2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

Music-Academic Classes (MUAC)

 

MUAC 1000 Fundamentals of Music Theory (4 Credits)

Meant for students with little to no experience with music notation, Fundamentals of Music Theory introduces pitch, rhythm, scales, chords, and other elements of Western notation. Students will develop facility in reading and hearing music, as well as an understanding of the syntax of tonal music, ranging from the music of Mozart to film music to Miles Davis.

MUAC 1001 Music Theory I (2 Credits)

The Fall quarter of Theory I covers fundamentals (key signatures, triads, seventh chords rhythm and meter, etc.) and first-species counterpoint, in both creative and analytic contexts. Although some entering students may be familiar with these concepts, the course emphasizes speed and mastery.

MUAC 1002 Music Theory I (2 Credits)

The Winter quarter of Theory I introduces basic voice-leading and analytic techniques, emphasizing syntax and grammar of music so that students can begin to write their own music. Second species counterpoint is also covered.

MUAC 1003 Music Theory I (2 Credits)

The Spring quarter continues the study of voice-leading and musical progression, building part-writing skill and analytic accuracy. The final project in this course is the composition and performance of a theme and variations set.

MUAC 1012 Music, Society, and Culture (4 Credits)

This course introduces students to the music of a variety of world areas. For each unit, students examine a diverse array of genres, analyzing music's relationship to religious life, aesthetics, politics, social organization, and identity. We also discuss the impact of globalization, transnationalism and immigration on the shaping and transformation of musical practice and meaning in each region. Reading materials, listening assignments, and discussion topics are supplemented by in-class performance workshops, designed to give students firsthand experience in non-Western performance traditions. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.

MUAC 1013 Jazz Theory and Aural Skills (4 Credits)

The foundational study of jazz theory and aural skills. Must be a BM student with a major in Jazz Studies or Commercial Music.

MUAC 1014 Jazz Theory and Aural Skills (4 Credits)

The foundational study of jazz theory and aural skills.

MUAC 1015 Jazz Theory and Aural Skills (4 Credits)

The foundational study of jazz theory and aural skills.

MUAC 1016 History of Jazz (4 Credits)

This course examines the short history of jazz and all its sub-styles (swing, bop, cool, etc.) from its roots to the early eighties. Students have access to the entire course online, including all the fantastic listening. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Note: Music majors do not receive Common Curriculum credit for this course.

MUAC 1017 History of Rock and Roll (4 Credits)

The "birth of rock" occurred in the mid 1950's as a result of the convergence of pop, country and western, and rhythm and blues. This course traces that evolution by way of examining a broad picture of the general flow of those styles and their artists. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Note: Music majors do not receive Common Curriculum credit for this course.

MUAC 1018 Understanding Music (4 Credits)

In this course, students acquire a greater appreciation of musical history, context, composers, and genres. Through listening activities, texts, movies, and live concerts, students become educated listeners, able to describe intelligently musical experiences using appropriate vocabulary. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Note: Music majors do not receive Common Curriculum credit for this course.

MUAC 1019 American Popular Music (4 Credits)

American Popular Music combines the study of social and cultural history on the one hand with the analytical study of music styles on the other. Basically, it serves as an introduction to the wealth of American popular music from minstrelsy to hip hop. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. This class is not available to music or performance majors.

MUAC 1020 Aural Skills I (2 Credits)

Development of aural analysis skills in meter, mode, harmonic function and song forms through solfeggio, singing and dictation.

MUAC 1021 Aural Skills I (2 Credits)

Development of aural analysis skills in meter, mode, harmonic function and song forms through solfeggio, singing and dictation.

MUAC 1022 Aural Skills I (2 Credits)

Development of aural analysis in meter, mode, harmonic function and song forms through solfeggio, singing and dictation.

MUAC 1023 Mathematics in Music after 1970 (4 Credits)

This course examines the interaction of mathematics and music composition since 1970, an interaction that has grown more vibrant with the advent of electronic music and modern computation. In this course, we will use mathematical concepts and methods to address basic questions about music, mathematics, and musical works. The questions include, (a) how do pieces by contemporary composers reflect an affinity for mathematical concepts?, (b) are the intervals preferred by cultures as diverse as ancient Greece and the contemporary Levant inherently beautiful?, (c) what is the relationship between complexity and chance on the listening experience?, and several others. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.

MUAC 1024 Black Sacred Music: A Survey (4 Credits)

This course is an experiential exploration of the spirituality of African-American sacred song. Participants will sing, consider the history of the music and explore their own connection to the songs, as well as the inspiration and challenge these songs may offer to present and future communities. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Note: Music majors do not receive Common Curriculum credit for this course and thus it will not fulfill AI: Society requirements for music majors.

MUAC 1025 Hip-Hop and Rap Music (4 Credits)

From its origins in dance parties in the Bronx in the late 1970s to its identification as the soundtrack of social movements around the globe, rap music has become perhaps the most prominent genre of popular music. This course, primarily, analyzes the musical features of rap music as a specific manifestation of the wider aesthetic of hip-hop. To set the stage for later musical analysis, the course includes brief introductions to technologies of hip-hop (e.g., sampling, drum machines, Autotune, streaming, etc.), earlier Afro-diasporic expressive forms and aesthetics (e.g., the dozens, toasts, double-dutch, etc.), and rap music’s relation with gender, race, identity, and politics.

