Music

  • CFA MP 685: Organ Seminar
  • CFA MP 690: Orchestral Conducting Seminar
    Study and directed assignments in conducting of significant works, vocal and instrumental, in addition to required attendance at rehearsals of assigned groups. Credit amount varies.
  • CFA MP 693: Choral Conducting Seminar: Late Classic and Romantic
    Content includes refinement of conducting skills, study of repertoire, score analysis, and rehearsal techniques. Literature may include oratorios, Masses, and smaller choral works from the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries. Students will observe and participate in rehearsals and performances of the School of Music choral ensembles (e.g. Chamber Chorus, Concert Choir) and the Boston University Symphonic Chorus. Enrollment in these ensembles for credit is discouraged, as participation is expected in order to satisfy laboratory component of Seminar.
  • CFA MP 695: Phonetics for Choral Conducting
    Provides an opportunity for students to develop and understanding of common pronunciation of English, Italian, German, and French for the performance of choral literature. The first half of the semester will be spent learning the International Phonetic Alphabet through in-class exercises, homework, quizzes, and tests, and in-class performance of choral works in English. The second half will involve learning symbols specific to Italian, German, and French, and conducting choral songs in those languages. Classes will meet for one hour twice a week. 2 cr.
  • CFA MP 720: Accompaniment Practicum
    This course provides experience in collaborative accompaniment relationships and instruction in instrumental sonata repertoire. Required for piano majors in the Performance Diploma curriculum; elective course for all other graduate piano majors; not open to enrollment by undergraduates. Enrolled pianists are assigned to accompany one School of Music instrumental major for a total of 10 lesson hours, 14 rehearsal hours, and one jury or public recital performance. Two group meetings for performance critiques, discussion or master class will be scheduled, with attendance required. 1 cr.
  • CFA MP 721: Coaching for Piano 1
    This course provides instruction in techniques and concepts of vocal coaching from the piano. Required for MM collaborative piano majors; open as elective credit to DMA collaborative piano majors. Open by audition and permission of instructor to graduate piano, voice, and choral conducting majors. The course will meet for two hours each week. Repertoire will concentrate primarily on art song; some recitative and aria will be included. Students will be required to provide scores as requested in advance. 1 cr.
  • CFA MP 730: Opera Institute
  • CFA MP 731: Special Topics in Song Literature
    Focused study on a specific body of song literature through historical criticism, analysis of poetry, and performance. Topic varies by semester. 1 cr.
  • CFA MP 781: Special Topics in Performance Practice 1
    Consideration of major performance issues in the music of Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, et al. Covers topics such as ornamentation, tempo, articulation, tuning and temperament, baroque instruments and their playing techniques, baroque dance, and various national styles of playing. Students perform on their instruments, discuss performance issues, read primary sources and other material about 17th and 18th century performance, compose ornamentation, and listen to and discuss recorded performances. occasional guest lecturers. Required of all historical performance majors. Open to other music graduate students with permission of the instructor.
  • CFA MP 791: Choral Repertory and Performance Style 1
    Interpretation of major choral works; literature selected from masses, requiems, and magnificats, representing all historical periods; significant compositions; particular attention to stylistic elements. 2 cr.
  • CFA MP 893: Choral Repertoire of the Late Classical and Romantic Periods
    Seminar in repertoire and performance practice of choral music from the late Classical and Romantic periods. Required for DMA candidates in Choral Conducting. 2 cr.
  • CFA MP 899: Ind Project/Ds
  • CFA MP 929: Research, Directed Study, and Performance in Conducting
    Preparation of project in the field of conducting. Credit amount varies.
  • CFA MT 101: Music Theory 1
    Basic music vocabulary. Elements of tonal music approached through hearing, writing, analytical work, and keyboard. Species counterpoint. All students must also enroll in Ear-Training and Sight-Singing. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 105: Elements of Music Theory 1
    Elements of music; properties of tone and rhythm, sight reading from bass and treble clefs; notation of meter and rhythms; construction of scales, triads, and intervals. Ear-training, sight-singing, analysis, and compositional work. Credit not applicable to music major. 4 cr.
  • CFA MT 111: Ear-Training and Sight-Singing 1
    Sight singing and dictation of diatonic materials in all clefs and using all intervals. Exercises in rhythmic reading, conducting, prepared singing, and intonation. 1 cr.
  • CFA MT 112: Ear-Training and Sight-Singing 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisite: CFA MT 111 or placement by exam. Continuation of MT 111. An introduction to chromaticism and modulation within a tonal context. Triplets and compound rhythms. Melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. 1 cr.
  • CFA MT 121: Basic Composition 1
    Introduction to principles of composition. Instruction in calligraphy and manuscript preparation. Examination of contemporary music devices. Written work modeled on analyses of representative forms. 2 cr.
  • CFA MT 201: Music Theory 3
    More advanced study of tonal harmony and voice leading. Tonal counterpoint. Formal and compositional idioms of the late Baroque. Keyboard harmony, figured bass, and introduction to score reading. All students must also enroll in Ear-Training and Sight-Singing. 3 cr.
  • CFA MT 211: Ear-Training and Sight-Singing 3
    Undergraduate Prerequisites:CFA MT 111 and MT 112 or placement by exam.Continuation of CFA MT 112. More challenging exercises in sight singing and preparation of increasingly chromatic or melodically disjunct materials. Melodic, harmonic, two-part, and rhythmic dictation. Two-part rhythmic exercises and conducting. 1 cr.