Music

  • CFA MH 824: Seminar: Music of the Classic Era
    Topics may include opera, symphony, chamber music, the Lied, sacred music, individual composers' and national styles, cultural context, reception, notation, analysis, and performance of Classic music. Permission of instructor. Meets with CFA MU 724. 4 credits. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 825: Seminar: Music of the Romantic Period
    Topics may include program music, opera, symphony, chamber music, the Lied, sacred music, individual composers' and national styles, cultural context, reception, notation, analysis, and performance of Romantic music. Permission of instructor. 4 credits. May be repeated for credit. (Meets with CFA MU 725.)
  • CFA MH 826: Seminar: Music of the 20th Century
    Topics may include modernism, the replacement of tonality, music of war, opera, symphony, chamber music, sacred music, individual composers' and national styles, cultural context, reception, notation, analysis, and performance of twentieth-century music. Meets with CFA MH 726. Permission of instructor. 4 credits. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 827: Seminar: Special Topics in Musicology
    Close study of specifically defined areas in the forefront of musicological research. Individual research papers and class research projects as assigned by the instructor. Permission of instructor. 4 cr. May be repeated for credit. (Meets with CFA MU 727.)
  • CFA MH 831: Ethnomusicology and Historical Musicology
    Examines methodologies, theories, and landmark publications that divide and connect the disciplines of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. Topics may include ethnicity, race, (post)-colonialism, positivism, oral and written traditions, analysis, hegemonies (social and ideological), and hybridity. Includes a fieldwork component. 4 credits. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 836: Music and Liturgy
    This course examines the legacy of music written for liturgical and non-liturgical use, using longer texts. It will trace the origins, formulary, and development of the texts (including discussion of the authors). Case studies from different periods of music history will form the basis of further enquiry. Cultural, social and historical context of the first performance will be discussed, along with an examination of the theology behind the text setting (including, for example the use of numerology and other types of musical symbolism). There will be comparison with other examples in the same genre, discussion of changes in text and approach, and national differences in style and technique. Historically informed performance practice, manuscript and source studies, reception history and comparison of editions will all be used to provide greater understanding of the works. [ 4 cr.]
  • CFA MH 837: Crossroads: Cultural and Musical Perspectives on the Blues
    Examination of the blues in its musical and cultural dimensions. Focuses on defining the blues as a place where cultures and styles meet. Chord structure, cultural background, characteristics, major themes, different regional styles and dialects, and its place in history will be examined along with the cultural idea of "crossroads."
  • CFA MH 841: History of Music Theory 1
    From ancient Greece to A.D. 1600. Emphasis on modal theory, theory of counterpoint, and tuning and temperament. Readings from the original sources. 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 842: History of Music Theory 2
    From A.D. 1600 to present. Emphasis on theories of thorough bass, harmony, tonality, form, rhythm , and contemporary practice. Readings from the original sources. 3 cr.
  • CFA MH 843: Medieval and Renaissance Notation
    Introduction to paleography and codicology. Scripts and writing. The notation of plainchant. Polyphonic notation from the twelfth to the sixteenth century. Lute and keyboard tablatures. Continuous practice in transcribing examples into modern notation and performing from original notations. 4 credits.
  • CFA MH 851: Aesthetics, Criticism, and Historiography
    Issues in aesthetics, criticism, and historiography particularly relevant to musicology, such as compositional process and reception, the musical work and recording technology, as well as sound, musical style, taste, and canon formation. 4 credits. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 852: Current Trends in Scholarship
    Exploration of recent developments in musicology, including published work that contributes to existing areas of musical scholarship, criticism and analysis of new repertories, emerging interpretive frameworks, theories, and approaches. 4 credits. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 853: Medieval and Renaissance Notation I, II
    Principles of mensural notation used in polyphonic ensemble music from the thirteenth through the sixteenth centuries. Practice in transcribing examples into modern notation. Transcription of lute and keyboard tablatures, and history and principles of earlier notational systems.
  • CFA MH 854: Music and Culture
    Examines music as both artifact and agent of broader cultural developments. The seminar will focus on specific musical repertories and practices within their relevant historical, social, and political contexts. 4 cr. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 860: Research Methods in Ethnomusicology
    Required seminar for graduate students in Ethnomusicology. This course will investigate research methods used in ethnomusicology including field methods, transcription and notation of non-Western music, interview techniques, and technology. Students will critique a wide range of musical ethnographies. This course will prepare graduate students in ethnomusicology to conduct original research, and it will introduce ethnomusicological research techniques to graduate students from various disciplines (including but not limited to musicology, music education and anthropology.) Ethnomusicology graduate students will often take this graduate seminar in their second semester, but it could be taken at any time in their two years of enrollment. [ 4 cr.]
  • CFA MH 861: Contemplating Ethnomusicology
    This graduate seminar is required for graduate students in Ethnomusicology. This course will involve in-depth reading and discussion of key areas of scholarship: music and politics, music and gender, music and religion, music and identity, and other useful paradigms. This course will broaden and deepen the intellectual horizons of graduate students in ethnomusicology and other interested graduate students. Ethnomusicology graduate students will often take this graduate seminar in their third semester, but it could also be taken earlier. [ 4 cr.]
  • CFA MH 871: Special Topics in Ethnomusicology
    Case study of specifically defined areas in the forefront of ethnomusicological research. Individual research papers and class research projects as assigned by the instructor. 4 cr. May be repeated for credit.
  • CFA MH 899: Independent Project/Directed Study
    Specialized, individually tailored and guided work on projects not connected with a thesis, dissertation or other terminal document, but of particular interest to the graduate student. Variable 1-3 credits.
  • CFA MH 921: Research and Directed Study in Musicology
    Supervision of special projects, theses, and dissertations in the history of music. May be repeated for credit. 3 cr.
  • CFA MP 111: Group Piano 1
    An introduction to piano performance. Emphasis on music reading, piano technique, basic keyboard harmonization. Open to all beginning-level piano students. 1 cr.