Times and locations of courses are published in the Public Class Schedule.
Official Course Outlines will be distributed at the first class of the term.
- MUSI 1001A Classical Music History - May-June
- PROFESSOR: Kristeen Franseen
- DESCRIPTION: Western classical music from the medieval period to the present. Major historical periods (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, Postmodern) are examined through representative music ranging from Gregorian chant to contemporary experimental trends. This class will focus on introducing and developing active listening and reading skills in relation to the history of western classical music, as well as the ability to read and write critically about written and aural sources and the contexts for musical creation, performance, and study. While we will focus on a few selected examples of genres, works, and people in the lectures and workshops for each time period, there will be some opportunities for further study on relevant topics of your choice.
- METHOD OF EVALUATION: Evaluation will be conducted via short listening quizzes, take-home midterm and final exams, and an end-of-term listening/research activity.
- READINGS: There are no required textbooks for this course. Assigned reading and listening materials will be provided. Readings will be drawn from various historical sources (composers’ letters, contracts, diaries/memoirs, and essays, as well as firsthand accounts of historical performances), musicological blogs (including Not Another Music History Cliché and The Avid Listener), and excerpts from relevant musical scholarship.
- DELIVERY METHOD: Mixed
- MUSI 1002A Issues in Popular Music - May-June
- PROFESSOR: Ryan Bruce
- DESCRIPTION: This course explores connections between popular music and culture since the beginning of the music industry. Listening to diverse styles will guide learning in musical and social contexts to critically think about our relationship with popular music. Some history is included but with a focus on topics related to production and consumption, and participation in musical cultures. We will study various texts (e.g., recordings, documentaries, assigned readings) to investigate issues such as new technologies, audience demographics, copyright, political economy, mass media, race, and sexuality. The ability to read music is not required.
- METHOD OF EVALUATION: TBA
- READINGS: TBA
- DELIVERY METHOD: Asynchronous
- MUSI 2007A Popular Music After 1945 - May-June
- PROFESSOR: Jesse Stewart
- DESCRIPTION: This course examines selected aspects of the history of North American and British popular music from roughly WWII to the present day. Beginning with a discussion of 1940s country and western, rhythm and blues, and mainstream pop, the course will follow these traditions as they combine and influence one another to form rock and roll and its derivatives beginning in the 1950s, with attention paid the social and cultural contexts that shaped–and were in turn shaped by–popular music trends.
- METHOD OF EVALUATION: Weekly assignments; final essay; final exam
- READINGS: No textbook
- DELIVERY METHOD: Asynchronous
- MUSI 2008A Music of the World's Peoples - May-June
- PROFESSOR: Kathy Armstrong
- DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to Music of the World’s Peoples, and the sociocultural contexts in which those musics are created and performed. We will investigate music from several different geographic areas (Africa, India, North America, Latin America, Caribbean, Asia and Pacific, Europe and the Middle East) using relevant readings, online discussion, and audio/visual examples.
- METHOD OF EVALUATION: Online Participation Forum, Written Term Project in Three Parts.
- READINGS: Titon, Jeff Todd (2018) Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World (Shorter Version), fourth edition, New York: Cengage.
- This course will be delivered asynchronously.