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Introduction to Musicianship
Introduction to musicianship through in-depth exploration of basic common musical elements and training in aural recognition, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard skills. Focus on topics such as tonal and modal harmony, rhythm, improvisation, composition, notation, and ear training to prepare students for later theory courses, participation in music ensembles, advanced study in music, and professional careers.
Writing About Music
Emphasis on learning specific skills, incorporating technical description, historical contextualization, subjective reaction, and certain stylistic conventions necessary in writing about music.
Music Theory I
Theory: species counterpoint through fifth species; description of triads and inversions.
Music Theory II
Theory: diatonic harmony through secondary dominants and diminished sevenths; modulations to dominant and relative keys; writing of four-part chorales; style composition in baroque dance forms; introduction to figured bass notation.
Music Theory III
Theory: chromatic harmony including development of tonality, 1800 to 1850; appropriate analysis and style composition.
Music, History and Culture: Era of Church and Patron
Introduction to history, culture, and structure of Western music, in era of church and court patronage, through selected topics, repertoires, and analytical techniques.
Music, History, and Culture: Era of Empires and Marketplace
Introduction to history, culture, and structure of Western music, in era of empires and marketplaces, through selected topics, repertoires, and analytical techniques.
Music, History, and Culture: Modern and Postmodern Era
Introduction to history, culture, and structure of Western music, in modern and postmodern eras, through selected topics, repertoires, and analytical techniques.
Musics, Cultures, and Their Interpretation
Designed to supplement broad historical survey in Music, History and Culture series by focusing on interlocking questions of how cultures make music, and how music makes cultures.
Music, Sound, and Structure
Designed to supplement broad historical survey in Music, History and Cultureseries by focusing on interlocking questions of musical structure and meaning.
History of Popular Music
Introduction to study of popular music through American history, with emphasis on music of Americas, Afro-diasporic music, and socioeconomic structure of music making in industrial society.
Capstone Seminar I, II, III
Preparation, creation, and presentation of senior capstone project. I. Developing the Project. Taken in Fall Quarter of senior year. II. Creating the Project. Taken in Winter Quarter of senior year. III. Presenting the Project. Taken in Spring Quarter of senior year.
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Students may select additional elective courses from other departments and programs within the school of music.
Introduction to Classical Music
Survey of music of Western classical tradition, with emphasis on historical context, musical meanings, and creation of tradition itself.
History of Rock and Roll
Analysis of forms, practices, and meanings of rock and roll music, broadly conceived, from its origin to present. Emphasis on how this music has reflected and influenced changes in sexual, racial, and class identities and attitudes.
Film and Music
History of music and cinema, particularly ways music is used to produce meanings in conjunction with visual image.
History of Electronic Dance Music
Survey of groove-based electrified dance music from its origins in 1960s pop and soul to present, covering disco, house, techno, ambient, rave, and jungle. Emphasis on interaction of technology, musical structures, psychoactive drugs, and club cultures to induce altered states of musical consciousness; promise (versus reality of) political and spiritual transformation; electronic dance music as new art music.
American Popular Song
American popular music before advent of rock and roll in 1950s, with special emphasis on song tradition of Tin Pan Alley.
Punk: Music, History, Subculture
Developments in punk music in their historical and subcultural contexts. Survey of prepunk and musical antecedents in 1960s, rise of punk in 1970s, and tracing of its expressive trajectories to present day.
Introduction to Opera
Exploration of history of opera from its origins in Florentine Camerata in Italy in early 17th century, through ages of Enlightenment and Romanticism, and ending with modern era of early 20th century. History of opera, biography of composers and singers, operatic conventions, dramaturgy, plot, stagings, hermeneutics of opera, and musical style, with focus on learning appreciation of music of opera within rich context of its compelling history.
Survey of American musical in 20th century, beginning with its roots in operetta, vaudeville, and Gilbert and Sullivan, and focusing on its connections to politics, technology, film, opera, and variety of popular musical styles, including Tin Pan Alley, jazz, and rock.
Music in Los Angeles
Exploration of history of music in Los Angeles. From Spanish missions and history of Los Angeles to greater emphasis on music in 20th century, with special focus on European émigrés, internment and postwar history of Japanese American community, Chicano and Mexican American music to present, African American traditions including jazz on Central Avenue, 1960s Laurel Canyon and rock scene, and more recent history that includes developments in punk and hip-hop.
Life, works, and mythology of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in context of both his age and our own.
Life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Motown and Soul: African American Popular Music of the 1960s
Survey of developments in post-World War II African American popular music, with special attention to musical achievements of Motown Records, Stax, and other rhythm and blues, funk, and soul music centers of production. Relationships between musical forms and cultural issues of 1960s, including Civil Rights Movement, counterculture, black nationalism, capitalism, and separatism, and larger dimensions of African American experience as mediated through groove-based music.
Blues in American Music
History of blues, both as specific genre and as range of techniques and approaches that have been at center of American music and culture, from 19th-century roots to present. Exploration of commonly accepted blues mainstream exemplified by figures like Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, and B.B. King, but also central role blues has played in jazz, folk, country, gospel, rock, soul, and rap. While following evolution of music through 20th century, examination of how blues has served as metaphor for African American culture as it permeates American traditions
Exploration of idea of medievalism in music and culture from Wagner to video games. Music covered includes film scores, opera, Gregorian chant, early music revival, folk songs, progressive rock, and Goth.
