2017-2018 Courses

Fall 2017 Academic Courses

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Caitlin Flay): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10619

Lecture / Section 2 (Kevin Davis): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10620

Lecture / Section 3 (Justin Mueller): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10621

Study of the rudiments of music and training in the ability to read music.  Prerequisite: No previous knowledge of music required.


MUSI 1993 Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0 credits
Instructor permission and instructor number required to enroll.

MUSI 2070 Popular Music: 

Karl Hagstrom Miller
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 9:00-9:50 am / Wilson 301
Class Number: 13787

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Samuel Golter): T / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13788

Section 102 (Samuel Golter): T / 10:30-11:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13787

Section 103 (Samuel Golter): T / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 13790

Section 104 (Stephanie Gunst): R / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 14157

Section 105 (Stephanie Gunst): R / 10:30-11:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 14158

Section 106 (Stephanie Gunst): R / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 14159

Section 107 (Emily Mellen): F / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 15487

Section 108 (Emily Mellen): F / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 15488

Section 109 (Emily Mellen): F / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 15489

The Stories We Tell about Popular Music
This lecture course on the history of popular music in the United States from the 1880s to today is organized around a series of stories or themes that seem to crop up again and again when people talk about pop music.  Each week we will explore one of these stories, the social and cultural forces behind the story, and how it functions to shape how people have heard and understood popular music. Origin stories, stories of tradition or community, stories of individual artistic creations and the factory production of pop, taste and race, becoming a star and selling out:  each have been around for a long time, but often appear new every time they arrive.  Focusing on the stories we tell about popular music can help us assess the value of the narratives we have and help us to write new ones.  It can open our ears to continuities of sound, style, and politics across time. It can tune us in to subtle differences as well.

The course will reveal how popular music intersects with business, technology, social history, and the myriad ways Americans used music in their everyday lives.  Music is beyond the grasp of words.  Its ephemeral quality – its inability to be reduced to one meaning, one word, one story – is the very reason that music can affect us so.  Tunes have reminded people who they are and declared who they hoped to become.  They built communities and tore them apart, asked forgiveness and demanded justice.  They have been shouts in the wilderness and quiet whispers of love.  Music has given pleasure by invoking the past, imagining the future, exclaiming desires, or allowing artists and audiences – for the duration of the performance – to imagine the world is just how they want it to be.  Because of this, it provides a useful and revelatory window into the history of the United States.

MUSI 2110 Music in Everyday Life

Michelle Kisliuk
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-2:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19120

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Aldona Dye): M / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19121

Section 102 (Aldona Dye): M / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19122

Section 103 (Aldona Dye): M / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19123

What is the soundscape of our quotidian (everyday) experience? How does it condition our consciousness, and what implicit cultural messages circulate within our ever-changing daily soundtracks? This course focuses our attention not on music highlighted in performance, but on that which we usually take for granted. A close look at how music works in our everyday lives can offer a new awareness of our ongoing experience, open us to choices we never thought we had, and get us wondering about the depths of aesthetic experience.

MUSI 2302 Keyboard Skills (Beginning)

2.0 credits, instructor permission

Lecture / Section 1 (Rami Stucky): TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 10623

Lecture / Section 2 (John Mayhood): TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13207

Introductory keyboard skills; includes sight-reading, improvisation, and accompaniment at the keyboard in a variety of styles. No previous knowledge of music required. Satisfies the performance requirement for music majors.


MUSI 2308 Voice Class

Pam Beasley
2.0 credits, instructor permission
Lecture: MW / 4:00-4:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 13646

An introductory course to basic vocal technique; discussion to include those elements essential for healthy singing in a variety of styles. Will involve group and solo singing to apply these elements. No previous voice training or musical background required.


MUSI 2340 Learn to Groove

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1MW / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 11225

LectureMW / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 14409

"Learn to Groove" hand drumming and rhythmic fluency with Robert Jospe. This is a hands on drumming/percussion class using congas, djembes, claves, shakers, etc. This class is designed to enhance ones knowledge of syncopated patterns associated with jazz, rock, African and Latin American music and to improve ones facility in playing these patterns. This course will follow my book "Learn To Groove" and can include music students, non music students and is open to students of all skill levels. The course requires that students have or purchase a hand drum of their own. Congas, bongos, djembes, doumbeks or any other hand drums are appropriate.


MUSI 2350 Technosonics: Digital Music and Sound Art Composition

Peter Bussigel
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 11:00-11:50 am / Wilson 402
Class Number: 13046

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Alex Christie): M / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13047

Section 102 (Alex Christie): M / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13048

Section 103 (Alex Christie): M / 1:00-1:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13049

Section 104 (Ben Robertson): T / 9:30-10:20 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13050

Section 105 (Ben Robertson): T / 10:30-11:20 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13051

Section 106 (Ben Robertson): T / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13052

Section 107 (Rebecca Brown): W / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13053

Section 108 (Rebecca Brown): W / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13054

Section 109 (Rebecca Brown): W / 1:00-1:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13055

Section 110 (Kevin Davis): R / 12:00-12:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13302

Section 111 (Kevin Davis): R / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13303

Section 112 (Kevin Davis): R / 11:00 am - 11:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13304

Section 113 (Heather Mease): F / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 14549

Section 114 (Heather Mease): F / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 14550

Section 115 (Heather Mease): F / 1:00-1:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 14551

This class (www.technosonics.info) explores the history, theory and practice of digital music and sound art. Students learn tools and techniques of music technology that inform many genres and traditions. In addition to historical and theoretical concerns, students will experiment with digital tools for musical creation.

MUSI 2400 Composer/Performer Collaborative Workshop

Shawn Earle
2.0 credits
Lecture: F / 9:50-11:50 / OCH B012
Class Number: 21534

This course is for performers and composers interested in creating new music. Students enrolled in the class will collaborate with one another and will build new pieces together. The class will also intersect with the New Music Ensemble and the Percussion Ensemble, directed by I-Jen Fang. Topics will focus on how composers and performers collaborate together to build new musical repertoire. 

Students in the class may also benefit from the CCT Composition Mentoring Program. For information on joining the mentoring program which pairs CCT grad students and undergrads, please contact Eli Stine. 

Music Majors wishing to apply this class for the Music Major should plan to additionally enroll in a 1-credit independent study with professor Burtner. The combination of the independent study and the Lab will count together as one 3000-level elective requirement towards the Major.

MUSI 2559 New Course in Music
The Alexander Technique: Managing Anxiety and Improving Performance

Sandra Bain Cushman
1.0 credit
Lecture: M / 5:45-7:45 / McLeod Hall 2010
Class Number: 22107

This course introduces and offers practical experience with the Alexander Technique. The Technique helps performers, people who suffer from anxiety and people who wish for a more fluid and friendly connection with everyday movement. It helps us to improve our public speaking, our musical and/or athletic performance, and to find a calmer more centered approach to the activities of everyday life.

The Technique has long been taught in universities, conservatories, and drama schools, and has been studied by notable writers, scholars and philosophers for over 100 years. People in all walks of life apply the Technique to improve performance and manage stress.

MUSI 2600 Jazz Improvisation

John D'earth
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-5:00 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 12447

The Jazz Improvisation Workshop explores the basic techniques and procedures for improvising in jazz and other musical contexts. No previous jazz or improvising experience is required but students must demonstrate a degree of fluency on their main instrument, an ability to read music and some familiarity with the basics of music theory. An individual interview/audition with the instructor is required before registering for this class.

MUSI 2993: Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0 credits
Instructor permission and instructor number required to enroll.


MUSI 3030 Studies in 19th-Century Music

Michael Puri
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19124

 

MUSI 3050 Music and Discourse

3.0 credits
Scott DeVeaux
Lecture: MWF / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13305

Studies the range of music that has flourished in the twentieth century, including modernist and post-modern art music, popular music, and world music, through historical, critical, and ethnographic approaches.


MUSI 3310 Theory I

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 2 (Scott DeVeaux): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 10625

Lecture / Section 3 (Kevin Davis): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 10626

Studies pitch and formal organization in European concert music of the 18th and 19th centuries. Includes four-part vocal writing, 18th-century style keyboard accompaniment, key relations, and form. Students compose numerous short passages of music and study significant compositions by period composers.


MUSI 3332 and 3334 Musicianship I and II

2.0 credit

These lab courses give practical experience with many aspects of musical perception, performance, and creation. These will include sight-reading and sight-singing; dictation of melody, rhythm, and harmony; aural identification of intervals, chords, and rhythmic patterns; and exercises in musical memory and improvisation. Students entering the sequence take a test to determine the appropriate level of their first course. At the end of each course, students take a placement test to determine whether they may enter a higher level course. Courses may be repeated for credit, but each course may be counted toward the major only once.


