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Following is a comprehensive list of all courses offered by the Department of Music.  Not all courses are offered each semester. Please check the Schedule of Classes for a listing of the courses offered next semester.

PERSPECTIVES: The following four courses serve as Perspectives for the satisfaction of the General Education Requirements:

10100: Introduction to Music
Concepts underlying the understanding and enjoyment of music. Examples from around the world highlight matters of form and content. Special emphasis is given to the classical and popular music of Europe and the Americas. Attendance at concerts, both on and off campus, as well as guided classroom listening aid in the development of listening and communication skills. Pre- or coreq.: English 11000 or FIQWS. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

10101: Introduction to Music (Honors)
An alternate version of Music 10100 for students in the Honors Program. Concepts underlying the understanding and enjoyment of music. Examples from around the world highlight matters of form and content. Attendance at concerts, both on and off campus, as well as guided classroom listening aid in the development of listening and communication skills. Pre- or coreq.: English 11000 or FIQWS. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

10200: Introduction to World Music
An exploration of music from around the world and its relation to historical, social, and cultural forces. Investigates music related to religion, ritual, politics, work, and social function in terms of musical form, style, and literary content. Does not serve as a prerequisite for history courses in the music major. Pre- or coreq.: English 11000 or FIQWS. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

14500: Introduction to Jazz
An introduction to the lives and styles of important jazz musicians. Guided classroom listening will focus on the unique characteristics of jazz including identifying various instruments and their roles in jazz ensembles. Attendance at concerts both on and off campus will aid in the development of listening and communication skills. The influence of folk and popular music from all related cultures will be discussed as well as social issues that affected the music's development. Does not serve as a prerequisite for history courses in the music major. Pre- or cor-req.: English 11000 or FIQWS. 3hr./wk.; 3 cr.

 

Preparatory Courses

 

13100: Elementary Musicianship
Music literacy, ear-training, sight-singing; rudimentary theory, rhythm, basic writing skills.  For potential Music Majors and students continuing in music theory. Prereq.: permission of the department. Not for elective concentration for Music majors. 3 hr./wk.; 2 cr. This course is paired with Music 16100. 

15200: Fundamentals of Music for Elementary School Teachers
Acquiring basic music skills. Singing, piano, recorder, principles of notation and tonality, conducting, ear training, simple harmony. Not for elective concentration for Music majors. 3 hr./wk.; 2 cr. 

15400: Beginning Piano
Basic music notation, styles and trends explored while learning to play the piano. No previous musical training necessary. Those who wish to become Music Majors should take Music 13100 and 16100. 2 hr./wk.; 1 cr. 

16100: Beginning Keyboard Techniques
Basic piano skills for potential Music Majors taking Music 13100. Prereq.: permission of the department. Not for elective concentration. 2 hr./wk.; 1 cr. This course is paired with Music 13100. 

21000: Writing About Music
This course, required for all music majors, explores the different strategies and styles pertaining to reading, thinking, and writing about music. This course satisfies the GenEd requirement of a second level writing course. Prereq.: English 11000 or FIQWS, Music 10100, and Music 13100. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. Serves as co- or pre-requisite for Music History I–IV, Jazz History I–II, and many upper level writing-intensive electives.

21500: Music Notation and Software
An introduction to digital music notation software.  The course will focus on basic MIDI setup, data entry, score layout, part extraction and playback.  Data entry topics will include, staves, clefs, key signatures, pitch, rhythm, dynamics, expression marks, articulation, chord symbols and lyrics, drum/percussion notation as well manipulations such as transposing, copy and paste and independent elements.  Score layout will include rehearsal letters, measures per line, bar lines, measure numbers, titles, page numbers, layers, repeats, multiple measure rests, page turns, and part extraction, printing.  Playback options will include sound libraries, tempo settings, mixing and human playback. Pre-req.: 13100 and 16100. Pre- or Co-req: 13200, 16200. 2hrs./wk. 2 cr.

21600: Music Production: MIDI & Audio
Students who successfully complete this course will gain a solid conceptual understanding of the fundamentals of contemporary music production, recording and sound design, relevant for those pursuing careers in any area of music; these will be evaluated by written exams.  Students will also acquire and demonstrate fundamental, basic and practical hands-on facility with several Digital Audio Workstation tools, demonstrated with short lab assignments and a final project. Pre/Co-req: Music 10100, 13200, and 16200. 2hr./wk.; 2 cr. Serves as an elective for BA and BFA Performance music majors.

 

Theory and Composition Courses

 

13200: Theory I
Diatonic Harmony and Voice Leading
Materials of harmonic analysis in tonal music; seventh-chords, chord symbols and functional labels, nonharmonic tones, voice leading, diatonic chord usage, phrase structure, melodic composition. Emphasis on analysis and rudimentary composition skills. Pre-req.: By permission of the department by examination. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. 

23100: Theory II
Chromatic Harmony and Voice Leading
Greater emphasis on writing. Introduces chromatic functional harmony, key changes, soprano-bass counterpoint, inner voices, composing and harmonizing melodies. Writing for voice and piano. Models from American folk songs, pop songs, and the classical literature. Pre-req.: Music 13200. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. 

