Director: Gail Archer, Professor of Professional Practice

Other officers of the University offering courses listed below:

Professors: Susan Boynton(on leave for the year 2020-21), Joseph Dubiel, Walter Frisch (on leave for the year 2020-21), Brad Garton, Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier (Chair), Giuseppe Gerbino, Georg Friedrich Haas, Ellie Hisama, George Lewis (on leave for the year 2020-21), Elaine Sisman, Christopher J. Washburne
Associate Professors: Kevin Fellezs (on leave Spring 2021), Aaron Fox, Mariusz Kozak (on leave for the year 2020-21), Benjamin Steege
Assistant Professors: Alessandra Ciucci, Zosha Di Castri, Julia Doe
Lecturers: Taylor Brook, Mahir Cetiz, Rachel Chung, Seth Cluett, Galen DeGraf, Tom Fogg, Jeffrey Milarsky, Jushua Navon, Ruth Opara, Peter Susser, Ralph Whyte
Director of Music Performance: Magdalena Stern-Baczewska
CU Adjuncts: Tina Fruhauf
BC Adjunct Professor: Marilyn Louise McCoy, Lauren Ninoshvili
BC Music Associates: Jean-Paul Björlin, Harolyn Blackwell, Coralie Gallet, Josephine Mongiardo-Cooper, Robert Osborne

Requirements for the Music Major

Program of Study: To be planned with the department consultant before the end of the sophomore year. Prospective music majors should complete the prerequisites by the end of their sophomore year and are encouraged to complete them by the end of their first year. By the end of her first year as a music major, the student should select a faculty adviser.

Prerequisite: MUSI BC1001 An Introduction to Music I or MUSI BC1002 An Introduction to Music II, MUSI UN1002 Fundamentals of Music, and MUSI UN1312 Introductory Ear Training. Prospective music majors are advised to satisfy the prerequisites prior to their declaration as majors or before the end of their sophomore year. This requirement may be fulfilled either through successful completion of the courses or satisfactory performance on examinations administered each semester by the department.

Courses: At least 40 points, including MUSI UN2318 Music Theory I - MUSI UN2319 Music Theory II; MUSI UN3321 Music Theory III - MUSI UN3322 Music Theory IV; four semesters of ear training, unless the student is exempt by exam; the following two history courses: MUSI UN3128 History of Western Music I: Middle Ages To Baroque and MUSI UN3129 History of Western Music II: Classical To the 20th Century; and at least three 3000- or 4000-level electives in her area of interest (theory, history, composition, or ethnomusicology). The remaining points are chosen from 2000- to 4000-levels. No more than 6 points of 2000-level courses and no more than 4 points of instrumental or vocal lessons will count toward the major.

Senior Project: In the fall semester of the senior year, a major must enroll in MUSI BC3992 Senior Seminar for Music Majors in which she will write a paper which deals with primary sources. In the spring semester of the senior year, a student will either work with her adviser to expand the paper written in the senior seminar by taking MUSI BC3990 Senior Project: Senior Research, or she will take MUSI BC3991 Senior Project: Music Repertoire and prepare an hour-long vocal or instrumental recital, or compose an original composition.

Keyboard Proficiency: Music majors will be required to take a keyboard proficiency exam, which must be arranged by making an appointment with a member of the piano faculty, immediately upon declaration of the major. Those who do not pass the exam will be required to take MUSI W1517 Keyboard Harmony and Musicianship - MUSI UN1518 Keyboard Harmony and Musicianship, for 1 point each term, which will count against the maximum 4 points allowed toward completion of the major.

Languages: For students who plan to do graduate work in music, the study of German, French, Italian, and/or Latin is recommended.

Note: With the permission of Gail Archer, Barnard Director, students may take lessons at the Manhattan School of Music or the Julliard School. For non-majors, there is a six semester limit, but majors may continue for the remainder of their program.

Practice Rooms: Piano practice rooms are available, at a nominal fee, upon application to the Music Department in 319 Milbank. Application should be made during the first week of classes. Preference in assigning hours is given to students taking piano instruction, majors, and concentrators, in order of application. The organ studio in St. Paul's Chapel is available for organ practice. Arrangements should be made with Mary Monroe, Associate in Organ Performance, during the first week of classes.

Requirements for Ethnomusicology Track in the Music Major

The ethnomusicology track combines the social science of music in such courses as the Social Science of Music and Asian Music Humanities, together with anthropology as a regular option for all students.  All  special majors in ethnomusicology must take two courses in anthropology at the recommendation  of the Barnard anthropology department in consultation with ethnomusicology faculty at Columbia.

