Music

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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: $2800

Summer 2 (July 22-July 27)

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Empowering Song: Music with Body, Mind, and Heart

CFA ME 550

This course, which includes an online component, focuses on progressive and imaginative modes of music education. It draws on the best practices of music and other artistic disciplines to inspire singers, teachers, and arts practitioners of all ages and abilities to discover the power of their own voices and the importance of including others in collaborative music-making. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 2 (July 8-July 13)

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Special Topics in Music

CFA MU 535

Topic for Summer 2019: String Teaching in the 21st Century. Strategies for string performers and educators to thrive in the 21st century. Topics include: motivating and engaging music learners; health/wellness; entrepreneurship; and collaborative performance of eclectic string styles. Activities are suitable for students with beginning to advanced string playing experience. Students should register for 4 credits. Variable cr. Tuition: $700 per credit

Summer 2 (July 15-July 21)

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Music History

The Poetics and Politics of Hip Hop

CFA MH 410

Students engage with hip-hop history, including aesthetic trends, some important artists and works, regional styles, and relationship with the larger sociocultural context. Students will critique and remake hip hop canons. The course investigates how hip hop is shaped by race, class, and gender issues. Students will acquire and apply listening, viewing, and reading skills to interpret primary and secondary sources and bring their analyses of these sources to bear. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 22-June 26)

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History of Jazz

CFA MH 432

No prereq; open to all students. A chronological study of the history of -- and topics in -- jazz, from its beginnings to the present, focusing on styles, major performers and recordings, individuality and sound, instruments, voices, and forms, as well as social and cultural issues, such as race, popularity and commercialism, the individual versus and within the group, American identity and global rejection/admiration. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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Special Topics in Musicology

CFA MH 563

Topic for Summer 2019: World Music and Culture: Performing Music of Bali. This hands-on course explores the magical shadow play music of Bali, Indonesia, through in-depth reading, discussion, and performance. In addition to learning about the close connection between music and culture in Bali, each class provides musical instruction on Balinese instruments. Students learn both parts to a complex, intricate musical composition and learn to perform compositions together. We are fortunate to have two quartets of gender wayang (xylophone-style) instruments purchased by Boston University, as well as the antique set of Professor Heimarck, providing a total of twelve Balinese instruments. The class is open to all students and does not require previous musical training. Students should register for 4 credits. Variable cr. Tuition: $700 per credit

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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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: $700

Summer 2 (July 2-August 6)

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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 office (CFA Room 240, 617-353-2391). 1 cr. Tuition: $700

Summer 1 (May 23-June 27)

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Music Theory

Elements of Music Theory 1

CFA MT 105

A creative introduction to the foundational principles of musical structure. Using a multi-modal approach, combining in-class performance exercises, listening, composition, keyboard, aural (and oral) learning, students acquire an analytical vocabulary and the basic knowledge to support the exploration of musical repertoires, to enhance their own performances, and to develop their own musical compositions. Analytical and music-composition projects engage concepts of musical space, time, pitch, rhythm, and harmony as employed in tonal music. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Creativity/Innovation. 4 cr. Tuition: $2800

Summer 1 (May 21-June 27)

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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 $925 for seven one-hour lessons and $465 for seven half-hour lessons per session. Lessons also carry a standard undergraduate tuition charge of $700 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 $925 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: $700 per credit

Summer 1 (May 21-June 28)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 9)

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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 $465 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: $700 per credit

Summer 1 (May 21-June 28)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 9)

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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 $925 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: $700 per credit

Summer 1 (May 21-June 28)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 9)

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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 $465 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: $700 per credit

Summer 1 (May 21-June 28)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 9)

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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 $925 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: $700 per credit

Summer 1 (May 21-June 28)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 9)

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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 $465 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: $700 per credit

Summer 1 (May 21-June 28)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 9)

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