Music: Non-Major Ensembles, Continuing Study & Terminal Projects

  • CFA MU 091: Marching Band
    The BU Marching Band is open to students of every major at Boston University. Composed of brass, woodwinds, drum line, front ensemble (pit), and color guard, the BU Marching Band performs an innovative and entertaining field show as a featured exhibition band at regional band competitions, including the Collegiate Marching Band Festival. Rehearsals are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30--9:00 p.m., and performances are only on one day per weekend (see online calendar at www.bu.edu/bands).
  • CFA MU 093: Pep Band
    The BU Pep Band is open to students of every major at Boston University. The Pep Band is the soundtrack of the arena at all home games for BU Men's and Women's Hockey and Basketball. Two pep bands of equal size rotate through performances, so students can easily find a substitute from the other band if they have an academic conflict. BU teams are perennial playoff contenders, and the Pep Band has many opportunities for travel to conference and NCAA tournaments. For more information please visit www.bu.edu/bands.
  • CFA MU 094: Jazz Ensemble
    The BU Jazz Ensemble (a standard Big Band) is open to students of every major at Boston University. The Big Band performs classic standards, hot new music, and everything in between. The ensemble performs regularly on and off-campus in a variety of venues. Membership is by audition only. For more information please visit www.bu.edu/bands.
  • CFA MU 099: Symphonic Chorus
    Symphonic Chorus
  • CFA MU 190: All-Campus Chamber Music
    This course would provide an opportunity for accomplished musicians from the greater Boston University community to develop their playing in a small-ensemble setting in addition to their participation in the larger All-Campus Ensembles. Open to Non-majors. Majors seeking elective credit may also register with permission. Group placement will be determined based on the results of All-Campus auditions. Credit hours: 1 Meetings: twelve 1-hour coachings per semester and independently scheduled rehearsals; times TBD depending on the mutual availability of coach and chamber ensemble members
  • CFA MU 191: Marching Band
    The BU Marching Band is open to students of every major at Boston University. Composed of brass, woodwinds, drum line, front ensemble (pit), and color guard, the BU Marching Band performs an innovative and entertaining field show as a featured exhibition band at regional band competitions, including the Collegiate Marching Band Festival. Rehearsals are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30--9:00 p.m., and performances are only on one day per weekend (see online calendar at www.bu.edu/bands).
  • CFA MU 192: Concert Band
    The Boston University Concert Band is a large concert ensemble comprising approximately 55 members from a multitude of majors throughout the University. The ensemble is open to all students wishing to continue making music throughout their collegiate years. The Concert Band performs a diverse section of the wind band repertoire ranging from traditional works to premieres and recent compositions by leading composers. For more information please visit www.bu.edu/bands 1 cr.
  • CFA MU 193: Pep Band
    The BU Pep Band is open to students of every major at Boston University. The Pep Band is the soundtrack of the arena at all home games for BU Men's and Women's Hockey and Basketball. Two pep bands of equal size rotate through performances, so students can easily find a substitute from the other band if they have an academic conflict. BU teams are perennial playoff contenders, and the Pep Band has many opportunities for travel to conference and NCAA tournaments. For more information please visit www.bu.edu/bands.
  • CFA MU 194: Jazz Ensemble
    The BU Jazz Ensemble (a standard Big Band) is open to students of every major at Boston University. The Big Band performs classic standards, hot new music, and everything in between. The ensemble performs regularly on and off-campus in a variety of venues. Membership is by audition only. For more information please visit www.bu.edu/bands.
  • CFA MU 197: All-Campus Orchestra
    The All-Campus Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra open by audition to the Boston University Community. The orchestra rehearses twice a week and performs two public concerts each semester. Participation in the ACO gives student and BU community musicians the tools, experience, and understanding to appreciate music for the rest of their lives, either as discerning listeners or as participants in the vibrant world of amateur music-making. Auditions for all orchestral instruments are held in the fall with auditions at mid-year for any open positions. All qualified string players are accepted, but the normal composition of an orchestra dictates limited positions for winds, brass, and percussion. For more information, please visit http://www.bu.edu/cfa/ensembles/university- ensembles/all-campus-orchestra/.
  • CFA MU 199: Symphonic Chorus
  • CFA MU 225: Jazz Music
    A study of important issues connected with America's original music: the art of improvisation; the role of composition; innovation and tradition; individuality and style; instruments and forms. We also consider controversial questions such as the formation of the roots of jazz, issues of race, and the "neo-classicism" of the 1980s and 1990s. Students will learn how to listen, to appreciate jazz if they are unfamiliar with it, and to deepen their understanding if they already enjoy it. 2 or 4 cr. (*)
  • CFA MU 301: Music Theory 5
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CFA MU202
    Individual musicianship problems developed according to the major area of study. Formal and compositional idioms of the Romantic period of music. Individual study or compositional projects. 2 cr.
  • CFA MU 479: Song Literature 1
    The development of the Lied genre will be traced from the 18th through 20th centuries, focusing on the poetry and musical setting. Study and performance of Lieder, including songs of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf and Schoenberg. 2 cr.
  • CFA MU 488: Advanced Performance Seminar
    Performance for signers: emphasis on style, interpretation, and perfection of diction in Italian, English, German, French, and other vocal literature. 1 cr.
  • CFA MU 500: Indepndnt Study
  • CFA MU 507: Voice
  • CFA MU 509: Violin
  • CFA MU 551: Building your Professional Presence
    This course offers instruction in assembling essential documents, promotional materials, and online formats for the aspiring performing musician and private lesson instructor. Topics covered will include how to prepare CV, resume, cover letter, bio, repertoire lists, and teaching philosophy, as well as developing a social media and an online presence. Open as an elective to undergraduate and graduate music majors. 1 cr
  • CFA MU 650: Musical Organizations-Instrumental
    Various groups including symphony orchestra, jazz lab band, repertory orchestra, wind ensemble, brass ensemble, Collegium Musicum, Time's Arrow, and other conducted organizations. (May be repeated for credit.) 1 cr.