23200: Theory III
Tonal Form and Analysis
Investigates the use of advanced chromatic harmony in the classical literature and American standard songs. Analysis of common-practice tonal forms: binary, ternary, rondo, and sonata-allegro. Some writing of chamber music. Pre-req.: Music 23100. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. 

23500: Songwriting
Introduces the art and craft of popular songwriting as a creative discipline distinct from performance and technical production. Topics include song forms, idea generation, and the interactions between lyrics, melody, and chord structures. Students create original material, as well as learn methods of analysis and critical listening skills. Pre-req: Music 23100 and 16200, or 35700. 2hrs/wk.; 2 cr. 

33100: Theory IV
Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis
Introduction to the theory and analysis of 20th century musical styles. Pre-req.: Music 23200. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

36200: Instrumentation and Arranging
A study of the range, tone quality, transposition, and expressive qualities of orchestral instruments. Introduces the rudiments of arranging. Score reading and writing. Pre-req.: Music 23100, 35700 or 35701. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

  • 36201: Instrumentation & Arranging for Commercial Music
  • 36202: Instrumentation & Arranging for Classical Music

42000: Rock Analysis
This seminar critically explores rock analytical literature by academic music theorists, with an emphasis on post-1965 music and post-1990 essays. Students will examine representative examples of analytical readings of specific rock songs as well as more ambitious attempts to define the style through broad theoretical generalizations. The work will culminate with original analyses modeled on, and ideally expanding, the existing literature. Pre-req: Music 23200 or 35800. 3hr./wk.; 3 cr.

43000: Composition
Intensive work in composition of complete pieces, in imitative or free style, according to student's abilities and interests. May be taken twice. Pre-req.: Music 23100 or 35700 and permission of the Department. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

43100: Pop Music Composition
Intensive work in the compositional practices EndFragment of contemporary popular music genres. Through modeled compositions students engage the distinct practices of varied popular music styles. Pre-req: Music 23100 or 35700, 21600, or permission of the department. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

43200: Tonal Counterpoint Analysis
Analysis of appropriate models and intensive work in composition of canon, choral-prelude, invention, and fugue. Pre-req.: Music 23200 and permission of the Department. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. 46200: Orchestration Continuation of Instrumentation and Arranging. Emphasis on orchestrating for large ensemble. Prereq.: Music 36200 and permission of the Department. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

 

Musicianship Courses

 

16200: Theory Practicum I
The companion course to Music 13200. Gives students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in Theory I to sight-singing, rhythm, keyboard, and ear-training activities. Serves as a review of the concepts learned in Theory I. Pre-req.: Permission of the department by examination. 3 hr./wk.; 2 cr.|

16300: Musicianship for the Jazz Musician
A preparatory course in jazz practices and ear training. Topics include: how to practice, the psychology of music, jazz notation, transpositions, lead sheet preparation, dictation, ear-training, and sight-singing. Also includes a brief overview of jazz theory. Students bring their instruments on selected days. Pre- or co-req: Music 13200 or permission of the instructor. 2hr./wk; 1 cr.

16900: Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
A beginning course in jazz improvisation. Fundamental jazz repertoire, scale/chord relationships, construction of improvised solos, rhythm section "comping," and group interaction will be discussed and practiced in a combo setting. Students bring instruments to class. Co-req: Music 13200 or permission of the instructor. 2hrs/wk.; 1 cr.

26100: Theory Practicum II
The companion course to Music 23100. Gives students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in Theory II to sight-singing, rhythm, keyboard, and ear-training activities. Serves as a review of the concepts learned in Theory II. Pre-req.: Music 16200 or equivalent. 3 hr./wk.; 2 cr. 

26200: Theory Practicum III
The companion course to Music 23200. Gives students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in Theory III to sight-singing, rhythm, keyboard, and ear-training activities. Serves as a review of the concepts learned in Theory III. Pre-req.: Music 26100 or equivalent. 3 hr./wk.; 2 cr. 

35703: Musicianship & Improvisation for Jazz Vocalists I
Designed to develop and reinforce jazz musicianship skills in the areas of sight singing, dictation, rhythm, and piano to assist in the development of jazz language for vocal improvisation. Transcription, instrumental solos, modes, scales, seventh chords, chord progressions, swing rhythm notation, articulation, scat syllables, piano voicings and bass lines will be covered with emphasis on the ii-V-I progression. Co-req.: 35701, 27500, 32311. 2 hrs./wk. 2 cr.

35803: Musicianship & Improvisation for Jazz Vocalists II
Designed to develop and reinforce jazz musicianship skills in the areas of sight singing, dictation, rhythm, and piano to assist in the development of jazz language for vocal improvisation. Transcription, instrumental solos, modes, scales, seventh chords, chord progressions, swing rhythm notation, articulation, scat syllables, piano voicings and bass lines will be covered with emphasis on the ii-V-I progression. Pre-req.: 35701, 27500, 35703. 2 hrs./wk. 2 cr.