MUSI 3332 Musicianship I

Lecture / Section 1 (Adam Carter): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 10628

Lecture / Section 2 (Timothy Booth): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 10627


MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Lecture (Hannah Young): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 14410


MUSI 3370 Songwriting

Ted Coffey
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-4:45 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13306

Section 101 (Lydia Warren): R / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19125

Section 102 (Lydia Warren): R / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19126

Section 103 (Lydia Warren): T / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19127

The goal of this course is to delve into songwriting; to develop your aural, analytic and creative abilities and to join them together in understanding and composing songs. You will learn about rhythm, melodic design, harmonic progression, lyrics and song forms. You will also work on eartraining, so that concepts you learn will be sonically meaningful. We will consider examples from a broad musical spectrum: blues, folk, tin pan alley, musicals, R & B, rock & roll, hip hop. We will also discuss the issues that songwriters encounter. You will have the opportunity to suggest songs for study, and some assignments will be done in groups. In these situations, we will organize groups that have complementary abilities for in-class performances. The Lab is a required part of the class, and you must sign up for a lab section. During the lab you will go over concepts we are covering in class, as well as work on additional eartraining, analysis and creative projects.

MUSI 3380 Introduction to Composition

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 12:30-1:45 / OCH 107
Class Number: 21721

This course explores compositional techniques in Western concert music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will explore and experiment with innovative approaches to harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, and compositional form. We will improvise, listen to, analyze, and discuss new music and compositional techniques. The goal of this course is to expose you to multiple compositional techniques and let you experiment! Coursework will primarily focus on creative and composition exercises, as well as readings, listening, analyses, and short writing assignments. Students will learn to compose in varying styles and will apply their knowledge towards a final composition project.

Prerequisite: MUSI 3310. The course can be repeated for credit with approval of instructor.

MUSI 3390 Introduction to Music and Computers

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 10629

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Aaron Stepp): M / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 10631

Section 102 (Aaron Stepp): W / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 10630

Section 103 (Aaron Stepp): W / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 10632

Introduction to Music and Computers is an upper-level introductory course in music technology. Students gain theoretical, historical and practical knowledge of electronic and computer music. An emphasis is placed on creative hands-on experience composing music via digital technologies. Theoretical and practical topics include acoustics, recording, editing and mixing, MIDI, sound synthesis, and audio DSP. Students learn a host of skills and technologies useful for working with digital audio.

3390 fulfills the composition requirement of the Music Major.  This is a composition class and key assignments are creative in nature. Note that you MUST register for the Lab (0 credits) as well as the course.

MUSI 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Sonic Arts and Crafts

Peter Bussigel
3.0 credits
Lecture / Section 1: TR / 6:30-8:30 pm / Wilson Hall Makers' Space
Class Number: 20723

Sonic Arts & Crafts is an interdisciplinary studio course exploring sound through experimental and critically engaged projects. Weekly workshops cover acoustics, basic electronics, digital fabrication, and audio programming through hands-on exercises, focusing on how different technologies frame how we listen, play, and think in sound. Drawing on readings and examples from physics, art, critical sound studies, and current diy production communities, we will actively engage with the material properties of sound and listen to what these vibrations might tell us about our world. Tuesday workshops introduce different approaches and techniques and Thursday sessions are left open – studio time where students can expand on workshop projects, try their own designs, and collaborate with others – a crafting group.

MUSI 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Writing Rap

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits
Lecture / Section 2: TR / 9:30-10:45 / OCH B012
Class Number: 21526

This course focuses on the craft of writing raps. It is not necessary that students have previous experience writing raps to take this course. Students will listen to, attempt to deconstruct, and evaluate a broad range of rap music while learning the basics of composing lyrics. Along with writing raps, students will learn songwriting techniques and some theoretical approaches to composing larger works such as a “mixtape” or “album” through examinations of music, criticism, and literature.

MUSI 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Orchestration I: Orchestral Anatomy

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
Lecture / Section 3: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 21527

This course will examine the symphony orchestra in detail, equipping students with all necessary skills to arrange or compose for any ensemble.  We will learn the capabilities of every orchestral instrument, and study how they are combined by master composers.  Students will create arrangements for string quartet, woodwind quintet, and full orchestra.  The majority of these projects will receive readings by ensembles.

Projects may be completed with notation software or may be handwritten. No previous composition or arranging experience is necessary, but fluency in musical notation and familiarity with the basics of music theory are required.

MUSI 3570 Music Cultures
Topic: Sound Studies: The Art and Anthropology of Sound Experience

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / Gibson 341
Class Number: 19128

Combining approaches from musicology, anthropology, composition and sound studies in order to explore and experience music, sound and artistic practice in their human (and non-human) behavioural contexts. What are the creative, ethical and social dimensions of sound art? What does music composed through animal dreams sound like? How do we imagine and hear the sounds of underwater and atmospheric anthropology? How do sound art, technology and design transform urban space and everyday social and political experience? In answering these and other questions, we investigate local and global sound cultures and trace the ways in which their sounds are sampled, remixed, circulated and experienced.

MUSI 3993 Independent Study

1.0-3.0 credits
Instructor permission and instructor number required to enroll.


MUSI 4331 Theory III

Michael Puri
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 10634

Studies in 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century techniques and styles through analysis and composition. Prerequisite: MUSI 3320 or instructor permission.

MUSI 4519 Critical Studies of Music
Topic: Music and the Inner World

Fred Maus
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 14411

 

MUSI 4523 Issues in Ethnomusicology
Topic: African Electronic Music

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / Wilson 117
Class Number: 19129

African cities and urban areas have long been places for some of the most futuristic sounds being created, music and sounds that reverberate between local urban identities and international avant garde music scenes. Explosive, hypnotic and ultra-modern electronic sounds meld stunning dance forms with musical theatre and articulate the urban youth experience in cities as diverse and vibrant as Kinshasa, Jo'Burg, Nairobi, Lagos and Durban.

We will engage multiplex genres of futuristic music, including Congotronics, Shangaan Electro, and Gqom apocalyptic bass music, paying close attention to innovations in artistic practice, remix culture and Afrofuturism. We will explore the histories and futures of the sounds linking African beat making, technology, guitars, and the dynamics of twenty-first century amplified African cityscapes.

MUSI 4545 Computer Applications in Music
Topic: Designing Audio Effects StompBoxes

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 5:00-6:15 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19131

Audio effects are tools commonly used in the recording, mixing, and mastering of music and other sound.  An audio effect takes sound as input and produces modified sound as output according to the audio-processing algorithm it implements and the settings of user-controlled parameters. A “stompbox” is a hardware implementation of an audio effect. Stompboxes are used by guitarists, electronic musicians, and recording engineers in both live performance and in the studio.

In this class we will learn the signal processing involved in effects such as delay, filtering, chorus, flanger, reverb, distortion, and compression, and we will implement these effects by writing C++ code running on the Bela embedded platform.  We will design and build custom enclosures and hardware controls so that our effects can be used as stand-alone devices.

We will emphasize the musical application of our designs, and as a final project we will create new effects that address our own musical goals. 

Students should have experience working with digital audio in their own music-making practice (such as covered in Technosonics or MUSI 3390.) Previous programming experience is very helpful, but not required.

MUSI 4581 Composition I

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / Monroe Hall 113
Class Number: 21713

An advanced undergraduate music composition course. Students will receive a combination of weekly individual lessons intermixed with monthly group sessions. The course will provide a forum for students to listen, discuss, workshop, develop, and explore inspirations, compositions, and ideas. Over the course of the semester, students are expected to compose a large-scale work or a series of smaller works for the instrumentation and in the style of their choosing (including electronics).  Students are expected to make significant progress on their projects between lessons.

Note: individual lesson times may be scheduled outside the listed course times. Lesson times will be scheduled the first day of class.

Prerequisite: MUSI 3380 or permission from the instructor. The course can be repeated for credit with approval of the instructor. Students must be proficient with standard music notation software and have some prior experience composing.

MUSI 4600 Performance with Computers

Matthew Burtner
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19132

Lab: Chris Luna / T / 3:30-4:30 pm / OCH B011

The course teaches a blended approach to performance, composition and computer programming through the context of a computer music ensemble. Students from various backgrounds work collaboratively in a technological ensemble context while building skills in interactive media programming, sound art design and human-computer interaction. They explore a new way of making ensemble music in collaboration with interactive and networked computer systems.

MUSI 4710 Instrumental Conducting I

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 3:45-5:00 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 21525

Studies the theory and practice of conducting, score analysis, and rehearsal technique. Prerequisite: MUSI 3320 and instructor permission.

MUSI 4750 Choral Conducting I

Michael Slon
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19396

Studies in the basic technique and art of conducting, with weekly experience conducting repertoire with a small choral ensemble.  Prerequisite: basic ear training, sight-reading. Previous experience in a choral or instrumental ensemble is preferred. Interested students should consult with the instructor before registering. Instructor permission is required.

