrangements for performance by various combinations, such as a guitar orchestra, duos, trios, and quartets. Strong musicianship skills are required.

Piano Performance Class
MPE 1480
/ 1 credit / Every semester
Covers the full range of solo repertoire for piano. Students perform and actively participate in the analytical and critical process for pedagogical purposes.
Prerequisite: MPE 0300

Jazz Orchestra
MPE 1550
/ 2 credits / Every semester
The Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece big band that performs jazz from every era. From staples like Ellington and Basie to more modern works by today’s leading composers and arrangers, this orchestra swings and is always a pleasure to listen to. Limited to jazz studies majors.
Prerequisite: Audition

Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra
MPE 1600
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Focuses on the music of the Machito Orchestra, Tito Puente, Chico O’Farrill, and Dizzy Gillespie, among others. The conversion of standard jazz repertoire to what is currently known as Latin jazz is emphasized through an in-depth study of clavé (the rhythmic pulse found in Afro-Caribbean music) and the variety of rhythms incorporated in this genre. Orchestra members are encouraged to contribute original arrangements. Open to students in other disciplines with permission of instructor.
Prerequisite: Audition
Formerly also offered as SOA 1530 for students in other disciplines, with permission of instructor.

Studio Programs Ensemble
MPE 1650
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Students develop performance skills in a cross-genre ensemble of popular music styles. While most of the group work takes place in a studio setting, live performance and recording sessions are also included. Students learn the skills of projection, amplification, and audience engagement and have the opportunity to develop their unique performance style and musical voice. Limited to studio composition and studio production majors.

Jazz Combos
MPE 1700
/ 2 credits / Every semester
These combos are thematically based and speak directly to the firsthand performing experiences of faculty mentors. Focusing on repertoire derived from the master composer/bandleaders from all eras of jazz, elements of group interaction, group dynamic, improvisation, arranging, and stylistic interpretation are integrated into a professional ensemble experience. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Purchase Symphonic Winds
MPE 1800
/ 2 credits / Every semester
An ensemble comprised of wind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists. Repertoire is chosen from the vast spectrum of literature written and transcribed for concert band setting. The ensemble engages in rigorous preparation that culminates in an end-of-semester concert performance. Membership is by audition for all Purchase College students as well as community residents.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Formerly also offered as SOA 1525 for students in other disciplines, with permission of instructor.

Prerequisite removed Spring 2015 (12/04/14):
Sight Reading Workshop
MPE 1850
/ 1 credit / Every semester
An exploration of the literature for piano-four hands (duets and two pianos) with the objective of developing skill in sight reading, leading to a performance of material read at sight.

Movement Styles
MPE 2230
/ 1 credit / Every semester
A course for the singing performer on how to move within the context of different historical periods. It explores the reason for each movement style by offering training in balance, coordination, flexibility, and strength.

Stage Techniques for Singers
MPE 2260
/ 2 credits / Every semester
A performance class designed to develop the language of the stage and its various applications, using pantomime, dance, music, text, character analysis, dramatic readings, meditations, etc. as tools to become comfortable on the stage.

German Art Song Literature I and II
MPE 2370
and 2375 / 1.5 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
A survey course of German art songs; part of the core curriculum for voice majors. Presented chronologically, the songs explore the repertoire that forms the core of each linguistic style and historical period. Students learn and perform one song every week in a master-class setting. Emphasis is on the development of musical skills necessary for the appropriate interpretation of each style. Integrated with MPE 2380 and 2390.

German Diction I and II
MPE 2380
and 2390 / 1 credit (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
An exploration of the principles of German diction. The international phonetic alphabet is employed to indicate correct pronunciation. Vigorous application of these principles to the repertoire studied in MPE 2370 and 2375.