36100: Theory Practicum IV
Covers concepts taught in Theory IV. Gives students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the theory sequence to sight-singing, rhythm, keyboard, and ear-training activities. Serves as a review of advanced chromatic harmonies and the compositional practices of the 20th Century. Pre-req.: Music 26200 or equivalent. 3 hr./wk.; 2 cr.

45703: Musicianship & Improvisation for Jazz Vocalists III
Designed to develop and reinforce jazz musicianship skills in the areas of sight singing, dictation, rhythm, and piano to assist in the development of jazz language for vocal improvisation. Transcription, instrumental solos, modes, scales, seventh chords, chord progressions, swing rhythm notation, articulation, scat syllables, piano voicings and bass lines will be covered with emphasis on the ii-V-I progression. Pre-req.: 35801, 35803, 27600, 32411. Co-req.: 45701, 42311. 2 hrs./wk. 2 cr.

45803: Musicianship & Improvisation for Jazz Vocalists IV
Designed to develop and reinforce jazz musicianship skills in the areas of sight singing, dictation, rhythm, and piano to assist in the development of jazz language for vocal improvisation. Transcription, instrumental solos, modes, scales, seventh chords, chord progressions, swing rhythm notation, articulation, scat syllables, piano voicings and bass lines will be covered with emphasis on the ii-V-I progression. Pre-req.: 45701, 45703. Co-req.: 42411. 2 hrs./wk. 2 cr.


Music History Courses


Classical Music History Sequence

24100: History I
Antiquity through the Renaissance
Musical thought of the Middle Ages. Evolution of plainchant; origins and organization of polyphony, Ars Nova. Modes, musica ficta, trends toward homophony. Mass, motet, chanson, and madrigal in 15th and 16th centuries. Prereq.: Music 10100 and FIQWS or English 11000. Pre or Coreq.: Music 21000 or equivalent and Music 13200 (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

24200: History II
The Baroque through the Early Classic Era
Monody and basso continuo. Emergence of opera, oratorio, cantata and Passion. The suite, concerto grosso and baroque sonata. Learned, galant and bourgeois styles. Beginnings of classical sonata, symphony, concerto, chamber music. Prereq.: Music 10100, Music 21000 or equivalent, and Music 13200. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. 

34100: History III
The Classic-Romantic Era
Changing instrumental and vocal styles in the late 18th century. Influences of literature, visual arts in the 19th century. Role of virtuosity. Chromaticism, modality. Opera, symphony, symphonic poem, chamber music and art song. National music idioms. Exoticism. Prereq.: Music 10100, Music 21000 or equivalent, and Music 23100 or Music 35700. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. 34200: History IV Late Romanticism through the Present Late 19th century developments. Harmonic changes in the early 20th century. Breakdown and reinterpretation of tonality. Impressionism, Expressionism, Eastern European and Asiatic influences. Twelve-tone system. Traditional and innovative forms. Aleatoric and electronic music. Prereq.: Music 10100, Music 21000 or equivalent, Music 23100 or 35700. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

34200: History IV
Late Romanticism through the Present
Late 19th century developments. Harmonic changes in the early 20th century. Breakdown and reinterpretation of tonality. Impressionism, Expressionism, Eastern European and Asiatic influences. Twelve-tone system. Traditional and innovative forms. Aleatoric and electronic music. Prereq.: Music 10100, Music 21000 or equivalent, Music 23100 or 35700. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.



Music History Electives


27100 Series: Topics in Popular Music
A group of courses dealing with the history and literature of popular music. Music 10100 or permission of the Department. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

  • 27103: A Survey of Popular Music
  • 27104: Latin Popular Music
  • 27107: American Musical Theater
27400 Series: Topics in Folk Music
Music in a changing world. Important trends in rural and urban folk music. Prereq.: Music 10100 or permission of the Department. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
  • 27404: The Music of Arabic Cultures
40000: Special Topics in Western Music
Intensive study in a particular genre, composer or historical period. Topics will vary and will be announced prior to registration. Prereq.: permission of the Department. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

 

Jazz Harmony, Composition and Arranging

 

33700: Fundamentals of Jazz Composition
Composition and analysis of standard song forms as well as other standard compositional practices and forms idiomatic to jazz. Prereq.: Music 45700 and permission of the instructor. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.


35200: Jazz Arranging I

Basic principles of chord voicing; voicing extended chords. Ranges, transpositions, and instrumental characteristics of the instruments of the standard jazz big band. Chord substitution. Arranging for the small jazz ensemble, from two to five horns with rhythm section. Arranging standard songs. Prereq.: Music 35800 and 27600. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. 

35700: Jazz Harmony and Improvisation I
Principles of Extended Harmony A practical study of basic principles of extended chord harmony. Voicings and voice leading of extended chords. Examination of basic diatonic and chromatic chord functions. Improvisation techniques based on tonal centers and harmonic targets. Identification and application of nonharmonic tones. Harmonic and melodic ear training. Transcription and analysis. Prereq: Music 13200, Music 16200. Coreq: Music 32300, Music 27500. 4 hr./wk.; 4 cr.