MUSI 4993: Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0 credits
Instructor permission and instructor number required to enroll

 

Fall 2017 Graduate Courses


MUSI 7509 Cultural and Historical Studies of Music
Topic: Body, Sound, Gender

Bonnie Gordon
3.0 credits
Lecture: W / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 20182

 

MUSI 7511 Current Studies in Research and Criticism

Richard Will
3.0 credits 
Lecture: T / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 11107

 

MUSI 7519 Current Studies / Research and Criticism
Topic: Music and the Inner World

Fred Maus
3.0 credits 
Lecture: R / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19134

 

MUSI 7543 Sound Studios

Ted Coffey
3.0 credits
LectureR / 5:00-7:30 pm /OCH  S008
Class Number: 19135

 

MUSI 7547 Materials of Contemporary Music
Topic: Timbre

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: W / 2:00-4:30 / Gibson Hall 287
Class Number: 21714

A composer oriented course which focuses on the analysis and application of techniques primarily concerned with timbre or tone color. We will examine music of the last century and observe how composers and researchers have approached timbre. Students are encouraged to apply the concepts explored in both composition studies and a final composition project to be performed and presented at the end of the term.

 

Fall 2017 Ensembles

MUBD 2610, 2620, 2630 and 2640: Marching Band I-IV

Bill Pease
2.0 credits
Lecture: TRF / 6:00-8:20 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building

MUBD 2610
Class Number: 10544

MUBD 2620
Class Number: 10545

MUBD 2630 
Class Number: 10546

MUBD 2640
Class Number: 10547

The Cavalier Marching Band is open to all students at the University of Virginia by audition. The band is comprised of members from nearly every major at UVA. A normal practice schedule is twice a week, with additional Friday practices on home game weeks.  Attendance is mandatory at our band camp in August. There are no fees to be in the Cavalier marching Band. IF you are interested please contact the band office at 434.982.5347 or email William Pease .

MUEN 2690, 3690 and 4690 African Music and Dance Ensemble

Michelle Kisliuk
2.0 credits
Lecture: R / 5:00-6:30 pm / OCH 107

(registration number depends on student seniority in the ensemble)

MUEN 2690
Class Number: 14558

MUEN 3690
Class Number: 14559

MUEN 4690
Class Number: 14560

The African Music and Dance Ensemble is a practical, hands-on course focusing on several music/dance forms from Western and Central Africa with performances during and at the end of the semester. Though no previous experience with music or dance is required, we will give special attention to developing tight ensemble dynamics, aural musicianship, and a polymetric sensibility. Concentration, practice, and faithful attendance are required of each class member, the goal being to develop an ongoing U.Va. African Music and Dance Ensemble.

MUEN 3600 Jazz Ensemble

John D'earth
2.0 credits
Lecture: MR / 7:30-9:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10548

Led by internationally recognized jazz trumpeter/composer John D'earth, the Jazz Ensemble is a full-sized jazz big band, whose focus includes “head arrangements” group improvisation, world music and original compositions from within the band, along with music ranging from swing to bop to fusion. You'll gain valuable experience in ensemble playing and in the art of solo improvisation, and may take private instruction in jazz improvisation, perform in small combos and participate in jazz workshops held by such major figures as Michael Brecker, John Abercrombi, Dave Leibman, Bob Moses, Clark Terry, and Joe Henderson.

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3610: Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

TBA, Conductor
2.0 credits

Strings

Lecture / Section 100: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10549

Sectionals: M / 5:30-7:00 pm

Section 101: Pete Spaar (Double Bass) / OCH B012
Class Number: 10551

Section 102: Adam Carter (Cello) / OCH S004
Class Number: 10552

Section 103: Ayn Balija (Viola) / OCH 113
Class Number: 10553

Section 104: Daniel Sender (Violin) / OCH 107
Class Number: 10554

Section 105: David Sariti (Violin) / OCH B018
Class Number: 10555

 

Brass / Woodwinds / Percussion

Lecture / Section 200: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10550

Sectionals: W / 5:15-6:15 pm

Section 201: Elizabeth Roberts (Bassoon) / TBA
Class Number: 10559

Section 202: Katy Ambrose (Horn) / OCH 113
Class Number: 10557

Section 203: Kelly Peral (Oboe) / TBA
Class Number: 10560 

Section 204: Shawn Earle (Clarinet) / TBA
Class Number: 10556

Section 205: Kelly Sulick (Flute) / OCH B019
Class Number: 10558

Section 206: Nate Lee (Trombone) / B012
Class Number: 10563

Section 207: Rachel Duncan (Trumpet) / 107
Class Number: 10562

Section 208:  I-Jen Fang (Percussion) / B018
Class Number: 10561

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3620 Wind Ensemble

Bill Pease
2.0 credits
Lecture: M / 6:45-9:00 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building / Room 200
Class Number: 11037

The Wind Ensemble is a 45-member ensemble that features the most outstanding brass, woodwind, and percussion players at the University. The focus of this ensemble is to explore new literature as well as perform the masterworks of the wind band era. The wind ensemble also works with outstanding guest performers and conductors. This group is predominately made up of non-music majors who enjoy the genre of the wind band. Open to all University of Virginia students, auditions are held prior to the start of each semester. For more information on the Wind Ensemble, please visit our webpage at: http://music.virginia.edu/wind-ensemble.

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 3: Flute Ensemble

Kelly Sulick
1.0 credit
Lecture: T / 3:30-5:00 / OCH 107
Class Number: 10564

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 4: Woodwind Ensemble

Elizabeth Roberts
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 10566

Explore, rehearse and perform woodwind chamber music, including both standard and more obscure works. Focus on developing chamber music playing skills, learning the tendencies of the woodwind instruments, developing musicianship, and enjoying making and sharing music! Instructor permission and audition required.

MUEN 3630, Section 5: Trombone Ensemble

Nate Lee
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 10568

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition. Contact Nathaniel Lee to schedule an audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 8: Horn Ensemble

Katy Ambrose
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 10567

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 10: Percussion Chamber Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0 credit
Lecture: T / 9:30-10:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 10570

Restricted to Instructor permission by audition on first day of class.

Re-established in spring 2005 by I-Jen Fang, principal timpanist and percussionist with Charlottesville Symphony, the Percussion Ensemble is a chamber group that performs literature ranging from classical transcriptions to contemporary music. The ensemble draws upon a large family of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, and the number of players and amount of equipment varies greatly from piece to piece. Music reading skills and basic percussion technique on all percussion instruments is required. Previous percussion ensemble experience is highly recommended. If you are interested in joining please contact I-Jen Fang.

MUEN 3630, Section 15: Brass Quintet

Rachel Duncan
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 10569

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 16: Double Reed Ensemble

Kelly Peral
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 21635

Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 24: Woodwind Quintet

Shawn Earle
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 15407

Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Chamber Music Ensemble

1.0 credit, Instructor permission by audition.

Lecture: / Section 1: Daniel Sender / TBA
Class Number: 10565

Lecture: / Section 17: Ayn Balija / TBA
Class Number: 10573

Lecture: / Section 18: David Sariti / TBA
Class Number: 10574

Lecture: / Section 20: Adam Carter / TBA
Class Number: 10575

MUEN 3630: Jazz Chamber Ensemble

1.0 credit, Instructor permission by audition.

Lecture / Section 7: Pete Spaar / R / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10571

Lecture / Section 12: Pete Spaar / F / 12:30-2:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10572

Lecture / Section 21: Jeff Decker / T / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11226

Lecture / Section 22: Mike Rosensky / F / 2:00-3:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11227

MUEN 3645: Bluegrass Workshop

Richard Will
1.0 credit, Instructor permission
Lecture: T / 7:00-8:00 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 15341

This course seeks to develop the playing, singing, and improvising skills necessary for the idomatic performance of bluegrass music, while also providing an opportunity for discussion of its origins and development.  Appropriate for experienced players working to improve their knowledge or for players versed in other genres to learn new styles.

MUEN 3650: University Singers

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10577

The University Singers is the University's premier SATB ensemble, performing a cappella and accompanied choral literature ranging from chant to the works of contemporary composers. Past repertoire has included Bach's Mass in B minor, Orff's Carmina Burana, the Duruflé Requiem, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, as well as shorter a cappella works. Recent trips have taken the group to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., as well as the campuses of other American universities for collaborative concerts. The group has also been heard on European tours in England, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland. Recent highlights have included performances with the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, a concert and workshop with Bobby McFerrin, and a concert tour of the Southeastern U.S.

Students in the University Singers come from all six of UVA's undergraduate schools, including Arts and Sciences, Education, and Engineering, as well as several of the University's graduate and professional schools. Together, they enjoy an esprit de corps that arises from the pursuit of musical excellence and the camaraderie the singers develop offstage.

All singers at the University - undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to audition. University Singers is offered for two hours academic credit. Michael Slon, who has conducted choruses at the Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music, is the conductor. For more information on the University Singers, please visit our webpage

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3651: Chamber Singers

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
Lecture: F / 1:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 10576

Chamber Singers is a select ensemble drawn from the University Singers. The ensemble meets once a week and focuses on music for chamber choir ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary pieces. Recent performances have included the Monteverdi Mass for 4 voices (1651), Britten'sHymn to St. Cecilia, and Bach's Cantata 150, as well as contemporary works by Meredith Monk and Eric Whitacre, and arrangements of classic jazz standards by Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and the King's Singers. Interested singers will be considered for the chamber ensemble as part of their University Singers audition. For more information, please visit our webpage.

