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MUSC 0101 - Introduction to Western Music      

Introduction to Western Music
This course is designed to introduce students to the music created by the men and women of Western civilization. The styles and genres of art music from the Middle Ages to the present will be a focus for the course. The relationship of music to society, historical context, and the other arts will also be examined. Music reading skills are not required. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

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Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0102 - Concert Experience      

The Concert Experience
Music exists primarily in performance. In this course we will attend various performances and use them as a vehicle for studying the history, form, and social role of the music. While western classical music will be at the center of class activities, we will also explore other musical styles for comparison and try to understand how concert presentation reflects the cultural context and musical meaning of a particular musical style. Attendance at the concerts involved is mandatory. 3 hrs lect.

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Spring 2012

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MUSC 0130 - Topics in Music      

Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description.

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Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013

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MUSC 0134 - Introduction to World Music      

Introduction to Music in World Cultures
In this course we will survey traditional and popular musics of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America with the goal of understanding non-Western music as sound and as culture. Since this is an introductory course, we will review fundamentals of music theory and use them as a framework for analyzing world music and exploring its cultural importance. We will discuss assigned readings, listen to and analyze musical works, view and study video recordings, and participate in necessary hands-on activities. Through these activities, students will acquire knowledge of non-Western music and develop an understanding how to relate it to universal sociocultural issues.

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Spring 2012

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MUSC 0160 - Music Theory I: Fundamentals      

Music Theory I: Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to the basic elements and theoretical concepts of Western music. We will focus on such topics as basic keyboard skills, sight singing, musical notation, rhythm, and harmony. Theoretical work and drills will be combined with compositional and performance projects. The goal of the course is to expand students’ musical intuition and skill and to provide the technical basis for further music study. No prior musical experience is required. (Students who wish to take upper-level composition or music theory courses must either complete this course or pass a theory and musicianship test administered by the department to demonstrate equivalent experience.) (Formerly MUSC 0109). 2.5 hrs. lect.

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Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0205 - Performance Lab      

Performance Lab
Credit can be conferred for performance in faculty-supervised ensembles: Middlebury College Orchestra, Middlebury College Choir and the Middlebury College Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble (see "Ensembles" above), one unit of such credit to accrue over two semesters (spring and fall only). The appropriate supervising faculty will give grades, based on attendance and quality of performance. A student should inform the ensemble director of intent to sign up for this course before starting, and should actually register for MUSC 0205 only the SECOND of the two terms by adding it as a fifth course. MUSC 0205 does not fulfill any major course requirements and may not be taken more than once. (Approval required)

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Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0209 - Music I      

Music I
Music I focuses on the materials and grammar of music through compositional exercises. As part of these explorations, we will examine the elements of harmony (scales, triads and seventh chords), notation, rhythm, polyrhythm, binary and ternary forms, two-voice counterpoint, variation, transposition, as well as skills in conducting, analysis, ear-training, and sight-singing. Students will write short pieces for a variety of instruments and ensembles, notate their pieces, and rehearse and perform them, thereby learning about music through discovery and observation. The assignments are designed for students with or without compositional experience. (Ability to play an instrument or sing; MUSC 0109 or 0160, or passing score on the MUSC 0160 placement exam) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. lab.

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Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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MUSC 0210 - Music II      

Music II
This course is a continuation of MUSC 0209. While using the same format, including composing and labs, as in MUSC 0209, the course covers elements of modality (western and non-western), functional harmony, heterophony, fugal processes, strophic forms, melodic analysis, serial processes, and extensions of tonality and atonality. (MUSC 0209) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. lab.

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Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0212 - Electronic Music      

History, Theory, and Practice of Electronic Music
This course will provide a historical look at the development of electronic music from the earliest analog techniques to present-day computer technology. Students will learn about the theory of digital and analog sound, acoustics, and MIDI. Creative projects will guide the class through a range of techniques. Much of the focus will be on how the electronic medium enables composers to work with sound and musical forms in non-traditional ways. 3 hrs lect.