35701: Jazz Harmony I
The same course as 35700 without the improvisation component.  In a 2-day/week harmony and improvisation sequence, this course is designed so that the BFA jazz vocal students may join the instrumentalists during the harmony session, then attend Musicianship & Improvisation for Jazz Vocalists 1 (35703) on the alternate day. Co-req: 27500, 35703, 32311. 2 hrs./wk. 2 cr.


35800: Jazz Harmony and Improvisation II

Principles of Functional Harmony. Diatonic and chromatic idioms of tonal organization in standard jazz repertory and "Rhythm Changes." Basic principles of chord substitution and reharmonization. An examination of bebop harmonic and melodic vocabulary and chromatic approach vocabulary. Harmonic and melodic ear training. Transcription and analysis. Prereq.: Music 35700, Music 27500. Coreq: Music 32400, Music 27600. 4 hr./wk.; 4 cr.

35801: Jazz Harmony II
The same course as 35800 without the improvisation component. In a 2-day/week harmony and improvisation sequence, this course is designed so that the BFA jazz vocal students may join the instrumentalists during one class session, then attend Musicianship & Improvisation for Jazz Vocalists 2 (35803) on the alternate day. Pre-req.: 27500, 35701, 32311. 2 hr./wk. 2 cr.

45200: Jazz Arranging I
Arranging for the standard jazz big band. Analysis of form and content of traditional swing and bebop band arrangements. Thickened line, basic chorale, and combination voicings. Line writing and sectional counterpoint. Dynamic shape of the arrangement; thematic exposition and motivic development; repetition and variation. Treatment of texture and climaxes; "shout chorus" and the saxophone section soli. Preparation of the score and parts. Contemporary and experimental techniques. Prereq.: Music 35200. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

45700: Jazz Harmony and Improvisation III
Advanced Principles of Functional Harmony
Advanced chromatic idioms of tonal organization. An examination of the blues and blues content in related and unrelated forms. Diminished scale harmony and the diminished cycle of chord substitution. Applied chord scale theory and extended harmony. Harmonic and melodic ear training. Transcription and analysis. Prereq: Music 35800, Music 27600. Coreq: Music 42300. 4 hr./wk.; 4 cr.

45701: Jazz Harmony III
The same course as Music 45700 without the improvisation component. Prereq. for instrumental majors: Music 35800, Music 32400, Music 27600. Prereq. for jazz vocal majors: Music 35800, Music 26200, Music 32401, Music 27600. Coreq. for jazz instrumental majors: Music 42300. Coreq. for jazz vocal majors: Music 45702, Music 42311, Music 36102. 2 hr./wk.; 2 cr.

45800: Jazz Harmony and Improvisation IV
Nonfunctional Harmony, Modalism and Bitonality. Nonfunctional idioms and non-tonal harmonic organization. Bitonality and upper-structure triads. Modal jazz and free jazz. Thirds relations and "Coltrane changes." Advanced reharmonization using bass functions including pedal point, ostinato and linear techniques. Harmonic and melodic ear training. Transcription and analysis. Prereq: Music 45700. Coreq: Music 42400. 4 hr./wk.; 4 cr.

45801: Jazz Harmony IV
The same course as Music 45800 without the improvisation component. Prereq. for instrumental majors: Music 45700, Music 42300. Prereq. for jazz vocal majors: Music 45701, Music 45702, Music 36102. Coreq. for jazz instrumental majors: Music 42400. Coreq. for jazz vocal majors: Music 45802, Music 42411, Music 36112. 2 hr./wk.; 2 cr.


Jazz Performance Techniques

 

27500: Jazz Piano I
Elementary techniques for playing piano in jazz style. Chord identifications. Techniques for accompanying with or without melody, and with or without bass. Standards and jazz tunes. Extended chords. Prereq.: Music 13200 and 16200; coreq.: Music 35700 or permission of the Department. 2 hr./wk.; 1 cr.


27600: Jazz Piano II

Continuation of Music 27500. Blues. Altered dominant chords. Stride style. Harmonic complexities. Standards and jazz tunes. Prereq.: Music 27500; coreq.: Music 35800 or permission of the Department. 2 hr./wk.; 1 cr. 

32300: Jazz Repertory and Performance Practices I
Basic exercises for developing skills in sight reading and rhythmic execution. Sight reading arrangements and charts. Ear training. Techniques for effective practicing and memorization. Playing in various keys and developing transposition skills. Interpreting meters and related jazz styles. Memorization of standard jazz repertoire. Techniques for combo performance and small ensemble performance. Prereq: Music 13200, Music 16200. Coreq: Music 35700, Music 27500. 4 hr./wk.; 3 cr. 

32301: Jazz Repertory and Combo Performance 1
Learning standard jazz repertory in various styles through memorization of chosen repertoire and performance. Emphasis on developing skills for small group performance. Prereq.: permission of the Department. 2hr./wk.; 1 cr. 