MUAC 1026 American Musical Mavericks (4 Credits)

This course examines music history in the United States through the figure of the "maverick," a rugged individualist who operates outside the mainstream of society. Using Michael Broyles’s Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music as a primary textbook, this course surveys American music from the 18th to the 21st centuries, introducing students to a variety of musical traditions, pieces, composers, performers, and artistic strategies. Central themes include: the impact of Puritanism on U.S. arts and culture, the dilemma of art music in a democratic society, and the struggle to develop a uniquely American musical voice in a nation of immigrants. Assignments are designed to promote achievement of the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture learning outcomes of the Common Curriculum: Apply the methods or techniques appropriate to disciplines in the arts or humanities in order to interpret texts, ideas or artifacts, or engage in creative activity (performance, composition, etc.). Analyze the relationship between texts, ideas, or creative works and a broader context (intellectual, political, artistic, etc.) in ways appropriate to disciplines in the arts or humanities. No prior musical experience is required. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.

MUAC 1027 Global Pop (4 Credits)

This survey of global pop explores musical thought and processes through an examination of the development of “world music” and “world beat,” including its meaning and importance to contemporary culture as well as its history and impact. Intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the international popular music scene from its explosion at the close of the 20th century through the present day, this course questions the meaning and importance of this trend in contemporary culture. It explores the complex relationships of music and mass media while addressing themes of nationalism, popular resistance and subversion, censorship, transnational identity, gender representation, and cultural hegemony. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.

MUAC 1028 Hearing the Movies (4 Credits)

Although we usually say that we watch movies, we might more accurately say that we “see-hear” or “audioview” them. Film sound tracks feature speech, sound effects, and music that fulfill practical storytelling roles, and that combine with imagery and narrative to create powerful emotional resonance in viewers. This interdisciplinary course explores the sonic elements of film history from 1895 to the present. Course activities include weekly film viewings and reading assignments set against lecture/discussions offering a topical survey of developments in film sound as both a technical practice and an art. Graded assignments include weekly online responses, a film introduction, a midterm exam, and a final project in which each student will re-score a film clip and compose an essay reflecting on that process. Assignments are designed to promote achievement of the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture learning outcomes of the Common Curriculum: • Apply the methods or techniques appropriate to disciplines in the arts or humanities in order to interpret texts, ideas or artifacts, or engage in creative activity. • Analyze the relationship between texts, ideas, or creative works and a broader context in ways appropriate to disciplines in the arts or humanities. No prior formal experience in music or film studies is required.

MUAC 1031 Study Abroad Perf. Attendance (0 Credits)

Fulfills concert attendance requirement for music majors in the Study Abroad program.

MUAC 1161 Theory at the Keyboard I (4 Credits)

This course is the first of a year-long sequence of MUAC 1161-1163 Theory at the Keyboard I-III. The purpose of the class is for students to develop and apply theoretical concepts through piano playing. Each quarter, students will play chords, scales, intervals, and analyze short pieces on a regular basis. By the end of the year, students will be able to sight-read, transpose, harmonize a melody, and improvise at the piano. Students will also gain experience in using the piano as a tool for composition and arranging. Successful completion of MUAC 1163 Theory at the Keyboard III can satisfy piano proficiency requirements for undergraduate Music majors.

MUAC 1162 Theory at the Keyboard II (4 Credits)

This course is the second of a year-long sequence of MUAC 1161-1163 Theory at the Keyboard I-III. The purpose of the class is for students to develop and apply theoretical concepts through piano playing. Each quarter, students will play chords, scales, intervals, and analyze short pieces on a regular basis. By the end of the year, students will be able to sight-read, transpose, harmonize a melody, and improvise at the piano. Students will also gain experience in using the piano as a tool for composition and arranging. Successful completion of MUAC 1163 Theory at the Keyboard III can satisfy piano proficiency requirements for undergraduate Music majors.

MUAC 1163 Theory at the Keyboard III (4 Credits)

This course is the third of a year-long sequence of MUAC 1161-1163 Theory at the Keyboard I-III. The purpose of the class is for students to develop and apply theoretical concepts through piano playing. Each quarter, students will play chords, scales, intervals, and analyze short pieces on a regular basis. By the end of the year, students will be able to sight-read, transpose, harmonize a melody, and improvise at the piano. Students will also gain experience in using the piano as a tool for composition and arranging. Successful completion of MUAC 1163 Theory at the Keyboard III can satisfy piano proficiency requirements for undergraduate Music majors.

MUAC 1189 Jazz Performance Techniques (2 Credits)

Individual study of Jazz performance techniques in a directed study environment.

MUAC 1190 Jazz at the Keyboard (4 Credits)

MUAC 1211 Music Technology (4 Credits)

This course is a one quarter survey exploring inventive ways today’s musician/creative can incorporate technology as competitive advantage in their future careers. Musicians must be aware that emerging and disruptive technologies are moving faster than they can be assimilated. This course accelerates student functionality by providing a practical and hands-on approach to web-based professional resources, notation software, MIDI sequencing and electronic instruments, digital audio and video applications, and the laptop as a performance instrument. The course spends significant time on professional development including the design of web based promotional materials. Although tailored for music majors, this course is open to, and often taken by, non-majors.

MUAC 1920 Basic Conducting (2 Credits)

Introduction to techniques of conducting; a basis and prerequisite for specialized courses in choral, orchestral, and wind conducting. Prerequisites: MUAC 1001, MUAC 1002, MUAC 1003, MUAC 1020, MUAC 1021, and MUAC 1022.

MUAC 1988 Study Abroad Resident Credit (0-18 Credits)

MUAC 2004 Music Theory II (2 Credits)

The Fall quarter of Theory II reviews common musical progressions and places them in the context of phrase structures such as the period and the sentence.

MUAC 2005 Music Theory II (2 Credits)

The Winter quarter of Theory II introduces tonicization, modulation, and other chromatic techniques and applies these topics to binary forms and art song.

MUAC 2006 Music Theory II (2 Credits)

The Spring quarter of Theory II adds additional chromatic harmonies (e.g., Neapolitan triad) and examines complete movement forms, including ternary, rondo, and sonata forms.

MUAC 2020 Aural Skills II (2 Credits)

Dictation and sight singing of melodic, harmonic and contrapuntal examples from common practice period.

MUAC 2021 Aural Skills II (2 Credits)

Dictation and sight singing of melodic, harmonic and contrapuntal examples from common practice period.

MUAC 2022 Aural Skills II (2 Credits)

Dictation and sight singing of melodic, harmonic and contrapuntal examples from common practice period.

MUAC 2051 Musicology: Foundations of Musicology (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to "doing musicology." The theme is "beyond the boundaries": music is rarely neat and tidy; it defies the stereotypes, and it spills over its borders. To highlight this perspective, we focus on pieces that bring to the surface contemporary American society's code words for going beyond the boundaries: sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Students develop two skills: articulating what they are hearing and connecting different approaches to understanding music (including musical style, musical structure, history, context, reception, historiography, performance practice, and music in and as culture). The course provides a rigorous background for all the following quarters of musicology coursework, which may include Western art music from the medieval period through the present, jazz and commercial music, and music from other cultures around the world. Prerequisite for music majors: MUAC 1002 or MUAC 1014.

MUAC 2052 Musicology: Medieval And Renaissance Music (3 Credits)

Through the study of selected vocal and instrumental works, this course explores the musical style, performance practice issues and the historical context of Western European music from c. 800 to c. 1600. Scores, recordings, primary sources and secondary sources accompany the textbook. Because students interpret the musical works as they represent the ideas and artifacts of human culture and analyze the connections between these and varied human experiences and perceptions of the world, this course may be used to partially fulfill the general education requirement Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture. Prerequisite for music majors: MUAC 2051.

MUAC 2053 Musicology: Baroque Music (3 Credits)

Through the study of selected vocal, instrumental and operatic works, this course explores the musical style, performance practice issues and the historical context of Western European music from c. 1600 to c. 1750. Scores, recordings, primary sources and secondary sources accompany the textbook. Because students interpret the musical works as they represent the ideas and artifacts of human culture and analyze the connections between these and varied human experiences and perceptions of the world, this course may be used to partially fulfill the general education requirement Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture. Prerequisite for music majors: MUAC 2051.

MUAC 2054 Musicology: Classical Music (3 Credits)

Through the study of selected vocal, instrumental and operatic works, this course explores the musical style, performance practice issues and the historical context of Western European music from c. 1750 to c. 1820. Scores, recordings, primary sources and secondary sources accompany the textbook. Because students interpret the musical works as they represent the ideas and artifacts of human culture and analyze the connections between these and varied human experiences and perceptions of the world, this course may be used to partially fulfill the general education requirement Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture. Prerequisite for music majors: MUAC 2051.

MUAC 2055 Musicology: Romantic Music (3 Credits)

Through the study of selected vocal and instrumental works, this course explores the musical style, performance practice issues and the historical context of Western European music from c. 1830 to c. 1890. Scores, recordings, primary sources and secondary sources accompany the textbook. Because students interpret the musical works as they represent the ideas and artifacts of human culture and analyze the connections between these and varied human experiences and perceptions of the world, this course may be used to partially fulfill the general education requirement Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture. Prerequisite for music majors: MUAC 2051.

MUAC 2056 Musicology: Modern Music (3 Credits)

Through the study of selected vocal and instrumental works, this course explores the musical style, performance practice issues and the historical context of Western European music from c. 1890 to the present. Scores, recordings, primary sources and secondary sources accompany the textbook. Because students interpret the musical works as they represent the ideas and artifacts of human culture and analyze the connections between these and varied human experiences and perceptions of the world, this course may be used to partially fulfill the general education requirement Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture. Prerequisite for music majors: MUAC 2051.

MUAC 2057 Musicology: Introduction to World Musics (3 Credits)

This course is designed as an introduction to select world music traditions and to ethnomusicology, a discipline many define as the study of music in culture. We focus on three world areas: North India, Brazil, and Senegal. For each of these units, we examine various genres and musical systems and explore music's connection to ritual, belief, aesthetic ideals, politics, and social organization, asking what makes music meaningful for practitioners and audiences. Lectures and discussions are supplemented by regular guest lecture-demonstrations, films and hands-on workshops. Because students interpret the musical works as they represent the ideas and artifacts of human culture and analyze the connections between these and varied human experiences and perceptions of the world, this course may be used to partially fulfill the general education requirement Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture. Prerequisite for music majors: MUAC 2051.

MUAC 2058 Jazz and Commercial Music History and Repertoire I (1900-1955) (3 Credits)

This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.

MUAC 2059 Jazz and Commercial Music History and Repertoire II (1955-Present) (3 Credits)

This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.

MUAC 2060 Introduction to Electronic Music/Synthesizer Programming (4 Credits)

In this class students will learn how to create musical sounds using music synthesizers. Most modern synthesizers, whether hardware or software, are designed after paradigms established by designers of the modular analog synthesizer systems of the late 1960’s (Moog, Buchla, et al.). A basic foundation of the physics of sound and electricity will comprise the first module of the course. After that follows an in depth program of training in the creation of sound using a modern modular analog synthesizer (ModCan) as well as free, open source modular synth emulation software (VCV Rack). Students will learn synthesis techniques from a historical perspective including but not limited to subtractive, additive, FM, wavetable, sample based, and granular. Modularity will be emphasized as mastery of this approach makes it possible to quickly learn any existing hardware or software synthesizer. After this class the successful student will be proficient on a wide variety of devices real and virtual, on the DAW of their choice. This proficiency will empower students who record and produce their own music in electro-acoustic, rock, or EDM genres. Class format will be lecture/lab. Students will be expected to conduct independent research and learning and contribute to class discussions. Grading will be based on the quality of your work and the quality contribution to class discussions as evidence of diligence in your independent study.