Keyboard Literature I and II
MPE 2550
and 2560 / 2 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
A historical and practical survey of keyboard music from the pre-Renaissance through the Classical Era. Assignments involve the preparation and in-class performance of works from these periods and exploration of lesser-known literature. Discussions and projects relate to the history and performance practice of the period.
Corequisite: MTH 2510 and 2520
Formerly also offered as SOA 2550 and 2555 for students in other disciplines with no corequisite.

Keyboard Literature III and IV
MPE 2570
and 2580 / 2 credits (per semester)
III: Fall; IV: Spring
A historical and practical survey of keyboard music from the 19th century to the present. Assignments involve the preparation and in-class performance of works from these periods and exploration of lesser-known literature. Discussions and projects relate to the history and performance practice of the period.

Collaborative Piano
MPE 2610
/ 1 credit / Every semester
Study of the art of accompanying singers and instrumentalists. Members of the class perform regularly.

Improvisation for Pianists
MPE 2620
/ 1.5 credits / Alternate years
A practical exploration of the art of improvisation for the classical pianist. Students develop improvisatory techniques using harmonic structures, varied musical textures, rhythmic nuance, and spontaneous counterpoint. This guided approach builds on the belief that accomplished improvisation is a practiced skill. It embraces the historical practice of improvisation as part of performances by composers like Mozart, Beethoven, and Liszt.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Opera Coaching
MPE 3260
/ .5 credit / Every semester
Private weekly music coaching (for undergraduates, in the junior and senior years) that support the student’s development (technical and artistic) and presentation (linguistic, stylistic, musical, and dramatic). Prepares the student for performance situations throughout the department. The goal is to enable the student to function as an independent professional upon completion of the program.

Opera Workshop
MPE 3350
/ 2 credits / Every semester
In a performance lab setting, students prepare and perform in a concert of staged scenes with piano or instrumental ensemble; and/or participate in at least one fully staged opera, given in its original language, with orchestra, sets, and costumes. This course further develops and refines the musical and dramatic skills acquired in previous courses.

Opera Workshop Lab
MPE 3355
/ 1 credit / Spring
A practical application of opera rehearsal techniques as studied in MPE 3350.
Corequisite: MPE 3350

French Art Song Literature I and II
MPE 3370
and 3375 / 1.5 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
A survey course of French art songs; part of the core curriculum for classical voice majors. Presented chronologically, the songs explore the repertoire that forms the core of each linguistic style and historical period. Students learn and perform one song every week in a master-class setting. Emphasis is on the development of musical skills necessary for the appropriate interpretation of each style. Integrated with MPE 3380 and 3390.

French Diction I and II
MPE 3380
and 3390 / 1 credit (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
An exploration of the principles of French diction. The international phonetic alphabet is employed to indicate correct pronunciation. Vigorous application of these principles to the repertoire studied in MPE 3370 and 3375.

Conducting Techniques
MPE 3500
/ 2 credits / Fall
A practical introduction: simple beat patterns with both hands, cues with the left hand, as well as indications for sforzati, cut offs, and lyric gestures. Works from early Haydn to Brahms.

Conducting Strategies
MPE 3510
/ 2 credits / Spring
A seminar that explores how conductors approach musical challenges. Studies and assignments incorporate score analysis, orchestral arranging, and conducting techniques. Students conduct short works that they have arranged or composed for small ensembles formed in the class.

Orchestral Excerpts
MPE 4000
/ 1 credit / Spring
An opportunity for instrumentalists to become familiar with challenging solo material from the standard orchestral repertoire, enhancing their ability to succeed at auditions.

