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Music

Graduate Courses

Following is a comprehensive list of all courses offered by the Department of Music.  Please check the Schedule of Classes for a listing of the courses offered next semester.

GROUP I. REQUIRED COURSES


V0000: Bibliography and Research Techniques

The study and evaluation of sources and bibliographical methods. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

V2100: Tonal Harmony

Survey of harmony, voice leading, counterpoint, and form in common practice tonal music. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

V2200: Post-Tonal Theory

Introduction to the theory and analysis of post-tonal music. This seminar explores 20th-century repertoire and secondary literature by contemporary theorists.  3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

Music V2300: Jazz Theory

Advanced concepts in jazz harmony, jazz improvisation and jazz composing. Emphasis on reharmonization using a variety of functional and nonfunctional techniques. Bitonal implications of extended jazz harmony. Post-tonal theory for linear construction and organization. Principles of modal jazz and free jazz. Transcription and analysis. Classroom performance required. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.


GROUP II. COURSES IN HISTORY AND CRITICAL RESEARCH


V6000-6800: Music History Seminars
Seminars in various historical periods of music. Specific topics offered in a given semester will vary according to the needs of students and the availability and interest of faculty. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

V6900: Jazz History Seminar
An in-depth examination of the work of a seminal artist, or time period, critical to the development of jazz.  3hr./wk.; 3 cr.

V7100: History of Chamber Music
Examination of the evolution of various chamber music combinations from the Baroque period to the present. Emphasis on the stylistic history of the string quartet. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

V9100: Tutorial
Independent study under guidance of a faculty member. Hours and credits vary.


GROUP III. COURSES IN COMPOSITION AND THEORY


V3100: Composition
Individual projects. May be taken up to 4 times. 2 hr./wk.; 2 cr.

V3200: Composition Thesis
Preparation of the substantial musical composition required for the degree. Work to be done under the guidance of a faculty advisor, whose approval is required prior to registration. Prereq: three semesters of Music V3100. May be taken along with a fourth semester of V3100. 1 hr./wk.; 1 cr.


V5100: 16th Century Counterpoint

Composition and analysis of modal counterpoint according to style models. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

V5200: 18th Century Counterpoint
Composition and analysis of tonal counterpoint according to style models.  3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

V5300: Analytic Techniques of Tonal Music
Concentration on tonal pitch structures in analysis and/or composition. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

B2800: Advanced Orchestration

Modern practices in scoring. Projects in orchestrating original works. Arranging and scoring of piano and vocal materials for special groups. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

B3100: Advanced Score Reading and Conducting

Playing from score using old clefs. Transposition. Preparing piano reductions from orchestral scores. Developing baton techniques to deal with the problems of 20th century music. Rehearsal techniques for work with instrumental and vocal groups at various levels of proficiency. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

GROUP IV. COURSES IN PERFORMANCE


V8101: Private Instruction in Piano or Voice
One-hour lesson per week. May be taken only by graduate students with a specialization in performance. May be taken four times. 1 hr./wk.; 2 cr.

V8102: Private Instruction on Instrument

One-hour lesson per week. May be taken only by graduate students with a specialization in performance. May be taken four times. 1 hr./wk.; 2 cr.

V8200: Recital

Recital performed at the College. The program will be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor, and approved by the graduate advisor during the semester prior to that in which the recital is performed. Historical-analytical background material will be prepared by the student prior to the performance. This course stands in lieu of Music B1900 (Thesis Research) as a requirement for students with a specialization in performance. 2 cr.

V8300: Chamber Music

Rehearsal and performance preparation of works from the 18th century to the present. May be taken up to four times. 2 hr./wk.; 1 cr.

V8400: Ensemble
Rehearsal and performance participation in various ensembles, according to major instrument. For performance specializations only. May be taken up to four times. 2 hr./wk.; 1 cr.


GROUP V. THESIS

See also V3200, V8200

B1900: Thesis Research

Preparation of the thesis required for degree candidates with specializations in Musicology and Theory. Work to be done under the guidance of a faculty advisor, whose approval is required prior to registration. Hrs. to be arranged; 3 cr.


PH.D. COURSES

Courses with V numbers may be credited toward the Ph.D. in Music for students matriculated at The City University Graduate School. For further information on the Ph.D. in Music, refer to the Bulletin of The City University Graduate School.