Courses for an ethnomusicology track in the music major

Pre-requisite: One semester of Introduction to Music MUSI BC1001 An Introduction to Music I or MUSI BC1002 An Introduction to Music II

MUSI UN2314Ear Training, I1
MUSI UN2315Ear Training, II1
MUSI UN2318Music Theory I3
MUSI UN2319Music Theory II3
MUSI V3420The Social Science of Music3
Up to 4 performance credits (lessons or ensembles)4
One 3000-level wester music history course3
One Asian Humanities-Music (AHMM) course3
Three ethnomusicology electives, one at the 2000-level and the other from the upper division electives9
Two courses in Anthropology, one at the introduction to cultural anthropology level; the other, an elective6
Ethnographic thesis of 30-40 pages, developed over the senior year6

Requirements for the Minor

4 Terms of Theory

MUSI UN2318 Music Theory I  MUSI UN2319 Music Theory II

MUSI UN3321 Music Theory III  MUSI UN3322 Music Theory IV

4 Terms of Ear-Training (unless student is exempt by exam)

MUSI UN2314 Ear Training, I  MUSI UN2315 Ear Training, II

MUSI UN3316 Ear Training, III  MUSI UN3317 Ear Training, IV

2 Terms of History

MUSI UN3128 History of Western Music I: Middle Ages To Baroque  

MUSI UN3129 History of Western Music II: Classical To the 20th Century  

Instrumental Instruction and Performance Courses

Please note: In the instrumental lesson listed below, all offered on a weekly, individual basis, a course of half-hour lessons earns 1 point of credit, and a course of one-hour lessons earns 2 points of credit. Unless otherwise indicated on auditions and registration is posted during the fall registration period by director of Music Performance Program.1
 

MUSI BC1001 An Introduction to Music I. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: no previous knowledge of music is required.

A survey of the development of Western music from 6th-century Gregorian Chant to Bach and Handel, with emphasis upon important composers and forms. Extensive listening required.

Fall 2020: MUSI BC1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1001 001/00555 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
325 Milbank Hall
Gail Archer 3 14
MUSI 1001 002/00556 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Marilyn McCoy 3 18/25

MUSI BC1002 An Introduction to Music II. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: no previous knowledge of music is required.

A survey of the development of Western music from the first Viennese Classical school at the end of the 18th century to the present, with emphasis upon composers and forms. Extensive listening required.

MUSI BC1501 Voice Instruction. 2 points.

Entrance by audition only. Call Barnard College, Department of Music during registration for time and place of audition (854-5096).

Fall 2020: MUSI BC1501
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1501 001/00557  
Gail Archer 2 23
MUSI 1501 002/00558  
Gail Archer 2 0

MUSI BC1502 Voice Instruction. 2 points.

Entrance by audition only. Call Barnard College, Department of Music during registration for time and place of audition (854-5096).

MUSI UN1593 Barnard-Columbia Chorus. 1 point.

May be taken for Pass credit only.

Prerequisites: auditions by appointment made at first meeting. Contact Barnard College, Department of Music (854-5096).

Membership in the chorus is open to all men and women in the University community. The chorus gives several public concerts each season, both on and off campus, often with other performing organizations. Sight-singing sessions offered. The repertory includes works from all periods of music literature. Students who register for chorus will receive a maximum of 4 points for four or more semesters.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN1593
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1593 001/00559 T Th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Gail Archer 1 7

MUSI UN1595 Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers. 1 point.

May be taken for Pass credit only.

Prerequisites: auditions by appointment made at first meeting. Contact Barnard College, Department of Music (854-5096).

Membership in the chorus is open to all men and women in the University community. The chorus gives several public concerts each season, both on and off campus, often with other performing organizations. Sight-singing sessions offered. The repertory includes works from all periods of music literature.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN1595
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1595 001/00560 T Th 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Room TBA
Gail Archer 1 2/20

MUSI BC3139 Introduction to Vocal Repertoire: Technique in Singing and Performance. 3 points.

This course is designed for developing singers. Group vocalizing, learning of songs and individual workshop performances are aimed at improving the student's  technical skill and the elements necessary to create a meaningful musical and dramatic experience. Attention to text, subtext, emotional and psychological aspects of a piece and the performer's  relationship to the audience are included in the work. Repertoire is predominantly in English and comes from both classical and popular traditions Individual coaching sessions are available with the class accompanist and help strengthen the students' confidence and skill. The class culminates with an in-class performance.