Restricted to: Instructor permission

MUEN 3660 Ensemble Music with Piano

John Mayhood
2.0 credits
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 21528

Studies in the preparation and performance of ensemble music with piano. Focus is on the development of collaborative skills and a practical understanding of cultural and theoretical context. Repertoire to be studied varies from semester to semester.

MUEN 3670 Early Music Ensemble: Baroque Orchestra

David Sariti
2.0 credits
Lecture: R / 7:00-9:00 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 11108

The Baroque Orchestra, directed by David Sariti, offers students the rare opportunity to perform music of the 17th and 18th centuries on the instruments for which it was written, at low pitch. Students use period instruments from the University's extensive collection, receiving personal instruction on the special techniques necessary, and must be accomplished on their modern counterparts.

MUEN 3680: New Music Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0 credit
Lecture: R / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10578

Restricted to Instructor permission by audition on first day of class.

Performance of vocal and instrumental music of the twentieth century.

A one-credit course at the University of Virginia, the New Music Ensemble explores and performs exciting music of our time. The ensemble consists of dedicated instrumentalists, singers and UVa performance faculty. We perform a wide variety of contemporary music suitable to our instrumentation, including new works created by UVa composers.

The New Music Ensemble seeks dedicated instrumentalists and singers to explore and perform a wide variety of contemporary music. To audition, come to the first class with your instrument. If you are interested in joining please contact I-Jen Fang.

Open to UVA students, community musicians and advanced high school students.

Fall 2017 Ensembles

MUBD 2610, 2620, 2630 and 2640: Marching Band I-IV

Bill Pease
2.0 credits
Lecture: TRF / 6:00-8:20 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building

MUBD 2610
Class Number: 10544

MUBD 2620
Class Number: 10545

MUBD 2630 
Class Number: 10546

MUBD 2640
Class Number: 10547

The Cavalier Marching Band is open to all students at the University of Virginia by audition. The band is comprised of members from nearly every major at UVA. A normal practice schedule is twice a week, with additional Friday practices on home game weeks.  Attendance is mandatory at our band camp in August. There are no fees to be in the Cavalier marching Band. IF you are interested please contact the band office at 434.982.5347 or email William Pease .

MUEN 2690, 3690 and 4690 African Music and Dance Ensemble

Michelle Kisliuk
2.0 credits
Lecture: R / 5:00-6:30 pm / OCH 107

(registration number depends on student seniority in the ensemble)

MUEN 2690
Class Number: 14558

MUEN 3690
Class Number: 14559

MUEN 4690
Class Number: 14560

The African Music and Dance Ensemble is a practical, hands-on course focusing on several music/dance forms from Western and Central Africa with performances during and at the end of the semester. Though no previous experience with music or dance is required, we will give special attention to developing tight ensemble dynamics, aural musicianship, and a polymetric sensibility. Concentration, practice, and faithful attendance are required of each class member, the goal being to develop an ongoing U.Va. African Music and Dance Ensemble.

MUEN 3600 Jazz Ensemble

John D'earth
2.0 credits
Lecture: MR / 7:30-9:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10548

Led by internationally recognized jazz trumpeter/composer John D'earth, the Jazz Ensemble is a full-sized jazz big band, whose focus includes “head arrangements” group improvisation, world music and original compositions from within the band, along with music ranging from swing to bop to fusion. You'll gain valuable experience in ensemble playing and in the art of solo improvisation, and may take private instruction in jazz improvisation, perform in small combos and participate in jazz workshops held by such major figures as Michael Brecker, John Abercrombi, Dave Leibman, Bob Moses, Clark Terry, and Joe Henderson.

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3610: Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

TBA, Conductor
2.0 credits

Strings

Lecture / Section 100: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10549

Sectionals: M / 5:30-7:00 pm

Section 101: Pete Spaar (Double Bass) / OCH B012
Class Number: 10551

Section 102: Adam Carter (Cello) / OCH S004
Class Number: 10552

Section 103: Ayn Balija (Viola) / OCH 113
Class Number: 10553

Section 104: Daniel Sender (Violin) / OCH 107
Class Number: 10554

Section 105: David Sariti (Violin) / OCH B018
Class Number: 10555

 

Brass / Woodwinds / Percussion

Lecture / Section 200: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10550

Sectionals: W / 5:15-6:15 pm

Section 201: Elizabeth Roberts (Bassoon) / TBA
Class Number: 10559

Section 202: Katy Ambrose (Horn) / OCH 113
Class Number: 10557

Section 203: Kelly Peral (Oboe) / TBA
Class Number: 10560 

Section 204: Shawn Earle (Clarinet) / TBA
Class Number: 10556

Section 205: Kelly Sulick (Flute) / OCH B019
Class Number: 10558

Section 206: Nate Lee (Trombone) / B012
Class Number: 10563

Section 207: Rachel Duncan (Trumpet) / 107
Class Number: 10562

Section 208:  I-Jen Fang (Percussion) / B018
Class Number: 10561

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3620 Wind Ensemble

Bill Pease
2.0 credits
Lecture: M / 6:45-9:00 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building / Room 200
Class Number: 11037

The Wind Ensemble is a 45-member ensemble that features the most outstanding brass, woodwind, and percussion players at the University. The focus of this ensemble is to explore new literature as well as perform the masterworks of the wind band era. The wind ensemble also works with outstanding guest performers and conductors. This group is predominately made up of non-music majors who enjoy the genre of the wind band. Open to all University of Virginia students, auditions are held prior to the start of each semester. For more information on the Wind Ensemble, please visit our webpage at: http://music.virginia.edu/wind-ensemble.

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 3: Flute Ensemble

Kelly Sulick
1.0 credit
Lecture: T / 3:30-5:00 / OCH 107
Class Number: 10564

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 4: Woodwind Ensemble

Elizabeth Roberts
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 10566

Explore, rehearse and perform woodwind chamber music, including both standard and more obscure works. Focus on developing chamber music playing skills, learning the tendencies of the woodwind instruments, developing musicianship, and enjoying making and sharing music! Instructor permission and audition required.

MUEN 3630, Section 5: Trombone Ensemble

Nate Lee
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 10568

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition. Contact Nathaniel Lee to schedule an audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 8: Horn Ensemble

Katy Ambrose
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 10567

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 10: Percussion Chamber Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0 credit
Lecture: T / 9:30-10:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 10570

Restricted to Instructor permission by audition on first day of class.

Re-established in spring 2005 by I-Jen Fang, principal timpanist and percussionist with Charlottesville Symphony, the Percussion Ensemble is a chamber group that performs literature ranging from classical transcriptions to contemporary music. The ensemble draws upon a large family of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, and the number of players and amount of equipment varies greatly from piece to piece. Music reading skills and basic percussion technique on all percussion instruments is required. Previous percussion ensemble experience is highly recommended. If you are interested in joining please contact I-Jen Fang.

MUEN 3630, Section 15: Brass Quintet

Rachel Duncan
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 10569

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 16: Double Reed Ensemble

Kelly Peral
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 21635

Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 24: Woodwind Quintet

Shawn Earle
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 15407

Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Chamber Music Ensemble

1.0 credit, Instructor permission by audition.

Lecture: / Section 1: Daniel Sender / TBA
Class Number: 10565

Lecture: / Section 17: Ayn Balija / TBA
Class Number: 10573

Lecture: / Section 18: David Sariti / TBA
Class Number: 10574

Lecture: / Section 20: Adam Carter / TBA
Class Number: 10575

MUEN 3630: Jazz Chamber Ensemble

1.0 credit, Instructor permission by audition.

Lecture / Section 7: Pete Spaar / R / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10571

Lecture / Section 12: Pete Spaar / F / 12:30-2:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10572

Lecture / Section 21: Jeff Decker / T / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11226

Lecture / Section 22: Mike Rosensky / F / 2:00-3:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11227

MUEN 3645: Bluegrass Workshop

Richard Will
1.0 credit, Instructor permission
Lecture: T / 7:00-8:00 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 15341

This course seeks to develop the playing, singing, and improvising skills necessary for the idomatic performance of bluegrass music, while also providing an opportunity for discussion of its origins and development.  Appropriate for experienced players working to improve their knowledge or for players versed in other genres to learn new styles.

MUEN 3650: University Singers

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10577

The University Singers is the University's premier SATB ensemble, performing a cappella and accompanied choral literature ranging from chant to the works of contemporary composers. Past repertoire has included Bach's Mass in B minor, Orff's Carmina Burana, the Duruflé Requiem, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, as well as shorter a cappella works. Recent trips have taken the group to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., as well as the campuses of other American universities for collaborative concerts. The group has also been heard on European tours in England, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland. Recent highlights have included performances with the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, a concert and workshop with Bobby McFerrin, and a concert tour of the Southeastern U.S.

Students in the University Singers come from all six of UVA's undergraduate schools, including Arts and Sciences, Education, and Engineering, as well as several of the University's graduate and professional schools. Together, they enjoy an esprit de corps that arises from the pursuit of musical excellence and the camaraderie the singers develop offstage.

