Literature, History and Analysis
A survey of the major styles in Western music from about A.D. 600 to the conclusion of the baroque. This includes a summary of ancient music. Audiovisual examples of scores and photographs of related works of art.
A survey of the major styles in Western music from the early classical period to the present. Audiovisual examples; correlation of characteristics of each period with activities in related arts.
A survey of music in the jazz idiom from its origin to the present. Chronological examination of the principal musicians and composers. Analysis of the more influential soloists, groups, and composers through the use of tapes and films. Students will develop a knowledge of the periods, styles, and forms of this music, and will have access to extensive research materials outside of the classroom.
An in-depth look at some of rock's most influential guitar players. The importance of their contributions and innovations will be discussed through the use of videos, transcriptions, and recordings, along with instructor's demonstrations. Some of the players to be discussed are Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Steve Lukather. Students will receive transcriptions as well as a clear understanding of the development of rock guitar playing.
An examination of women's contributions to jazz and classical music in 20th-century America and the factors that influenced their careers. Students will study individual performers, composers, and all-women groups using audio and visual resources and critically evaluate the sociopolitical factors that affected their careers through lecture, discussion, and research.
An in-depth survey of the principal instrumental soloists, vocalists, vocal groups, arrangers, and composers of the bebop period. A variety of groups will be examined through recordings.
Analysis of progressive rock music from 1967—present. The influence of compositional and orchestral techniques and use of acoustic instrumentation. The fusion of standard rock styles and classical music forms, including opera (Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wings of Man). Analysis of rhythmic and harmonic devices. Groups to be discussed will include Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Kansas, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
A course for all instrumentalists and vocalists that focuses on the performance and analysis of music by many of the most important contemporary recording/performing artists and composers in South America. Recordings, scores, literature, and videos will be used to explain how these genres have evolved from their traditional styles by absorbing the influences of modern musical forms, including jazz, rock, pop, flamenco, and African music. We will discuss the historical, cultural, and social implications of this process of absorption and adaptation to form a comprehensive understanding of the multicultural, multiracial roots of contemporary South American music. Through analysis and performance, students will learn how to extract elements of South American music and use it in other styles, including their own compositions and arrangements.
A study of major music and cultures of Africa and the interaction of African and European cultures in the New World of Latin America and South America, focusing on the ways these cultures have produced new musical forms as a result. Other topics will include: issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and identity; placing music in its cultural and historical context; music as a representative of cultural values; aesthetics; cultural transmission; orality and literacy; and individualism versus group involvement.
A study of the music of North India and music and cultures of the Near East and Far East, including Japan, Indonesia, and Turkey, as well as Eastern Europe, including Greece, Bulgaria, and Russian Georgia. Focus will be on the interaction of cultures to produce new musical forms. Other topics will include: issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and identity; placing music in its cultural and historical context; music as a representative of cultural values; aesthetics; cultural transmission; orality and literacy; and individualism versus group involvement.
A course tracing the development of the music of Miles Davis. Examination and discussion of the evolution of his playing and writing styles. Concentration on the listening and analysis of improvised solos, tunes, forms, harmonic practice, and his influence on other performers.
This course surveys the life and music of Maurice Ravel, one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. The class will include weekly listening and reading assignments with score study and analysis. We will watch videos of his ballet Daphnis et Chloé and his two operas, and students will write papers and give class presentations of his work. In addition to musical study, this class will be a historical survey of the era which Ravel lived and will include discussions and reading assignments about art, dance, literature, and political events that influenced his musical style.