200 - Level

Fall 2018


Music 214 - Brass Techniques

 Carolyn Thurgood
 MWF - 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM


This is a combination of the study of the brass instruments as well as the study of the pedagogy of brass instruments.  At the same time students are learning how to play brass, they are also learning how to teach brass


Music 215 - Percussion Techniques

   Lecture  Lab
 Brian Thurgood
 Brian Thurgood
 TR - 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM  T - 7:00 PM - 7:50 PM


Music 215 is an introduction to teaching percussion for music educators. It is a course designed to help introduce prospective secondary classroom teachers to the skills, knowledge, and attributes necessary for providing successful music experiences for concert band percussion and jazz band percussion. Course work will include the areas of secondary music education pedagogy, resources, teacher musicianship, and available networks for music and teaching assistance.


Music 245 - Introduction to Music Technology

   Section A1  Section X01
Instructor:  Scott Smallwood
 William Northlich
Time:  MWF - 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM  W - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Computer technology with a focus on MIDI, synthesis, and software programs for sequencing, music notation, audio recording and transformation, and music on the Internet.  (Prerequisite:  ability to read music.  Registration priority will be given to all Music major and minor students.)


Music 251: Aural and Keyboard Skills II (year long course)

Instructor:  Laurel Parsons
 TR - 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM


This course focuses on the development of musical memory and reading skills through melodic solfège, polyphonic singing, and harmonic and polyphonic dictation.  The course is supplemented with the study of keyboard harmony.  (This course is open to all Music majors and minors; please see calendar for prerequisites).


Music 255 - Music Theory III

Instructor: Laurel Parsons
Time:   TR - 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM


This course is an analytical survey of Western music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods (Josquin, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Schütz, Bach, among others).  Though the course includes some writing exercises in counterpoint; our main orientation, whenever possible, is towards analyzing complete pieces of music.  Our purpose, besides understanding technical, stylistic, formal and aesthetic trends of different historical periods, is to train the eye and ear to perceive detail on the printed score.  The skills and analytical methodologies developed in the course of the semester are crucial for developing a confident and comfortable relation with musical notation, the development and training of aural memory, and a common vocabulary for thinking and exchanging ideas about pieces of music and their interpretation.



Winter 2019



Music 201 - Western Music and Contexts

Instructor:   Christina Gier
 TR - 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM


Study of selected works and their significance in a variety of musical, social, and historical contexts. Prerequisite: MUSIC 101 or equivalent. Not available for degree credit to BMus (all routes) students. This course is recommended to anyone who enjoyed Music 101 and would like to learn more about that musical tradition.


Music 202 - Introduction to Ethnomusicology

Instructor:  Julia Byl
Time:  TR - 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM


This course will introduce students to core concepts in the study of ethnomusicology by investigating the music of popular music of four places: Haiti, India, Brazil and Hawaii. We will be listening to popular sounds and the exploring the social, cultural, and political issues embedded in them, and seeking elements of distinctive soundworlds of older musical traditions.. By doing so, we'll identify the habits of attention that characterize ethnomusicological research. Listening, reading, and discussion are the core components of the class; you will also work through the semester to produce a proposal for original ethnographic research.


Music 203 - Issues in Popular Music Studies

Instructor:  Brian Fauteux
Time:  3:30 PM - 4:50 PM


Popular music is deeply embedded in our everyday lives. Because popular music is both a commercial product and a cultural object, it has important connections to our own cultural identity, to the broader economic and political world, to visual culture, to cities and music scenes, and to our use of media and technology. Music 203: Issues in Popular Music Studies explores our everyday experience of popular music in contemporary society and investigates the many ways that music shapes our social world. 


Music 213: Woodwind Techniques

Instructor:  Allison Balcetis
Lecture Time:
 TR - 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM
Lab Time: 
 T - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


This course combines the study of the woodwind instruments with the study of the pedagogy of woodwind instruments.  At the same time students are learning how to play woodwinds, they are also learning how to teach woodwinds.


Music 230 - Choral Techniques and Pedagogy 

 Adam Robertson
 MWF - 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM


Music 230 gives students an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the choral conductor. Instruction modules include basic conducting gesture, score analysis techniques, vocal pedagogy, rehearsal planning, and choir management. Students engage in both peer and self-evaluation and develop skills in critical thinking through assigned readings.


Music 256 - Music Theory IV

Instructor:  Laurel Parsons
Time:   TR - 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM


The principal focus of this course is formal and harmonic analysis of complete pieces of music.  Building on the contrapuntal techniques and harmonic theory developed in prior semesters, we will study representative works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoires.  Our general approach will be that of collective in-class analysis and discussion supplemented by readings: either music-theoretical texts or, occasionally, published analytical essays about the music under discussion.  Starting from the principle that analysis is primarily an oral form of communication and exchange of ideas about music, priority will be given to development of our own collective analytical perspectives, and listening and interpretive strategies. Our objective is to develop techniques and methodologies for expanding our analytical vocabulary, and becoming conversant with a variety of approaches for discussing the meanings and workings of music.

Music 263 - Instrumentation and Arranging

Instructor: Andriy Talpash
Time: TR - 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM

This course is an in-depth study of the technical and expressive characteristics of the standard instruments of the Western orchestra and its offspring.  The course will cover the individual instruments of the four primary families of instruments (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion), and will include the study of chamber ensembles (string quartet, woodwind quintet, Pierrot ensemble, etc), as well as large ensembles (wind ensemble, symphonic band, orchestra).  Throughout, we will examine these instruments and groups through traditional and contemporary repertoire within the domains of art music, opera, popular music, music for film and video games, and improvised music.  Students will develop hands-on approaches to understanding these instruments through arranging and/or compositional assignments, as well as listening and analysis.

Music 270 - Music Composition and Sonic Arts (Applied Lessons)

Instructor:  Scott Smallwood or Mark Hannesson
Time:  TBA


This course is a continuation of MUSIC 170, but in the form of short, 1/2 hour lessons.  Students will complete a short composition each term for (1) acoustic instrumentation drawn from the contemporary music ensemble (contempo) or (2) an electroacoustic composition.  Students who have composition experience may waive 170 and take this course directly pending a portfolio review.


Music 280 - Introduction to the Study of Western Music History

Instructor:  Mary Ingraham
Time:   TR - 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM


The course introduces the practice of studying music history, emphasizing the development of listening, reading, research, critical thinking, and communication skills. Most of our music is drawn from European music dating from 1600 and before. Prerequisite: Music 155 or, for students not in a BMus program, consent of the department. Not available to students with credit in MUSIC 281.


Music 284 - Western Art Music, 1850 - Present 

 Christina Gier
 TR - 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM


Music 284 is the study of music history and style from 1850 to the present from social, cultural, and philosophical perspectives with attention to listening, score reading, research, critical thinking, and communication skills. In this course, you will increase your familiarity with repertory from 1850 to the present; expand your technical vocabulary and understanding of important stylistic characteristics of the music; develop your skills in music listening and score reading; consider composers and their compositions in historical, social, political, intellectual, and cultural contexts; and explore ways of thinking critically, discussing, and writing about music and its history. The course will follow a lecture format, with opportunity for class discussion, written assignments, and regular testing, including the midterm and final exams.

Prerequisite: Music 280. Not available to students with credit in Music 282.