All singers at the University - undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to audition. University Singers is offered for two hours academic credit. Michael Slon, who has conducted choruses at the Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music, is the conductor. For more information on the University Singers, please visit our webpage

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3651: Chamber Singers

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
Lecture: F / 1:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 10576

Chamber Singers is a select ensemble drawn from the University Singers. The ensemble meets once a week and focuses on music for chamber choir ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary pieces. Recent performances have included the Monteverdi Mass for 4 voices (1651), Britten'sHymn to St. Cecilia, and Bach's Cantata 150, as well as contemporary works by Meredith Monk and Eric Whitacre, and arrangements of classic jazz standards by Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and the King's Singers. Interested singers will be considered for the chamber ensemble as part of their University Singers audition. For more information, please visit our webpage.

Restricted to: Instructor permission

MUEN 3660 Ensemble Music with Piano

John Mayhood
2.0 credits
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 21528

Studies in the preparation and performance of ensemble music with piano. Focus is on the development of collaborative skills and a practical understanding of cultural and theoretical context. Repertoire to be studied varies from semester to semester.

MUEN 3670 Early Music Ensemble: Baroque Orchestra

David Sariti
2.0 credits
Lecture: R / 7:00-9:00 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 11108

The Baroque Orchestra, directed by David Sariti, offers students the rare opportunity to perform music of the 17th and 18th centuries on the instruments for which it was written, at low pitch. Students use period instruments from the University's extensive collection, receiving personal instruction on the special techniques necessary, and must be accomplished on their modern counterparts.

MUEN 3680: New Music Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0 credit
Lecture: R / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10578

Restricted to Instructor permission by audition on first day of class.

Performance of vocal and instrumental music of the twentieth century.

A one-credit course at the University of Virginia, the New Music Ensemble explores and performs exciting music of our time. The ensemble consists of dedicated instrumentalists, singers and UVa performance faculty. We perform a wide variety of contemporary music suitable to our instrumentation, including new works created by UVa composers.

The New Music Ensemble seeks dedicated instrumentalists and singers to explore and perform a wide variety of contemporary music. To audition, come to the first class with your instrument. If you are interested in joining please contact I-Jen Fang.

Open to UVA students, community musicians and advanced high school students.

 

Spring 2018 Academic Courses

MUSI 1010 Introduction to Music

Bonnie Gordon
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00-11:50 pm / TBA
Class Number: 13394

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Aldona Dye): F / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13395

Section 102 (Aldona Dye): F / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 14991

Section 103 (Aldona Dye): F / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 14992

Sound / Music / Noise

What is the difference between music and sound? What did it feel like to listen to music in a world before car alarms and amplified sound? What were the technological equivalents of headphones and Spotify in previous centuries? When you hear Opera does it make you cringe or swoon? What does your favorite playlist reveal about your identity, your history?   How can you listen more carefully and intentionally to your world? This class is designed to guide you towards answering these questions for yourselves. This class explores primarily Western music in various historical contexts. The class is rooted in the classical music canon.  But it also explores the cultural biases implied by the very notion of a canon.  We will learn new ways to hear a selection of pieces from the musical canon; listening to composition, improvisation, text-music relations, the representation of dramatic stories, the expression of religious ideas, and performance. We will also read what writers of the time said about music. We will get to know some pieces of music extremely well; the aural experience of reading a book until it’s binding has frayed.

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Alex Christie): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 11209

Lecture / Section 2 (Kevin Davis): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 11210

Lecture / Section 3 (Heather Mease): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 11208

Study of the rudiments of music and training in the ability to read music.  Prerequisite: No previous knowledge of music required.

MUSI 1620 History of the Wind Band

William Pease
2.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am - 12:30 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 14993

The class is designed to give an introductory look at wind band music development from the early 20th century to present. The class does not require any previous musical experience.  The course provides students with historical facts surrounding the wind band movement while allowing students to experience the music aurally.

MUSI 1993 Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0 credits
Instructor permission and instructor number required to enroll.

MUSI 2010 Music, Meaning and the Arts

Michael Puri
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / Maury Hall 104
Class Number: 19217

What does music signify, and how does it convey meaning? What cultural significance has it assumed in the West, and how has this changed over time? How does its collaboration with other arts inflect both its significance and its ability to signify?

This lecture course seeks to answer these questions in an inquiry that focuses on Western art music from about 1800 to the present. We will examine revolutionary works by artists such as Beethoven, Wagner, and Stravinsky, alongside equally groundbreaking texts by authors such as Nietzsche, Baudelaire, and Schoenberg. By the end of this course, you should be able to speak and write about music and its role in multimedia works with greater knowledge, fluency, and imagination. Further, you should know much more about the history of Western art and art music through a direct encounter with primary sources, both verbal and sonic. No prior musical experience is required or expected.

MUSI 2070 Popular Musics

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 12:00-12:50 pm / Wilson 402
Class Number: 13637

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Samuel Golter): T / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13638

Section 102 (Samuel Golter): T / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13639

Section 103 (Samuel Golter): T / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 13640

Section 104 (Stephanie Gunst): R / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13641

Section 105 (Stephanie Gunst): R / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13642

Section 106 (Stephanie Gunst): R / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 13643

Section 107 (Emily Mellen): T / 3:00-3:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 14131

Section 108 (Emily Mellen): T / 2:00-2:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 14132

Section 109 (Emily Mellen): T / 4:00-4:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 14133

Section 110 (Hannah Young): R / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 14190

Section 111 (Hannah Young): W / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 14191

Section 112 (Hannah Young): R / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 14192

Scholarly and critical study of music circulated through mass media. Specific topic for the semester (e.g. world popular music, bluegrass, country music, hip-hop, Elvis Presley) announced in advance. No previous knowledge of music required.

Love, fame and money; heartbreak, obscurity and the rise and fall of immense industries. Popular musics touch, move, drive and become almost everyone on the planet, and yet how do we study the songs and sounds we hear everywhere and everyday. What makes music popular? Why do we like music? What identities, values and messages do we share through popular music?

In this course we will connect a dizzying range of popular music genres –from rock to reggae, from global hip hop to country, from EDM to love ballads – tracing fascinating stories that inevitably link love and temptation, money and crime, dreams and death.

Our special topics will include a close look at global hip hop, global rock, and the rise and fall of the recording industries.

MUSI 2120 History of Jazz

Scott DeVeaux
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 1:00-1:50 pm / Maury Hall 209
Class Number: 19218

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Justin Mueller): M / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19219

Section 102 (Justin Mueller): M / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19220

Section 103 (Justin Mueller): M / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19221

Section 104 (Timothy Booth): M / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19222

Section 105 (Timothy Booth): W / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 19223

Section 108 (Timothy Booth): F / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19226

Section 110 (Rami Stucky): W / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19228

Section 111 (Rami Stucky): W / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19229

Section 112 (Rami Stucky): W / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19230

What is the soundscape of our quotidian (everyday) experience? How does it condition our consciousness, and what implicit cultural messages circulate within our ever-changing daily soundtracks? This course focuses our attention not on music highlighted in performance, but on that which we usually take for granted. A close look at how music works in our everyday lives can offer a new awareness of our ongoing experience, open us to choices we never thought we had, and get us wondering about the depths of aesthetic experience.

MUSI 2302 Keyboard Skills (Beginning)

2.0 credits, instructor permission

Lecture / Section 1 (Caitlin Flay): TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 11711

Lecture / Section 2 (Caitlin Flay): TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 13265

Introductory keyboard skills; includes sight-reading, improvisation, and accompaniment at the keyboard in a variety of styles. No previous knowledge of music required. Satisfies the performance requirement for music majors.


MUSI 2304 Keyboard Skills (Intermediate)

John Mayhood
2.0 credits, instructor permission
Lecture: TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / OCH 113
Class Number:  11712

Intermediate keyboard skills for students with some previous musical experience. Satisfies the performance requirement for music majors. Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.


MUSI 2306 Fretboard Harmony

Mike Rosensky
2.0 credits, Instructor Permission
Lecture: MWF / 1:00-1:50 / OCH B012
Class Number: 11713

The level of this course will vary, anywhere from beginning to advanced, each semester depending on the guitar experience of students who enroll. Students should contact Mike Rosensky (mlr5q@virginia.edu) during pre-registration letting him know of their interest in the course and of their intent to show up for the first class of the semester when the level and the make-up of the class will be ultimately determined.

In Fretboard Harmony a theory-based approach will be taken to understanding how musical materials (scales, arpeggios, chord voicings) "fit" on the guitar. The majority of class meeting time is spent with guitars in hand "drilling" new material. Practice methods will be explored, with an emphasis on learning how to practice effectively and efficiently.


MUSI 2340 Learn to Groove

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits
LectureMW / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 13023

"Learn to Groove" hand drumming and rhythmic fluency with Robert Jospe. This is a hands on drumming/percussion class using congas, djembes, claves, shakers, etc. This class is designed to enhance ones knowledge of syncopated patterns associated with jazz, rock, African and Latin American music and to improve ones facility in playing these patterns. This course will follow my book "Learn To Groove" and can include music students, non music students and is open to students of all skill levels. The course requires that students have or purchase a hand drum of their own. Congas, bongos, djembes, doumbeks or any other hand drums are appropriate.