Junior Recital
(jazz: 45 minutes; strings: minimum 30 minutes; all other junior recitals: 30 minutes)
MPE 3991, 3992, 3993 / 1 credit / Every semester
Senior Recital (60 minutes)
MPE 4991, 4992, 4993 / 1 credit / Every semester
A recital of repertoire or original compositions. While faculty and private teachers work closely with students in its preparation, the recital largely represents an independent effort demonstrating the student’s mastery of a range of literature, a variety of styles and techniques, and the ability to design and execute a substantial program. String players must include a substantial work (from the mid-20th century through the contemporary era) on either their junior or senior recital. Students register as follows: MPE 3992 and 4992, jazz studies recitals; MPE 3993 and 4993, studio composition recitals; MPE 3991 and 4991, all other junior/senior recitals.
Prerequisite: Junior: MPE 0300, 0301, or 0302 (sophomore jury); senior: MPE 3991, 3992, or 3993 (junior recital)

Junior Production (30 minutes)
MPE 3995 / 1 credit / Every semester
Senior Production (60 minutes)
MPE 4950 / 1 credit / Every semester
A CD produced and engineered by each student that demonstrates his or her skills and musicality as a recording engineer and record producer. A 30-minute CD is required for MPE 3995; a 60-minute CD is required for MPE 4950. Material should be newly recorded, not a compilation of early material. MPE 3995 and 4950 are the equivalents of the junior and senior recitals for studio production majors.
Prerequisite: Junior: MPE 0303; senior: MPE 3995

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Music History, Theory, and Musicianship: Undergraduate

Music Theory I, II, III, IV, V
MTH 1010, 1020, 2050, 3050, 4050

2 credits (per semester)
I, III, V: Fall; II, IV: Spring
The core music theory curriculum for classical music students (five sequential semesters). Designed to provide a thorough background in musical structure, the course material is an integrated presentation of concepts and disciplines, including fundamentals, species counterpoint, and traditional harmony. Other important topics are rhythmic organization, analysis and composition of melodies, phrase structure, and harmonic analysis of excerpts from the standard repertoire.
Corequisite: MTH 1410, 1420, 2410, 2420, 3410, and MPE 1010

Solfège I, II, III, IV, V, VI
MTH 1410, 1420, 2410, 2420, 3410, 3420

1.5 credits (per semester)
I, III, V: Fall; II, IV, VI: Spring
Exercises in sight singing and ear training; modal, tonal, chromatic, and atonal melodies in seven clefs; rhythmic exercises to three voices; and melodic, rhythmic, and chordal dictation. Six sequential semesters required.
Corequisite: MTH 1010, 1020, 2050, 3050, 4050, and MPE 1010

Studio Ear Training I, II, III, IV
MTH 1415, 1425, 2415, 2425

1.5 credits (per semester)
I, III: Fall; II, IV: Spring
Topics include hearing chord progressions, from simple to complex; singing and analysis of pop, jazz, rock, and symphonic compositions; and rhythmic dictation and playing by ear. More advanced topics include transcribing bass lines and melodies, African rhythm, and simple improvisation.

Jazz Ear Training I, II, III, IV
MTH 1430, 1440, 2430, 2440

1.5 credits (per semester)
I, III: Fall; II, IV: Spring
Development of the ear specific to the jazz vernacular, focusing on melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic models. The methodology presented in each class is applied in ear training sessions with class partners. Dictation and singing are used to develop aural skills. Students learn to hear and transcribe contextual examples of jazz and to respond accurately while participating in performance settings. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Vocal Ear Training I, II, III, IV
MTH 1436, 1446, 2436, 2446
1.5 credits (per semester)
I, III: Fall; II, IV: Spring
An extensive exploration of the elements of sight singing, rhythmic study, and solfège, with progressive practical application throughout four semesters of study.

Vocal Keyboard Skills I, II, III, IV
MTH 1437, 1447, 2437, 2447

1 credit (per semester)
I, III: Fall; II, IV: Spring
Establishes a familiarity with the keyboard and a thorough knowledge of essential skills to empower students in their pursuit of independent repertoire study.

Introduction to World Music
MTH 1560
/ 2 credits / Spring
The music of Japan, India, West Africa, Cuba, and Brazil is compared and contrasted. Topics include the use of music in each respective society; musical forms; types of instruments; and the impact of history, religion, and politics on the music.
Formerly also offered as SOA 1560 for students in other disciplines.