32311: Jazz Vocal Repertory and Performance Practices I
Devoted to learning the most important tunes from the standard repertory, as well as common jazz performance practices. In reading through tunes attention will be paid to the composer, original melody, key, chord progression and form, as well as the techniques needed for second-chorus improvisation. Will include sight singing, transposition, lead-sheet preparation, intros, endings and soloing. Select recordings will be used in conjunction with lead sheets in order to provide models for interpretation as well as a stylistic and historical context. Prereq: Music 13200, Music 16200. Coreq.: Music 35700, Music 27500, Music 26100. 3 hr./wk.; 2 cr. 

32400: Jazz Repertory and Performance Practices II
Intermediate exercises for developing skills in sight reading and rhythmic execution. Sight reading arrangements and charts. Ear training. Techniques for effective practicing and memorization. Playing in various keys and developing transposition skills. Interpreting meters and related jazz styles. Memorization of standard jazz repertoire. Techniques for combo performance and small ensemble performance. Prereq: Music 32300, Music 27500. Coreq: Music 35800, Music 27600. 4 hr./wk.; 3 cr. 

32401: Jazz Repertory and Combo Performance 2
Learning standard jazz repertory in various styles through memorization of chosen repertoire and performance. Emphasis on developing skills for small group performance. Prereq.: Music 32301 and permission of the Department. 2hr./wk.; 1 cr.

32411: Jazz Vocal Repertory and Performance Practices II
Devoted to learning the most important tunes from the standard repertory, as well as common jazz performance practices. In reading through tunes attention will be paid to the composer, original melody, key, chord progression and form, as well as the techniques needed for second-chorus improvisation. Will include sight singing, transposition, lead-sheet preparation, intros, endings and soloing. Select recordings will be used in conjunction with lead sheets in order to provide models for interpretation as well as a stylistic and historical context. Prereq: Music 32311, Music 35700, Music 27500, Music 26100. Coreq.: Music 35800, Music 27600, Music 26200. 3 hr./wk.; 2 cr.

35000: Studio Ensemble Singing
Exploration and application of non-jazz vocal styles; the art of background vocals; application of musicianship skills; studio and recording skills, and basic knowledge of sound systems for live performances. Includes lectures, application of musical concepts, performances, videotaping with self-critique, and a vocal session in a recording studio. May be taken twice. Prereq: permission of the department. 3 hr./wk., 1 cr.

36001: Jazz Vocal Workshop
May be taken up to eight times. Prereq.: permission of the Department. 3 hr./wk.; 2 cr.

38001: Rhythm Section Seminar
Performance seminar for advanced jazz rhythm section instrumentalists (bass, guitar, piano and drums). May be taken twice. Prereq.: Music 45700, 42300 and audition, or permission of the instructor. 2 hr./wk.; 1 cr.

38002: Jazz Guitar Styles
An examination of jazz guitar styles and techniques. Transcriptions of masters from all periods will be played and analyzed. Performance will focus on the guitar/bass/drums trio, the guitar/bass duo, and solo guitar concepts. Some Classical guitar literature will be introduced and other finger-style techniques employing alternative tunings will be examined. A concert of material drawn from the semester's work will be performed by the students. Prereq.: Permission of instructor and jazz program supervisor. 2hr./wk; 1 cr.

38003: Jazz Drumming and Rhythmic Techniques
A practical study of rhythmic techniques for non-drummers. Emphasis on swing rhythm, rhythmic independence, polyrhythms, rhythmic phrase construction and rhythmic practices for accompanying. Students will explore the role of the drummer in the jazz ensemble and the characteristics of the drum kit through listening and practice. Prereq: Music 35800 or 35801, 32400, and 27600. Coreq: Music 45700 and 42300. 2hr./wk.; 1 cr.

42300: Jazz Repertory and Performance Practices III
Advanced intermediate exercises for developing skills in sight reading and rhythmic execution. Sight reading arrangements and charts. Ear training. Techniques for effective practicing and memorization. Playing in various keys and developing transposition skills. Interpreting meters and related jazz styles. Memorization of standard jazz repertoire. Techniques for combo performance and small ensemble performance. Prereq: Music 32400, Music 27600. Coreq: Music 45700. 4 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

42301: Jazz Repertory and Combo Performance 3
Learning standard jazz repertory in various styles through memorization of chosen repertoire and performance. Emphasis on developing skills for small group performance situations. In addition to standard performance practices, experimental approaches will be introduced, including playing in odd and changing meters, transposing, and playing in alternative rhythmic approaches. Prereq.: Music 32401 and permission of the Department. 2hr./wk.; 1 cr. 

42311: Jazz Vocal Repertory and Performance Practices III
Devoted to learning the most important tunes from the standard repertory, as well as common jazz performance practices. In reading through tunes attention will be paid to the composer, original melody, key, chord progression and form, as well as the techniques needed for second-chorus improvisation. Will include sight singing, transposition, lead-sheet preparation, intros, endings and soloing. Select recordings will be used in conjunction with lead sheets in order to provide models for interpretation as well as a stylistic and historical context. Prereq: Music 32411, Music 35800, Music 27600, Music 26200. Coreq.: Music 45701, Music 36102. 3 hr./wk.; 2 cr. 