MUSI 2342 Learn to Groove Intermediate

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits
LectureMW / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 13912

"Learn to Groove" hand drumming and rhythmic fluency with Robert Jospe. This is the intermediate level of the class. It is a hands on drumming/percussion class using congas, djembes, claves, shakers, etc. This class is designed to enhance ones knowledge of syncopated patterns associated with jazz, rock, African and Latin American music and to improve ones facility in playing these patterns.

MUSI 2600 Jazz Improvisation

John D'earth
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-5:00 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 12365

The Jazz Improvisation Workshop explores the basic techniques and procedures for improvising in jazz and other musical contexts. No previous jazz or improvising experience is required but students must demonstrate a degree of fluency on their main instrument, an ability to read music and some familiarity with the basics of music theory. An individual interview/audition with the instructor is required before registering for this class.

MUSI 2700 Music and Politics

Nomi Dave
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 19231

Why do elections need election songs, militaries need marches, and activists need anthems? In this introductory course, we will explore the relationship of music and politics, from state-sponsored propaganda to explicit critique. Our aim is to understand the various ways in which music can be political, and politics can be shaped by music. We will consider examples from the US and around the world, including protest songs to and from South Africa, the marketing of Korean girl bands, and musical exchanges between West Africa and the United States. We will also discuss a number of key musical concepts across the course of the semester. No prior musical experience is necessary.

MUSI 2993: Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0 credits
Instructor permission and instructor number required to enroll.

MUSI 3020 Studies in 17th- & 18th-Century Music

Richard Will
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 14997

This class imparts essential tools for understanding music from the years 1680-1800.  We will study numerous musical examples, ranging from symphony and opera to folk song and free improv for keyboard, by composers including but not limited to Handel, Haydn, Vivaldi, De la Guerre, Mozart, Gluck, and J.S. Bach (and his kids).   We will examine composition, improvisation, text-setting, dramatic staging, the religious expression, and performance, and we will also read what writers of the time said about music.  The goal is to help you form your own opinions and interpretations of 18th-century music—not just the examples on the syllabus, but the many others you may encounter as a performer, composer, or listener.

MUSI 3040 Studies in 20th-Century Music

Joel Rubin
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19233

Want to learn why people were beating each other up in the aisles at the premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring? Why Schoenberg’s music is still avant-garde over a century after it’s creation? How the Jazz Age influenced classical music and vice versa? How folk and world musical traditions influenced classical music? What happened to the music under totalitarian regimes? How art movements like Dadaism and Minimalism influenced the direction of music? Why Boulez declared Schoenberg to be dead, and why he and his colleagues were later termed “fascists”? How did post-war music and electronic influence the Beatles and other pop musicians, and how did pop music and jazz feed into the development of minimalism? What is the place of women, and African-American and other minority composers in contemporary music? How did improvisation and Zen Buddhism influence John Cage and other post-war composers? Is John Zorn’s music classical, jazz or something else? And how on earth did Cage land a spot on “I’ve Got a Secret” or the US Navy band end up performing arrangements of Zorn? We cover that and more!

MUSI 3040, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Music, offers insight into understanding the complex developments in Western art music from the turn of the 20th century to the present. We will study numerous compositional movements, composers and their works, looking at aspects such as compositional and performance style and techniques within the broader framework of social, cultural and political movements of the time. We will also read what the composers themselves and other writers from the time said about the music. The goal is to help you form your own opinions and interpretations of the music—not only of the examples that we study in class, but of the many others that you may encounter both during and after this class as performers, composers and/or listeners. While the course materials focus primarily on the Euro-American situation, we will also examine developments more globally, drawing on developments in popular, jazz, folk and world musical traditions.

Fulfills part of the 'Critical and comparative studies in music' requirement for majors. Prerequisite: MUSI 3310

3050 Music and Discourse

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Karl Miller): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 11211

Lecture / Section 2 (Fred Maus): MWF / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13644

Studies the range of music that has flourished since the end  of the 19th century including modernist and post-modern art music, popular music, and world music, through historical, critical, and ethnographic approaches. Prerequisite: The ability to read music, or any three-credit course in music, or instructor permission.

3120 Jazz Studies

Scott DeVeaux
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 19234

 

MUSI 3310 Theory I

Chris Luna
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 13921

Studies the pitch and rhythmic aspects of several musical styles, including European art music, blues, African drumming, and popular music. Focuses on concepts and notation related to scales and modes, harmony, meter, form, counterpoint, and style. Prerequisite:  Ability to read music, and familiarity with basic concepts of pitch intervals and scales.

MUSI 3320 Theory II

Fred Maus
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 14998

Studies pitch and formal organization in European concert music of the 18th and 19th centuries. Includes four-part vocal writing, 18th-century style keyboard accompaniment, key relations, and form. Students compose numerous short passages of music and study significan compositions by period composers.

Prerequisite: MUSI 3310 or instructor permission.

MUSI 3332 and 3334 Musicianship I and II

2.0 credit

These lab courses give practical experience with many aspects of musical perception, performance, and creation. These will include sight-reading and sight-singing; dictation of melody, rhythm, and harmony; aural identification of intervals, chords, and rhythmic patterns; and exercises in musical memory and improvisation. Students meet with the instructor during the first class period of the semester to determine the appropriate level of their first course. Courses may be repeated for credit, but each course may be counted toward the major only once.

MUSI 3332 Musicianship I

Adam Carter
Lecture: MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 11213

MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Rebecca Brown
Lecture: MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 11214

MUSI 3370 Songwriting

Judith Shatin
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19235

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Aaron Stepp): T / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 19236

Section 102 (Aaron Stepp): T / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19237

Section 103 (Aaron Stepp): T / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19238

 

3390 Introduction to Music and Computers

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 20554

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Ben Robertson): TBA
Class Number: 21373

Section 102 (Ben Robertson): TBA
Class Number: 21374

Section 103 (Ben Robertson): TBA
Class Number: 21375

Introduction to Music and Computers in an upper-level introductory course in music technology. Students gain theoretical, historical and practical knowledge of electronic and computer music. An emphasis is placed on creative hands-on experience composing computer music. Theoretical topics include acoustics, recording, digital audio, MIDI, sound synthesis, and audio DSP. Students learn skills in sound-file editing, multitrack sound mixing, sound synthesis, and sound processing. This is a composition class and key assignments are creative in nature.

3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Composing Mixtapes

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 3:30-4:45 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19239

Lab: M / 2:00-3:00 / New Cabell 398
Course Number: 21750

This course focuses on the craft of writing rap songs as well as the collection, selection, and integration of other media to collaborate toward the composition of a class mixtape. Experience writing raps or producing beats will be helpful, but it is not necessary that students have previous experience to take this course. Students will listen to, attempt to deconstruct, create, and evaluate a broad range of music and literature while collaborating on the mixtape. Along with composing the mixtape, students will learn songwriting techniques and some alternate theoretical approaches to composing other hip-hop works.

MUSI 3993 Independent Study

1.0-3.0 credits
Instructor permission and instructor number required to enroll.

MUSI 4520 Critical Studies of Music
Topic: Sound/Body/Gender

Bonnie Gordon
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-4:45 / OCH 113
Class Number: 13645

Can you hear gender? How do bodies experience sound? Why do so many operas stage rape, and how do they resonate with current political discussions? How does Beyoncé use sound to feminist ends in Lemonade? Through readings, class presentations, discussions, blog posts, and analytical papers, you will develop your own understanding of key methods and terms used by music scholars and critics, gender theorists, and activists. These tools will help you hear musical traditions and soundscapes that interest you. Class discussions will push all of us to challenge our assumptions about music, sound, gender, sex, and sexuality. I want you to leave the class thinking clearly about how best to speak and write about the relationships among gender, sexuality, and music. You will develop a range of writing techniques that will carry past your college experience. There are no prerequisites for this class, and non-musicians are welcome. Class assignments will vary and will invite you to read about, write about, listen to, and explore your sound world.

MUSI 4523 Issues in Ethnomusicology
Topic: What Good is Music?

Nomi Dave
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 / OCH 107
Class Number: 19240

Human beings expect a lot of music. In our daily lives, we often speak about the ‘power of music’ – music’s ability to uplift, heal, transform, and improve. Bono says that music can change the world, while Longfellow describes it as a universal language. The conductor José Antonio Abreu even argues that music can end poverty. Such imaginaries not only hold that music is good, but that it does good out in the world, by transcending politics and divisions and making people more empathetic and virtuous, more intelligent. But, what are the ideologies and assumptions behind these views? Why does music evoke such strong claims – and why are these claims made about some genres more than others? In this course, we will explore the ways in which music is often imagined in relation to self-transformation and social change. We will examine a number of projects that use music to affect political and social change, and will consider where they work and where they don’t. In doing so, we will listen and think about the limits and possibilities of musical activism.

