Music

http://music.barnard.edu/

Barnard College Department of Music
319 Milbank Hall
212-854-5096
Columbia University Department of Music
621 Dodge Hall
212-854-3825 
Department  Assistant: Mary Missirian

Mission

The Barnard Music Program provides the vocal program for the university, which includes the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and Chamber Choir, solo studio voice lessons and two levels of limited-enrollment vocal classes, Technique in Singing, and the Vocal Repertoire Class. In addition, the program provides a music history course, Introduction to Music, which is a year-long survey of Western European art music, from sixth-century Gregorian Chant to the work of living composers. The course fulfills the Fine and Performing Arts requirement of the General Education Requirements and also serves as a pre-requisite for the music major. Students may complete a senior project in music repertoire by presenting an hour-long recital, or may write a fifty-page thesis project in music research. The successful student will gain professional level performance skills though studio lessons and the theory and ear training sequence, and gain a comprehensive knowledge of music history from the courses in historical musicology and ethnomusicology provided by the Music Department at Columbia University.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully graduate with a major in music will be able to attain the following outcomes:

  1. Analyze the harmonic structure of art music and identify schools of composition by historic period and nationality;
  2. Read music at sight at the keyboard, with their instrument, or sight sing representative excerpts from all periods of Western European art music;
  3. Perform at a professional level vocally or instrumentally;
  4. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the diversity of style, musical period and mastery of the representative literature for voice or instrument.
  5. Apply knowledge of musical theories, traditions and periods to the study of the major;
  6. Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  7. Explain the theoretical concepts and organizational principles, harmony, pitch, and rhythm of both non-Western and Western art music.

Director: Gail Archer, Professor of Professional Practice

Other officers of the University offering courses listed below:

Professors: Susan Boynton(on leave for the year 2019-20), Joseph Dubiel, Walter Frisch, Brad Garton, Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier (Chair), Giuseppe Gerbino(on leave for the year 2019-20), Georg Friedrich Haas(on leave Spring 2020), Ellie Hisama(on leave for the year 2019-20), George Lewis(on leave Fall '19), Elaine Sisman
Associate Professors: Aaron Fox, Christopher J. Washburne
Assistant Professors: Alessandra Ciucci(on leave Fall '19), Zosha Di Castri, Julia Doe, Kevin Fellezs, Mariusz Kozak, Benjamin Steege
Lecturers: Rachel Chung, Jeffrey Milarsky, Peter Susser
Director of Music Performance: Magdalena Stern- Baczewska
BC Adjunct Professor: Marilyn Lois McCoy, Lauren Ninoshvili
BC Music Associates: Jean-Paul Björlin, Harolyn Blackwell, Coralie Gallet, Spiro Malas, Josephine Mongiardo, Robert Osborne
CU Adjuncnts: David Adamcyk, Ramin Amir Arjomand, Daniel Ferguson, Tina Fruhauf, Scott Gleason, Michael Joviala, Joshua Mailman, Marilyn Lois McCoy, Richard Miller, Rowland Moseley, Michelle Painter, Mary Robb, Barami Waspe, Laura Weber

Requirements for the Music Major

Program of Study: To be planned with the department consultant before the end of the sophomore year. Prospective music majors should complete the prerequisites by the end of their sophomore year and are encouraged to complete them by the end of their first year. By the end of her first year as a music major, the student should select a faculty adviser.

Prerequisite: MUSI BC1001 An Introduction to Music I or MUSI BC1002 An Introduction to Music II, MUSI UN1002 Fundamentals of Music, and MUSI UN1312 Introductory Ear Training. Prospective music majors are advised to satisfy the prerequisites prior to their declaration as majors or before the end of their sophomore year. This requirement may be fulfilled either through successful completion of the courses or satisfactory performance on examinations administered each semester by the department.

Courses: At least 40 points, including MUSI UN2318 Music Theory I - MUSI UN2319 Music Theory II; MUSI UN3321 Music Theory III - MUSI UN3322 Music Theory IV; four semesters of ear training, unless the student is exempt by exam; the following two history courses: MUSI UN3128 History of Western Music I: Middle Ages To Baroque and MUSI UN3129 History of Western Music II: Classical To the 20th Century; and at least three 3000- or 4000-level electives in her area of interest (theory, history, composition, or ethnomusicology). The remaining points are chosen from 2000- to 4000-levels. No more than 6 points of 2000-level courses and no more than 4 points of instrumental or vocal lessons will count toward the major.

Senior Project: In the fall semester of the senior year, a major must enroll in MUSI BC3992 Senior Seminar for Music Majors in which she will write a paper which deals with primary sources. In the spring semester of the senior year, a student will either work with her adviser to expand the paper written in the senior seminar by taking MUSI BC3990 Senior Project: Senior Research, or she will take MUSI BC3991 Senior Project: Music Repertoire and prepare an hour-long vocal or instrumental recital, or compose an original composition.

Keyboard Proficiency: Music majors will be required to take a keyboard proficiency exam, which must be arranged by making an appointment with a member of the piano faculty, immediately upon declaration of the major. Those who do not pass the exam will be required to take MUSI W1517 Keyboard Harmony and Musicianship - MUSI UN1518 Keyboard Harmony and Musicianship, for 1 point each term, which will count against the maximum 4 points allowed toward completion of the major.

Languages: For students who plan to do graduate work in music, the study of German, French, Italian, and/or Latin is recommended.

Note: With the permission of Gail Archer, Barnard Director, students may take lessons at the Manhattan School of Music or the Julliard School. For non-majors, there is a six semester limit, but majors may continue for the remainder of their program.

Practice Rooms: Piano practice rooms are available, at a nominal fee, upon application to the Music Department in 319 Milbank. Application should be made during the first week of classes. Preference in assigning hours is given to students taking piano instruction, majors, and concentrators, in order of application. The organ studio in St. Paul's Chapel is available for organ practice. Arrangements should be made with Mary Monroe, Associate in Organ Performance, during the first week of classes.