42400: Jazz Repertory and Performance Practices IV
Advanced exercises for developing skills in sight reading and rhythmic execution. Sight reading arrangements and charts. Ear training. Techniques for effective practicing and memorization. Playing in various keys and developing transposition skills. Interpreting meters and related jazz styles. Memorization of standard jazz repertoire. Techniques for combo performance and small ensemble performance. Prereq: Music 42300. Coreq: Music 45800. 4 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

42401: Jazz Repertory and Combo Performance 4
Learning standard jazz repertory in various styles through memorization of chosen repertoire and performance. Emphasis on developing skills needed for small group performance situations. In addition to standard performance practices, experimental approaches will be introduced, including playing in odd and changing meters, transposing, and playing in alternative rhythmic approaches. Prereq.: Music 42301 and permission of the Department. 2hr./wk.; 1 cr.

42411: Jazz Vocal Repertory and Performance Practices IV
Devoted to learning the most important tunes from the standard repertory, as well as common jazz performance practices. In reading through tunes attention will be paid to the composer, original melody, key, chord progression and form, as well as the techniques needed for second-chorus improvisation. Will include sight singing, transposition, lead-sheet preparation, intros, endings and soloing. Select recordings will be used in conjunction with lead sheets in order to provide models for interpretation as well as a stylistic and historical context. Prereq: Music 42311, Music 36102, Music 45701, Music 45702. Coreq.: Music 36112, Music 45802. 3 hr./wk.; 2 cr.


JAZZ HISTORY


24400: A Concise History of Jazz
A chronological survey of jazz from its origins to the present focusing on the key innovators and diverse styles. Emphasis will be placed on listening directed towards the techniques of improvisation, arranging, and performance practices. Guided classroom listening, as well as attendance at concerts both on and off campus, will aid in the development of perception and communication skills. The influences of music from other styles and cultures will be included as well as social issues that affected jazz's development. Serves as an elective for BA music majors and may be used to satisfy one of the history requirements for BFA majors in the Sonic Arts Program. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. Pre-req.; FIQWS or English 11000, Music 10100, and Music 13200. Co-req.; Music 21000 or equivalent.

34400: Jazz History I
From Its Origins to 1950
An examination of the roots of jazz and its stylistic evolution and major contributors up to 1950. Emphasis will be placed on detailed listening assignments, a 3500 word writing requirement and readings. Prereq.: Music 10100 and English 11000 or equivalent. Pre- or co-req.: Music 21000 or equivalent. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. Primarily for BFA jazz music majors. 

34500: Jazz History II
From 1950 to the Present
An examination of the trends in jazz and its major contributors since 1950. Emphasis will be placed on detailed listening assignments, a 3500 word writing requirement and readings. Prereq.: Music 10100 and English 11000 or equivalent. Pre- or co-req.: Music 21000 or equivalent. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. Primarily for BFA jazz music majors.

41000: Special Topics in Jazz
Designed for the advanced BFA jazz performance majors to explore specific topics in jazz. Special topics may include a specific composer, period, style, genre, or performance practice. Topics will be announced prior to registration. Prere: Music 35800 or 35801, 34400 and 34500, 32400, or permission of the department. 2hr./wk.; 2 cr.

Performance Courses


LARGE PERFORMING GROUPS

 

May be taken by B.A. students four times for credit; by B.F.A. students, eight times for credit. Prereq.: audition. 3 hr./wk.; 1 cr.
  • 16001: Orchestra
  • 16002: Chorus
  • 16004: Large Jazz Ensemble
16005: Jazz Ensemble Workshop
A workshop/ensemble designed to provide opportunities for students to improve the skills required to perform with various CCNY jazz ensembles. Emphasis will be placed on note reading, rhythms, section playing, intonation, tone production, dynamics, articulation, and phrasing. Prereq: permission of the instructor; coreq.; Music 35700 or higher and Music 32300 or higher; may be taken two times for credit. 2hr./wk; 1 cr.

ENSEMBLES

Experience in performing in smaller groups in a variety of styles. In addition to ensembles listed, other types of ensembles may be offered to suit the particular interests and abilities of students.  May be taken eight times.  pre-req.;permission of the department and/or audition.2 hr./wk.; 1 cr.