MUAC 2067 Audio Practicum (1-4 Credits)

Clinical training in audio recording and sound reinforcement for bachelor of music audio production concentration majors.

MUAC 2068 Songwriting Workshop (2 Credits)

Songwriting can connect our deepest sense of self to others through the art of emotive expression and the craft of creative communication and collaboration. This course focuses on growth, engagement, and connection through real-life experience, practice, and performance. Included are creative assignments, in-class performances, community performances, and recording and producing an original song in the Lamont School of Music recording studio.

MUAC 2189 Jazz Performance Techniques (2 Credits)

Individual study of jazz performance techniques in a directed study environment.

MUAC 2251 Contemporary Gospel Music: Religion, Culture, and the Black Church (4 Credits)

This course seeks to examine the ways in which gospel music, and contemporary black gospel music in particular, has impacted not only black church culture but broader society in general. Through audio and video media, readings, and class discussion, we will discover how gospel music has influenced black church culture and popular culture. Cross listed with RLGS 2251.

MUAC 2260 Music, Race, and Ethnicity in Latin America (4 Credits)

In this class, music-culture is a medium to understand how people in Latin America maintain religions, strengthen social relations, and negotiate their racial and ethnic identities in the context of social inequality, racial discrimination, and land disposition. Concepts such as mestizaje, creolization, and “blackness” will be examined in the context of nation formation, the inheritance of colonialism, and the spread of neoliberalism while students will engage critically in readings coming from ethnomusicology, anthropology, ethnic and racial studies, as well as history, and geography. The lectures are multimedia, including visiting performers and speakers. As such, this class is a great introduction to explore music-culture, race, and ethnicity in Latin America.

MUAC 2413 Vocal Literature Survey I: Italian and English Composers (1 Credit)

This course is a Vocal Literature Survey of Art Songs in English, Italian, concentrating on the works of composers of the 18th century, the Romantic Era (19th 
century), and composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

MUAC 2414 Vocal Literature Survey II: German and French Composers (1 Credit)

This course is a Vocal Literature Survey of Art Songs in German and French, concentrating on the works of composers of the 18th century, the Romantic Era (19th 
century), and composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

MUAC 2415 Acting and Movement for the Stage I (2 Credits)

In this beginning course, students develop a basic understanding of stagecraft, and stage terminology. Various skills that are taught in successive quarters, such as theatre games, body movement, character research, and audition techniques, are introduced at this time. Body movement and specific dance forms used in opera will be discussed as well as monologue and scene work.

MUAC 2416 Acting and Movement for the Stage II (1 Credit)

In this continuing course, students develop a more advanced understanding of stagecraft and stage terminology. Various skills that are taught in successive quarters, such as theatre games, body movement, character research, and audition techniques, are introduced at this time. Body movement and specific dance forms used in opera will be discussed as well as monologue and scene work. Prerequisites: Acting and Movement I (MUAC 2415).

MUAC 2820 Introduction to Piano Pedagogy I (2 Credits)

Philosophy and psychology of teaching, basic skills in recognition of students' strengths and weaknesses, assessing musical and technical abilities, problem solving; in-class opportunities to teach followed by critical analysis; related readings, projects. Required for piano pedagogy majors.

MUAC 2821 Introduction to Piano Pedagogy II (2 Credits)

Philosophy and psychology of teaching, basic skills in recognition of students' strengths and weaknesses, assessing musical and technical abilities, problem solving; in-class opportunities to teach followed by critical analysis; related readings, projects. Required for piano pedagogy majors.

MUAC 2940 Choral Conducting (2 Credits)

Beginning course in choral conducting. Fall quarter only.

MUAC 2950 Orchestral Conducting (2 Credits)

Discussions of and exercises in score study, interpretation, and techniques associated with orchestral conducting. Includes practical experience conducting orchestral repertoire. Prerequisite: MUAC 1920 Basic Conducting. Spring quarter only.

MUAC 2970 Wind Conducting (2 Credits)

Beginning course in wind conducting. Winter quarter only.

MUAC 2988 Study Abroad Resident Credit (0-18 Credits)

MUAC 3002 Form and Analysis (4 Credits)

Analysis of structural elements and stylistic features in solo, chamber and orchestral literature from 1600 to present. Prerequisite: MUAC 2006.

MUAC 3023 Rhythm & Meter in Tonal Music (4 Credits)

This course gives a general background, including the history of rhythm and meter, different rhythmic analyses, and various topics (dissonance, ambiguity, Schenker, motives, biology, and perception).

MUAC 3024 Introduction to Tonal Analysis (4 Credits)

This course introduces students to various types of musical analysis for tonal music that are more advanced than what is introduced in first- and second-year music theory. Prerequisites: MUAC 2006 and MUAC 2022.

MUAC 3025 Topics in Analysis: Brahms (4 Credits)

This course explores a variety of analytical techniques used to understand the compositions of Brahms. We examine works by musicologists and theorists such as Allen Forte, Walter, Frisch, Arnold Schoenberg, Carl Schachter, and David Lewin. Issues discussed include developing variations, rhythm, form, and ambiguity in Brahms. We cover a wide range of repertoire, ranging from piano works to choral works to symphonies.

MUAC 3026 Sonata Form (4 Credits)

This is a team-taught course on the topic of “sonata form,” one of the central musical structures in classical Western art music, from Mozart to Brahms and beyond. The course will feature a dialogue between history, analysis, and performance, reflected in class activities at multiple levels.

MUAC 3030 Seminar-Performance Psychology (2 Credits)

MUAC 3058 Audio Production III (4 Credits)

This course covers theory in audio engineering and provides hands-on training in professional audio engineering for studio sessions and live events. Students receive classroom instruction as well as on-site training at Lamont School of Music performances. This is the second sequence in the audio production concentration.

MUAC 3059 Audio Production II (4 Credits)

This course covers theory in audio engineering and provides hands-on training in professional audio engineering for studio sessions and live events. Students receive classroom instruction as well as on-site training at Lamont School of Music performances. This is the first sequence in the audio production concentration.

MUAC 3060 Extra-Musical Roles of the Music Director (1 Credit)

Under the supervision and guidance of the director of orchestral studies, students will gain hands-on, actual experience with many of the non-musical tasks that conductors face. These experiences will include managing orchestra personnel, librarian activities, running auditions, and recruiting. Open only to Artist Diploma in orchestral conducting students.

MUAC 3061 Audio Production I (4 Credits)

An introduction to analog and digital synthesis, MIDI sequencing, and DAW software.

MUAC 3064 Audio Production IV (4 Credits)

This course covers theory in audio engineering and provides hands-on training in professional audio engineering for studio sessions and live events. Students receive classroom instruction as well as on-site training at Lamont School of Music performances. This is the third sequence in the audio production concentration.

MUAC 3065 Audio Production V (4 Credits)

This course covers theory in audio engineering and provides hands-on training in professional audio engineering for studio sessions and live events. Students receive classroom instruction as well as onsite training at Lamont School of Music performances. This is the fourth sequence in the audio production concentration.

MUAC 3066 Audio Production VI (4 Credits)

This course is an advanced seminar wherein students propose and execute complex, professional level audio production projects toward the goal of establishing a professional audio production portfolio. Students may also incorporate pre-production work in preparation for the audio production concentration senior project. Students serve as engineers and producers at Lamont School of Music recording sessions and live performances.

MUAC 3092 The Business Side of Music (4 Credits)

A personal and clinical approach to developing music business skills and strategies.

MUAC 3106 The Dynamic Body: Foundations in Movement Methods and Body Awareness Principles (2 Credits)

An introduction to fundamental body awareness principles in relationship to physical performance skills for vocal performance majors. Methods for heightening kinesthetic awareness will be learned in the form of movement explorations, improvisations, structures, and learned phrases to gain somatic insight into the performer's sense of verticality in all places and dimensions of space. The concepts of the body in motion will be a primary context and focus for the progression of studies or 'etudes,' and for the reflective and analytical processes that include observation, journaling, discussion and peer commentary. Studio activities in solo, partnering, and group work will further the student's knowledge of how to become more responsive, expressive, and communicative when interacting with the surrounding environment and with others. Integrated with the body-mind practice and theoretical study, students will be encouraged to inquire, examine and articulate possible philosophies regarding why the mastery of the performer's physical body requires an essential sense of discipline that is cultivated in the performing arts, and how the somatic practices being investigated can serve his/her performance presence and support one's vocal training and health for the long-term.

MUAC 3124 Composition Seminar (1 Credit)

Composition Seminar focuses on the reading and performance of modern scores by Lamont and recognized composers. Any student composing music or wishing to perform new compositions at Lamont may register and participate. Requirements for composers include the completion, rehearsal and performance of a piece of music at the New Music Ensemble concert each quarter. Non-composers are required to rehearse and perform at the New Music Ensemble concert. Composers enrolled in the ensemble may be required to play compositions submitted as well.

MUAC 3165 Music Theater Survey (2 Credits)

A historical overview of the American Broadway musical, performance technique, audition preparation and repertoire. Must be prepared to sing and perform.

MUAC 3212 Digital Music Creation (4 Credits)

In this course, students will create, produce, and present their own digital music. Using one of the industry’s leading digital music creation platforms (such as Ableton Live), students will learn the history of electronic music creation, create their own digital music portfolios, become familiar with relevant copyright issues, and oversee public performances of their music.

MUAC 3240 Vocal Pedagogy I (1 Credit)

Psychological and physical aspects of teaching of singing.

MUAC 3241 Vocal Pedagogy II (1 Credit)

Psychological and physical aspects of teaching of singing.

MUAC 3282 Suzuki Violin Seminar II (2 Credits)

MUAC 3283 Suzuki Violin Seminar II (2 Credits)

MUAC 3284 Suzuki Violin Seminar II (2 Credits)

MUAC 3439 Teaching Note Reading (2 Credits)

MUAC 3460 Suzuki Cello Practicum (1 Credit)

The Suzuki Cello Practicum is designed to give the students enrolled in the Suzuki Seminar classes a forum to practice teaching using the pedagogical points and philosophy covered in the seminar classes. The course will also include some lecture and discussion on developing teaching strategies for effective technical development and communication in lessons.

MUAC 3463 Suzuki Cello Seminar I (2 Credits)

MUAC 3464 Suzuki Cello Seminar I (2 Credits)

MUAC 3465 Suzuki Cello Seminar I (2 Credits)

MUAC 3466 Suzuki Cello Seminar II (2 Credits)

MUAC 3467 Suzuki Cello Seminar II (2 Credits)

MUAC 3468 Suzuki Cello Seminar II (2 Credits)

MUAC 3470 Suzuki Violin Seminar I (2 Credits)

Comprehensive study of Suzuki philosophy, repertoire and teaching techniques for violin. Offered fall, winter, and spring quarters. May be repeated for credit.

MUAC 3471 Suzuki Violin Seminar I (2 Credits)

Comprehensive study of Suzuki philosophy, repertoire and teaching techniques for violin. Offered fall, winter, and spring quarters. May be repeated for credit.

MUAC 3472 Suzuki Violin Seminar I (2 Credits)

Comprehensive study of Suzuki philosophy, repertoire and teaching techniques for violin. Offered fall, winter, and spring quarters. May be repeated for credit.

MUAC 3477 Suzuki Violin Practicum (1 Credit)

The Suzuki Violin Practicum is designed to give the students enrolled in the Suzuki Seminar classes a forum to practice teaching using the pedagogical points and teaching philosophy covered in the seminar classes. The course will include some lecture focusing on teaching strategies for effective technical development and effective communication in the lessons. Prerequisite: MUAC 3470.

MUAC 3497 Studying Music in the Field: Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology (4 Credits)

This course introduces issues that motivate ethnomusicological research and techniques for carrying out fieldwork, the ethnographic method which has largely come to define the discipline. Our primary texts include Bruno Nettl's classic text, The Study of Ethnomusicology, and Shadows in the Field, a seminal volume of essays discussing ethnomusicological fieldwork. This course also involves hands-on experience in some of the major fieldwork techniques, including field observation and writing fieldnotes, musical transcription and interviewing. This course culminates in a field research project in a Denver musical community determined in consultation with the professor. Note: this course is not open to freshman; sophomores with permission of instructor.

MUAC 3502 Gender & Genre in World Music (4 Credits)

How are concepts of "maleness," "femaleness" and other gendered categories constructed, maintained, and contested through musical performance? This course examines the issues explored and debated in recent studies of gender relation to music of various cultures including Western art music, popular music, and other world genres. We focus on reading and discussion of ethno-musicological and anthropological ethnographies, musicological studies focusing on gender and theoretical writings from gender and women's studies. Lectures and discussions are supplemented by guest lecture-demonstrations, film/video screenings and hands-on workshops. This course is not open to freshman. Sophomores can register with instructor approval.

MUAC 3537 Crouch, Hawkins, and Smallwood: Three Pioneers in Contemporary Gospel Music (4 Credits)

Andraé Crouch, Walter Hawkins, and Richard Smallwood have each influenced the course of black gospel music for the last 50 years. Through listening to recordings, watching video performances, score analysis, readings, performance, and improvisation, this course will examine the music of these unique composer/performers and how their contributions have impacted black gospel music. Rather than simply read about and analyze the music, students will play the music of these composers and literally have hands-on experience with the colors and textures of the music that has shaped church music and the gospel music industry for the last five decades.

MUAC 3578 Advanced Composition (4 Credits)

Advanced composition with students composing works of large scope and using a variety of advanced techniques consistent with interests and abilities; emphasis on imagination and originality of personal expression.

MUAC 3590 Guitar History (4 Credits)

MUAC 3630 Basic Jazz Arranging (2 Credits)

A study and practical analysis of the foundational techniques involved with composing and orchestrating for small group jazz ensembles. This course will cover the basics of form, notation, and orchestration in the small group jazz idiom, consisting of one to four horns and/or vocals, guitar, piano, bass, and drums.

MUAC 3650 Orchestral Excerpts-Cello (4 Credits)

This course will explore excerpts from the standard orchestral literature, highlighting favorite audition materials of the major symphony orchestras. Students will be given a list of excerpts and coached on how to prepare them. They will participate in mock auditions and receive feedback. This course will also address the mental aspects involved in taking successful auditions and the expectations demanded of them in the professional world of orchestras.

MUAC 3655 Orchestral Excerpts-Bass (4 Credits)

This course will explore excerpts from the standard orchestral literature, highlighting favorite audition materials of the major symphony orchestras. Students will be given a list of excerpts and coached on how to prepare them. They will participate in mock audition and receive feedback. This course will also address the mental aspects involved in taking successful auditions and the expectations demanded of them in the professional world of orchestras.

MUAC 3660 Orchestral Excerpts-Violin (4 Credits)

This course will explore excerpts from the standard orchestral literature, highlighting favorite audition materials of the major symphony orchestras. Students will be given a list of excerpts and coached on how to prepare them. They will participate in mock auditions and receive feedback. This course will also address the mental aspects involved in taking successful auditions and the expectations demanded of them in the professional world of orchestras.

MUAC 3661 Orchestral Excerpts Viola (4 Credits)

This course explores excerpts from the standard orchestral literature, highlighting favorite audition materials of the major symphony orchestras. Students are given a list of excerpts and coached on how to prepare them. They participate in mock auditions and receive feedback. This course also addresses the mental aspects involved in taking successful auditions and the expectations demanded of them in the professional world of orchestras.

MUAC 3662 Orchestral Studies for Brass (2 Credits)

Study of orchestral literature brass players are likely to be asked to play at auditions for professional orchestras. Undergraduate participants should have passed their Sophomore Proficiency jury with distinction.

MUAC 3663 Orchestral Excerpts, Viola II (4 Credits)

Companion course to Orchestral Excerpts Viola I, this section expands the repertoire list beyond the standard works used for auditions today. In addition to further honing basic requisite material from section I, students study and prepare less frequently required works and principle viola solo repertoire. There is more extensive discussion of the audition process and mock auditions as a part of the course. While it is advised and preferable that students complete the first section of this course it is possible to take the course with the approval of the instructor.

MUAC 3677 Bow Art Ensemble (0-1 Credits)

The Bow Art Ensemble explores the study and rehearsal of traditional and contemporary chamber orchestra repertoire, history, and culture, to be led in conjunction with Lamont performance faculty and guest artists. Students will receive instruction on proper techniques, musical styles, study of traditional and contemporary collaborative leadership and democratic approaches to performing in a conductor-less ensemble.

MUAC 3682 Topics-Orchestral Repertoire (4 Credits)

We explore the history of the orchestra and orchestral literature from the baroque through modern eras, and examine a number of test cases in which conventional understanding has been challenged in recent years. The course concludes with individual research projects and presentations on topics students choose and develop.

MUAC 3684 Choral Literature I (2 Credits)

This course is an analysis of the development of choral repertoire from the Middle Ages through the Baroque era.

MUAC 3686 Choral Pedagogy I (2 Credits)

The Choral Pedagogy course focuses on effective choral methods and techniques indigenous to primary schools of thought that have risen to prominence or have proven successful in practice and performance throughout the last 50 years in the academic and professional choral idiom. Through study and analysis of selected works by various composers, effective teaching techniques are explored in performance practice and style interpretation.

MUAC 3688 Choral Pedagogy II (2 Credits)

The Choral Pedagogy course focuses on effective choral methods and techniques indigenous to primary schools of thought that have risen to prominence or have proven successful in practice and performance throughout the last 50 years in the academic and professional choral idiom. Through study and analysis of selected works by various composers, effective teaching techniques are explored in performance practice and style interpretation.

MUAC 3689 Choral Literature II (2 Credits)

This course is an analysis of the development of choral repertoire from the Classical period until the present day. This course is meant to be taken in sequence after Choral Literature I.

MUAC 3698 Carillon History and Mechanics (4 Credits)

A survey of the evolution of signal bells into the musical instrument known as the carillon. This subject is often called "campanology." The history will be traced from the 16th century in the Low Countries through modern times in Europe, North America, Australia/New Zealand and Japan. Topics will include bell foundries, bell casting and tuning, bell chambers, playing actions, carillonneurs, carillon schools, carillon organizations, the use of the carillon in its various regions and basic carillon maintenance.

MUAC 3706 Pedagogy & Repertoire Tuba (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the tuba.

MUAC 3708 Pedagogy & Repertoire Horn (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the horn.

MUAC 3712 Pedagogy & Repertoire Trombone (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the trombone.

MUAC 3717 Pedagogy & Repertoire Percussion (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for percussion.

MUAC 3718 Pedagogy & Repertoire Percussion (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for percussion.

MUAC 3719 Pedagogy & Repertoire Percussion (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for percussion.

MUAC 3724 Pedagogy & Repertoire Guitar (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the guitar.

MUAC 3726 Pedagogy & Repertoire Viola (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the viola.

MUAC 3727 Pedagogy & Repertoire Viola (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the viola.

MUAC 3730 Pedagogy & Repertoire Cello (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the cello.

MUAC 3733 Pedagogy & Rep Double Bass (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the double bass.

MUAC 3736 Pedagogy & Repertoire Harp (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the harp.

MUAC 3737 Pedagogy & Repertoire Harp (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the harp.

MUAC 3738 Pedagogy & Repertoire Organ (2 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the organ.

MUAC 3739 Pedagogy & Repertoire Organ (2 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the organ.

MUAC 3740 Pedagogy & Repertoire Organ (2 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the organ.

MUAC 3742 Pedagogy & Repertoire Trumpet (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the trumpet.

MUAC 3747 Pedagogy & Repertoire Flute (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the flute.

MUAC 3748 Pedagogy & Repertoire Flute (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the flute.

MUAC 3749 Pedagogy & Repertoire Flute (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the flute.

MUAC 3751 Pedagogy & Repertoire Clarinet (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the clarinet.

MUAC 3752 Pedagogy & Repertoire Clarinet (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the clarinet.

MUAC 3753 Pedagogy & Repertoire Saxophone (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the saxophone.

MUAC 3754 Pedagogy & Repertoire Saxophone (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the saxophone.

MUAC 3755 Pedagogy & Repertoire Saxophone (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the saxophone.

MUAC 3757 Pedagogy & Repertoire Oboe (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the oboe.

MUAC 3758 Pedagogy & Repertoire Oboe (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the oboe.

MUAC 3761 Pedagogy & Repertoire Bassoon (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the bassoon.

MUAC 3762 Pedagogy & Repertoire Bassoon (4 Credits)

Teaching techniques and survey of literature and teaching materials for the bassoon.

MUAC 3765 Professional Brass Techniques (4 Credits)

This 4-hour per week course will be divided into a lecture/seminar for two hours and performance practicum for two hours. Topics discussed and performed include orchestral playing, sight reading, practice, solo performance, jazz survival, ornamentation, transposition, and warm-up/maintenance routine.

MUAC 3804 Topics in Music (1-5 Credits)

MUAC 3810 Voice Repertoire (2 Credits)

Styles, periods and traditions of vocal repertoire from earliest music to contemporary compositions.

MUAC 3811 Voice Repertoire (2 Credits)

Styles, periods and traditions of vocal repertoire from earliest music to contemporary compositions.

MUAC 3812 Voice Repertoire (2 Credits)

Styles, periods and traditions of vocal repertoire from earliest music to contemporary compositions.

MUAC 3822 Piano Repertoire I (2 Credits)

Performance and analysis.

MUAC 3823 Piano Repertoire II (3 Credits)

Performance and analysis.

MUAC 3824 Piano Repertoire III (3 Credits)

Performance and analysis.

MUAC 3830 Advanced Jazz Arranging I (2 Credits)

A study and practical analysis of small to medium jazz ensemble writing with extended instrumentation. Consisting of nonette-style orchestration including orchestral instruments such as horn, tuba, woodwinds, and voice along with extended electronic textures, this course will cover the basics of from, notation and orchestration in the 21st Century hybrid small to medium size jazz ensemble idiom.

MUAC 3831 Advanced Jazz Arranging II (2 Credits)

A study and practical analysis of large “studio orchestra” type jazz writing with extended instrumentation. Consisting of medium to full orchestral string section, woodwinds, harp, percussion, brass plus jazz rhythm section, voices, and soloists. Exemplified by such modern ensembles as Snarky Puppy with the Metropole Orchestra, this will be a full studio orchestra with modern 21st Century jazz, rock, and pop sensibilities. String bowings and aspects of dynamic ensemble balances in the studio orchestra will be studied, as well as writing for the harp.

MUAC 3832 Arranging for Computer-Based Media (2 Credits)

This course will be an introduction to techniques of composition and arranging music for media, with an emphasis on practical assignments that the student will encounter in the professional world of media composition. Students will learn how to work in collaboration with filmmakers, master techniques of timing and synchronization, use traditional techniques of composition/arranging/orchestration to serve dramatic needs, and work efficiently in the recording studio under time and budget restraints.

MUAC 3844 21st Century Artistry I (2 Credits)

21st Century Artistry I is a course of study that examines the full spectrum of attributes and skills necessary for a student to “survive and thrive” in the every-changing landscape of the 21st Century. With a two-fold approach of examining effective strategies for a "modern artistry mindset" along with extensive case studies of successful 21st Century professionals, this course will offer the student a wide array of important recourses to guide their career. The case study aspect of 21st Century Artistry I will be based on multiple evaluations of successful artists in the 21st Century in partnership with local presenters.

MUAC 3845 Writing for The Modern Large Jazz Ensemble I (2 Credits)

A study and practical analysis of the major methods for writing for the modern large jazz ensemble (big band) as exemplified by Frank Foster, Sammy Nestico, Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer and other modern practitioners. Application of analysis will be in the form of a complete arrangment or original composition for modern big band.

MUAC 3846 Writing for the Modern Large Jazz Ensemble II (2 Credits)

A study and practical analysis of the major methods for writing for the modern large jazz ensemble (big band) as exemplified by Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Gil Evans, Darcy James Argue, and others. A special emphasis will be placed on creating full works for the large jazz ensemble that uses textures and modern extended form approaches indicative of these artists. Application of analysis will be in the form of a complete arrangement or original composition for modern big band.

MUAC 3847 Hip-Hop: Theory and Practice (4 Credits)

Students in this class will examine the socio-cultural, economic, and political significance of hip-hop as a medium of expression for youth around the world. Through analysis of poplar writing and media, as well as academic texts, we critically explore issues of race, social justice, masculinity, misogyny, censorship, technology, and intellectual property, as they relate to mainstream and underground hip-hip in America. Having discussed hip-hop's roots in the U.S., the remainder of the quarter will be devoted to tracing hip-hop's global routes.

MUAC 3860 Basic Jazz Improvisation (4 Credits)

The study of jazz improvisation techniques and forms. Open to music majors or by instructor permission.

MUAC 3870 Jazz Improvisation & Composition (4 Credits)

Improvisational styles of major jazz soloists studied through transcription and analysis of selected recorded jazz solos; scales and modes; rhythmic styles and devices; practice and development of individual student's improvisational technique. Prerequisites: MUAC 1011, MUAC 1012, MUAC 3830.

MUAC 3910 Orchestration (4 Credits)

Techniques of instrumental scoring.

MUAC 3933 Graduate Music History Review (0 Credits)

MUAC 3959 Movement and Expression for Conductors (4 Credits)

Conductors use their whole body to communicate and elicit successful performances from their ensemble. If you have unnecessary tension or lack of ease in your body, this is communicated unconsciously to your ensemble, hindering quality of performance. Additionally, physical tension can prevent your ability to communicate and think clearly under pressure. This course is an exploration of freedom of movement and the physicality of musical expression. Classes will include group activities in free-movement, dance, acting, keeping your cool, poise, balance, tension release, as well as hands-on instruction applying Alexander technique to your conducting.

MUAC 3960 Advanced Orchestral Conducting (2 Credits)

Discussions of and exercises in score study, interpretation, and techniques associated with orchestral conducting. Includes practical experience conducting orchestral repertoire. Required of MM Conducting students with Choral or wind concentrations. Open to other students with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor (not needed for MM Conducting students with Choral or Wind concentration). Fall quarter only.

MUAC 3961 Advanced Choral Conducting (2 Credits)

Conducting complex choral works, including those with instrumental accompaniment; phrasing, interpretation and score reading. Prerequisite: MUAC 2940. Fall quarter only.

MUAC 3962 Advanced Wind Conducting (2 Credits)

Conducting complex wind compositions; phrasing interpretation and score reading. Prerequisite: MUAC 2970. Spring quarter only.

MUAC 3973 Advanced Wind Literature I (2 Credits)

This course is an overview of wind literature appropriate for junior high school, high school, college and professional programs including strategies in effective programming and creation of appropriate program notes.

MUAC 3974 Advanced Wind Literature II (2 Credits)

An in-depth study of successful compositional techniques by prominent composers of wind literature. Prerequisite: MUAC 3973.

MUAC 3980 Advanced Jazz Improvisation and Composition (4 Credits)

A three term sequence continuing the in-depth study of the theory, performance practices, style, and history of jazz improvisation and composition. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of the three terms of Jazz Improvisation and Composition or consent of the instructor.

MUAC 3988 Study Abroad Resident Credit (0-18 Credits)

MUAC 3990 Internship in Music (0-8 Credits)

Internship in Music will offer opportunities for music majors to experience actual music related careers within a sponsoring music organization chosen by the student and accepted by the supervising faculty of the School of Music.

MUAC 3991 Independent Study (1-10 Credits)

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