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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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College of Fine Arts

Music Education

Rock Band Performance & Pedagogy

CFA ME 538

Students participate in small rock ensembles and examine the pedagogy of that type of ensemble. Lectures and demonstrations include topics such as equipment selection, repertoire selection, and performance techniques. An additional emphasis is on techniques for amplifying rock ensembles. Students also learn fundamental techniques for recording rock ensembles. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 2 (July 10-July 16)

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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 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: $2640

Summer 2 (July 5-July 9)

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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: $660

Summer 1 (May 25-June 29)

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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: $1980

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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Interdisciplinary Topics in Music History

CFA MH 334

Topic for Summer 2017: On the Local Beat: Music Journalism for Musicians. Making a career in music demands many skills, and the ability to write about music for a general audience is a good skill to have. This course begins with a critical look at the role of the popular press in the development of American musical culture—everything from Downbeat and Metronome in the ‘50s Jazz scene to Rolling Stone and Pitchfork in contemporary pop. Assignments take students out into the city to cover the local musical culture, and develop practical skills in networking, interviewing, writing, editing, and pitching ideas. The course also includes guest presentations from local media professionals, the option of producing audio, photo, and video projects, and opportunities to have student work published online. 3 cr. Tuition: $1980

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Interdisciplinary Topics in Music History

CFA MH 334

Topic for Summer 2017: Musical Masterpieces and Buried Treasure. Drawing on many genres of music – Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Contemporary R&B – this course examines why certain works have been anointed as “masterpieces” or “classics,” while other works of equal or even higher musical quality remain unknown. What are the musical, cultural, historical, and even political reasons for these choices, and who makes them? How does history revive and also bury certain works? What is the role of the composer and of the audience? What is the impact of “covers?” Can “masterpieces” even exist in today’s swirl of musical styles, mash-ups, revivals, and samples? Using live and recorded musical examples, the class draws on dozens of works in order to probe these questions, with students bringing their own selections into the class for discussion. This course is open to all BU students and requires no prior musical training. 3 cr. Tuition: $1980

Summer 2 (July 6-August 10)

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Interdisciplinary Topics in Music History

CFA MH 434

Topic for Summer 2017: On the Local Beat: Music Journalism for Musicians. Making a career in music demands many skills, and the ability to write about music for a general audience is a good skill to have. This course begins with a critical look at the role of the popular press in the development of American musical culture—everything from Downbeat and Metronome in the ‘50s Jazz scene to Rolling Stone and Pitchfork in contemporary pop. Assignments take students out into the city to cover the local musical culture, and develop practical skills in networking, interviewing, writing, editing, and pitching ideas. The course also includes guest presentations from local media professionals, the option of producing audio, photo, and video projects, and opportunities to have student work published online. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Interdisciplinary Topics in Music History

CFA MH 434

Topic for Summer 2017: Musical Masterpieces and Buried Treasure. Drawing on many genres of music – Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Contemporary R&B – this course examines why certain works have been anointed as “masterpieces” or “classics,” while other works of equal or even higher musical quality remain unknown. What are the musical, cultural, historical, and even political reasons for these choices, and who makes them? How does history revive and also bury certain works? What is the role of the composer and of the audience? What is the impact of “covers?” Can “masterpieces” even exist in today’s swirl of musical styles, mash-ups, revivals, and samples? Using live and recorded musical examples, the class draws on dozens of works in order to probe these questions, with students bringing their own selections into the class for discussion. This course is open to all BU students and requires no prior musical training. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 2 (July 6-August 10)

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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: $660

Summer 1 (May 23-June 27)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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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 $660 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: $660 per credit

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 11)

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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: $660 per credit

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 11)

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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: $660 per credit

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 11)

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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: $660 per credit

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 11)

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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: $660 per credit

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 11)

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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: $660 per credit

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 3-August 11)

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