  • 26001: Chamber Music
  • 26002: Vocal Ensemble
  • 26003: Percussion Ensemble
  • 26004: Small Jazz Ensemble
  • 26005: Latin Band
  • 26006: Gospel Choir
  • 26007: World Folk Music Workshop
  • 26008: Brass Ensemble
  • 26009: Collegium Musicum
  • 26010: Bass Ensemble
  • 26011: Brazilian Jazz Ensemble
  • 26012: Improvisational Music Ensemble
  • 26013: Jazz and World Music Ensemble
  • 26014: Jazz Repertory Ensemble
  • 26015: Jazz Vocal Ensemble
  • 26016: Guitar Ensemble
  • 26017: Blues Vocal Workshop
  • 26018: Rock Ensemble
  • 26019: Klezmer Ensemble
    26020: Mens Chorus

Performance Techniques

 

16400: Class Instruction in Piano I
Prereq.: 16100 or 15400. 2 hr./wk.; 1 cr. For music majors who have taken or exempted Music 16100 with a grade of B or better; and non-majors who have taken or exempted Music 15400 with the grade of A.  

16500: Class Instruction in Voice I
2 hr./wk.; 1 cr. Recommended for all music majors who have no prior vocal training and non-majors who would like to learn to sing with better support, tone, and control. 

16800: Class Instruction in Percussion
Prereq.: 13100 or 15200. 2 hr./wk.; 1 cr.

26400: Class Instruction in Piano II
Prereq.: 16400 and permission of the Department. 2 hr./wk.; 1 cr. Reserved for music majors only.

26500: Class Instruction in Voice II
Prereq.: 16500 and permission of the Department. 2 hr./wk.; 1 cr. Reserved for music majors only.

28100: Diction for Vocal Students I
2 hr./wk.; 1 cr. 

36002: Pop Vocal Workshop
May be taken four times. Prereq: permission of the department. 3 hr./wk., 2 cr.

36300: Conducting
Principles, techniques, and history of instrumental and choral conducting.  Prereq.: Music 23200 or 35800 or permission of the department. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
  • 36301: Orchestral Conducting
  • 36302: Choral Conducting
46500: Advanced Conducting
A continuation of Music 36300 with more emphasis on score reading. Prereq.: Music 36300 and permission of the Department. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

48000: Individual Instruction
The Music Department will assign an instructor, or give permission to study with a teacher not connected with the College. Student progress is assessed by a juried examination at the end of each semester. Designed for B.A. students; B.F.A. students take 49000. May be taken four times. Prereq.: Music 10100, 13100, 16100, and audition. Eight one-hour lessons per semester.; 1 cr.

Students who do not wish to pay for the credit for their private lessons may opt to take their eight lessons with an approved teacher and take a jury. The chair will give you the credit at the end of the semester upon receipt of your teacher's evaluation report.

49000: Private Instruction in Instrument or Voice
Eight one-hour lessons per semester. Student progress is assessed by a juried examination at the end of each semester.. Designed for B.F.A. students; B.A. students take 48000. Prereq.: Music 13100, 16100, and a BFA audition. Co-req.: 4 other credits of music major courses. May be taken up to eight times. 2 cr.

  • 49001: Jazz Instrumental Instruction
  • 49002: Jazz Vocal Instruction
    Students in their final semester will perform a recital as part of the requirements of the course.
  • 49003: Classical Instrumental Instruction
    Students in their final semester will perform a recital as part of the requirements of the course.
  • 49004: Classical Vocal Instruction
    Students in their final semester will perform a recital as part of the requirements of the course.
 

Music & Audio Technology (Sonic Arts)


21700: Basic Audio Technology Concepts
Introduction to the basic concepts and technologies of the audio industry. Acoustics (sound generation, frequency and pitch, the overtone series, waveforms, bels and decibels, etc.). Basic electricity (laws of charges, conductors and insulators, voltage/current/resistance, circuits, magnetic induction, etc.). Interfacing audio equipment (impedance standards, balanced and unbalanced interconnections, audio connectors, standard operating levels, etc.). Lecture course. No studio time required. Prereq or Coreq: Music 13100 and 16100 or permission of the department. 3 hrs./wk.; 3 cr.

21800: Introduction to Audio Recording Technology & Practice
Components, functions, and signal flow of analog mixing consoles. Signal flow in contemporary digital audio workstations and digital mixing consoles. Digital audio interface formats and digital audio synchronization.  Application of signal flow concepts to modern recording/mixing techniques.  Microphone design, application, and selection.  Introduction to dynamic processing and filtering/equalization.  Students are assigned individual studio time.  Prereq: Music 21700 or permission of the department. Prereq/Coreq Music 13200, 16200, and 21900. 3 hrs./wk.; 3 cr.

21900: Introduction to Music Production Techniques
An exploration of the concepts underpinning today's Digital Audio workstations. Practical hands-on experience with MIDI and audio recording, programming, editing, and arranging. Projects for individuals and groups will give students the opportunity to create original music and sound design using these technologies. Prereq: Music 21700 or permission of the department. Pre/coreq: Music 13200, 16200, and 21800. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. 

32100: Synthesis and Sound Design I
Review of acoustics. Principles of voltage control systems. Subtractive synthesis, additive synthesis, matrix modulation, and sample playback synthesizers. Examination of both software and hardware synthesizers. Students create original sounds and music for synthesis and sound design projects throughout the semester. Students are assigned individual studio time. Prereq: Music 21800 or permission of the department. 3 hrs./wk.; 3 cr.

