Music

  • CFA MH 351: Music of the Rolling Stones
    This course will provide an in-depth examination of the Rolling Stones and their role within the evolving history of popular culture, with emphasis on understanding their musical styles and influences. Along the way, the relationship between the group and the major trends in rock music will be highlighted. This course is intended for the general university student and neither assumes nor requires previous training in music. 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 352: Popular Music: The Beatles
    This course will examine the music of the Beatles in the cultural, social, and musical context of the Sixties. We shall look at the influences that played a part in the formation of their style; the magical interplay of talents among the four musicians; and the special partnership between Lennon and McCartney that led to the creation of some of the most enduring songs of the pop and rock era. This course is intended for the general university student and neither assumes nor requires previous training in music. 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 353: Popular Music: World Beat
    No preqs. This course will explore the distinctive popular music known as "World Beat," including pop music from Africa, Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean, Latin America, and in particular Brazil, Argentina, India, Spain, Portugal, and North America, as well as world beat fusion, film music, and more traditional genres such as Spanish flamenco. Social and cultural influences, and the effects of politics, tourism, modernization, and recording will also guide our investigation. This course is intended for the general university student and neither assumes nor requires previous training in music. 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 354: Popular Music: Funk
    This course will follow the trajectory of funk from its roots in rhythm and blues through its classic formulation in the 1970s, and will conclude with a discussion of the urban transformation and revival of funk over the last two decades. We will place funk within its cultural and social milieu, as well as examine the evolving musical characteristics of funk in some detail. This course is intended for the general university student and neither assumes nor requires previous training in music. 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 421: Medieval Music
    Prereq: CFA MH 201/202 and 211/212. Special topics in music from the beginnings of chant to 1400, including traditions of chant, early polyphony, secular song, sources, and musical institutions (monastery, convent, cathedral, court, city). For College of Arts and Sciences music majors or permission of instructor, 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 422: Renaissance Music
    Prereq: CFA MH 201/211 and 202/212. Special topics in music from ca. 1400-1600, including mass, motet, secular vocal, and instrumental repertories, composers and institutions, music and text, humanism, and the relationship between music and Renaissance culture. For College of Arts and Sciences music majors or permission of instructor, 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 423: Baroque Music
    Prereq: CFA MH 201/211 and 202/212. Special topics in music from ca. 1600-1750, including examinations of opera, cantata and oratorio, monody, instrumental genres, and composers, from Monteverdi to J.S. Bach. For College of Arts and Sciences music majors or permission of instructor, 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 424: Music in the Classical Period
    Prereq: CFA MH 201/211 and 202/212. Special topics in music from ca. 1750-1820, dealing mainly with symphonic, chamber, and keyboard by Haydn and Mozart through Beethoven. For College of Arts and Sciences music majors or permission of instructor, 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 425: Romantic Music
    Prereq: CFA MH 201/211 and 202/212. Special topics in music from ca. 1820-1900, dealing mainly with orchestral, chamber and piano music, as well as Lieder, opera, program music, and individual or groups of composers. For College of Arts and Sciences music majors or permission of instructor, 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 426: Music After 1900
    Prereq: CFA MU 201/211 and 202/212. Special topics in orchestral, chamber, solo, and vocal genres from 1900 to the present covering such issues as atonality, neo-classicism, expressionism, the avant-garde, post-modernism, minimalism, technology, etc., and with individual or groups of composers. For College of Arts and Sciences music majors or permission of instructor, 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 427: Selected Topics in Music History
    Prereq: CFA MH 201/211 and 202/212. Special topics in the history of music, covering a variety of approaches, styles, and periods, from Antiquity through the present. For College of Arts and Sciences music majors or permission of instructor, 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 428: Opera
    Prereq: CFA MU 201/211 and 202/212. Special topics and surveys in opera history from its beginnings, ca. 1600, to the present, focusing on major works, libretti, productions, and music / text relationships, 3 cr. For College of Arts and Sciences music majors or permission of instructor, 4 cr.
  • CFA MH 431: Topics in World Music
    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: Jazz Music
    No prereq; open to all students. A study of issues in, or survey of, jazz from its beginnings to the present, focusing on major performers and recordings, individuality and style, instruments, and forms. 4 cr. (Meets with MH 332.)
  • 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 435: Music of Africa
    No prereq; open to all students. A survey of traditional and popular music traditions throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. Emphasis is on music making within its cultural context. 4 cr. (Meets with MH 335)
  • 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.