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McIntire Department of Music
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Course Descriptions

Note   Courses numbered 500-599 are for advanced undergraduate and graduate students; courses numbered 700 and above are for graduate students only.

MUSI 500 - (3) (IR)
European Music to 1500

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 501 - (3) (IR)
Music History Survey: 1500-1750

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 502 - (3) (IR)
Music History Survey: 1720-1850

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 503 - (3) (IR)
Music History Survey: 1850-Present

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 504 - (3) (IR)
Music Since 1945

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 505 - (3) (IR)
Vocal Music

Prerequisite: MUSI 332 or equivalent and permission of instructor
Study of topics, announced in advance, and selected from opera, oratorio, choral music, or song.

MUSI 506 - (3) (IR)
Instrumental Music

Prerequisite: MUSI 332 or equivalent and permission of instructor
Study of topics, announced in advance, and selected from the orchestral, chamber music or solo repertories.

MUSI 507 - (3) (IR)
Composers

Prerequisite: MUSI 332 or equivalent and permission of instructor
Study, announced in advance, of the life and works of a composer (or school of composers).

MUSI 508 - (3) (IR)
American Music

Prerequisite: MUSI 332 or equivalent and permission of instructor
Study of topics, announced in advance, about folk, popular, jazz or art music.

MUSI 509 - (3) (IR)
Studies in the History of Slavic Music I

Prerequisite: MUSI 332 or equivalent and permission of instructor
Study of selected topics in the history of music in Russia and its relationship to Western European musical cultures.

MUSI 510 - (3) (IR)
Studies in the History of Slavic Music II

Prerequisite: MUSI 332 or equivalent and permission of instructor
Study of selected topics in the history of music in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia, and its relationship to Western European musical cultures.

MUSI 519, 520 - (3) (SI)
Studies in Musical Literature

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Study of selected topics or genres, to be announced in advance, from various periods of music history.

MUSI 521 - (3) (SI)
Studies in Jazz Literature

The study of historical and theoretical concepts in jazz literature, emphasizing critical analysis.

MUSI 522 - (3) (IR)
Resources in African-American Music

The study of African-American music as a scholarly discipline.

MUSI 523 - (3) (IR)
Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology

Prerequisite: MUSI 423 and permission of instructor or graduate status
Study of the methodology of the discipline of Ethnomusicology. Specific cultural areas to be covered will depend on the interests of the students.

MUSI 524 - (3) (IR)
Music and Narrative

A seminar exploring analogies between eighteenth- and nineteenth-century instrumental music and narrative genres such as prose fiction or drama.

MUSI 526 - (3) (IR)
Artistry of Jazz Piano

Prerequisite: Intermediate keyboard facility; permission of instructor by audition
Analysis and practice in Jazz Piano improvisation; class discussions, and demonstrations. Enrollment is limited to ten.

MUSI 531 - (3) (Y)
Theory Review

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Studies in tonal and twentieth-century practices.

MUSI 532 - (3) (Y)
Musical Analysis

Prerequisite: MUSI 431 or permission of instructor
Study of various approaches to musical analysis; readings from the most important theoretical literature; and the practical exercises in analysis of music from all periods.

MUSI 533 - (3) (IR)
Modal Counterpoint

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Written and aural exercises based on analyses of the contrapuntal style of Palestrina and his contemporaries.

MUSI 534 - (3) (IR)
Tonal Counterpoint

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Written and aural exercises based on analyses of the contrapuntal style of J.S. Bach and his successors.

MUSI 535 - (3) (O) Instrumentation
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 536 - (3) (O) Orchestration
Prerequisite: MUSI 535 Composing and arranging music for orchestral instruments in various combinations.

MUSI 537 - (3) (IR)
Materials of Contemporary Music

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Study of atonal techniques, harmonic and contrapuntal writing and analysis.

MUSI 538 - (3) (Y)
Electro-Acoustic Music

Prerequisite: MUSI 431 or the equivalent Study of the use of musique concrete, and analog- and digital-synthesis in musical compositions. Original student compositions analyzed in weekly discussions.