World Music and Jazz Traditions
MTH 2230
/ 2 credits / Fall
An overview of world music and an introduction to the indigenous American art form of jazz. Students explore music from many cultures, including Africa, the Caribbean, India, China, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, the Middle East, and Latin America. The course also surveys traditional jazz styles and their roots, including the blues, Dixieland, swing, and bebop. These varied musical traditions are presented within both their unique cultural contexts and a modern global context.
Formerly also offered as SOA 2580 for students in other disciplines.

Survey of Music History I and II
MTH 2510
and 2520 / 3 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Traces the history of Western concert music, providing an overview and foundation. The course begins with a focus on world music, placing Western concert music in the greater context of its relationship to other cultures. The musical cultures of India and the Arabic countries of North Africa are examined for their impact on Western concepts. MTH 2510 and 2520 may be taken in either order.
Corequisite (for classical music students): MTH 2050 and 3050
Formerly also offered as SOA 2500 and 2505 for students in other disciplines, without corequisite.

Orchestration I
MTH 3070
/ 2 credits / Fall
A practical introductory study of idiomatic writing for traditional instruments. Instrumental characteristics, timbral balance, dynamics, articulation, and texture. Scoring of fragments of works for ensembles of two to 20 instruments.
Prerequisite: MTH 3050 or MCO 2020 or permission of instructor

Orchestration II
MTH 3080
/ 2 credits / Spring
A continuation of MTH 3070. Scoring for complex traditional ensembles, including string orchestra, winds, full percussion, symphony, operatic, film, and theatre orchestras. Score analysis from Monteverdi to Stockhausen.
Prerequisite: MTH 3050 or MCO 2020 or permission of instructor

Techniques of Composition for Performers
MTH 3170
/ 2 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
An opportunity for instrumentalists to experience writing music. Each project is based on an existing work that students absorb and analyze before creating a work of their own. Through compositional models, students explore contemporary theory and the compositional thought process, which will enrich their lives as interpreters. All student pieces are performed in class.

Electroacoustic Music I
MTH 3180
/ 2 credits / Fall
A historical overview of electroacoustic music, beginning in the late 1940s with the devotees of musique concrète, recorded natural sounds, and synthesized tone construction. Students learn about the gradual evolution of technology and composition and its impact on many music traditions and trends.
Formerly also offered as SOA 3550 for students in other disciplines.

Electroacoustic Music II
MTH 3190
/ 2 credits / Spring
An overview of current creative trends in electroacoustic music. Contemporary digital music systems offer unprecedented dynamic control over timbre. This course reviews aspects of musical acoustics and psychoacoustics and explores electroacoustic simulation through recent experimental examples.
Prerequisite: MTH 3180 or permission of instructor
Formerly also offered as SOA 3555 for students in other disciplines.

Improvisation for Classical Musicians
MTH 3370
/ 2 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
Fosters deep understanding of music theory by returning to 18th-century training methods that employ analysis and synthesis together, in place of the current reliance on analysis alone. On the basis of analysis of theoretical principles of 18th-century models of ornamentation, free fantasias, basso continuo, and cadenzas, students learn to do original work in these genres.

Jazz History I and II
MTH 3400
and 3450 / 3 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Surveys the history and evolution of jazz from its West African origins and migration to the present. While emphasis is on listening to and analyzing recorded examples, sociopolitical and economic issues are also examined. Students learn to identify stylistic and contextual aspects of jazz based solely on listening and develop a familiarity with the major stylistic innovators from all eras. Readings from scholarly works help provide a comprehensive overview of America’s indigenous music. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Music Since 1900
MTH 3510
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Examines major developments and trends in 20th-century musical style, including impressionism, primitivism, expressionism, and neoclassicism. Studies include an examination of cultural and social movements as expressed through other art forms.
Prerequisite: MTH 2520