Fall 2020: MUSI BC3139
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3139 001/00561 M W 10:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Jean-Paul Bjorlin 3 4/10

MUSI BC3140 Vocal Repertoire, Technique and Expression. 3 points.

Vocal exercises and exploration of wide-ranging repertoires, styles, and languages of the Western European song tradition. The rich variety of English, French, Italian and German poetry and music from the Baroque period through the Twentieth Century allows the student to experience both the music and the cultural environment of each of these styles. Attention is given both to meaning oftext and musical interpretation. Individual coaching sessions are available with the class accompanist and help strengthen the students' confidence and skill. The class culminates with an in-class performance.

Fall 2020: MUSI BC3140
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3140 001/00562 F 10:00am - 1:50pm
Room TBA
Coralie Gallet 3 4/12

MUSI BC3145 Worldmuse Ensemble. 3 points.

Worldmuse Ensemble delves into compelling music from many genres such as world music, gospel, classical--old and new. We perform without a conductor, increasing awareness and interaction among ourselves and our audience. We collaboratively integrate music, dance, and theatre traditions (masks etc.). For experienced singers, and instrumentalists and dancers who sing.

MUSI BC3990 Senior Project: Senior Research. 3 points.

Working with her advisor, a student will expand the research project initiated in the Fall Senior Seminar for Music Majors (BC3992x).  In order to satisfy the requirement, the student will complete a fifty page research paper.

Fall 2020: MUSI BC3990
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3990 001/00563  
Gail Archer 3 1

MUSI BC3991 Senior Project: Music Repertoire. 0 points.

Working with her advisor, a student will develop a vocal or instrumental recital program with representative musical works from a variety of historical periods.   In order to satisfy the requirement, the student will present an hour long public performance of the recital program.  Students may also satisfy this requirement by composing original vocal or instrumental works.

Fall 2020: MUSI BC3991
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3991 001/00565  
Gail Archer 0 0

MUSI BC3992 Senior Seminar for Music Majors. 3 points.

The goals of this seminar are a) to introduce senior music majors to ethnographic, bibliographic, and archival research methods in music and b) to help the same students develop, focus, implement, draft, revise, and polish a substantive, original piece of research (25-30 pages) which will serve as the senior project. The course will begin with a survey of academic literature on key problems in musicological research and writing, and will progress to a workshop/discussion format in which each week a different student is responsible for assigning readings and leading the discussion on a topic which s/he has formulated and deemed to be of relevance to her own research.

Fall 2020: MUSI BC3992
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3992 001/00564 Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Lauren Ninoshvili 3 3/15

MUSI UN1002 Fundamentals of Music. 3 points.

Corequisites: Introductory Ear-Training (V1312, or higher, as determined by placement exam).

This course is an introduction to music, including notation, written and aural skills, and basic conceptual resources of music theory. Exploration of scale, mode, rhythm, meter, texture and form, with reference to a diverse range of musics. 

Fall 2020: MUSI UN1002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1002 001/10955 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
Makulumy Alexander-Hills 3 21/24

HUMA UN1123 Masterpieces of Western Music. 3 points.

Analysis and discussion of representative works from the Middle Ages to the present.

Fall 2020: HUMA UN1123
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HUMA 1123 001/12139 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Online Only
3 24/23
HUMA 1123 002/12140 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 003/12141 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 004/12142 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 005/12143 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 006/12144 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 007/12145 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 008/12146 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 009/12148 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Online Only
3 24/23
HUMA 1123 010/12147 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 011/12149 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 012/12150 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 013/12151 M W 8:10pm - 9:25pm
Online Only
3 25/25
HUMA 1123 014/12152 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 015/12153 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 016/12154 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 017/12155 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 018/12157 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 019/12158 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Online Only
3 24/23
HUMA 1123 020/12159 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 021/12160 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Online Only
3 24/23
HUMA 1123 022/12161 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 024/12164 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
3 24/23
HUMA 1123 026/12166 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 027/12167 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 028/12168 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 029/12169 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 030/12170 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 031/12171 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
3 23/23
HUMA 1123 032/12172 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
3 23/23

MUSI UN1518 Keyboard Harmony and Musicianship. 1 point.

Prerequisites: Instructor Permission

One-on-one piano instruction with an emphasis on harmony and sight-reading.  Open only to Music Theory students who do not pass the piano proficiency test.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN1518
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 1518 001/10986  
Michael Skelly 1 4/12

MPP UN1521 University Orchestra . 2 points.

Prerequisites: Auditions are required. Sign up for an audition on the MPP website: www.mpp.music.columbia.edu or on the CUO website: http://cuo.music.columbia.edu/

Auditions are required.  Sign up for an audition on the MPP website: www.mpp.music.columbia.edu or on the CUO website: http://cuo.music.columbia.edu/  Accepting NEW STUDENTS in FALL semester ONLY unless otherwise noted. All accepted MPP students must register for ensembles by the change-of-program deadline every semester in order to be allowed to participate. Petitioning students or students not able to register must notify MPP staff prior to this deadline. Contact Music Performance Program at mpp@columbia.edu Weekly meetings with ensemble and end-of-semester performance required.  

Fall 2020: MPP UN1521
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MPP 1521 001/11031 T 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Online Only
Jeffrey Milarsky 2 14/200

MPP UN1541 Columbia University Jazz Ensemble . 1 point.

Prerequisites: Auditions are required. Sign up for an audition on MPP website: www.mpp.music.columbia.edu

Prerequisites: Audition Required: Sign up for an audition time on MPP website: www.mpp.music.columbia.edu Accepting NEW STUDENTS in FALL semester ONLY. All accepted MPP students must register for lessons and ensembles by the change-of-program deadline in order to be allowed to attend lessons that semester. Petitioning students must notify MPP staff prior to this deadline. Contact Music Performance Program at mpp@columbia.edu 

Fall 2020: MPP UN1541
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MPP 1541 001/11050  
Christine Correa 1 0/50
MPP 1541 002/11051  
Bruce Barth 1 0/50
MPP 1541 003/11052  
Bruce Barth 1 0/50
MPP 1541 004/11053  
Vince Cherico 1 1/50
MPP 1541 005/11054  
Victor Lin 1 0/50
MPP 1541 006/11055  
Ole Mathisen 1 0/50
MPP 1541 007/11056  
Ole Mathisen 1 0/50
MPP 1541 008/11057  
Ole Mathisen 1 1/50
MPP 1541 009/11058  
Don Sickler 1 1/50
MPP 1541 010/11061  
Ole Mathisen 1 0/50

MPP UN1551 World Music Ensemble. 1 point.

Prerequisites: Auditions are required. Sign up for an audition on MPP website: www.mpp.music.columbia.edu

Prerequisites: Audition Required: Sign up for an audition time on MPP website: www.mpp.music.columbia.edu Accepting NEW STUDENTS in FALL semester ONLY. All accepted MPP students must register for lessons and ensembles by the change-of-program deadline in order to be allowed to attend lessons that semester. Petitioning students must notify MPP staff prior to this deadline. Contact Music Performance Program at mpp@columbia.edu 

Fall 2020: MPP UN1551
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MPP 1551 001/11062  
James Kerr 1 0/50
MPP 1551 002/11063  
Alicia Lindsey 1 0/50
MPP 1551 003/11064  
James Schlefer 1 0/50
MPP 1551 004/11065  
Masayo Tokue 1 1/50
MPP 1551 006/11067  
Leo Traversa, Vince Cherico 1 0/50

MUSI UN2021 Music in Contemporary Native America. 3 points.

This course focuses on contemporary Native American (Native American, First Nations Canadian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian) music cultures through a framework combining historical and ethnomusicological readings in a topical examination of contemporary Native American musical practices. The course emphasizes popular, vernacular, and mass mediated musics, and calls into question the distinction between “traditional” and “modern” aspects of Native American cultures. There will be a special emphasis on Native American perspectives on these topics.    

MUSI UN2030 Jewish Music of New York. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Music Humanities (Columbia University) or An Introduction to Music (Barnard).

With the arrival of the first Jewish immigrants in New York in the mid-1600s until today, Jewish music in the City has oscillated between preserving traditions and introducing innovative ideas. This course explores the variety of ways people have used music to describe, inscribe, symbolize, and editorialize their Jewish experience. Along these lines, it draws upon genres of art music, popular music, and non-Western traditions, as well as practices that synthesize various styles and genres, from hazzanut to hiphop. Diverse musical experiences will serve as a window to address wider questions of identity, memory, and dislocation. We will also experience the Jewish soundscape of New York’s dynamic and eclectic music culture by visiting various venues and meeting key players in today’s music scene, and thus engage in the ongoing dialogues that define Jewishness in New York. A basic familiarity with Judaism and Jewish culture is helpful for this course, but it is by no means required. You do not need to know Jewish history to take this class, nor do you need to be able to read music. Translations from Hebrew and Yiddish will be provided, and musical analysis will be well explained.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN2030
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2030 001/10993 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Online Only
Tina Fruehauf 3 19/25

MUSI UN2205 Introduction to Digital Music (Previously called MIDI Music Production Techniques). 3 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor required to enroll. Music Majors/Music Concentrations have priority for enrollment.

An introduction to the potential of digital synthesis and signal processing. Teaches proficiency in elementary and advanced digital audio techniques. Challenges some of the assumptions about music built into various interfaces and fosters a creative approach to using DAW software and machines.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN2205
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2205 001/10990 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
Danielle Dobkin 3 0/18

MUSI UN2314 Ear Training, I. 1 point.

Designed to improve the student's basic skills in sight-singing, and rhythmic and melodic dictation with an introduction to four-part harmonic dictation.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN2314
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2314 002/10995 T Th 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Peter Susser 1 0/14

MUSI UN2315 Ear Training, II. 1 point.

Techniques of sight-singing and dictation of diatonic melodies in simple and compound meter with strong emphasis on harmonic dictation.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN2315
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2315 002/10997 T Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Online Only
Sadie Dawkins 1 9/14

MUSI UN2318 Music Theory I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Passing score on the placement exam administered prior to the first day of class or Fundamentals of Music/UN1002.

Elementary analysis and composition in a variety of modal and tonal idioms. A one-hour weekly lab is required, to be scheduled at the beginning of the term.  Course to be taken in conjunction with the Ear-Training sequence, up through Ear-Training IV.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN2318
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2318 001/10998 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
Galen DeGraf 3 7/16
MUSI 2318 002/10999 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
Peter Susser 3 8/16

MUSI UN2319 Music Theory II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Passing score on the placement exam administered prior to the first day of class or Music Theory I/UN2318
Corequisites: one course from Ear-Training I-IV (V2314, V2315, V3316, or V3317, as determined by placement exam.)

Elementary analysis and composition in a variety of tonal idioms.  A one-hour weekly lab is required, to be scheduled at the beginning of the term.  Course to be taken in conjunction with the Ear-Training sequence, up through Ear-Training IV.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN2319
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 2319 001/11000 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
Katherine Balch 3 13/16

MUSI UN2582 Jazz improvisation: theory, history and practice. 3 points.

This course offers an introduction to jazz improvisation for instrumentalists.  Through recordings, transcriptions, daily performance and selected readings, students will actively engage the history of jazz through their instruments and intellect.  The idea of improvisation will be explored in an historical context, both as a musical phenomenon with its attendant theory and mechanics, and as a trope of American history and aesthetics. This class is for instrumentalists who wish to deepen their understanding of the theory, history and practice of jazz improvisation. The history of jazz will be used as a prism through which to view approaches to improvisation, from the cadences of the early Blues through the abstractions of Free Jazz and beyond.  The student will be exposed to the theory and vocabularies of various jazz idioms, which they will also learn to place in their social and historical contexts.

MUSI UN3023 Late Beethoven. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MUSI UN2318-UN2319 MUSI UN2318-UN2319 or the instructor's permission.

An examination of the visionary works of Beethoven's last dozen or so years as a composer, beginning with the revision of his only opera, Fidelio, in 1814, and continuing with the late piano sonatas, cello sonatas, string quartets, Diabelli variations, Ninth Symphony, and the Missa Solemnis. Topics will include late style, romanticism, politics, deafness, and the changing nature of the musical work and its performance.

MUSI UN3128 History of Western Music I: Middle Ages To Baroque. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MUSI UN2318 - MUSI UN2319. May be taken before or concurrently with this course.

Topics in Western music from Antiquity through Bach and Handel, focusing on the development of musical style and thought, and analysis of selected works.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN3128
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3128 001/11084 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Online Only
Giuseppe Gerbino 3 25/30

MUSI UN3129 History of Western Music II: Classical To the 20th Century. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MUSI V2318-2319. May be taken before or concurrently with this course.

Topics in Western music from the Classical era to the present day, focusing on the development of musical style and thought, and on analysis of selected works.

MUSI UN3171 Paris for Romantics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Completion of Music Humanities (or the consent of the instructor) is a pre-requisite for this course.

This course explores Parisian musical life during the long nineteenth century, situating musical discourses, institutions, and forms within the broader landscapes of literary and artistic Romanticism. Topics to be considered include: the musical echoes of the Revolution; operatic genres and theaters; the music of the salons; cultures of consumerism and domestic performance; and issues of nationalism and historicism after 1870. Composers to be considered include: Berlioz, Chopin, Liszt, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Franck, Massenet, and Debussy. Completion of Music Humanities (or the consent of the instructor) is a pre-requisite for this course.

MUSI UN3241 ADVANCED COMPOSITION I. 3 points.

Composition Faculty

Prerequisites: UN3239/Intro to Comp I

Composition in more extended forms. Study of advanced techniques of contemporary composition. Readings of student works.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN3241
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3241 001/11085 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Online Only
Sophia Di Castri 3 5/10

MUSI UN3310 Techniques of 20th-Century Music. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MUSI UN2319 or the instructor's permission.

Materials, styles, and techniques of 20th and 21st century music. Musical concepts and compositional techniques related to serialism and atonality, timbre, orchestration, indeterminacy, rhythm and temporality, electronic and electro-acoustic music, site-specific composition, graphic notation, recomposition, minimalism, and spectralism.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN3310
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3310 001/11086 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Online Only
Galen DeGraf 3 10/25

MUSI UN3316 Ear Training, III. 1 point.

Sight-singing techniques of modulating diatonic melodies in simple, compound, or irregular meters that involve complex rhythmic patterns. Emphasis is placed on four-part harmonic dictation of modulating phrases.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN3316
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3316 001/11087 M W 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Online Only
Peter Susser 1 5/12
MUSI 3316 002/11088 T Th 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Online Only
Barami Waspe 1 2/12

MUSI UN3317 Ear Training, IV. 1 point.

Techniques of musicianship at the intermediate level, stressing the importance of musical nuances in sight-singing. Emphasis is placed on chromatically inflected four-part harmonic dictation.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN3317
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3317 002/11090 T Th 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Online Only
Ramin Amir Arjomand 1 8/14

AHMM UN3321 Introduction To the Musics of India and West Asia. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

A topical approach to the concepts and practices of music in relation to other arts in the development of Asian civilizations.

Fall 2020: AHMM UN3321
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AHMM 3321 001/10924 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
Alessandra Ciucci 3 25/25
AHMM 3321 002/10937 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
Hicham Chami 3 29/25
AHMM 3321 003/10940 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Online Only
Jesse Chevan 3 24/25

MUSI UN3321 Music Theory III. 3 points.

A one-hour weekly lab is required, to be scheduled at the beginning of the term.

Prerequisites: MUSI V2319.

Intermediate analysis and composition in a variety of tonal idioms.  A one-hour weekly lab is required, to be scheduled at the beginning of the term.  Course to be taken in conjunction with the Ear-Training sequence, up through Ear-Training IV.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN3321
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3321 001/11091 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
Joseph Dubiel 3 17/16

MUSI UN3322 Music Theory IV. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Music Theory II/UN3321

Intermediate analysis and composition in a variety of tonal and extended tonal idioms.  A one-hour weekly lab is required, to be scheduled at the beginning of the term.  Course to be taken in conjunction with the Ear-Training sequence, up through Ear-Training IV.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN3322
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3322 001/11092 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
Ellie Hisama 3 6/16

MUSI UN3342 Beyond Boundaries: Radical Black Experimental Music. 3 points.

This discussion seminar focuses on African American composer/improvisers in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries whose work rejects and critiques simplistic compartmentalization in terms of improvisation, composition, genre, gender, race, and place. On the contrary, these musicians embody Duke Ellington’s famous dictum regarding great music being “beyond category.” Students will critically discuss some of the common threads in this network—musicians’ means of creating and performing their original music, its distribution in the marketplace and surrounding critical discourse, their engagement with issues of race, gender, and class within and outside of their communities, and interdisciplinary and community-based collaboration. Musical communities such encompassed in this course include the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Sun Ra’s Arkestra, and the Jazz Composers Guild and extends up to the current day to include contemporary artists such as Nicole Mitchell, Matana Roberts, and Tyshawn Sorey. The incredibly rich multifarious pieces and performances that we will listen to and discuss reference and incorporate elements of improvisation, theatre, twelve-tone serialism, aleatoric composition, bebop, electro-acoustic and computer music,conduction, popular music, the voice, free jazz, Afrofuturism, the blues, orchestral music, opera, and graphic notation

MUSI UN3343 Shades of Brown: Music in the South Asian Diaspora . 3 points.

This course explores the musical world of the South Asian diaspora in Europe and North America. We will read ethnographic accounts of diasporic musics and experiences and develop methods for analysis and interpretation of such accounts, situating the songs of the South Asian diaspora within its broader social history. We will address the concepts of belonging and identity, nostalgia and affect, and the dismantling or upholding of dominant discourses such as gender, race, and caste. Our focus will be on the last half century, although deeper histories will need to be considered. Students will learn to analyze instrumentation and lyrics in various genres and traditions of South Asian music, including both art, folkloric, and popular idioms, and to correlate these with aspects of the social context of diaspora. While the specific focus of the course is on a particular diasporic history, the class will help students understand and think critically about the broader phenomenon of “diaspora” and its cultural dimensions, and through this to engage critically with important aspects of cultural globalization and migration.  