MUSI 539 - (3) (Y)
Computer Music I

Prerequisite: MUSI 331 or permission of instructor
An introduction to computer music, focusing on the control of MIDI instruments via computer. Introduces acoustics and synthesis techniques, including FM, and uses these techniques to create musical passages.

MUSI 540 - (3) (Y)
Computer Music II

A continuation of work on synthesis techniques, introducing digital sampling, and examining a variety of compositional designs.

MUSI 541, 542 - (3) (Y)
Conducting I, II

Prerequisite: MUSI 332 or equivalent and permission of instructor
Study of the theory and practice of conducting and rehearsal technique.

MUSI 543 - (3) (Y)
Sound Studio: Digital Audio and MIDI

An advanced course in music and technology. Students learn to use studio equipment and several music software packages.

MUSI 544 - (3) (SI)
Music in Performance

Prerequisites: Previous musical experience, and permission of instructor
Exploration of how musical performance consciously or unconsciously reflects its historical and cultural context. Includes readings, listenings, and individual projects focussing on the Western art music tradition facilitate the examination of premises about performance (and hence about the very nature of music as constituted by our culture), and the evaluation of the cultural and ideological bases of musical aesthetic judgements.

MUSI 551-558 - (2) (SI)
Graduate Performance

Prerequisite: Graduate student in music with permission of instructor by audition

MUSI 560-570 - (1-2) (SI)
Grand Performance Ensembles

Prerequisite: Graduate student in music with permission of instructor by audition

MUSI 571 - (3) (IR)
Canon and Fugue

Prerequisite: MUSI 431 and permission of instructor
Composition and analysis of canons and fugues focusing on works of J.S. Bach.

MUSI 581, 582 - (3) (Y)
Composition

Prerequisites: MUSI 431 and permission of instructor

MUSI 593, 594 - (1-3) (SI)
Independent Study

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Independent study dealing with a specific topic. Requirements will not place primary emphasis on research.

MUSI 700 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Music

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 701 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Late Renaissance and Baroque Music

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 702 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Classical Music

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 703 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Romantic Music

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 704 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Twentieth Century Music

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 705 - (3) (IR)
History of Musical Notation I

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Examination and exercises in musical paleography from the earliest notational systems to ca. 1430, including chant notations and black notation of the Ars Nova.

MUSI 706 - (3) (IR)
History of Musical Notation II

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Study and exercises in transcription of white mensural notation of the Renaissance as well as lute and keyboard tablatures.

MUSI 707 - (3) (IR)
Critical Approaches

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 708 - (3) (IR)
American Music

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 709, 710 - (3) (IR)
Topics in the History of Slavic Music I, II

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 711 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Research in Music

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 712 - (1-3) (SI)
Review for Comprehensive Examinations

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Study of topics in the history and theory of Western music chosen according to the needs of graduate students in their final term.

MUSI 719, 720 - (3) (IR)
Current Issues in Research and Criticism

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 721 - (3) (SI)
Topics in Jazz Literature

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 722 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Afro-American Music

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 723 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Ethnomusicology

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 741, 742 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Conducting I, II

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Advanced studies in the theory and practice of conducting, score analysis, and rehearsal techniques.

MUSI 781, 782 - (3) (Y)
Composition

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 783, 784 - (3) (SI)
Proseminar in Computer Music Composition

Prerequisites: MUSI 539, MUSI 540 and permission of instructor

MUSI 805, 806 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Studies in Music

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 881, 882 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Composition

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MUSI 883, 884 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Computer Music Composition

Prerequisites: MUSI 539, MUSI 540 and permission of instructor

MUSI 893, 894 - (1-3) (SI)
Independent Study

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Independent study dealing with a specific topic. Requirements will place primary emphasis on independent research.

MUSI 896 - (3) (S)
Thesis

MUSI 897 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research

For masterís research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.

MUSI 898 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For masterís thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.


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