MUSI 4547 Materials of Contemporary Music: Undergraduate Seminar on Timbre

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 20558

Materials of Contemporary Music: Undergraduate Seminar on Timbre, is a composer oriented course which focuses on the analysis and application of techniques primarily concerned with timbre or tone color. We will examine music of the last century and observe how composers and researchers have approached timbre. An emphasis is placed on creative hands-on experience. Students will learn skills in analyzing, orchestrating, resynthesizing, and composing with timbre. Timbre will be used as a catalyst to explore pitch, time, space, perception, and color. Assignments will be creative in nature and will apply concepts explored in the course.

4559 New Course in Music
Topic: The Black Voice

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 6:00-7:15 pm / TBA
Class Number: 19241

This course focuses on critical analyses of and questions concerning “The Black Voice” as it pertains to hip-hop culture, particularly rap and related popular musics. Students will read, analyze, discuss a wide range of thinkers [artists included] to explore many conceptions and definitions of “Blackness” while examining popular artists and the statements they make in [and about] their art.

4559 New Course in Music
Topic: Orchestration II

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 20559

This course examines the evolution of orchestral music through the lens of tone color and its increasing primacy in musical aesthetics.  We will study the evolving styles of orchestration, from the Classical era through present-day Spectralism.  In the process we will familiarize ourselves with a series of orchestral masterworks spanning these eras.  Styles will be studied through emulation: students will create short orchestrations in the style of composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, and Saariaho.  Close students will be able to select orchestral works, and composers, they are interested in studying in detail.  Students may be asked to bring instruments to class for demonstration purposes.

Prerequisite:  Orchestration I, or instructor permission. It is expected that students will have some composition or arranging experience, or some knowledge of orchestral repertoire.

Prerequisite: Orchestration I or instructor permission.

4559 New Course in Music
Topic: ReSounding the Archives: Musical Responses to U.S. Conflicts

Elizabeth Ozment
3.0 credits
Lecture: M / 3:30-6:00 / NCH 042
Class Number: 21360

What lessons do music archives hold about community mobilization and the prevention or provocation of revolution? Does art condition our perceptions of ourselves and our neighbors? Can music desensitize us to violence? In this course we will read about nationalist and ethnic ruptures that are both historical and painfully present in U.S. society. We will discuss multimedia responses to political conflicts, and other creative ways in which Americans wrestle with conveying the meaning of war. There will be opportunities for us to collaborate with undergraduate students from other Virginia universities, and with researchers from outside museums and libraries. We will research sheet music from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, and design a multimedia museum exhibit based on our research findings. In doing so, we will invigorate our university’s archives, and engage in a multi-sensory study of the past.

4582 Composition II

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 20560

Composition 2 is an advanced undergraduate music composition course. Students will receive a combination of weekly individual lessons intermixed with monthly group sessions. The course will provide a forum for students to listen, discuss, workshop, develop, and explore inspirations, compositions, and ideas. Over the course of the semester, students are expected to compose a large-scale work or a series of smaller works for the instrumentation and in the style of their choosing (including electronics).

Note: individual lesson times may be scheduled outside the listed course times. Lesson times will be scheduled the first day of class. 

Prerequisite: MUSI 3380, 3390, or permission from the instructor. Students are expected to have some prior composition experience and must be proficient with standard music notation. The course can be repeated for credit.

4610 Sound Synthesis and Control: Designing New Musical Instruments

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 / TBA
Class Number: 19242

New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) is a field that explores new ways of performing music with technology. NIME is interdisciplinary, incorporating perspectives from music, sculpture, engineering, human-computer interaction (HCI), and design. In this class we will learn the basic skills needed to design and build new musical instruments. We will implement real-time digital sound synthesis algorithms using the PureData visual programming language, which will run on the Bela embedded audio system. And we will use electronics sensors to measure user’s gestures as input data. The class is primarily project based, and we will prototype a number of new musical instruments and interactions. Students are expected to have experience using computers for music-making, such as MUSI 3390 or MUSI 2350, and experience with PureData or Max is highly desirable.

4720 Instrumental Conducting II

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 3:30-4:45 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13936

This course is designed to continue the progress of students on the path toward mastering all requisite skills necessary to be an effective instrumental conductor.  Score study and preparation will form the backbone of the course.  The physical technique of conducting will be analyzed and practiced.  Students will continue to develop their own voice as concert programmers, and will hone their inner ear and musical ideation.

Prerequisite: Instrumental Conducting I, or instructor permission

4760 Choral Conducting II

Michael Slon
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 19243

 

MUSI 4993: Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0 credits
Instructor permission and instructor number required to enroll

 

Spring 2018 Graduate Courses

MUSI 7510 Cultural and Historical Studies of Music
Topic: Studies in Music and Memory

Karl Hagstrom-Miller
3.0 credits
Lecture: M / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19244

 

MUSI 7520 Current Studies in Research and Criticism
Topic: Inventing Folk Music

Richard Will
3.0 credits
Lecture: R / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19245

Recent studies of folk music have emphasized the political, social, and aesthetic agendas informing its collection and performance, and its use in constructing and enforcing boundaries of class, race, region, and nation.  This seminar will focus on the invention of an Anglo-American folk tradition from the 18th century through the present, and its role in defining whiteness.  Examples will range from the earliest collections of Scottish and Irish music to recent representations of musical Appalachia.  Students will have the opportunity to explore these and other traditions in individual projects.  Musical experience is not necessary, and students from all humanities disciplines are welcome.

MUSI 7526 Topics in Ethnomusicology

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: W / 2:00-4:30 pm / Wilson 117
Class Number: 21366

 

MUSI 7540 Music & Movement

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Lecture: M / 5:00-7:30 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 21364

Music and movement seem to be linked in a number of ways, including through dance, the actions required to perform musical instruments, the idea of a musical gesture, and our experience of movement when listening to music. In this seminar we will explore these relationships through readings and discussion. We will learn about technologies for capturing physical movement. We will explore ways that movement data can be mapped into sound. And we will create musical works based on these ideas and technologies.

MUSI 7584 Proseminar Computer Music Composition

Judith Shatin
3.0 credits
Lecture: W / 3:30-6:00 pm / Wilson 133
Class Number: 19247

 

Spring 2018 Ensembles

MUBD 2601 Basketball Band

Andrew Koch
2.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 6:00-8:00 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 12653

The Basketball Band performs at every home men's and women's basketball game at the John Paul Jones Arena and all post season tournament games. Much of the music must be performed memorized. New music is introduced on a weekly basis. Students enrolling in Basketball Band must be a member of the current year's marching band course (MUBD 2610, 2620, 2630, or 2640).

MUEN 2600 Concert Band

Andrew Koch
1.0 credits
Lecture: W / 6:25-8:45 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 11173

 

MUEN 2690, 3690 and 4690 African Music and Dance Ensemble

Michelle Kisliuk
2.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 5:45-7:30 pm / OCH 107

(registration number depends on student seniority in the ensemble)

MUEN 2690
Class Number: 13599

MUEN 3690
Class Number: 13290

MUEN 4690
Class Number: 13031

The African Music and Dance Ensemble is a practical, hands-on course focusing on several music/dance forms from Western and Central Africa with performances during and at the end of the semester. Though no previous experience with music or dance is required, we will give special attention to developing tight ensemble dynamics, aural musicianship, and a polymetric sensibility. Concentration, practice, and faithful attendance are required of each class member, the goal being to develop an ongoing U.Va. African Music and Dance Ensemble.

MUEN 3600 Jazz Ensemble

John D'earth
2.0 credits
Lecture: MR / 7:30-9:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11174

Led by internationally recognized jazz trumpeter/composer John D'earth, the Jazz Ensemble is a full-sized jazz big band, whose focus includes “head arrangements” group improvisation, world music and original compositions from within the band, along with music ranging from swing to bop to fusion. You'll gain valuable experience in ensemble playing and in the art of solo improvisation, and may take private instruction in jazz improvisation, perform in small combos and participate in jazz workshops held by such major figures as Michael Brecker, John Abercrombi, Dave Leibman, Bob Moses, Clark Terry, and Joe Henderson.

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3610 Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

Ben Rous, Conductor
2.0 credits

Strings

Lecture / Section 100: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 11175

Sectionals: M / 5:30-7:00 pm

Section 101: Pete Spaar (Double Bass) / OCH B012
Class Number: 11177

Section 103: Ayn Balija (Viola) / OCH 113
Class Number: 11178

Section 104: Daniel Sender (Violin) / OCH 107
Class Number: 11179

Section 105: David Sariti (Violin) / OCH B018
Class Number: 11180

Section 106: Adam Carter (Cello) / OCH S004
Class Number: 12782

 

Brass / Woodwinds / Percussion

Lecture / Section 200: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 11176

Sectionals: W / 5:15-6:15 pm

Section 201: Elizabeth Roberts (Bassoon) / OCH B020
Class Number: 11181

Section 202: Shawn Earle (Clarinet) / TBA
Class Number: 11182

Section 203: Kelly Sulick (Flute) / OCH B019
Class Number: 11183 

Section 204: Katy Ambrose (Horn) / OCH 113
Class Number: 11184

Section 205: Kelly Peral (Oboe) / TBA
Class Number: 11185

Section 206: I-Jen Fang (Percussion) / B018
Class Number: 11186

Section 207: Rachel Duncan (Trumpet) / 107
Class Number: 11187

Section 208: Nate Lee (Trombone) / B012
Class Number: 11188

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3620 Wind Ensemble

Bill Pease
2.0 credits
Lecture: M / 6:50-9:00 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building / Room 200
Class Number: 11709

The Wind Ensemble is a 45-member ensemble that features the most outstanding brass, woodwind, and percussion players at the University. The focus of this ensemble is to explore new literature as well as perform the masterworks of the wind band era. The wind ensemble also works with outstanding guest performers and conductors. This group is predominately made up of non-music majors who enjoy the genre of the wind band. Open to all University of Virginia students, auditions are held prior to the start of each semester. For more information on the Wind Ensemble, please visit our webpage at: http://music.virginia.edu/wind-ensemble.