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Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0213 - Digital Musician      

The Digital Musician
In this course, we will explore the potential of smartphones, tablets and interactive web sites for musical experimentation, creation, and performance. Projects will include the creation of multi-media web sites, phone/tablet, web apps, and live performances using these tools. Students should have a laptop that they can bring to class. There is no prerequisite other than a willingness and interest in working directly with computer code (especially Max, HTML5 and javascript).

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Spring 2013

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MUSC 0220 - Music History I      

Music History I: Music to 1750
In this course we will survey Western art music from the earliest notated Medieval music through the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Beginning with Gregorian chant and troubadour song, we will explore Renaissance vocal polyphony, the development of opera and instrumental music in the 17th century, and the late Baroque music of Bach and Handel. Analysis of the music is supplemented by consideration of the ways in which music relates to the other arts and reflects the history and culture of its time. (MUSC 0260 or waiver) 3 hrs. lect.

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Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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MUSC 0221 - Music History II      

Music History II: Music Since 1750
This course is a survey of the principle genres and forms of Western art music from the Viennese classicism of Haydn and Mozart to the present day. The approach of the course is analytical, historical, and cultural. That is, we will study selected works from the Western repertory, attempting to understand each piece on its own terms as artistic expression, in the context of stylistic developments, and as it reflects its time and the concerns of its composer and audience. (MUSC 0260 or waiver) 3 hrs. lect.

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Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0225 - European and Asian Operas      

European and Asian Operas: Crowns, serpents and high Cs
In this seminar we will study operas from early baroque and Mozart, to later works in the classical repertoire such as Madame Butterfly by Puccini and Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss, through to traditional music theater pieces from Asia. We will examine the varying partnerships of libretto to music and discover the philosophy of our cultures embedded in these structures. Along with musical analysis, we will delve into issues of prosody and word painting and engage in discussions, research, and creative projects examining its place in our culture, its aesthetic and relevance. The instructor’s original opera Lotus Lives will be presented. Qualified members of the class will participate in the production as assistants, stage managers, perform as puppeteers, and other stagecraft elements. (Ability to read music)

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Fall 2011

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MUSC 0230 - Topics in Music      

Topics in Music History:
Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description.

Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2014

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MUSC 0231 - Everything a cappella      

Everything a cappella! Unaccompanied Vocal Music, Medieval to Modern
Vocal ensembles have been singing about the important things in life for several centuries. In this course students will explore unaccompanied vocal music of different times, places, and cultures. Students will both analyze and create a cappella music to develop understanding of its inspiration, function, and performance. Repertoire for study includes European art music traditions, African and American "folk" styles and transmission, and popular a cappella of the 20th and 21st centuries. Student group projects will be modeled on various styles of a cappella. (Music reading ability is helpful but not required.) (Not open to students who have taken MUSC 0131) 3 hrs lect./disc.

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Fall 2012, Fall 2013

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MUSC 0232 - Music in the United States      

Music in the United States
In this course we will examine folk, classical, and popular music in the United States from the 18th century to the present. We will use historical and analytical approaches to gain insight into the music, the musicians, and the social and cultural forces that have shaped them. Students will explore music’s relation to historical events, other artistic movements, technological changes, and questions of national identity and ethnicity. Topics may include music in the British colonies, minstrelsy, American opera and orchestras, the rise of the popular music industry, and the experimentalist composers of the 20th century. (Assumes ability to read music.) 3 hrs lect./disc.

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Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0234 - Music in World Cultures      

Music in World Cultures
In this course students will develop skills for analyzing music and appreciating its social, economic, and political importance within societies other than their own. We will explore world musical styles through readings, lectures, discussions, film screenings, listening sessions, workshops, concerts, and hands-on activities. Assuming a strong background in music, this course will be open to music majors and others by approval.