Popular Jewish and Israeli Music
Music of Jews is diverse. With history of several thousand years and series of developments in modernity, music in Jewish life covers variety of styles found in many contexts. Exploration of music of Jews within last 100 years, with focus on popular music of Jews in America and Israel. Examination of music in Israel, with focus on songs of land of Israel, Israeli rock, and Muzika Mizrachit (Middle Eastern popular music).
Examination of life and music of Beatles within social and historical context of 1960s.
Music and Politics
Exploration and demonstration of various ways in which music is informed by and informs politics. From individual performances to mass demonstrations, music is recognizable as a political act and tool that is not simply representative, but also constitutive, meaning that music creates belief systems (politics). Examination of development and use of music by social movements, political parties, and nations, and critical listening practices to better hear world around us and sounds that compose its futures.
Life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven
Introduction to humanistic study of listening, as perceptual modality for engaging others and world, with focus on experience, history, politics, and ethics of listening. Hearing is shared perceptive faculty among able-bodied people, but listening practices are shaped by history, society, and culture. Hearing people listen differently depending on when, where, and how they live, as well as who they are as individuals.
Study of forms and liturgies of Western church music.
Music and Religion in Popular Culture
Survey of popular music in religious traditions since the 1970s. Growth of music in Jewish denominations, including Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative, and Christian contemporary music, from evangelical to cross-over artists performing in mainstream.
History of Jazz
History and analysis of variety of jazz styles, from late 19th-century forerunners to present, with emphasis on social meanings of musical practices
Dancehall, Rap, Reggaeton : Beats, Rhymes, and Routes in African Diaspora
Survey of histories of three closely connected music genres: Jamaican dancehall, U.S. rap, and Puerto Rican/Panamanian reggaeton. Introduction to major performers in each genre, comparison of stylistic traits associated with each music, and exploration of technologies associated with contemporary music production.
Music and Internet
As music becomes increasingly pervasive—found everywhere, yet living nowhere special—what social, economic, political, and aesthetic forces are determining centers of attention? Examination of formative force of Internet on sounds themselves. What kinds of noises develop logically within digital context, where creative freedoms and public disinterest are equally apparent? What does Internet sound like?
Music and Gender
Analysis of gender ideologies in several musical cultures; representations of gender, body, and sexuality by both male and female musicians; contributions of women to Western art and popular musics; methods in feminist and gay/lesbian theory and criticism.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Perspectives in Pop Music
Survey of English-language popular music in 20th century, with focus on lesbians, gay men, and members of other sexual minorities as creators, performers, and audience members.
Music, Media, and Consumer Society
Consideration of impact of recording technologies (gramophone, tape recorder, Walkman, sampler), broadcast media (radio, television, MTV, Internet), and global capitalism (record labels, advertising, Muzak) on way we consume and are consumed by music. How music functions and malfunctions on records, under movies, behind ads, and in semiotic fabric of everyday life.
Selected Topics in American Musical
Exploration of connections and disconnects between American musical on stage and American film musicals.
Selected Topics in the Music of Mozart
Intensive discussion of selected pieces by Mozart and of certain topics important to fuller understanding of his contributions to musical culture of Enlightenment, as well as to contemporary culture.
Bach: Study of Selected Works
Examination of Bach’s music in greater depth.
Selected Topics in African American Popular Music of the 1960s
Intensive discussion of developments in post-World War II African American popular music, with special attention to musical achievements of Motown Records, Stax, and other rhythm and blues, funk, and soul music centers of production. Relationships between musical forms and cultural issues of 1960s, including Civil Rights Movement, counterculture, black nationalism, capitalism, and separatism, and larger dimensions of African American experience as mediated through groove-based music.
Blues and Individual Expression
In-depth look at specific blues artists, with special attention to issues of authenticity, biography, personal and group identity, commercialism, musical style, and evolving history of American music and culture in 20th century.
Medievalism and Music History
Exploration of ways in which specific approaches and attitudes to past shape music history, composition, and performance, with special focus on folk music and early music revivals.
Selected Topics on The Beatles
Intensive discussion in seminar setting of selected topics associated with The Beatles.
Beethoven: Study of Selected Works
Designed to meet needs of students who read music and wish to examine Beethoven’s music in greater depth.
Selected Topics in Sacred Music
Introduction to some ways that music has been held to embody, support, and enact sacredness, including experience of god(s), sense of transcendental, work of liturgy, and intersections of music, politics, and religion.
Selected Topics in Music and Religion in Popular Culture
Exploration of connections of music, religion, and popular culture among American Jews and Christians.
Selected Topics in Film and Music
In-depth exploration of issues in analysis and criticism of music in film.
Selected Topics in Rock and Roll
Intensive discussion in seminar setting of selected topics in rock and roll.
Examination of influence of music industry on way music is created, performed, listened to, evaluated, and used today. Historical approach taken, beginning with music published in 18th century and continuing through development of audio recordings to MTV and popular music today.
Explore Other Degrees
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Preparation for music educators leading to a B.A. and teaching credential in just four years
Music History & Industry
Combining Musicology and the Music Industry minor for practical hands-on training with the study of music within the context of different societies, cultures, and theories
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making