Students from all departments are welcome. Reading music not required.

MUSI UN3344 Curating Popular Music: From Song Pluggers to Spotify. 3 points.

How is popular music made popular? And who makes it popular? This discussion-based course seeks to answer these questions by focusing on the critical role that music industry professionals—song pluggers, sheet music publishers, producers, talent scouts, record executives, and content curators—have played in shaping the markets of production, circulation, and consumption of popular music in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. Readings, listening selections, and class discussion will address a number of key genres of American popular music—Tin Pan Alley, folk, blues, country, rock, pop, and hip hop—while individual assignments (including a final project centered on creating and producing a podcast) will allow students to apply the knowledge gained in class to genres, styles, and works of their own choosing. Students will not be required to have prior knowledge of music theory or to be able to read music. Completion of Masterpieces of Western Music: “Music Humanities” (HUMA UN 1123) is preferred, but not required.

MUSI UN3995 Honors Research. 3 points.

Open to honors candidates in music only.

Prerequisites: a formal proposal to be submitted and approved prior to registration; see the director of undergraduate studies for details.

A creative/scholarly project conducted under faculty supervision, leading to completion of an honors essay, composition, or the equivalent.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN3995
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3995 002/11096  
Alessandra Ciucci 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 003/11097  
Sophia Di Castri 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 005/11098  
Joseph Dubiel 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 009/11099  
Bradford Garton 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 010/11100  
Giuseppe Gerbino 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 011/11101  
Georg Friedrich Haas 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 015/11102  
Jeffrey Milarsky 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 017/11103  
Elaine Sisman 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 018/11104  
Benjamin Steege 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 019/11105  
Magdalena Baczewska 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 020/11106  
Peter Susser 3 0/5
MUSI 3995 021/11107  
Christopher Washburne 3 0/5

MUSI UN3998 Supervised Independent Study. 3 points.

Prerequisites: approval prior to registration; see the director of undergraduate studies for details.

A creative/scholarly project conducted under faculty supervision.

Fall 2020: MUSI UN3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 3998 002/11108  
Alessandra Ciucci 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 003/11109  
Sophia Di Castri 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 004/11110  
Julia Doe 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 005/11111  
Joseph Dubiel 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 009/11112  
Bradford Garton 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 010/11113  
Giuseppe Gerbino 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 011/11114  
Georg Friedrich Haas 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 012/11115  
Ellie Hisama 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 015/11116  
Jeffrey Milarsky 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 017/11117  
Elaine Sisman 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 018/11118  
Benjamin Steege 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 019/11119  
Magdalena Baczewska 3 1/5
MUSI 3998 020/11120  
Peter Susser 3 1/5
MUSI 3998 021/11121  
Christopher Washburne 3 0/5
MUSI 3998 022/22366  
Galen DeGraf 3 0/5

MUSI GU4108 Critical Approaches to Opera Studies. 3 points.

Why opera now? In what ways can a 400-year-old art form speak to the needs of contemporary society? This seminar provides an introduction to critical opera studies: we will analyze a broad range of lyric repertory (spanning from Monteverdi to Saariaho) while interrogating the debates these works have generated, both historically and in the present day. Topics to be considered include: operatic institutions and conventions; gender and voice; theories of “text” and liveness; modernist staging; the troubling legacies of Empire and exoticism; and the intersections of opera and multimedia (opera on/as film, opera in HD, site-specific opera). Wherever possible, this course will incorporate live performance in New York, engaging the Metropolitan Opera as well as institutions for “indie” opera and new music. While completion of Music Humanities is a suggested pre-requisite, this class welcomes interdisciplinary perspectives. Individual assignments may be tailored to accommodate student interests and backgrounds outside of the field of music.

Fall 2020: MUSI GU4108
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 4108 001/13108 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Online Only
Julia Doe 3 12/12

MUSI GU4360 ANALYSIS OF TONAL MUSIC. 3 points.

Detailed analysis of selected tonal compositions. This course, for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduates, is intended to develop understanding of tonal compositions and of theoretical concepts that apply to them, through study of specific works in various forms and styles.

Fall 2020: MUSI GU4360
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 4360 001/11135 Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
404 Dodge Building
Benjamin Steege 3 8/12

MUSI GU4505 Jazz Arranging and Composition. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MUSI UN2318 - MUSI UN2319 Diatonic Harmony or equivalent.