Music From Antiquity
MTH 3575
/ 2 credits / Fall
Taught from both musical and social perspectives, this course explores the history of music from its earliest surviving roots in ancient Greece through the opening of the Baroque era. Topics include plainchant, the rise of polyphony, development of notation, rhythmic modes, the Burgundian school, the effects of Renaissance humanism on musical culture, the Renaissance madrigal, basso continuo, and opera.
Prerequisite: MTH 2510 and 2520 and an excellent command of English (reading and writing)

Music of the Common Practice Era
MTH 3576
/ 2 credits / Spring
A study of repertoire, social history, performance practice, and changing aesthetics of music in the period c. 1750–1880, concentrating on works by C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, von Weber, Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, Wagner, and Tchaikovsky. Students are encouraged to investigate and understand stylistic foundations, analytical workings, reception history, and philosophical implications of important musical works of the period.
Prerequisite: MTH 2510 and 2520 and an excellent command of English (reading and writing)

Expansion of Chromaticism
MTH 3577
/ 2 credits / Fall
An in-depth look at the period of musical evolution that occurred between the collapse of a “common practice” in music (the closing decades of the 19th century) and World War II. Styles investigated include primitivism, futurism, extreme chromaticism extending into atonality, bitonality, impressionism, expressionism, decadent symbolism, and neoclassicism.
Prerequisite: MTH 2510 and 2520 and an excellent command of English (reading and writing)

Music Since 1945
MTH 3578
/ 2 credits / Spring
Presents an in-depth look at expansions of serial technique by the Darmstadt group; the rise of the American avant-garde; the emergence of a newly contextualized tonality; minimalism, mostly in the works of such Americans as Reich, Glass, and Adams, with some works by Pärt and Górecki; and expressions of postmodernism by artists as diverse as Brian Eno, Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, and Björk.
Prerequisite: MTH 2510 and 2520 and excellent command of English (reading and writing)

The Music of J.S. Bach
MTH 3600
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Bach and his music are engaged from historical, social, generic, analytic, and performance-based perspectives. Students examine Bach’s inventiveness in cross-pollinating genres as well as his contrapuntal genius, fascination with musical instrument building, and expansion of the professional life of musicians. In addition to written assignments, each student gives a lecture-demonstration on a work (or segment of a work) by Bach.
Prerequisite: MTH 2510 and 2520 and WRI 1110
Formerly also offered as SOA 3600 for students in other disciplines.

The Music of Beethoven
MTH 3620
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A study of the stylistic influences surrounding Beethoven’s music; the history of its reception; its formal, thematic, and harmonic construction; and how it interrogates other works. The tripartite division of Beethoven’s life is scrutinized and evaluated for its applicability (or lack thereof) to various parts of his repertoire. Students give a lecture-demonstration of one work (or one part of a work).
Prerequisite: MTH 2510 and 2520 and WRI 1110
Formerly also offered as SOA 3540 for students in other disciplines.

Berlioz, Wagner, and Liszt
MTH 3630
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A study of the lives, output, and philosophies of the three composers of largely programmatic music who comprised the New German School and were opposed strongly by Brahms and Eduard Hanslick. The rich corpus of prose works (primarily those printed in Die neue Zeitschrift für Musik) left by these composers is used to interrogate their musical scores.
Prerequisite: MTH 2510 and 2520 and WRI 1110

Mahler and Strauss
MTH 3670
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
The lives, output, and collaborations of Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss are explored in the context of the heady atmosphere of the Viennese fin de siècle. Discussions of political and social upheavals (Dr. Karl Luger, the Ringstrasse project, and Klimt and the Secessionist movement) are mixed with examination and analysis of representative works, predominantly orchestral songs and symphonies/tone poems.