Requirements for Ethnomusicology Track in the Music Major

The ethnomusicology track combines the social science of music in such courses as the Social Science of Music and Asian Music Humanities, together with anthropology as a regular option for all students.  All  special majors in ethnomusicology must take two courses in anthropology at the recommendation  of the Barnard anthropology department in consultation with ethnomusicology faculty at Columbia.

Courses for an ethnomusicology track in the music major

Pre-requisite: One semester of Introduction to Music MUSI BC1001 An Introduction to Music I or MUSI BC1002 An Introduction to Music II

MUSI UN2314Ear Training, I1
MUSI UN2315Ear Training, II1
MUSI UN2318Music Theory I3
MUSI UN2319Music Theory II3
MUSI V3420The Social Science of Music3
Up to 4 performance credits (lessons or ensembles)4
One 3000-level wester music history course3
One Asian Humanities-Music (AHMM) course3
Three ethnomusicology electives, one at the 2000-level and the other from the upper division electives9
Two courses in Anthropology, one at the introduction to cultural anthropology level; the other, an elective6
Ethnographic thesis of 30-40 pages, developed over the senior year6

Requirements for the Minor

4 Terms of Theory

MUSI UN2318 Music Theory I  MUSI UN2319 Music Theory II

MUSI UN3321 Music Theory III  MUSI UN3322 Music Theory IV

4 Terms of Ear-Training (unless student is exempt by exam)

MUSI UN2314 Ear Training, I  MUSI UN2315 Ear Training, II

MUSI UN3316 Ear Training, III  MUSI UN3317 Ear Training, IV

2 Terms of History

MUSI UN3128 History of Western Music I: Middle Ages To Baroque  

MUSI UN3129 History of Western Music II: Classical To the 20th Century  

Instrumental Instruction and Performance Courses

Please note: In the instrumental lesson listed below, all offered on a weekly, individual basis, a course of half-hour lessons earns 1 point of credit, and a course of one-hour lessons earns 2 points of credit. Unless otherwise indicated on auditions and registration is posted during the fall registration period by director of Music Performance Program.
 

MUSI BC1001 An Introduction to Music I. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: no previous knowledge of music is required.

A survey of the development of Western music from 6th-century Gregorian Chant to Bach and Handel, with emphasis upon important composers and forms. Extensive listening required.

Fall 2019: MUSI BC1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1001 001/08856 M W 2:40pm - 3:25pm
Room TBA
Gail Archer 3 6
MUSI 1001 002/08857 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Marilyn McCoy 3 12/25

MUSI BC1002 An Introduction to Music II. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: no previous knowledge of music is required.

A survey of the development of Western music from the first Viennese Classical school at the end of the 18th century to the present, with emphasis upon composers and forms. Extensive listening required.

Spring 2019: MUSI BC1002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1002 001/04952 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Gail Archer 3 8
MUSI 1002 002/04976 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
325 Milbank Hall
Marilyn McCoy 3 10

MUSI BC1501 Voice Instruction. 2 points.

Entrance by audition only. Call Barnard College, Department of Music during registration for time and place of audition (854-5096).

Fall 2019: MUSI BC1501
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1501 001/08850  
Gail Archer 2 14
MUSI 1501 002/08851  
Gail Archer 2 10

MUSI BC1502 Voice Instruction. 2 points.

Entrance by audition only. Call Barnard College, Department of Music during registration for time and place of audition (854-5096).

Spring 2019: MUSI BC1502
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1502 001/04991  
Gail Archer 2 25
MUSI 1502 002/03776  
Gail Archer 2 24

MUSI UN1593 Barnard-Columbia Chorus. 1 point.

May be taken for Pass credit only.

Prerequisites: auditions by appointment made at first meeting. Contact Barnard College, Department of Music (854-5096).

Membership in the chorus is open to all men and women in the University community. The chorus gives several public concerts each season, both on and off campus, often with other performing organizations. Sight-singing sessions offered. The repertory includes works from all periods of music literature. Students who register for chorus will receive a maximum of 4 points for four or more semesters.

Fall 2019: MUSI UN1593
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1593 001/08858 T Th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Gail Archer 1 6

MUSI UN1594 Barnard-Columbia Chorus. 1 point.

May be taken for Pass credit only.

Prerequisites: auditions by appointment made at first meeting. Contact Barnard College, Department of Music (854-5096).

Membership in the chorus is open to all men and women in the University community. The chorus gives several public concerts each season, both on and off campus, often with other performing organizations. Sight-singing sessions offered. The repertory includes works from all periods of music literature. Students who register for chorus will receive a maximum of 4 points for four or more semesters.

Spring 2019: MUSI UN1594
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1594 001/05085 T Th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Gail Archer 1 14

MUSI UN1595 Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers. 1 point.

May be taken for Pass credit only.

Prerequisites: auditions by appointment made at first meeting. Contact Barnard College, Department of Music (854-5096).

Membership in the chorus is open to all men and women in the University community. The chorus gives several public concerts each season, both on and off campus, often with other performing organizations. Sight-singing sessions offered. The repertory includes works from all periods of music literature.

Fall 2019: MUSI UN1595
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1595 001/08852 T Th 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Room TBA
Gail Archer 1 2/20

MUSI UN1596 Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers. 1 point.

May be taken for Pass credit only.

Prerequisites: contact Barnard College, Department of Music (854-5096).

Membership in the chorus is open to all men and women in the University community. The chorus gives several public concerts each season, both on and off campus, often with other performing organizations. Sight-singing sessions offered. The repertory includes works from all periods of music literature.

Spring 2019: MUSI UN1596
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1596 001/05333 T Th 8:00pm - 9:30pm
405 Milbank Hall
Gail Archer 1 7

MUSI BC3139 Introduction to Vocal Repertoire: Technique in Singing and Performance. 3 points.

