2010-11 Course Descriptions

MUSM - Musicology
Department of Music (CAS)
 

MUSM 131 Music in World Cultures (2-0-2), spring. Survey of traditional, classical and contemporary music from selected world cultures. Special attention will be given to placing music into cultural context. Also, various methodologies of studying and teaching indigenous music of various cultures will be explored. 

MUSM 132 Music Literature (2-0-2), fall. A survey of western music from the middle ages through the contemporary period, emphasizing major composers and compositions of Western art music. 

MUSM 230 Survey of Music in Western Culture (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. Examines the musical, historical, and social aspects of Western music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Contemporary periods. Emphasis is placed on the active listening of representative genres, characteristics, and styles. May be used to satisfy University Requirement. 

MUSM 231 Survey of Jazz (3-0-3), fall, spring. Surveys the musical, historical and social aspects of jazz from its inception to the present day, with an emphasis on representative genres (including the Blues, New Orleans and Chicago Styles, Swing, Bop, Cool/Third-Stream, Free-Form (Avant Garde), Fusion, and Contemporary), characteristics, styles and performers. May be used to satisfy University Requirement. 

MUSM 232 Survey of Popular Music (3-0-3), fall, spring. Surveys the musical, historical and social aspects of popular music in America from the late nineteenth century to the present. Emphasis on representative genres (including Tin Pan Alley, Blues, Country and Western, Big Band, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Punk, Heavy Metal, and Hip Hop), characteristics, styles and performers. May be used to satisfy University Requirement. 

MUSM 233 Survey of World Music (3-0-3), fall. Surveys traditional, classical, and contemporary music from selected world cultures through representative genres, characteristics and styles. Special attention will be given to placing music into cultural context. May be used to satisfy University Requirement. 

MUSM 331 Solo Vocal Literature (3-0-3), fall, odd years. A survey of the Western European and American Art Song from its origin in the mid-eighteenth century to the present. Emphasis on major composers and representative literature. 

MUSM 431 Music History I: Antiquity to 1750 (3-0-3), fall. A survey of the development of musical genres, styles, and compositional practices from Antiquity to 1750. Attention will be given to parallel developments in church history and liturgy as they relate to music. A writing-intensive course. Prerequisites: MUSM 131 and 132. 

MUSM 432 Music History II: 1750-the Present (3-0-3), spring. A survey of the development of musical genres, styles, and compositional practices from 1750 to the present day. Prerequisites: MUSM 131 and 132. 

MUSM 439 Opera History (3-0-3), fall, even years. Development and history of opera as a musical and dramatic art form. 

MUSM 441 Solo Piano Literature (3-0-3), fall, odd years. Survey of solo piano music from the 18th century to the present. Emphasis on major composers and their representative works. 

MUSM 442 Ensemble Piano Literature (3-0-3), spring, even years. Survey of ensemble piano music from the early 18th century to the present. Emphasis on major composers and their representative works. Prerequisite: MUSM 441. 

MUSM 449 Capstone Seminar in Music History and Theory (1-0-1), spring. Review of the six historical time periods with systematic analysis (historical and theoretical) of music from the Common Practice Era. Style identification and analytical projects tailored to the needs of the class. Designed to prepare students for the ExCET and graduate entrance exams. Prerequisites: MUST 332 and MUSM 432, or concurrent enrollment in both.

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