Shostakovich and the Soviet Era
MTH 3680
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Examines the works of Dmitri Shostakovich, the greatest of the Soviet-era Russian composers and one of the top symphonists of the 20th century. Soviet politics are examined in relation to the arts, Shostakovich’s official condemnations and rehabilitations, and his major works for opera, ballet, piano, chamber, symphonic, and vocal repertoire.
Prerequisite: MTH 2510 and 2520 and WRI 1110

Seminar in Analysis
MTH 4010
/ 2 credits / Spring
Analysis of selected works from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, with particular attention to tonal design and rhythmic and phraseological structure.
Prerequisite: MTH 4050

Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis
MTH 4075
/ 2 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
Students examine and contextualize many of the important works from the Second Viennese School and beyond. Special emphasis is given to the impact of such early 20th-century figures as Schoenberg and Stravinsky, opera, innovations in the work of Oliver Messiaen, and music by living composers. Major political and social changes during the century are factored into the musical discussions.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

History of Recorded Music I: Blues to Bebop
MTH 4120
/ 2 credits / Fall
American popular music and its recording techniques (to 1950): ragtime, gospel, blues, vaudeville, New Orleans brass band, swing, Tin Pan Alley, bebop, and early rhythm and blues. Analysis and performance.
Prerequisite: Two years as a music major; or junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor
Formerly also offered as SOA 4600 for students in other disciplines with junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor.

History of Recorded Music II: Bebop to Hip-Hop
MTH 4130
/ 2 credits / Spring
A continuation of MTH 4120. Cool, mainstream, progressive/free jazz, rhythm and blues, country and western, Broadway, rock ’n’ roll, reggae, soul and Motown, fusion, disco, punk, metal, and hip-hop. Analysis and performance.
Prerequisite: Two years as a music major; or junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor
Formerly also offered as SOA 4610 for students in other disciplines with junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor.

Opera History I and II
MTH 4211 and 4212 / 1.5 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
A chronological survey of major operas and opera composers from the early 1600s to the present in cultural context. Participants research and write critical analyses based on documentation of early performances and, when available, archival recordings.
Formerly also offered as SOA 4590 and 4595 for students in other disciplines.

Opera Literature I and II
MTH 4213 and 4214 / 1.5 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
An integrated companion to MTH 4211 and 4212, focusing on historic performance styles and their practical application. Participants learn and present excerpts from each major historical operatic period.

The Golden Age of Recorded Opera
MTH 4225
/ 1.5 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students listen to recordings of such preeminent artists as Birgit Nilsson, Leontyn Price, Teresa Berganza, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda, and Leonard Warren from the golden age of recorded opera (1950–1985). Attention is paid to the variety of styles, techniques, and interpretations found in various arias, ensembles, and art songs.

The Magic of the Fugue
MTH 4320
/ 2 credits / Alternate years (Spring)
Provides training in composing and analyzing fugues based on teaching methods outlined in The Art of the Fugue (1750) by J.S. Bach. Each lecture illuminates one of Bach’s teaching points and is followed by written assignments. The final exam is the composition of a fugue on a given subject.

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Additional Studies: Undergraduate

Jazz Repertoire I and II: The Great American Songbook
MUS 1070
and 2080 / 2 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Presents many of the essential American standards (e.g., Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Rodgers and Hart, Hammerstein) regularly performed by working jazz musicians. Each week, a tune is studied aurally, learned by ear, analyzed, and memorized. Small combo techniques, transposition, and interaction are included. Sample recordings of all the selections for these courses are made available. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Piano Pedagogy
MUS 1160
/ 2 credits / Alternate years (Fall)
Pianists are introduced to the art of teaching through discussions, lectures, and assignments. Class activities explore teaching techniques, materials, repertoire, and curriculum planning for intermediate and advanced pianists. Students are also given opportunities for practice teaching. Other projects may include conducting a master class, adjudicating a competition, preparing a recital, and researching new technology resources related to pedagogy.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Chorus
MUS 1250
/ 2 credits / Every semester
A mixed ensemble of vocal performance with students from all areas of the campus. The chorus performs a varied repertoire of music and presents concerts on campus and in touring venues with orchestra and professional soloists.
Prerequisite: Prior choral experience
Formerly also offered as SOA 1600/All-College Chorus for students in other disciplines.