32200: Synthesis and Sound Design II
Percussion oriented sample playback hardware and software. Amplitude and frequency modulation synthesis. Vector synthesis and wave sequencing. Granular synthesis. Resampling technology. Audio modulation software and plug ins. Students create original sounds and music for synthesis and sound design projects throughout the semester. Students are assigned individual studio time. Prereq: Music 32100. 3 hrs./wk.; 3 cr. 

32500: Digital Audio I
Basic concepts of audio analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion. Quantization error, dithering, sample rate, word length, normalization. An extensive discussion of two-track and multi-track hard disk recording systems. Destructive and non destructive editing, playlists, files and regions, voice allocation vs. channels. Host based and native DSP. Audio editing in Peak, Pro Tools, and Logic Audio. Students are assigned individual studio time. Prereq: Music 21800 or permission of the department. Coreq: Music 21900. 3 hrs./wk.; 3 cr. 

32600: Digital Audio II
Working with samples using hardware and software samplers. Drum and percussion loops and loop manipulation. Time and pitch processing plug ins. Audio data compression formats for the web. Downloadable and streaming audio protocols for the web. Archiving and backup. The DVD specification. Students are assigned individual studio time. Prereq: Music 32500. 3 hrs./wk.; 3 cr. 

32700: Microphone Applications I
Microphone technology (construction, polarity patterns, frequency and transient response). Recording techniques for electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass, and acoustic bass. Students work on recordings during class and during individual studio time. Prereq: Music 32600. Coreq: Music 32701. 3 hrs./wk.; 3 cr. 

32701: Multi-Track Production Techniques I
Ancillary class to Music 32700. Advanced concepts and application of dynamic processing. Patch bay construction and configurations. Recording session procedures and documentation. Setting up talkback and headphone mixes for a recording session. Prereq: Music 32600. Coreq: Music 32700. 3 hrs./wk.; 3 cr.

32800: Microphone Applications II
Recording techniques for piano, drums, woodwinds,brass, strings, vocalists, and spoken word. Ensemble/band recordings. Students work on recordings during class and during individual studio time. Prereq: Music 32700. Coreq: 32801. 3 hrs./wk.; 3 cr. 

32801: Multi-Track Production Techniques II
Stereo microphone techniques. Advanced filtering and equalization applications. Basic sound reinforcement concepts and applications. Vocal and style based production techniques. Students are assigned individual studio time. Prereq: Music 32701. Coreq: 32800. 3 hrs./wk.; 3 cr.

43400: Audio & Music Industry Internships
Supervised internships in professional music recording studios. Pre-req.: Music 23100 or 35700 and permission of the department. 18hr./wk. 3 cr.


43500: Audio for Moving Images

Advanced synchronization of audio to moving images. Advanced synchronization of digital audio devices with existing transfer protocols. Introduction to analog and digital video, film, and animation technologies. Video and audio compression codexes. Introduction to video/audio editing software. FX, Foley,narration, dialog replacement, and music bed. QuickTime synchronization and DVD-R authoring. Students are assigned individual studio time. Prereq: Music 32700. 3 hrs./wk.; 3 cr. 

43600: Advanced Recording, Mixing, and Mastering
Takes audio techniques learned in prerequisite courses and explores them in more depth and detail. Includes demonstrations, hands-on sessions and exercises, discussion, and independent projects. Introduces various production techniques as well as people skills, and organizational and business skills that will be useful in real world recording and production situations.  Students go on field trips to world class production facilities in NYC, interact with the professionals working at these facilities, and intern at these facilities. May be taken twice.  Prereq: Music 32800 and 32801. 3 hrs./wk.; 3 cr.


Individual Study

 

30100, 30200, 30300: Honors I-III
Approval of Dean and Department Chair required. Apply in NAC 4/160 no later than December 10 in the Fall term or May 1 in the Spring term. Credit variable, but usually 3 credits per term. 


31000: Independent Study 

Individual scholarly or creative work under the supervision of a full-time faculty mentor. Not for students with less than 30 credits. Permission of the department. May be taken up to a total of 12 credits.

  • 31001. 1 cr./sem.
  • 31002. 2 cr./sem.
  • 31003. 3 cr./sem.
May also be used for internships at commercial music enterprises. 6 hours a week for 1 credit; 12 hours a week for 2 credits; and 18 hours a week for 3 credits.

SPECIAL TOPICS

 

29900: The Musician Entrepreneur
Designed to help develop the student's music business acumen. An intensive exploration of all aspects of music business, marketing, social networking, and law that are required to successfully manage an artist's career in the contemporary market. Pre-req.; Music 21000. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

31100: Selected Topics in Music
A changing series of innovative and experimental courses on topics not generally covered in regular courses. Course announcements will be made the preceding semester. Hours and credits to be arranged. The following five courses are designed for students in the Music & Technology Program only.
  • 31114: Career Development in Music Technology    
  • 31116: Songwriting Workshop
  • 31117: Studio Technology Workshop
  • 31118: Film Underscore and Sound Design
  • 31119: Acoustic Design