Music: Musicology & Ethnomusicology

  • CFA MH 106: Music and Culture
    Survey of music's dynamic interface with culture and society, past and present, including music's relationship to politics, race, religion, and identity. No preq. Open to all students. 2 cr.
  • CFA MH 211: History & Literature of Music 1
    Historical survey of music tracing the history, performance, cultural significance, and development of musical styles from the Middle Ages to approximately the end of the Baroque. Required for all students in the BM and BA Music routes This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CFA MH 212: History & Literature of Music 2
    Historical survey of music from 1750 to the present. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
  • CFA MH 331: Music & Social Protest
    No prereq; open to all students. Selected topics concerning non-western music and culture, including colonialism and post-colonialism, orientalism, anthropological perspectives, modernization, transmission, migration, diaspora, and the influence of technology. 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 333: Popular Music & Culture
    No prereq; open to all students. Selected topics exploring the relationship between popular music and culture, from American popular song and musical theatre, to worldbeat, blues, R&B, rock, Hip-hop, and techno. 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 401: Graduate Music History Review 1
    Review of music history and literature from the Middle Ages to 1750. 2 cr.
  • CFA MH 402: Graduate Music History Review 2
    Review of music history and literature from the ca. 1750 to the present. 2.0 cr.
  • CFA MH 427: Special Topics in Music History
    Prereq: CFA MH 211 and 212. Special topics in the history of music, covering a variety of approaches, styles, and periods, from Antiquity through the present. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 431: Music & Social Protest
    No prereq; open to all students. Selected topics concerning non-western music and culture, including colonialism and post-colonialism, orientalism, anthropological perspectives, modernization, transmission, migration, diaspora, and the influence of technology. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 432: History of Jazz
    No prereq; open to all students. A chronological study of the history of -- and topics in -- jazz, from its beginnings to the present, focusing on styles, major performers and recordings, individuality and sound, instruments, voices, and forms, as well as social and cultural issues, such as race, popularity and commercialism, the individual versus and within the group, American identity and global rejection/admiration. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Critical Thinking
  • CFA MH 433: Popular Music & Culture
    No prereq; open to all students. Selected topics exploring the relationship between popular music and culture, from American popular song and musical theatre, to worldbeat, blues, R&B, rock, Hip-hop, and techno. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 434: Interdisciplinary Topics in Music History
    No prereq; open to all students. Wide-angled and narrowly-focused topics dealing with music's application to and interaction with other disciplines, including the broader humanities, science, politics, and technology. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 436: Musical Cultures of the World
    No prereq; open to all students. A survey of music and musical cultures from around the world, including traditions from Africa, India, Japan, Indonesia, North America, and Latin America. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 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 MH 561: Special Topics in Musicology
    Learn to perform traditional world music in the context of an ensemble taught by specialists of African, Balinese, Latin American, and many other types of world music. The specific musical style and type of group will change with each semester. Improve your rhythmic skills; lower performance anxiety. Enrollment is open to all students. No previous musical experience is necessary. 1 cr. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 563: Special Topics in Musicology
    Read, discuss, and begin to understand many traditions of World Music through performance and discussion taught in the oral tradition. Enrollment is open to all students, and no previous musical experience is necessary. No prereq. [Var cr.]
  • CFA MH 611: Music Research Techniques
    Introduction to materials about music history and performance. Topics include research methods, primary and secondary sources, reading and writing about music, editions and editing, and sound recordings. 2 cr.
  • CFA MH 620: Special Topics in Musicology
    This course addresses a particular period or focus of compositional activity, covering the work or works of more than one composer and opening a view into a circumscribed but influential musical style. 3 cr. May be repeated for credit. [ 3 cr.]
  • CFA MH 629: Early Music Studies
    Mini-course offered by the Center for Early Music Studies. Taught by eminent figures in the field of early music, this course is an intensive, laboratory-style immersion in early music scholarship and performance on selected topics, composers, and repertories, covering vocal and instrumental styles from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century. 1 cr. Can be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 631: Individual Composers
    This course will study the work of a single composer in depth, analyzing the work as a product both of individual style and of historical and cultural context. 3 cr. May be repeated for credit.