Songwriting I
MUS 1320
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Introductory study of the craft of songwriting: analysis of lyrics, rhyme, emotional projection, melodic contour, and formal verse-chorus practice.
Formerly also offered as SOA 1700 for students in other disciplines.

Songwriting II
MUS 1330
/ 2 credits / Every semester
A continuation of MUS 1320. Further study of the craft of songwriting.
Prerequisite: MUS 1320
Formerly also offered as SOA 1710 for students in other disciplines.

Jazz Improvisation I
MUS 2050
/ 1.5 credits / Fall
Introductory study in jazz improvisation: blues; pentatonic scales; and ionian, aeolian, and dorian modes. AABA forms. Simple chord positions, substitutions, and turnarounds. Melodic contours, rhythmic studies, transposition, and development. Analysis, accompanying, and improvisation. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Jazz Improvisation II
MUS 2060
/ 1.5 credits / Spring
A continuation of MUS 2050. Rhythm changes, Latin patterns. Diminished and synthetic scales; chords: super-locrian and lydian-flat 7; and alternative. Modal, linear tunes, binary solos, countermelodies, and background riffs. Analysis, accompanying, and improvisation. Limited to jazz studies majors.
Prerequisite: MUS 2050

Rhythmic Analysis
MUS 2065
/ 1 credit / Every semester
Provides students with fluency in performance-based sight reading of jazz music. The course is designed to enhance each student’s ability to feel, identify, transcribe, and notate rhythm, with a primary focus on the most common time signatures and divisions of the beat. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Introduction to Jazz
MUS 2570
/ 2 credits / Fall
An introduction to jazz music, from Africa to the southern U.S., the centrality of New Orleans, the northern migration, and the transformation and expansion of styles during the 20th century. The various musical characteristics of jazz—including blues, Dixieland, swing, bebop, and fusion—are analyzed, and the works of renowned musicians are examined.
Formerly offered as SOA 2570 for students in other disciplines.

Introduction to Ethnomusicology
ANT 2610
Refer to Anthropology Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as MUS 2610.

Tutorial (Lower Level)
MUS 2996
Tutorial (Upper Level)
MUS 3996
Variable credits / Every semester
A tutorial is an elective arranged between a student and a faculty member. It is intended to allow for intensive study of a particular problem.
Prerequisite: A special course contract, filled out by the student and a faculty advisor, specifying goals, criteria, and credits
Formerly offered as MUS 2900 and 4900.

Independent Study (Lower Level)
MUS 2997
Independent Study (Upper Level)
MUS 3997
Variable credits / Every semester
Independent study, covering any area of musical scholarship, is an elective arranged between a student (or group of students) and a faculty member. It demands student initiative and self-guidance.
Prerequisite: A special course contract, filled out by the student and a faculty advisor, specifying goals, criteria, and credits
Formerly offered as MUS 1900 and 3900.

Ritmica Method
MUS 3060
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Develops in students a deeper understanding of rhythm as a musical element, moving beyond the arithmetic function of rhythm to explore its melodic and intuitive functions.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Formerly also offered as SOA 3560 for students in other disciplines.

Jazz Repertoire III: Latin Jazz
MUS 3070
/ 2 credits / Fall
An examination of the melodic and rhythmic influence on jazz of the music of the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America with an emphasis on the music of Brazil. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Jazz Repertoire IV: Bebop
MUS 3080
/ 2 credits / Spring
The bebop era changed not only the manner of playing jazz but the way of composing it as well. This course explores the bebop style of composing alternative melodies over the chords of standard popular songs of the day. In addition to learning standard repertoire of the era, students compose original bebop-style melodies. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Jazz Repertoire V: Modal and Cool Jazz
MUS 3090
/ 2 credits / Fall
Jazz repertoire and styles presented include examples of modal and cool jazz. The material is taught by rote to develop and strengthen the ability to learn by ear. Classes are conducted in an ensemble format and explore improvisational techniques for all course material. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Jazz Repertoire VI: Contemporary and Post-Bop
MUS 3100
/ 2 credits / Spring
Jazz repertoire and styles presented include examples of contemporary and post-bop jazz. The material is taught by rote to develop and strengthen the ability to learn by ear. Classes are conducted in an ensemble format and explore improvisational techniques for all course material. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Great Producers I and II
MUS 3300
and 3310 / 2 credits (per semester)
I: Special topic (offered irregularly, Fall);
II: Special topic (offered irregularly, Spring)
Students study and analyze production techniques of the great producers in recording history, from the earliest blues sides of the 1920s to the work of George Martin with the Beatles to current work by Dr. Dre and many others. Dynamics, texture, instrumentation, the psychology of production, and use of reverbs and other special effects are examined. Such musical styles as reggae dub, lounge, surf, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and pop are also studied closely.

Music and Cultural Expression in the Middle East
JST 3405
Refer to Jewish Studies Courses (School of Humanities) for description. Formerly also offered as MUS 3405.

Studio Apprenticeship
MUS 3770
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Provides self-directed study in studio technology in areas collaboratively defined by students and their academic mentors. Lab instruction is expected.

Internship
MUS 3995
/ Variable credits / Every semester
An internship is work-related elective study, typically involving off-campus work (e.g., record companies, tour support, publishing companies, schools, radio stations) and requiring both faculty and on-site supervision.
Formerly offered as MUS 3980.
Prerequisite: Prior arrangement with a private company, internship forms (available from the Career Development Center, ext. 6370), and initial conference with a faculty supervisor

Jazz Repertoire VII and VIII: Synthesis and Performance
MUS 4070
and 4080 / 2 credits (per semester)
VII: Fall; VIII: Spring
Synthesizes the knowledge acquired in Jazz Repertoire I–VI. Drawing on the base of knowledge developed in the first three years of study, students deepen their strengths and interests, refine areas for further development, and define performance styles, with the goal of becoming more fully prepared for professional appearances. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Jazz Arranging I and II
MUS 4410
and 4420 / 2.5 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
A thorough introduction to arranging for small jazz ensemble. Topics include basic techniques of melodic harmonization, writing for two to five horns and rhythm section, and form and development. Limited to jazz studies majors.

Music Notation Software
MUS 4430
/ 1.5 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
In this hands-on primer, students become proficient in the use of Finale and Sibelius, the industry standards in music notation software. The embedded tutorials are used as a basis for a project-driven introduction to music notation via the computer.

Topics in Professional Development
MUS 4455
/ .5 credit / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A moderated series of guest lectures that address practical concerns of the professional musician. Topics may include dealing with injuries and injury prevention, tax strategies and tax-related record keeping, advertising and self-promotion in the age of the Internet, travel and airport security issues for the touring musician, and union protections and benefits.

New Modalities in Chamber Music
MUS 4470
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Examines the varied career paths open to composers and performers in the changing musical ecosystem. Contemporary, classical, jazz and world, indie rock, electronica, multimedia work, and more are explored. Analysis of different artists, ensembles, presenters, and festivals, trips to New York venues, and interviews with leaders in the field provide unique insights. Students create and present a performance project.

The Art of Programming Music in the 21st Century
MUS 4480
/ 2 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A concert program should be more than a random selection of works. How is a concert program put together? What are the reasons for choosing each piece? Is there an underlying concept or stylistic concern? Are there political issues involved? What are the public-relations ramifications? This course examines the philosophical, aesthetic, and practical considerations in concert programming today.

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