Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

MHIS-201

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All degree students and CWPR and FILM diploma students not taking MHIS-202 or MHIS-203
Electable by: All except COMP and MUED majors
Prerequisites: CM-211 or CM-251, and LENG-111
Department: LART
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

In this course, students will explore the art music of Europe and the United States. The course will address such important trends as the evolution of counterpoint, the birth of opera, and the emergence of post-tonal compositional practices, using a selection of repertoire spanning the Middle Ages to the present. Students will finish the course with a clear understanding of how the polystylistic music of the twenty-first century has evolved from past practices. Additionally, students will develop a greater understanding of how other cultural forces have shaped musical practice in the West. This course will explore specific topics in the history of Western classical music in a chronological order.

 

MHIS-202

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All degree students except COMP and MUED majors; and CWPR and FILM major diploma students not taking MHIS-201 or MHIS-203
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-211 or CM-251, and LENG-111
Department: LART
Location: Boston Campus

In this course, students will explore the art music of Europe and the United States. The course will address such important trends as the evolution of counterpoint, the birth of opera, and the emergence of post-tonal compositional practices, using a selection of repertoire spanning the Middle Ages to the present. Students will finish the course with a clear understanding of how the polystylistic music of the twenty-first century has evolved from past practices. Additionally, students will develop a greater understanding of how other cultural forces have shaped musical practice in the West. This course explores the history of Western classical music through the lens of several composers and their works.

MHIS-203

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All degree students and CWPR and FILM diploma students not taking MHIS-201 or MHIS-202
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-211 or CM-251, and LENG-111
Department: LART
Location: Boston Campus

In this course, students will explore the art music of Europe and the United States. The course will address such important trends as the evolution of counterpoint, the birth of opera, and the emergence of post-tonal compositional practices, using a selection of repertoire spanning the Middle Ages to the present. Students will finish the course with a clear understanding of how the polystylistic music of the twenty-first century has evolved from past practices. Additionally, students will develop a greater understanding of how other cultural forces have shaped musical practice in the West. This course provides a chronological survey of the history of Western classical music.

 

MHIS-221

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: LENG-111
Department: LART
Location: Boston Campus

This course explores the evolution of contemporary American music from the perspective of its African musical roots to various incarnations in the United States, evolving primarily from the interaction of African and European cultures. Important trends will be covered, including the incorporation of African aesthetics into a succession of new and evolving styles, the role of African cultural values in the development of American culture and music, the blues, the evolution of African-American ensemble styles, the development of collective improvisation, African contrapuntal, harmonic and polyrhythmic principles, and syncretic processes influencing the development of American music. Music and traditions from pre-15th century Africa through the development of the roots of contemporary music in the 19th and 20th century, to the present day will be explore. This course will explore specific topics relating to the Music of the African Diaspora in the United States in a chronological order.

 

MHIS-222

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: LENG-111
Department: LART
Location: Boston Campus

This course explores the evolution of contemporary American music from the perspective of its African musical roots to various incarnations in the United States, evolving primarily from the interaction of African and European cultures. Important trends will be covered, including the incorporation of African aesthetics into a succession of new and evolving styles, the role of African cultural values in the development of American culture and music, the blues, the evolution of African-American ensemble styles, the development of collective improvisation, African contrapuntal, harmonic and polyrhythmic principles, and syncretic processes influencing the development of American music. Music and traditions from pre-15th century Africa through the development of the roots of contemporary music in the 19th and 20th century, to the present day will be explore. This course explores the music of the African Diaspora in the United States through the lens of iconic people and works.

 

MHIS-223

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: LENG-111
Department: LART
Location: Boston Campus

This course explores the evolution of contemporary American music from the perspective of its African musical roots to various incarnations in the United States, evolving primarily from the interaction of African and European cultures. Important trends will be covered, including the incorporation of African aesthetics into a succession of new and evolving styles, the role of African cultural values in the development of American culture and music, the blues, the evolution of African-American ensemble styles, the development of collective improvisation, African contrapuntal, harmonic and polyrhythmic principles, and syncretic processes influencing the development of American music. Music and traditions from pre-15th century Africa through the development of the roots of contemporary music in the 19th and 20th century, to the present day will be explore. This course takes a chronological approach to the topic of music of the African Diaspora in the United States.

 

MHIS-251

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors and MUED majors
Electable by: COMP majors and MUED majors
Prerequisites: LENG-111; CP-210 and either CM-211 or CM-251
Department: LART
Location: Boston Campus

This course is a survey of the major styles in Western music from about A.D. 600 to the conclusion of the baroque period.

 

MHIS-252

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors and MUED majors
Electable by: COMP majors and MUED majors
Prerequisites: LENG-111; and CM-212 or CM-252, and CP-210
Department: LART
Location: Boston Campus

This course is a survey of the major styles in Western and non-Western music from the early classical period to the present.

 

MHIS-317

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: MHIS-201, MHIS-202, or MHIS-203
Department: LART
Location: Boston Campus

In this course the student will explore the meaning of instrumental music that is termed program, rather than absolute music, and uncover the divergent possibilities of creating extramusical images in music. After examining its incipient stages in the Renaissance through the Classical period, the main focus of the course will be to chart its development in the 19th century, the time period where it flourished. Near the end of the course the principles of program music will be continued beyond the 19th century.

MHIS-319

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: MHIS-221, MHIS-222, or MHIS-223
Department: LART
Location: Boston Campus

This course examines the history of jazz, from its African roots and 19th-century precursors to today. It includes a survey of major artists, groups, and periods, including African American folk forms, ragtime, New Orleans, the swing era, Latin jazz, bebop, and other movements. Issues of gender and diversity in jazz are discussed. Students examine historical sources and recent critical commentary to inform the study of the meaning and place of jazz in American society and global culture. Guided listening builds understanding of form and structure in this art form.

MHIS-322

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: LENG-111 and any MHIS-220-level course
Department: LART
Location: Boston Campus, Inside Berklee Courses (Online), Blended (Campus + Online)

A survey of rock music from its origins to the present. Lectures will focus on musical distinctions among the substyles present in the genre, and will include audio and video clips of major artists and trendsetters. Literary, sociological, and other cultural aspects of this music will also be discussed. Students will be able to take advantage of access to extensive research materials available outside the classroom.

MHIS-325

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Simone Pilon
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Any MHIS-20x course and any MHIS-22x course
Department: LART
Location: Boston Campus

This survey course presents students with an overview of the history of musical theater in the United States. Using a chronological approach to the study of musical theater, starting with an overview of the traditions on which musical theater is based, the course then works through the twentieth century with a focus on the socioeconomic and cultural realities of each period and how they are reflected in the development of musical theater. Students learn about particularly influential theaters, producers, writers, composers, and performers. Students also explore the genre as commerce and art form. 

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