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Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0235 - Music Ethnography      

Music Ethnography
In this course we will study various methods and techniques for conducting field research about musical phenomena. Students will learn how to design feasible research projects, document musical activities in human communities, analyze collected data, and present their findings. Class and out-of-class activities will include writing ethnographic notes, making audio/video recordings, conducting interviews, photography, writing research reports, and making oral presentations. Students may have the opportunity to do field research that will involve field equipment and editing software. Some background in reading or writing about music is recommended.

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Winter 2013

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MUSC 0236 - African Soundscapes      

African Soundscapes
This course will introduce students to musical cultures and practices from the African continent with a focus on particular regional styles. Through readings, lectures, discussions, film screenings, listening sessions, concerts, and hands-on activities, we will develop skills for analyzing and appreciating the diversity of African musical practices and their social, economic, and political value in traditional and contemporary contexts. Some background in music may be necessary.

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Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013

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MUSC 0240 - Performing Chamber Music      

Performing Chamber Music
In this course for intermediate to advanced performers we will explore the art of collaborative music making in the classical tradition. Students will form small vocal and instrumental ensembles (2–6 players) at the beginning of the semester or may enroll in the course as an established ensemble. Repertoire will be determined in collaboration with instructor. Weekly coaching sessions for each group and master classes for all groups will culminate in at least one end-of-semester performance and writing assignment. In addition to technical performance issues, master classes and readings will consider group dynamics, rehearsal techniques, and interpersonal aspects of musical collaboration. Although previous chamber music experience is not required, students should be experienced performers of notation-based music. 3 hrs. lect/disc.

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Fall 2010, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0241 - Performing Music      

Performing Chamber Music
Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description.

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Fall 2010, Spring 2012

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MUSC 0243 - Conducting      

Conducting
In this course students will develop basic skills of conducting including movement, aural skills, creative gesture, and score study. Daily work will include preparation to conduct an ensemble of classmates. (MUSC 0160 or by approval of instructor. Score-reading ability is required.)

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Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0244 - African Music Dance & Perform.      

African Music and Dance Performance
This course will introduce students to various techniques of performing East African (primarily Ugandan) musical and dance traditions through regular rehearsals, culminating in an end-of-semester concert. As an ensemble, we will learn and master how to play and sing/dance to bow-harps, thumb-pianos, xylophones, tube-fiddles, bowl-lyres, gourd shakers, reed-box rattles, ankle bells, and various types of drums. Prior knowledge of performing African music and dance is not required.

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Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0246 - A Cappella Ensemble Perf.      

A Cappella Ensemble Performance
Unaccompanied vocal music is rich in cultural expression and artistic beauty. Singing in an unaccompanied vocal ensemble enhances creativity, musicianship, and communication skills. This course affords an opportunity to develop analytical and ensemble skills that contribute to creative and informed performance. Through study of scores and source readings, students will explore vocal technique, performance, and cultural context in European art music, North American folk songs, and styles of improvisation. This course will conclude with a public performance and may include additional performances off campus. Music reading is required, prior singing experience is not. A preview of the reading requirement is available at go/Ensemble246.

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Fall 2014

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MUSC 0256 - Topics in Eur Culture and Hist      

Topics in European Culture and History:*

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Spring 2011

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MUSC 0259 - Musicianship      

Musicianship
In this course students will develop aural perception and listening skills, music reading ability, and enhanced ensemble performance skills. Daily work will include fundamental and advanced musicianship concepts in these areas along with the study of score analysis and interpretation in performance. Special topics will include musical styles and forms, world music, American music, and the avant garde. (MUSC 0109 or MUSC 0160 or passing score on the MUSC 0160 placement exam) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

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Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2014

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MUSC 0260 - Music Theory II: Diatonic      

Music Theory II: Diatonic Theory
This course is an in-depth technical study of the materials of music, a study which expands one’s ability to analyze and create music and to understand different musical styles. We will cover harmonic materials, introduce musical form, and work with traditional compositional skills. These techniques are applied to the analysis of classical music, jazz and popular music. (MUSC 0160 or passing score on the MUSC 0160 placement exam.) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