Course designed to train students to arrange and compose in a variety of historical jazz styles, including swing, bebop, hard bop, modal, fusion, Latin, and free jazz.

Fall 2020: MUSI GU4505
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 4505 001/11140 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
404 Dodge Building
Ole Mathisen 3 15/15

MUSI GU4525 Instrumentation. 3 points.

Open to both graduate and advanced music major undergraduate students.

Prerequisites: extensive musical background.

Analysis of instrumentation, with directional emphasis on usage, ranges, playing techniques, tone colors, characteristics, interactions and tendencies, all derived from the classic orchestral repertoire. Topics will include theoretical writings on the classical repertory as well as 20th century instrumentation and its advancement. Additional sessions with live orchestral demonstrations are included as part of the course.

Fall 2020: MUSI GU4525
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 4525 001/11136 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
Jeffrey Milarsky 3 5/25

MUSI GU4630 Recorded Sound. 3 points.

Prerequisites: The instructor's permission.

As music moves into the 21st century, we find ourselves surrounded by an ever-evolving landscape of technological capability. The world of music, and the music industry itself, is changing rapidly, and with that change comes the opening – and closing – of doorways of possibility.  What does this shift mean for today’s practicing artist or composer?   With big label recording studios signing and nurturing fewer and fewer artists, it seems certain that, today, musicians who want to record and distribute their music need to be able to do much of the recording and production work on their own.   But where does one go to learn how to do this – to learn not only the “how to” part of music production, but the historical underpinnings and the development of the music production industry as well?  How does one develop a comprehensive framework within which they can place their own artistic efforts?  How does one learn to understand what they hear, re-create what they like and develop their own style?


This class, “Recorded Sound,” aims to be the answer.  It’s goal is to teach artists how to listen critically to music from across history and genres in order to identify the production techniques that they hear, and reproduce those elements using modern technology so they can be incorporated into the artist’s own musical works. 

Fall 2020: MUSI GU4630
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 4630 001/11137 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
317 Prentis Hall
Seth Cluett 3 11/15

MUSI GU4801 Music and the Electrical Imaginary. 3 points.

This undergraduate seminar explores the long history of how people have imagined the relationship between music and electricity. An interdisciplinary seminar, this course uses methodologies from historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and science and technology studies to map the scientific concepts, technological instruments, and musical practices that have contributed to what is now an abstract noun:

“electronic music.” Beginning with early modern fantasies of magnetic and electrical music, it continues through 19th century developments in acoustics and electroacoustics; examines early 20th century systems of networked electrical control and communication; explores the consequences of magnetic audio tape; surveys electronic music studios in Cologne, Buenos Aires, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco; traces

the development of voltage-controlled synthesizers in the 1960s; meditates on music, mathematics, and mysticism; and historically situates the development of computer music. This course is intended to foster interdisciplinary dialogue between students interested in the study of music (including historians, ethnomusicologists, theorists, and composers) and the study of science and technology (including historians, researchers, and engineers).

MUSI GU4802 Sound, Music and Death. 3 points.

This seminar is an exploration of the roles of sound and music play in people’s attempts to grapple with death and its many auras. We will read literature from ethnomusicology, anthropology, and sound studies, and listen to musics from many parts of the world, so as to investigate how 1) the processes of aging, decay, and mourning; 2) metaphorical deaths including war and exile; and 3) imaginations of afterlives resound among the living.

MUSI GU4810 Sound: Foundations . 3 points.

This foundational course in sound will begin by exploring how listening happens as well the tools necessary capture and present that listening. Through hands-on experimentation and demonstration, this seminar will examine both the technical and semiotic use of sound as a

material within creative practice. Fundamental studio techniques will be explored including soldering for building cables, microphones, and loudspeakers. We will also explore the building blocks of analog and digital processes for the creation of sound, including microphones (types, patterns, and placement), basic synthesis, and techniques for recording, mixing, editing, and mastering. Through creative projects that implement these skills we will learn by doing. We will study theories of sound and listening that determine or are determined by technology, from the physical and social dimensions of the sounds we use to create, language (sound as a symbol or object), acoustics (sound in space), acousmatics (sound without a visual reference), and psycho-acoustics (sound as cognitive process). This class assumes no prior knowledge or technical skill. Some reading will be assigned and we will look and listen to a lot of work, students are encouraged to participate actively in discussions.

Fall 2020: MUSI GU4810
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MUSI 4810 001/11138 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
324 Prentis Hall
Seth Cluett 3 11/15

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