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

College of Fine Arts

Music Education

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 share strategies designed to inspire singers of all ages and abilities to discover the power of their own voices. The instructors also present processes for working in dispossessed settings such as prisons and hospitals. This course contains a three-hour online component. 4 cr. Tuition: $2720

Summer 2 (July 9-July 14)

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Music History

Special Topic for 2018: The Poetics and Politics of Hip Hop

CFA MH 331

Provides students with a history of hip hop music, including major trends, changes in technique and musicianship, important artists and albums, regional styles, and relationship with the larger sociocultural context of African-American and U.S. politics, cultural production, and daily life. Students examine the construction of canons of hip hop greatness and engage in remaking them. Explores how hip hop engages with and is shaped by the politics of race, class, and gender issues in ways that have ramifications for a broader understanding of the role of these factors in U.S. society. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own positionality as social and political actors and global citizens. Students will engage directly with both primary sources (recordings, music videos, films, album art, reviews) and secondary sources (scholarly and journalistic texts), applying the listening, viewing, and reading skills necessary to examine these sources critically, and bring their analyses of these sources to bear in discussion and in- and out-of-class assignments. No prerequisites or prior skills required. 3 cr. Tuition: $2040

Summer 1 (May 22-June 28)

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Special Topic for 2018: R&B, Motown, and Classic Funk: Soundtracks of Empowerment and Civil Rights

CFA MH 333

Rhythm and Blues, the classic Motown sound, and Funk are seminal influences in the development of rap, hip hop, fusion, and contemporary urban and R&B styles. But even more, these styles provided the soundtrack of African-American empowerment and community, and were central to the civil rights movement, the relationship between music and politics, and the larger development of popular music in the 20th century. This course follows the trajectory of funk from its roots in rhythm and blues and the highly influential Motown sound through its classic formulation in the 1970s, and concludes with a discussion of the urban transformation and revival of funk over the last two decades. We will place these styles within their cultural and social contexts, as well as examine their evolving musical characteristics in some detail through works by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, George Clinton, and many others. This course is intended for the general university student and neither assumes nor requires previous training in music. 3 cr. Tuition: $2040

Summer 2 (July 3-August 9)

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Special Topic for 2018: The Poetics and Politics of Hip Hop

CFA MH 431

Provides students with a history of hip hop music, including major trends, changes in technique and musicianship, important artists and albums, regional styles, and relationship with the larger sociocultural context of African-American and U.S. politics, cultural production, and daily life. Students examine the construction of canons of hip hop greatness and engage in remaking them. Explores how hip hop engages with and is shaped by the politics of race, class, and gender issues in ways that have ramifications for a broader understanding of the role of these factors in U.S. society. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own positionality as social and political actors and global citizens. Students will engage directly with both primary sources (recordings, music videos, films, album art, reviews) and secondary sources (scholarly and journalistic texts), applying the listening, viewing, and reading skills necessary to examine these sources critically, and bring their analyses of these sources to bear in discussion and in- and out-of-class assignments. No prerequisites or prior skills required. 4 cr. Tuition: $2720

Summer 1 (May 22-June 28)

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Special Topic for 2018: R&B, Motown, and Classic Funk: Soundtracks of Empowerment and Civil Rights

CFA MH 433

Rhythm and Blues, the classic Motown sound, and Funk are seminal influences in the development of rap, hip hop, fusion, and contemporary urban and R&B styles. But even more, these styles provided the soundtrack of African-American empowerment and community, and were central to the civil rights movement, the relationship between music and politics, and the larger development of popular music in the 20th century. This course follows the trajectory of funk from its roots in rhythm and blues and the highly influential Motown sound through its classic formulation in the 1970s, and concludes with a discussion of the urban transformation and revival of funk over the last two decades. We will place these styles within their cultural and social contexts, as well as examine their evolving musical characteristics in some detail through works by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, George Clinton, and many others. This course is intended for the general university student and neither assumes nor requires previous training in music. 4 cr. Tuition: $2720

Summer 2 (July 3-August 9)

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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: $680

Summer 2 (July 3-August 7)

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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 of meter and rhythms, 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: $2720

Summer 1 (May 22-June 28)

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Applied Music

Applied Music Lessons

Private study in applied music is offered during both sessions of Summer Term. Students should make personal arrangements for these lessons with the School of Music at cfamusic@bu.edu or 617-353-3341. 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 $680 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

Summer 1 and 2: Guitar for Non-Music Majors
CFA ML 565: 7 one-hour lessons
CFA ML 566: 7 half-hour lessons

Applied Piano (Hour)

CFA ML 501

Seven one-hour private lessons provided by CFA faculty. 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: $680 per credit

Summer 1 (May 22-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 2-August 10)

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Applied Piano (Half-Hour)

CFA ML 502

Seven half-hour private lessons provided by CFA faculty. 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: $680 per credit

Summer 1 (May 22-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 2-August 10)

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Applied Voice (Hour)

CFA ML 507

Seven one-hour private lessons provided by CFA faculty. 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: $680 per credit

Summer 1 (May 22-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 2-August 10)

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Applied Voice (Half-Hour)

CFA ML 508

Seven half-hour private lessons provided by CFA faculty. 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: $680 per credit

Summer 1 (May 22-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 2-August 10)

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Applied Guitar for Non-Music Majors (Hour)

CFA ML 565

Seven one-hour private lessons provided by CFA faculty. 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 565. In addition, standard tuition rates also apply. Register for 3 or 4 credits. Variable cr. Tuition: $680 per credit

Summer 1 (May 22-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 2-August 10)

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Applied Guitar for Non-Music Majors (Half-Hour)

CFA ML 566

Seven half-hour private lessons provided by CFA faculty. 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 566. In addition, standard tuition rates also apply. Register for 1 or 2 credits. Variable cr. Tuition: $680 per credit

Summer 1 (May 22-June 29)

Summer 2 (July 2-August 10)

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