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Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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MUSC 0261 - Music Theory III: Chromatic      

Music Theory III: Chromatic Theory
This course is a continuation of MUSC 0260. Students study more advanced harmonic devices including modulation and chromaticism, jazz harmony and post-tonal techniques. In-depth analysis of classical music, jazz, and popular music supports a more advanced study of musical form. (MUSC 0260) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

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Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0309 - Advanced Composition I      

Advanced Composition
In this course we will focus on writing for string quartet, brass quintet, a cappella singing, piano, or performance art and involve issues of technique, style, and practical considerations, as well as study of selected elements of the literature. The course will culminate with a reading of student works by a professional ensemble or solo performer. This semester we focus on composing for the string quartet. We will discuss a variety of string techniques as well as issues of form and orchestration. We will listen to important works for that medium and discuss the styles from the Classical period to this century. Students will compose exercises, leading to a substantial string quartet to be "read" by the Jupiter String Quartet. (MUSC 0209 and 0210 or approval of instructor). 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2014

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MUSC 0310 - Adv Composition II      

Advanced Composition II
This course will focus on writing for string quartet, brass quintet, a cappella singing, piano, or performance art and involve issues of technique, style, and practical considerations, as well as study of selected elements of the literature. The course will culminate with a reading of student works by a professional ensemble or solo performer. (MUSC 0209 and 0210 or approval of instructor). 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Spring 2011

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MUSC 0400 - Senior Seminar in Music      

Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description.

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Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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MUSC 0461 - Intermediate/Advanced Dance IV      

Intermediate/Advanced Dance IV: Performance Improvisation
This is rigorous training in techniques that prepare a student for the challenge of simultaneously conceiving, composing, and performing strong, theatrical dances, on the spot, alone and in ensemble. Body is developed as an articulate, responsive instrument. Mind is honed toward quick, clear perception of potential form, willingness to act and react. Personal philosophy and dance aesthetic are cultivated and formally articulated in writing. Musicians proficient with their instrument and able to read music are strongly encouraged to seek admission. (Required for dancers: DANC 0261 or by waiver; this course may be taken in any sequence with DANC 0360, DANC 0361, DANC 0460) 6 hrs lect.

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Spring 2013

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MUSC 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Admission by approval. Please consult published departmental guidelines and paragraph below.

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 0704 - Senior Work      

Senior Work
Senior work is not required of all music majors and joint majors. However, students interested in and eligible for departmental honors (see guideline above, in "Departmental Honors" section) may propose one or two-semester Senior Work projects. Projects may be in history, composition, theory, ethnomusicology, performance, or electronic music, and should culminate in a written presentation, a public performance, or a combination of the two. MUSC0704 does not count as a course toward fulfillment of the music major.

Project and budget proposals for Independent Study and Senior Work should be submitted by the previous April 1 for fall and winter term projects, and the previous October 15 for spring term projects. Budget proposals will not be considered after those dates. Project proposals will be considered after the deadline but are more likely not to be approved due to previous commitments of faculty advisors or other scheduling reasons.

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC 1013 - American Musical/Performance      

The American Musical in Performance
A survey of the American Musical will lay the groundwork for a fully-mounted production of a significant work. The production, staged at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater, will be a collaboration of college faculty, student actors, musicians and designers, and area residents. The production also involves collaboration with the Department of Theater. A theater major gets advanced credit for designing and building costumes for the show. (Approval required; please contact Doug Anderson at danders@middlebury.edu">middlebury.edu or Carol Christensen at christen@middlebury.edu)

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Winter 2011, Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Winter 2014

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MUSC 1017 - Beethoven      

Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven was perhaps the most influential figure in the history of Western music. In this course we will explore Beethoven’s life and work in the context of European political, social, and musical currents in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Through intensive listening, reading, and discussion, we will pursue three related goals: the development of critical listening skills; an examination of the relationship between an artist’s biography and creative work; and the critique of how and whether social and political events shape the development of music and vice versa. No previous musical experience is required.

