Music

Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences | College of Fine Arts

Courses in: Music Education | Music History | Music Performance | Music Theory | Applied Music

College of Arts & Sciences

Jazz Music

CAS MU 225

An overview of jazz in all its aspects. Allows students with no previous musical experience to explore the history of jazz through reading, listening, writing assignments, concert attendance, research, and direct involvement with performers. Topics include the historical periods of jazz, biographies of significant jazz musicians (including Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Wynton Marsalis, and Sara Vaughan), repertoire from a variety of styles, oral and literate traditions, and jazz as an art form. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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College of Fine Arts

Music Education

Curriculum Planning for General Music

CFA ME 422

Do you ever wonder if the content of the general music lessons you are teaching is significant and substantial? Do you sometimes feel as though you are drifting from topic to topic with no long-range plan about what should be taught across the grades? Such thoughts are common among music teachers -- you are not alone! One way to allay them is to design units that focus on a limited number of important skills and knowledge that will endure, causing your students to remain musically competent, confident, and engaged throughout their lives. Course participants learn to identify core music learnings and how to present these in ways that cause them to be retained, to transfer, and to contribute to lifelong musical engagement. Based on the "backward planning paradigm" from Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe) adapted for music teachers with limited contact time, this course presents a common sense approach to unit development through vivid (and often humorous) activities. Participants leave with a renewed sense of purpose in their planning, determination to teach fewer things in a deeper and more sequential manner, and understanding about what makes musical learning endure. 2 cr. Tuition: $1240

Summer 2 (July 13-July 17)

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Empowering Song: Music with Body, Mind, and Heart

CFA ME 550

Designed for music teachers, community musicians, conductors, and other arts professionals, this course focuses on progressive and imaginative modes of music education. Drawing on the best practices of music and other artistic disciplines distinct from music, including theater, visual arts, and creative writing, the instructors will share strategies designed to inspire singers of all ages and abilities to discover the power of their own voices. The instructors will also present processes for working in dispossessed settings such as prisons and hospitals. This course contains a three-hour online component. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (July 6-August 7)

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Curriculum Planning for General Music

CFA ME 622

Do you ever wonder if the content of the general music lessons you are teaching is significant and substantial? Do you sometimes feel as though you are drifting from topic to topic with no long-range plan about what should be taught across the grades? Such thoughts are common among music teachers -- you are not alone! One way to allay them is to design units that focus on a limited number of important skills and knowledge that will endure, causing your students to remain musically competent, confident, and engaged throughout their lives. Course participants learn to identify core music learnings and how to present these in ways that cause them to be retained, to transfer, and to contribute to lifelong musical engagement. Based on the "backward planning paradigm" from Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe) adapted for music teachers with limited contact time, this course presents a common sense approach to unit development through vivid (and often humorous) activities. Participants leave with a renewed sense of purpose in their planning, determination to teach fewer things in a deeper and more sequential manner, and understanding about what makes musical learning endure. 2 cr. Tuition: $1240

Summer 2 (July 13-July 17)

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Group Guitar

CFA MU 184

An introduction to the fundamentals of guitar playing. Intended for all students, no previous experience is necessary. By learning music from the Beatles to Bach to the Blues, we cover basic chords, scales, music notation, and both pick- and finger-style playing. Web- and text-based resources are recommended so that students can continue to teach themselves to play after the course ends. Students should bring their own guitars. Several are available for rent from the Music Education office (CFA Room 240, 617-353-6888). 1 cr. Tuition: $620

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Special Topics in Digital Music Education

CFA MU 637

Topic for Summer 2015: Sibelius Notation. Students learn Sibelius notation software for both professional and personal uses. Topics include score setup, notation and symbol entry, advanced page layout techniques, MIDI integration, and many other skills associated with notation software. Students also learn to plan effective music classroom lessons with Sibelius notation software. This course satisfies a Level 2 requirement toward TI:ME certification (see ti-me.org for more information). 2 cr. Tuition: $1240

Summer 2 (July 20-July 24)

Visit the Technology Institute for Music Educators for information on TI:ME certification requirements.

