Courses

  • CFA MT 435: Composing with Electronic Sounds & Computers 1
    Aesthetic and technical knowledge needed to complete individual, creative work using electronic media alone or with acoustic instruments. Use of computers, recording equipment, digital editing software, and sound analysis software: developing basic skills in synthesis, sampling, digital recording and live performance techniques. Listening assignments provide an introduction to existing literature and relevant aspects of acoustic and electronic theory. May not be taken concurrently with CFA MT436. 2 cr.
  • CFA MT 436: Composing with Electronic Sounds and Computers 2
    Prereq: CFA MT 435 or equivalent experience and permission from instructor. Expansion of aesthetic and technical knowledge in the domains of computer music, sound manipulation and sound recording. Introduction to computer-assisted composition environments and real-time interaction between electronics and instruments.
  • CFA MT 499: Independent Study: Undergraduates
    Individual projects arranged between undergraduate students and faculty, often in areas outside of the regular curriculum. Plans must be submitted in advance of registration. Variable credit.
  • CFA MT 520: Composers' Forum
    Required seminar for all composers. Visiting composers present and discuss their music. Students also present their own music and lead topics for discussion.
  • CFA MT 601: Analytical Techniques 1
    Systematic and empirical investigations into formal and compositional procedures of selected masterworks from the tonal repertoire. Lectures leading to individual analytical projects. Credits not applicable to MusAD in Composition. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 602: Analytical Techniques 2
    Analysis of contemporary music. Investigation into compositional methods and procedures used in twentieth-century music. Lectures leading to individual analytical projects. Credits not applicable to MusAD in Composition. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 621: Graduate Composition
    Prereq: Two years of composition. Original work in advanced musical composition. May be repeated for credit. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 631: Orchestration 1
    Basic techniques in scoring for chorus, orchestra, band, and ensembles. Ranges and transpositions of voices and instruments; idiomatic writing, score reading, and clef transposition. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 632: Orchestration 2
    Prereq: CFA MT 631. Contemporary orchestral techniques. Advanced study in scoring for modern orchestras, ensembles, choruses, and bands. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 635: Composing with Electronic Sounds and Computers 1
    Aesthetic and technical knowledge needed to complete individual, creative work using electronic media alone or with acoustic instruments. Use of computers, recording equipment, digital editing software, and sound analysis software: developing basic skills in synthesis, sampling, digital recording and live performance techniques. Listening assignments provide an introduction to existing literature and relevant aspects of acoustic and electronic theory. May not be taken concurrently with CFA MT436. 2 cr.
  • CFA MT 636: Composing with Electronic Sounds and Computers 2
    Prereq: CFA MT 635 or equivalent experience and permission from instructor. Expansion of aesthetic and technical knowledge in the domains of computer music, sound manipulation and sound recording. Introduction to computer-assisted composition environments and real-time interaction between electronics and instruments. 2 cr.
  • CFA MT 641: Modal Counterpoint
    Analysis and writing of sixteenth-century vocal styles based on the practices of Palestrina, Lassus, and others. 2 cr.
  • CFA MT 642: Tonal Counterpoint
    The study of the early eighteenth-century styles of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries, with an emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice. Special attention will be paid to composing and analyzing invertible counterpoint, canon, two-part inventions and fugue. This is a graduate course, cross-listed with the graduate course MT 342. 2 cr.
  • CFA MT 665: Schenkerian Analysis
    Critical discussion and training in the theory and analytic techniques of Heinrich Schenker and his followers. Lectures leading to individual projects utilizing his methods. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 668: Understanding Opera
    Exploring opera from its beginnings c. 1600 to the present, this course focuses on close readings of scores and their text/music relationships through a primarily analytic lens. Discussions, in general chronological order, will center on the problems of analyzing opera, and the analytic application to these multilayered texts of phrase rhythms, sonata forms, la solita forma and extended/interrupted harmonic structures.
  • CFA MT 701: Doctoral Theory Proseminar
    Preparation for doctoral qualifying examination in tonal and post-tonal music theory. 2 cr.
  • CFA MT 762: Advanced Contemporary Analysis
    In-depth review of analytical techniques and terminology developed for diverse musical styles from the 20th and 21st centuries. Analysis of representative works from the literature. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 771: Performance and Analysis
    Review of literature concerning the relation of analysis to musical performance; practical application of theoretical and analytic concepts to performance decisions; written exercises addressing performance issues. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 781: Jazz and Popular Arranging
    Standard notational methods; chord vocabulary; arrangements of popular melodies in a variety of styles; development of materials from lead sheets; class performance of arrangements.
  • CFA MT 862: Seminar in Post-Tonal Theory
    Prereq: CFA MT 602 or equivalent. Critical review of readings on topics of current interest in structure, materials, organization, and aesthetics of twentieth and twenty-first century music. Individual presentations and seminar papers. 3 cr.