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Winter 2011

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MUSC 1018 - Vocal Arranging      

Vocal Arranging
Singing carries a unique power to communicate ideas and emotions. Singing in a group creates a fascinating spectrum of timbre and technique for creative expression. In this course, students will explore techniques of arranging for a cappella ensembles and voices for vocal and instrumental groups. Students will study the process of adapting various musical textures to voices, and explore techniques of arranging for variety and interest. Coursework will include study of concepts related to vocal arranging including transcription, voicing for singers, basic vocal pedagogy, and how to manage the challenges of voices in ensembles with instruments. Students may also explore instrumental arranging in combination with voices. Music reading ability is not required, but students will need to sing and teach their vocal arrangements.

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Winter 2012

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MUSC 1019 - Motown II      

Motown II
In this course we will study the music of Motown and how its evolution relates to jazz and the unique elements of Detroit that gave rise to one of America's corporate recording giants. We will look at how Berry Gordy recruited jazz musicians to backup Motown vocalists to develop a unique sound and style that resulted in more hits than any other recording label. During the course we will learn the tools of jazz that were employed by Motown, including the jazz swing feel as opposed to a rigid 8th note feel of rock or disco. Students will have the opportunity to improvise using the tools we study, and the course will center on a performing band playing the music of Motown and culminating in a concert by the students accompanying a professional singer of this genre. During this process we will look at the music of Motown as it relates to Detroit and race relations in America. This course counts as a performance elective or as an elective for courses at the 0200-level and above. (Approval Required, interested students should contact Mr. Donahue at milesdonahue@comcast.net by November 7 for an audition) (Pass/Fail)

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Winter 2012

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MUSC 1020 - Introduction to Opera      

Introduction to Opera
Opera takes place in a strange world where everyone sings. All the time. That world resonates with passions that cannot be expressed in words alone; its inhabitants cannot help but burst into song. When we visit a world where no feeling or thought is left unsung, the barriers between us are broken down, empathy becomes beguiling, and the human condition is exposed in all its beauty and terror. In this course we will explore in depth through readings, discussion, and screenings some of the most powerful statements about that condition in operas by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Alban Berg. This course counts as a performance elective or as an elective for courses at the 0200-level and above.

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Winter 2012

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MUSC 1022 - Electronic Music      

Electronic Music
In this course we will begin with an overview of the theory and techniques of electronic music, and then focus on developing student projects from conception to fruition. Individual and group projects will be supplemented with listening and discussion of important electronic works. Much of the focus will be on how the electronic medium enables composers to work with sound and musical forms in non-traditional ways. Software, techniques, and listening will be driven by the needs of the students’ projects. This course is not open to students who have taken MUSC 0212.

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Winter 2014

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MUSC 1066 - American Negro Spiritual      

The History of The American Negro Spiritual and Its Influence On Western Civilization
In this course we will survey in broad terms the gathering of indigenous African peoples from numerous tribes and countries for the New World 'slave trade' and its impact on the burgeoning economies. We will discuss the role of religion and music in controlling and focusing the slave population in the agrarian economy. Influences, changes, and trends will be discussed and compared to modern technologies. The role of universities and churches will be discussed (specifically the Fisk Jubilee Singers and other university choirs). Further development will center on how gospel music emerged from this tradition, and how the two are interwoven in today's church. The lives of abolitionists and their legacy will be reviewed. In addition, we will explore the uniqueness of the Harlem Renaissance, its writers, artists, and musicians, and the role of the American Negro Spirituals in their lives and work. Singers and non-singers will be welcome. During the month of January, participants will be required to attend 4 regular Tuesday and Thursday evening chorus rehearsals from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Mead Chapel to put our classroom theory into practice. As a bonus, the combined ‘ad hoc chorus’ will be asked to sing 3 or 4 Negro Spirituals at the traditional Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. This course counts as a performance elective or as an elective for courses at the 0200-level and above.

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Winter 2011, Winter 2012, Winter 2013

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