This course is designed for developing singers. Group vocalizing, learning of songs and individual workshop performances are aimed at improving the student's  technical skill and the elements necessary to create a meaningful musical and dramatic experience. Attention to text, subtext, emotional and psychological aspects of a piece and the performer's  relationship to the audience are included in the work. Repertoire is predominantly in English and comes from both classical and popular traditions Individual coaching sessions are available with the class accompanist and help strengthen the students' confidence and skill. The class culminates with an in-class performance.

Spring 2019: MUSI BC3139
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3139 001/04804 F 2:00pm - 5:00pm
405 Milbank Hall
Josephine Mongiardo 3 14
Fall 2019: MUSI BC3139
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3139 001/08859 M F 4:10pm - 5:55pm
Room TBA
Jean-Paul Bjorlin 3 9/10

MUSI BC3140 Vocal Repertoire, Technique and Expression. 3 points.

Vocal exercises and exploration of wide-ranging repertoires, styles, and languages of the Western European song tradition. The rich variety of English, French, Italian and German poetry and music from the Baroque period through the Twentieth Century allows the student to experience both the music and the cultural environment of each of these styles. Attention is given both to meaning oftext and musical interpretation. Individual coaching sessions are available with the class accompanist and help strengthen the students' confidence and skill. The class culminates with an in-class performance.

Spring 2019: MUSI BC3140
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3140 001/06010 F 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Jean-Paul Bjorlin 3 8
MUSI 3140 001/06010 M 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Room TBA
Jean-Paul Bjorlin 3 8
Fall 2019: MUSI BC3140
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3140 001/08860 F 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Room TBA
Josephine Mongiardo 3 5/17

MUSI BC3145 Worldmuse Ensemble. 3 points.

Worldmuse Ensemble delves into compelling music from many genres such as world music, gospel, classical--old and new. We perform without a conductor, increasing awareness and interaction among ourselves and our audience. We collaboratively integrate music, dance, and theatre traditions (masks etc.). For experienced singers, and instrumentalists and dancers who sing.

Spring 2019: MUSI BC3145
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3145 001/03263 F 2:15pm - 4:00pm
225 Milbank Hall
Jean-Paul Bjorlin 3 5
MUSI 3145 001/03263 M 7:30pm - 8:45pm
325 Milbank Hall
Jean-Paul Bjorlin 3 5

MUSI BC3990 Senior Project: Senior Research. 3 points.

Working with her advisor, a student will expand the research project initiated in the Fall Senior Seminar for Music Majors (BC3992x).  In order to satisfy the requirement, the student will complete a fifty page research paper.

Spring 2019: MUSI BC3990
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3990 001/00573  
Gail Archer 3 1
Fall 2019: MUSI BC3990
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3990 001/08854  
Gail Archer 3 1

MUSI BC3991 Senior Project: Music Repertoire. 0 points.

Working with her advisor, a student will develop a vocal or instrumental recital program with representative musical works from a variety of historical periods.   In order to satisfy the requirement, the student will present an hour long public performance of the recital program.  Students may also satisfy this requirement by composing original vocal or instrumental works.

Spring 2019: MUSI BC3991
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3991 001/09798  
Gail Archer 0 1
Fall 2019: MUSI BC3991
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3991 001/08853  
Gail Archer 0 0

MUSI BC3992 Senior Seminar for Music Majors. 3 points.

The goals of this seminar are a) to introduce senior music majors to ethnographic, bibliographic, and archival research methods in music and b) to help the same students develop, focus, implement, draft, revise, and polish a substantive, original piece of research (25-30 pages) which will serve as the senior project. The course will begin with a survey of academic literature on key problems in musicological research and writing, and will progress to a workshop/discussion format in which each week a different student is responsible for assigning readings and leading the discussion on a topic which s/he has formulated and deemed to be of relevance to her own research.

Fall 2019: MUSI BC3992
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3992 001/08855 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Lauren Ninoshvili 3 5

MUSI UN1002 Fundamentals of Music. 3 points.

Corequisites: MUSI UN1312

Introduction to music, including notation, written and aural skills, and basic conceptual resources of music theory. Exploration of scale, mode, rhythm, meter, texture and form, with reference to a diverse range of musics. 

Spring 2019: MUSI UN1002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1002 001/73847 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
622 Dodge Building
Mark Saccomano 3 17/25
MUSI 1002 002/28216 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
814 Dodge Building
Katherine Balch 3 12/25
Fall 2019: MUSI UN1002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1002 001/99603 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
814 Dodge Building
Peter Susser 3 13/24
MUSI 1002 002/99602 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
814 Dodge Building
3 3/24

HUMA UN1123 Masterpieces of Western Music. 3 points.

Analysis and discussion of representative works from the Middle Ages to the present.

Spring 2019: HUMA UN1123
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HUMA 1123 001/19031 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
404 Dodge Building
Matthew Ricketts 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 002/67035 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
405 Dodge Building
Taylor Brook 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 003/77022 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
622 Dodge Building
Laura Weber 3 20/25
HUMA 1123 004/21911 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
404 Dodge Building
Matthew Ricketts 3 23/25
HUMA 1123 005/71321 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Dodge Building
Taylor Brook 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 006/68404 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
716 Hamilton Hall
Alexander Rothe 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 007/20308 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
622 Dodge Building
Cesar Colon-Montijo 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 008/60900 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Alexander Rothe 3 23/25
HUMA 1123 009/22229 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
404 Dodge Building
Madeleine Turner 3 21/25
HUMA 1123 010/26617 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Dodge Building
Joshua Navon 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 011/27800 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Paula Harper 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 012/22758 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Thomas Fogg 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 013/20108 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Jonathan Ligrani 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 014/15640 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Theodore Gordon 3 23/25
HUMA 1123 015/29691 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Thomas Fogg 3 21/25
HUMA 1123 016/16370 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
Audrey Amsellem 3 20/25
HUMA 1123 017/16778 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Joshua Mailman 3 12/25
HUMA 1123 018/25000 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
405 Dodge Building
Jane Forner 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 019/64666 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
622 Dodge Building
Ashkan Behzadi 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 020/25789 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
404 Dodge Building
Marilyn McCoy 3 23/25
HUMA 1123 021/16824 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Sean Colonna 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 022/21219 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
716 Hamilton Hall
Sonja Wermager 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 023/72537 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
404 Dodge Building
John McWhorter 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 024/28735 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Mary Robb 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 025/65986 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
404 Dodge Building
Mahir Cetiz 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 026/27892 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Dodge Building
Magdalena Baczewska 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 027/10233 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Mike Ford 3 15/25
HUMA 1123 028/69233 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Lucie Vagnerova 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 029/70107 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Giuseppe Gerbino 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 030/74952 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Anne Levitsky 3 25/25
HUMA 1123 031/77681 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Lucie Vagnerova 3 24/25
HUMA 1123 032/80942 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Ryan Pratt 3 25/25
Fall 2019: HUMA UN1123
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HUMA 1123 001/10418 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
404 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 002/10419 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
405 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 003/10420 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
622 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 004/10421 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
404 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 005/10422 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 006/10423 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
716 Hamilton Hall
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 007/10424 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
622 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 008/10425 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 009/10426 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
404 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 010/10427 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 011/10428 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 012/10429 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
404 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 014/10431 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 015/10432 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
404 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 016/10433 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
405 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 017/10434 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 018/10435 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
405 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 019/10436 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
622 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 020/10437 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
404 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 021/10438 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 022/10439 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
716 Hamilton Hall
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 024/10441 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 026/10443 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 027/10444 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 028/10445 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
404 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 029/10446 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
405 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 030/10447 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 031/10448 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
404 Dodge Building
3 24/24
HUMA 1123 032/10449 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
716 Hamilton Hall
3 24/24

MUSI UN1518 Keyboard Harmony and Musicianship. 1 point.

Prerequisites: Instructor Permission

This course is only open to Music Theory students who did not pass the piano proficiency exam.  Sign up in 109 Dodge.

Spring 2019: MUSI UN1518
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1518 001/66686  
Michael Skelly 1 3/12
Fall 2019: MUSI UN1518
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1518 001/99601  
Michael Skelly 1 2/12

MPP UN1521 University Orchestra . 2 points.

Prerequisites: Auditions are required. Sign up for an audition on the MPP website: www.mpp.music.columbia.edu or on the CUO website: http://cuo.music.columbia.edu/

Auditions are required.  Sign up for an audition on the MPP website: www.mpp.music.columbia.edu or on the CUO website: http://cuo.music.columbia.edu/  Accepting NEW STUDENTS in FALL semester ONLY unless otherwise noted. All accepted MPP students must register for ensembles by the change-of-program deadline every semester in order to be allowed to participate. Petitioning students or students not able to register must notify MPP staff prior to this deadline. Contact Music Performance Program at mpp@columbia.edu Weekly meetings with ensemble and end-of-semester performance required.  

Spring 2019: MPP UN1521
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MPP 1521 001/26008 T 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Room TBA
Jeffrey Milarsky 2 71/200
Fall 2019: MPP UN1521
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MPP 1521 001/99479 T 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Room TBA
Jeffrey Milarsky 2 0/200

MPP UN1541 Columbia University Jazz Ensemble . 1 point.

Prerequisites: Auditions are required. Sign up for an audition on MPP website: www.mpp.music.columbia.edu

Prerequisites: Audition Required: Sign up for an audition time on MPP website: www.mpp.music.columbia.edu Accepting NEW STUDENTS in FALL semester ONLY. All accepted MPP students must register for lessons and ensembles by the change-of-program deadline in order to be allowed to attend lessons that semester. Petitioning students must notify MPP staff prior to this deadline. Contact Music Performance Program at mpp@columbia.edu 

Spring 2019: MPP UN1541
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MPP 1541 001/69419  
Christine Correa 1 9/50
MPP 1541 002/15512  
Bruce Barth 1 5/50
MPP 1541 003/60692  
Bruce Barth 1 4/50
MPP 1541 004/24446  
Vince Cherico 1 8/50
MPP 1541 005/74995  
Victor Lin 1 10/50
MPP 1541 006/76325  
Ole Mathisen 1 3/50
MPP 1541 007/70306  
Ole Mathisen 1 0/50
MPP 1541 008/11282  
Ole Mathisen 1 11/50
MPP 1541 009/29666  
Don Sickler 1 13/50
MPP 1541 010/62525  
Ole Mathisen 1 10/50
Fall 2019: MPP UN1541
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MPP 1541 001/99478  
Christine Correa 1 0/50
MPP 1541 002/99477  
Bruce Barth 1 0/50
MPP 1541 003/99476  
Bruce Barth 1 0/50
MPP 1541 004/99475  
Vince Cherico 1 0/50
MPP 1541 005/99474  
Victor Lin 1 0/50
MPP 1541 006/99473  
Ole Mathisen 1 0/50
MPP 1541 007/99472  
Ole Mathisen 1 0/50
MPP 1541 008/99471  
Ole Mathisen 1 0/50
MPP 1541 009/99470  
Don Sickler 1 0/50

MPP UN1551 World Music Ensemble. 1 point.

Prerequisites: Auditions are required. Sign up for an audition on MPP website: www.mpp.music.columbia.edu

Prerequisites: Audition Required: Sign up for an audition time on MPP website: www.mpp.music.columbia.edu Accepting NEW STUDENTS in FALL semester ONLY. All accepted MPP students must register for lessons and ensembles by the change-of-program deadline in order to be allowed to attend lessons that semester. Petitioning students must notify MPP staff prior to this deadline. Contact Music Performance Program at mpp@columbia.edu 

Spring 2019: MPP UN1551
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MPP 1551 001/28964  
James Kerr 1 4/50
MPP 1551 002/24465 Th 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Room TBA
Louise Sasaki 1 3/50
MPP 1551 003/19975 Th 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room TBA
James Schlefer 1 2/50
MPP 1551 004/72428 Th 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Masayo Tokue 1 3/50
MPP 1551 005/17236 M 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Room TBA
Jeff Warschauer 1 0/50
MPP 1551 006/61226  
Sebastian Cruz 1 5/50
MPP 1551 007/26704 F 10:00am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Taoufik Ben-Amor 1 7/50
Fall 2019: MPP UN1551
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MPP 1551 001/99549  
James Kerr 1 0/50
MPP 1551 002/99548  
Louise Sasaki 1 1/50
MPP 1551 003/99547  
James Schlefer 1 0/50
MPP 1551 004/99546  
Masayo Tokue 1 0/50
MPP 1551 005/99545  
Jeff Warschauer 1 0/50
MPP 1551 006/99544  
Vince Cherico 1 0/50
MPP 1551 007/99543  
Taoufik Ben-Amor 1 1/50

MUSI UN2021 Music in Contemporary Native America. 3 points.

This course focuses on contemporary Native American (Native American, First Nations Canadian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian) music cultures through a framework combining historical and ethnomusicological readings in a topical examination of contemporary Native American musical practices. The course emphasizes popular, vernacular, and mass mediated musics, and calls into question the distinction between “traditional” and “modern” aspects of Native American cultures. There will be a special emphasis on Native American perspectives on these topics.    

MUSI UN2030 Jewish Music of New York. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Music Humanities (Columbia University) or An Introduction to Music (Barnard).

With the arrival of the first Jewish immigrants in New York in the mid-1600s until today, Jewish music in the City has oscillated between preserving traditions and introducing innovative ideas. This course explores the variety of ways people have used music to describe, inscribe, symbolize, and editorialize their Jewish experience. Along these lines, it draws upon genres of art music, popular music, and non-Western traditions, as well as practices that synthesize various styles and genres, from hazzanut to hiphop. Diverse musical experiences will serve as a window to address wider questions of identity, memory, and dislocation. We will also experience the Jewish soundscape of New York’s dynamic and eclectic music culture by visiting various venues and meeting key players in today’s music scene, and thus engage in the ongoing dialogues that define Jewishness in New York. A basic familiarity with Judaism and Jewish culture is helpful for this course, but it is by no means required. You do not need to know Jewish history to take this class, nor do you need to be able to read music. Translations from Hebrew and Yiddish will be provided, and musical analysis will be well explained.

Fall 2019: MUSI UN2030
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2030 001/99460 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
814 Dodge Building
Tina Fruehauf 3 25/25

MUSI UN2205 Introduction to Digital Music (Previously called MIDI Music Production Techniques). 3 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor required to enroll. Music Majors/Music Concentrations have priority for enrollment.

An introduction to the potential of digital synthesis and signal processing. Teaches proficiency in elementary and advanced digital audio techniques. Challenges some of the assumptions about music built into various interfaces and fosters a creative approach to using DAW software and machines.

Spring 2019: MUSI UN2205
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2205 001/63645 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
320h Prentis Hall
David Bird 3 18/18
Fall 2019: MUSI UN2205
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2205 001/99542 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
320h Prentis Hall
Bradford Garton 3 0/18

MUSI UN2314 Ear Training, I. 1 point.

Designed to improve the student's basic skills in sight-singing, and rhythmic and melodic dictation with an introduction to four-part harmonic dictation.

Spring 2019: MUSI UN2314
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2314 001/71582 M W 12:10pm - 1:00pm
405 Dodge Building
Richard Miller 1 13/12
MUSI 2314 002/77322 T Th 3:10pm - 4:00pm
803 Dodge Building
Barami Waspe 1 8/12
MUSI 2314 003/69272 M W 12:10pm - 1:00pm
814 Dodge Building
Rowland Moseley 1 11/12
Fall 2019: MUSI UN2314
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2314 001/99459 M W 12:10pm - 1:00pm
405 Dodge Building
1 2/12
MUSI 2314 002/99458 T Th 3:10pm - 4:00pm
803 Dodge Building
1 2/12

MUSI UN2315 Ear Training, II. 1 point.

Techniques of sight-singing and dictation of diatonic melodies in simple and compound meter with strong emphasis on harmonic dictation.

Spring 2019: MUSI UN2315
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2315 001/11250 M W 3:10pm - 4:00pm
814 Dodge Building
Barami Waspe 1 4/12
MUSI 2315 002/20378 T Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
814 Dodge Building
Peter Susser 1 12/12
Fall 2019: MUSI UN2315
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2315 001/99541 M W 3:10pm - 4:00pm
814 Dodge Building
1 2/12
MUSI 2315 002/99540 T Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
814 Dodge Building
1 0/12

MUSI UN2318 Music Theory I. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)., Lab Required

Prerequisites: MUSI V1002 or the equivalent, as well as placement exam administered in the first class meeting every semester the course is offered. (Through Spring 2014, this course was entitled Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint I.)
Corequisites: one course from Ear-Training I-IV (V2314, V2315, V3316, or V3317, as determined by placement exam.)

Elementary analysis and composition in a variety of modal and tonal idioms. A one-hour weekly lab is required, to be scheduled at the beginning of the term.

Spring 2019: MUSI UN2318
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2318 001/25621 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Benjamin Steege 3 13/18
Fall 2019: MUSI UN2318
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2318 001/99457 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
404 Dodge Building
Galen DeGraf 3 0/16
MUSI 2318 002/99456 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Galen DeGraf 3 0/16

MUSI UN2319 Music Theory II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MUSI V2318.
Corequisites: one course from Ear-Training I-IV (V2314, V2315, V3316, or V3317, as determined by placement exam.)

Elementary analysis and composition in a variety of tonal idioms. (Through Spring 2014, this course was entitled Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint II.)

Spring 2019: MUSI UN2319
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2319 001/63257 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Galen DeGraf 3 8/18
MUSI 2319 002/72056 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
622 Dodge Building
Galen DeGraf 3 3/18
Fall 2019: MUSI UN2319
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2319 001/99502 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
405 Dodge Building
Benjamin Steege 3 11/16

MUSI UN2582 Jazz improvisation: theory, history and practice. 3 points.

This course offers an introduction to jazz improvisation for instrumentalists.  Through recordings, transcriptions, daily performance and selected readings, students will actively engage the history of jazz through their instruments and intellect.  The idea of improvisation will be explored in an historical context, both as a musical phenomenon with its attendant theory and mechanics, and as a trope of American history and aesthetics. This class is for instrumentalists who wish to deepen their understanding of the theory, history and practice of jazz improvisation. The history of jazz will be used as a prism through which to view approaches to improvisation, from the cadences of the early Blues through the abstractions of Free Jazz and beyond.  The student will be exposed to the theory and vocabularies of various jazz idioms, which they will also learn to place in their social and historical contexts.

Fall 2019: MUSI UN2582
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2582 001/39501 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
112 Dodge Building
Christopher Washburne 3 20/20

MUSI UN3023 Late Beethoven. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MUSI V2318-V2319 or the instructor's permission.

An examination of the visionary works of Beethoven's last dozen or so years as a composer, beginning with the revision of his only opera, Fidelio, in 1814, and continuing with the late piano sonatas, cello sonatas, string quartets, Diabelli variations, Ninth Symphony, and the Missa Solemnis. Topics will include late style, romanticism, politics, deafness, and the changing nature of the musical work and its performance.

Fall 2019: MUSI UN3023
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3023 001/39502 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
622 Dodge Building
Elaine Sisman 3 9/20

MUSI UN3128 History of Western Music I: Middle Ages To Baroque. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MUSI V2318-V2319. May be taken before or concurrently with this course.

Topics in Western music from Antiquity through Bach and Handel, focusing on the development of musical style and thought, and analysis of selected works.

Fall 2019: MUSI UN3128
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3128 001/99539 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
622 Dodge Building
3 18/35

MUSI UN3129 History of Western Music II: Classical To the 20th Century. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MUSI V2318-2319. May be taken before or concurrently with this course.

Topics in Western music from the Classical era to the present day, focusing on the development of musical style and thought, and on analysis of selected works.

Spring 2019: MUSI UN3129
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3129 001/15740 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Elaine Sisman 3 21/30

MUSI UN3171 Paris for Romantics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Completion of Music Humanities (or the consent of the instructor) is a pre-requisite for this course.

This course explores Parisian musical life during the long nineteenth century, situating musical discourses, institutions, and forms within the broader landscapes of literary and artistic Romanticism. Topics to be considered include: the musical echoes of the Revolution; operatic genres and theaters; the music of the salons; cultures of consumerism and domestic performance; and issues of nationalism and historicism after 1870. Composers to be considered include: Berlioz, Chopin, Liszt, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Franck, Massenet, and Debussy. Completion of Music Humanities (or the consent of the instructor) is a pre-requisite for this course.

Fall 2019: MUSI UN3171
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3171 001/39503 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
622 Dodge Building
Julia Doe 3 12/15

MUSI UN3241 Projects in Composition I. 3 points.

Composition Faculty

Prerequisites: MUSI V3310 or the instructor's permission.

Composition in more extended forms. Survey of advanced techniques of contemporary composition. (Previously called Advanced Composition.)

Fall 2019: MUSI UN3241
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3241 001/99455 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
620 Dodge Building
Sophia Di Castri 3 8/10

MUSI UN3310 Techniques of 20th-Century Music. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MUSI UN3322 or the instructor's permission.

Materials, styles, and techniques of 20th-century music. Topics include scales, chords, sets, atonality, serialism, neoclassicism, and rhythm.

MUSI UN3316 Ear Training, III. 1 point.

Sight-singing techniques of modulating diatonic melodies in simple, compound, or irregular meters that involve complex rhythmic patterns. Emphasis is placed on four-part harmonic dictation of modulating phrases.

Spring 2019: MUSI UN3316
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3316 001/70141 M W 12:10pm - 1:00pm
620 Dodge Building
Michael Joviala 1 8/12
MUSI 3316 002/21492 T Th 3:10pm - 4:00pm
814 Dodge Building
Ramin Amir Arjomand 1 6/12
Fall 2019: MUSI UN3316
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3316 001/99598 M W 12:10pm - 1:00pm
620 Dodge Building
1 4/12
MUSI 3316 002/99597 T Th 3:10pm - 4:00pm
814 Dodge Building
1 4/12

MUSI UN3317 Ear Training, IV. 1 point.

Techniques of musicianship at the intermediate level, stressing the importance of musical nuances in sight-singing. Emphasis is placed on chromatically inflected four-part harmonic dictation.

Spring 2019: MUSI UN3317
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3317 001/24112 M W 3:10pm - 4:00pm
803 Dodge Building
Michael Joviala 1 10/12
MUSI 3317 002/75894 T Th 4:10pm - 5:00pm
622 Dodge Building
Ramin Amir Arjomand 1 5/12
Fall 2019: MUSI UN3317
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3317 001/99538 M W 3:10pm - 4:00pm
803 Dodge Building
1 5/12
MUSI 3317 002/99537 T Th 4:10pm - 5:00pm
622 Dodge Building
1 2/12

AHMM UN3321 Introduction To the Musics of India and West Asia. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART)., CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

A topical approach to the concepts and practices of music in relation to other arts in the development of Asian civilizations.

Fall 2019: AHMM UN3321
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHMM 3321 001/99508 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
620 Dodge Building
3 23/25
AHMM 3321 002/99507 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
622 Dodge Building
3 22/25
AHMM 3321 003/99506 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
622 Dodge Building
3 21/25

MUSI UN3321 Music Theory III. 3 points.

Lab Required
A one-hour weekly lab is required, to be scheduled at the beginning of the term.

Prerequisites: MUSI V2319.
Corequisites: one course from Ear-training I-IV (V2314, V2315, V3316, or V3317, as determined by placement exam.)

Intermediate analysis and composition in a variety of tonal idioms. (Through Spring 2014, this course was entitled Chromatic Harmony and Counterpoint I.)

Spring 2019: MUSI UN3321
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3321 001/27500 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
620 Dodge Building
Rowland Moseley 3 12/18
Fall 2019: MUSI UN3321
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3321 001/99448 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
620 Dodge Building
Joseph Dubiel 3 11/16

MUSI UN3322 Music Theory IV. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MUSI V3321.
Corequisites: one course from Ear-Training I-IV (V2314, V2315, V3316, or V3317, as determined by placement exam.)

Intermediate analysis and composition in a variety of tonal and extended tonal idioms. (Through Spring 2014, this course was entitled Chromatic Harmony and Counterpoint II.) A one-hour weekly lab is required, to be scheduled at the beginning of the term.

Spring 2019: MUSI UN3322
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3322 001/22607 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Peter Susser 3 10/18
Fall 2019: MUSI UN3322
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3322 001/99453 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
622 Dodge Building
Marc Hannaford 3 12/16

MUSI UN3342 Beyond Boundaries: Radical Black Experimental Music. 3 points.

This discussion seminar focuses on African American composer/improvisers in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries whose work rejects and critiques simplistic compartmentalization in terms of improvisation, composition, genre, gender, race, and place. On the contrary, these musicians embody Duke Ellington’s famous dictum regarding great music being “beyond category.” Students will critically discuss some of the common threads in this network—musicians’ means of creating and performing their original music, its distribution in the marketplace and surrounding critical discourse, their engagement with issues of race, gender, and class within and outside of their communities, and interdisciplinary and community-based collaboration. Musical communities such encompassed in this course include the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Sun Ra’s Arkestra, and the Jazz Composers Guild and extends up to the current day to include contemporary artists such as Nicole Mitchell, Matana Roberts, and Tyshawn Sorey. The incredibly rich multifarious pieces and performances that we will listen to and discuss reference and incorporate elements of improvisation, theatre, twelve-tone serialism, aleatoric composition, bebop, electro-acoustic and computer music,conduction, popular music, the voice, free jazz, Afrofuturism, the blues, orchestral music, opera, and graphic notation

Spring 2019: MUSI UN3342
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3342 001/63441 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
405 Dodge Building
Marc Hannaford 3 8/15

MUSI UN3343 Shades of Brown: Music in the South Asian Diaspora . 3 points.

This course explores the musical world of the South Asian diaspora in Europe and North America. We will read ethnographic accounts of diasporic musics and experiences and develop methods for analysis and interpretation of such accounts, situating the songs of the South Asian diaspora within its broader social history. We will address the concepts of belonging and identity, nostalgia and affect, and the dismantling or upholding of dominant discourses such as gender, race, and caste. Our focus will be on the last half century, although deeper histories will need to be considered. Students will learn to analyze instrumentation and lyrics in various genres and traditions of South Asian music, including both art, folkloric, and popular idioms, and to correlate these with aspects of the social context of diaspora. While the specific focus of the course is on a particular diasporic history, the class will help students understand and think critically about the broader phenomenon of “diaspora” and its cultural dimensions, and through this to engage critically with important aspects of cultural globalization and migration.  


Students from all departments are welcome. Reading music not required.

MUSI UN3344 Curating Popular Music: From Song Pluggers to Spotify. 3 points.

How is popular music made popular? And who makes it popular? This discussion-based course seeks to answer these questions by focusing on the critical role that music industry professionals—song pluggers, sheet music publishers, producers, talent scouts, record executives, and content curators—have played in shaping the markets of production, circulation, and consumption of popular music in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. Readings, listening selections, and class discussion will address a number of key genres of American popular music—Tin Pan Alley, folk, blues, country, rock, pop, and hip hop—while individual assignments (including a final project centered on creating and producing a podcast) will allow students to apply the knowledge gained in class to genres, styles, and works of their own choosing. Students will not be required to have prior knowledge of music theory or to be able to read music. Completion of Masterpieces of Western Music: “Music Humanities” (HUMA UN 1123) is preferred, but not required.

MUSI UN3400 Topics in Music and Society. 3 points.

Music Majors and Concentrators.

This course seeks to approach the study of music and society by comparatively studying repertories from different parts of the world, how the history of ideas and methods of studying such repertoires shaped them, the practices that constitute them and the ways they are understood and used by different peoples.  Central to this course is the interrelationship between the constitution of a repertoire and the history of the construction of knowledge about it.

Spring 2019: MUSI UN3400
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3400 001/14100 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
620 Dodge Building
Cesar Colon-Montijo 3 19/25
Fall 2019: MUSI UN3400
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3400 001/99469 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
814 Dodge Building
Kevin Fellezs 3 13/35

MUSI UN3995 Honors Research. 3 points.

Open to honors candidates in music only.

Prerequisites: a formal proposal to be submitted and approved prior to registration; see the director of undergraduate studies for details.

A creative/scholarly project conducted under faculty supervision, leading to completion of an honors essay, composition, or the equivalent.

Fall 2019: MUSI UN3995
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3995 003/10613  
Sophia Di Castri 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 004/10615  
Julia Doe 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 005/99595  
Joseph Dubiel 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 006/99594  
Kevin Fellezs 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 007/99593  
Aaron Fox 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 008/10617  
Walter Frisch 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 009/99592  
Bradford Garton 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 011/99590  
Georg Friedrich Haas 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 013/99588  
Mariusz Kozak 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 015/99587  
Jeffrey Milarsky 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 017/10618  
Elaine Sisman 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 018/99585  
Benjamin Steege 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 019/10620  
Magdalena Baczewska 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 020/99584  
Peter Susser 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 021/10621  
Christopher Washburne 3 0/5

MUSI UN3998 Supervised Independent Study. 3 points.

Prerequisites: approval prior to registration; see the director of undergraduate studies for details.

A creative/scholarly project conducted under faculty supervision.

Fall 2019: MUSI UN3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3998 003/10622  
Sophia Di Castri 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 004/10623  
Julia Doe 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 005/99534  
Joseph Dubiel 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 006/99533  
Aaron Fox 3 2/5
MUSI 3998 007/99532  
Kevin Fellezs 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 008/10624  
Walter Frisch 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 009/99531  
Bradford Garton 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 011/99529  
Georg Friedrich Haas 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 013/99527  
Mariusz Kozak 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 015/99526  
Jeffrey Milarsky 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 016/99525  
Ana Maria Ochoa 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 017/10626  
Elaine Sisman 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 018/99524  
Benjamin Steege 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 019/10627  
Magdalena Baczewska 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 020/99523  
Peter Susser 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 021/10628  
Christopher Washburne 3 0/5

MUSI GU4318 Ear Training, V. 1 point.

Advanced dictation, sight singing, and musicianship, with emphasis on 20th-century music.

Fall 2019: MUSI GU4318
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 4318 001/99570 M W 12:10pm - 1:00pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Peter Susser 1 5/12

MUSI GU4360 Analysis of Tonal Music. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MUSI V3321 or the equivalent.

Fulfills the requirement of the 3000-level advanced theory elective. This course was previously offered as V3360, Pre-Tonal and Tonal Analysis. Detailed analysis of selected tonal compositions. This course, for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduates, is intended to develop understanding of tonal compositions and of theoretical concepts that apply to them, through study of specific works in various forms and styles.

Fall 2019: MUSI GU4360
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 4360 001/99583 M 3:10pm - 5:00pm
620 Dodge Building
Benjamin Steege 3 5/12

MUSI GU4525 Instrumentation. 3 points.

Open to both graduate and advanced music major undergraduate students.

Prerequisites: extensive musical background.

Analysis of instrumentation, with directional emphasis on usage, ranges, playing techniques, tone colors, characteristics, interactions and tendencies, all derived from the classic orchestral repertoire. Topics will include theoretical writings on the classical repertory as well as 20th century instrumentation and its advancement. Additional sessions with live orchestral demonstrations are included as part of the course.

Fall 2019: MUSI GU4525
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 4525 001/99569 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
814 Dodge Building
Jeffrey Milarsky 3 5/25

MUSI GU4630 Recorded Sound. 3 points.

Prerequisites: The instructor's permission.

As music moves into the 21st century, we find ourselves surrounded by an ever-evolving landscape of technological capability. The world of music, and the music industry itself, is changing rapidly, and with that change comes the opening – and closing – of doorways of possibility.  What does this shift mean for today’s practicing artist or composer?   With big label recording studios signing and nurturing fewer and fewer artists, it seems certain that, today, musicians who want to record and distribute their music need to be able to do much of the recording and production work on their own.   But where does one go to learn how to do this – to learn not only the “how to” part of music production, but the historical underpinnings and the development of the music production industry as well?  How does one develop a comprehensive framework within which they can place their own artistic efforts?  How does one learn to understand what they hear, re-create what they like and develop their own style?


This class, “Recorded Sound,” aims to be the answer.  It’s goal is to teach artists how to listen critically to music from across history and genres in order to identify the production techniques that they hear, and reproduce those elements using modern technology so they can be incorporated into the artist’s own musical works. 

Spring 2019: MUSI GU4630
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 4630 001/68152 M 3:10pm - 6:00pm
317h Prentis Hall
Mario Diaz de Leon 3 14/15
Fall 2019: MUSI GU4630
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 4630 001/39504 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
317h Prentis Hall
3 0/15

MUSI GU4801 Music and the Electrical Imaginary. 3 points.

This undergraduate seminar explores the long history of how people have imagined the relationship between music and electricity. An interdisciplinary seminar, this course uses methodologies from historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and science and technology studies to map the scientific concepts, technological instruments, and musical practices that have contributed to what is now an abstract noun:

“electronic music.” Beginning with early modern fantasies of magnetic and electrical music, it continues through 19th century developments in acoustics and electroacoustics; examines early 20th century systems of networked electrical control and communication; explores the consequences of magnetic audio tape; surveys electronic music studios in Cologne, Buenos Aires, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco; traces

the development of voltage-controlled synthesizers in the 1960s; meditates on music, mathematics, and mysticism; and historically situates the development of computer music. This course is intended to foster interdisciplinary dialogue between students interested in the study of music (including historians, ethnomusicologists, theorists, and composers) and the study of science and technology (including historians, researchers, and engineers).

MUSI GU4802 Sound, Music and Death. 3 points.

This seminar is an exploration of the roles of sound and music play in people’s attempts to grapple with death and its many auras. We will read literature from ethnomusicology, anthropology, and sound studies, and listen to musics from many parts of the world, so as to investigate how 1) the processes of aging, decay, and mourning; 2) metaphorical deaths including war and exile; and 3) imaginations of afterlives resound among the living.

MUSI GU4810 Sound: Foundations . 3 points.

This foundational course in sound will begin by exploring how listening happens as well the tools necessary capture and present that listening. Through hands-on experimentation and demonstration, this seminar will examine both the technical and semiotic use of sound as a

material within creative practice. Fundamental studio techniques will be explored including soldering for building cables, microphones, and loudspeakers. We will also explore the building blocks of analog and digital processes for the creation of sound, including microphones (types, patterns, and placement), basic synthesis, and techniques for recording, mixing, editing, and mastering. Through creative projects that implement these skills we will learn by doing. We will study theories of sound and listening that determine or are determined by technology, from the physical and social dimensions of the sounds we use to create, language (sound as a symbol or object), acoustics (sound in space), acousmatics (sound without a visual reference), and psycho-acoustics (sound as cognitive process). This class assumes no prior knowledge or technical skill. Some reading will be assigned and we will look and listen to a lot of work, students are encouraged to participate actively in discussions.

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