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Music History

Jazz Music

CFA MH 332

An overview of jazz in all its aspects. Allows students with no previous musical experience to explore the history of jazz through reading, listening, writing assignments, concert attendance, research, and direct involvement with performers. Topics include the historical periods of jazz, biographies of significant jazz musicians (including Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Wynton Marsalis, and Sara Vaughan), repertoire from a variety of styles, oral and literate traditions, and jazz as an art form. 3 cr. Tuition: $1860

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Music Performance

Class Voice

CFA MP 130

Intended for all students. Provides an introduction to fundamentals of singing. No previous experience is necessary to enroll. 1 cr. Tuition: $620

Summer 1 (May 19-June 23)

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Advanced Choral Conducting

CFA MP 591

Intended for active conductors who have completed a Bachelor's degree in music. This course is an intensive one-week class held in conjunction with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts. Course content includes refinement of conducting skills, study of repertoire, and rehearsal techniques. Studies development of high school voices focusing on the students assembled for the BUTI Vocal Program Chorus. In addition to the time in class, students observe the BUTI Chorus, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble in rehearsal and performance; observe Voice Class; and have the opportunity to attend rehearsals and performances of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Students are responsible for their own housing and meals. 2 cr. Tuition: $1240

Summer 2 (July 13-July 17)

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Music Theory

Elements of Music Theory 1

CFA MT 105

Intended for non-music majors who wish to know more about elements of music. Covers properties of tone and rhythm, notation, and construction of scales, triads, and intervals. Sight reading from both bass and treble clefs, ear-training, analysis, and composition work is included in course activities. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

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Applied Music

Applied Music Lessons

Private study in applied music is offered during both sessions of Summer Term. Permission is required prior to registration. Students should make personal arrangements with the School of Music for these lessons. There is an Applied Music fee during Summer Term of $900 for seven one-hour lessons and $450 for seven half-hour lessons per session. Lessons also carry a standard undergraduate tuition charge of $620 per credit. Students taking hour long lessons must register for 3 or 4 credits; students taking half-hour lessons must register for 1 or 2 credits. Music lessons are available in the following:

Summer 1 and 2: Piano
CFA ML 501: 7 one-hour lessons
CFA ML 502: 7 half-hour lessons

Summer 1 and 2: Voice
CFA ML 507: 7 one-hour lessons
CFA ML 508: 7 half-hour lessons

Applied Music: Piano

CFA ML 501

Students should make personal arrangements with the School of Music for private lessons. There is an Applied Music fee during Summer Term of $900 for seven one-hour lessons per session for ML 501. In addition, standard tuition rates also apply. Register for 3 or 4 credits. Variable cr. Tuition: $620 per credit

Summer 1 (May 19-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 29-August 7)

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Applied Music: Piano

CFA ML 502

Students should make personal arrangements with the School of Music for private lessons. There is an Applied Music fee during Summer Term of $450 for seven half-hour lessons per session for ML 502. In addition, standard tuition rates also apply. Register for 1 or 2 credits. Variable cr. Tuition: $620 per credit

Summer 1 (May 19-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 29-August 7)

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Applied Music: Voice

CFA ML 507

Students should make personal arrangements with the School of Music for private lessons. There is an Applied Music fee during Summer Term of $900 for seven one-hour lessons per session for ML 507. In addition, standard tuition rates also apply. Register for 3 or 4 credits. Variable cr. Tuition: $620 per credit

Summer 1 (May 19-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 29-August 7)

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Applied Music: Voice

CFA ML 508

Students should make personal arrangements with the School of Music for private lessons. There is an Applied Music fee during Summer Term of $450 for seven half-hour lessons per session for ML 508. In addition, standard tuition rates also apply. Register for 1 or 2 credits. Variable cr. Tuition: $620 per credit

Summer 1 (May 19-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 29-August 7)

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