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 1: Percussion Chamber Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0 credit
Lecture: T / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11189

Restricted to Instructor permission by audition on first day of class.

Re-established in spring 2005 by I-Jen Fang, principal timpanist and percussionist with Charlottesville Symphony, the Percussion Ensemble is a chamber group that performs literature ranging from classical transcriptions to contemporary music. The ensemble draws upon a large family of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, and the number of players and amount of equipment varies greatly from piece to piece. Music reading skills and basic percussion technique on all percussion instruments is required. Previous percussion ensemble experience is highly recommended. If you are interested in joining please contact I-Jen Fang.

MUEN 3630, Section 2: Woodwind Ensemble

Elizabeth Roberts
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 11190

Explore, rehearse and perform woodwind chamber music, including both standard and more obscure works. Focus on developing chamber music playing skills, learning the tendencies of the woodwind instruments, developing musicianship, and enjoying making and sharing music! Instructor permission and audition required.

MUEN 3630, Section 3: Horn Ensemble

Katy Ambrose
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 11191

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 5: Flute Ensemble

Kelly Sulick
1.0 credit
Lecture: T / 5:00-7:00 / OCH S004
Class Number: 11192

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 7: Woodwind Quintet

Shawn Earle
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 11193

Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 8: Brass Quintet

Rachel Duncan
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 11194

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630 Jazz Chamber Ensemble

1.0 credit, Instructor permission by audition.

Lecture / Section 10: Pete Spaar / R / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11195

Lecture / Section 11: Jeff Decker / T / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11196

Lecture / Section 12: Mike Rosensky / F / 2:00-3:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11197

Lecture / Section 13: Pete Spaar / F / 12:30-2:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11198

MUEN 3630 Chamber Music Ensemble

1.0 credit, Instructor permission by audition.

Lecture: / Section 15: Daniel Sender / TBA
Class Number: 11200

Lecture: / Section 16: David Sariti / TBA
Class Number: 11201

Lecture: / Section 17: Ayn Balija / TBA
Class Number: 11202

Lecture: / Section 18: Adam Carter / TBA
Class Number: 11203

MUEN 3630, Section 19: Trombone Ensemble

Nate Lee
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 13032

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition. Contact Nathaniel Lee to schedule an audition.

MUEN 3630, Section TBA: Double Reed Ensemble

Kelly Peral
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: TBA

Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3640 Klezmer Ensemble

Joel Rubin
2.0 credit
Lecture: MW / 7:30-9:30 pm / Mondays: OCH 113 / Wednesdays: OCH B018
Class Number: 13713

Under the direction of Director of Music Performance and acclaimed clarinetist and ethnomusicologist Joel Rubin, the UVA Klezmer Ensemble is made up of both undergraduate and graduate students from across grounds, faculty, alumni and other members of the greater Central Virginia community, and is dedicated to exploring klezmer and other Jewish and eastern European musical traditions from the 18th to the 21st century. The ensemble is committed to ethnic, racial, cultural and religious diversity. Now in its eleventh year, the Klezmer Ensemble at UVA performs at the end of each semester. The group has also become a vital part of the musical community of Central/Northern Virginia and has appeared at clubs, festivals, conferences, benefits and other events throughout Virginia.

Klezmer was brought to North America by immigrants around the turn of the last century. Since the 1970s, a dynamic revival of this tradition has been taking place in America and beyond. Klezmer’s recent popularity has brought it far from its roots in Jewish tradition and into mainstream popular culture.

Each year the ensemble is coached by and plays together with renowned guest artists. Our guest artist for Spring 2018 will be Paul Brody. The concert is on Thursday, April 19 at 8 pm in Old Cabell, with rehearsals and other events on the Sunday-Wednesday leading up to the concert. Paul Brody is an American trumpeter, composer, sound installation artist, and writer based in Berlin, Germany. His work explores the relationship between spoken word and melody through radio art, sound installation, composition, and performance. We will work on his compositions and guided improvisations. http://paulbrody.net.

Auditions will be during the first class-period, Jan. 17, 7:30-9:30 in OCH 113 or by appointment.

For more information, please see: http://music.virginia.edu/klezmer and http://music.virginia.edu/auditions

MUEN 3645 Bluegrass Workshop

Richard Will
1.0 credit, Instructor permission
Lecture: T / 7:00-8:00 pm / Eunoia
Class Number: 13737

This course seeks to develop the playing, singing, and improvising skills necessary for the idomatic performance of bluegrass music, while also providing an opportunity for discussion of its origins and development.  Appropriate for experienced players working to improve their knowledge or for players versed in other genres to learn new styles.

MUEN 3646 Bluegrass Band

Richard Will
1.0 credit, Instructor permission
Lecture: T / 6:00-7:00 pm / Eunoia
Class Number: 15457

This course seeks to develop the advanced playing, singing, improvising, and collaborating skills necessary to perform in a traditional bluegrass band, along with knowledge of bluegrass history and repertoire.

Prerequisite: MUEN 3645

MUEN 3650 University Singers

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 11205

The University Singers is the University's premier SATB ensemble, performing a cappella and accompanied choral literature ranging from chant to the works of contemporary composers. Past repertoire has included Bach's Mass in B minor, Orff's Carmina Burana, the Duruflé Requiem, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, as well as shorter a cappella works. Recent trips have taken the group to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., as well as the campuses of other American universities for collaborative concerts. The group has also been heard on European tours in England, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland. Recent highlights have included performances with the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, a concert and workshop with Bobby McFerrin, and a concert tour of the Southeastern U.S.

Students in the University Singers come from all six of UVA's undergraduate schools, including Arts and Sciences, Education, and Engineering, as well as several of the University's graduate and professional schools. Together, they enjoy an esprit de corps that arises from the pursuit of musical excellence and the camaraderie the singers develop offstage.

All singers at the University - undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to audition. University Singers is offered for two hours academic credit. Michael Slon, who has conducted choruses at the Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music, is the conductor. For more information on the University Singers, please visit our webpage

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3651 Chamber Singers

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
Lecture: F / 1:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 11204

Chamber Singers is a select ensemble drawn from the University Singers. The ensemble meets once a week and focuses on music for chamber choir ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary pieces. Recent performances have included the Monteverdi Mass for 4 voices (1651), Britten'sHymn to St. Cecilia, and Bach's Cantata 150, as well as contemporary works by Meredith Monk and Eric Whitacre, and arrangements of classic jazz standards by Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and the King's Singers. Interested singers will be considered for the chamber ensemble as part of their University Singers audition. For more information, please visit our webpage.

Restricted to: Instructor permission

MUEN 3657 Voice for Stage

Pamela Beasley / Brenda Patterson
2.0 credits
Lecture: R / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 15456

MUEN 3660 Ensemble Music with Piano

John Mayhood
2.0 credits
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 21538

Studies in the preparation and performance of ensemble music with piano. Focus is on the development of collaborative skills and a practical understanding of cultural and theoretical context. Repertoire to be studied varies from semester to semester.

MUEN 3670 Early Music Ensemble: Baroque Orchestra

David Sariti
2.0 credits
Lecture: R / 7:00-9:00 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 11710

The Baroque Orchestra, directed by David Sariti, offers students the rare opportunity to perform music of the 17th and 18th centuries on the instruments for which it was written, at low pitch. Students use period instruments from the University's extensive collection, receiving personal instruction on the special techniques necessary, and must be accomplished on their modern counterparts.

MUEN 3680 New Music Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0 credit
Lecture: R / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11206

Restricted to Instructor permission by audition on first day of class.

Performance of vocal and instrumental music of the twentieth century.

A one-credit course at the University of Virginia, the New Music Ensemble explores and performs exciting music of our time. The ensemble consists of dedicated instrumentalists, singers and UVa performance faculty. We perform a wide variety of contemporary music suitable to our instrumentation, including new works created by UVa composers.

The New Music Ensemble seeks dedicated instrumentalists and singers to explore and perform a wide variety of contemporary music. To audition, come to the first class with your instrument. If you are interested in joining please contact I-Jen Fang.

Open to UVA students, community musicians and advanced high school students.

Address

McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu