Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Academic Courses

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (TBA): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10698

Lecture / Section 2 (TBA): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10699

Lecture / Section 3 (TBA): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10700

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 Musics

Nick Rubin
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 12:00-12:50 am / Maury 209
Class Number: 12285

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (TBA): T / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12286

Section 102 (TBA): T / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12287

Section 103 (TBA): T / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 12288

Section 104 (TBA): R / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12289

Section 105 (TBA): R / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12290

Section 106 (TBA): R / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 12291

Section 107 (TBA): T / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12296

Section 108 (TBA): T / 2:00-2:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 12297

Section 109 (TBA): T / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 12298

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 2080 American Music

Anna Nisnevich
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 12:00-12:50 am / Wilson 301
Class Number: 19570

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (TBA): M / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19572

Section 102 (TBA): M / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19573

Section 103 (TBA): M / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19574

Section 104 (TBA): W / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19575

Section 105 (TBA): W / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19576

Section 106 (TBA): W / 11:00-11:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19577

 

MUSI 2302 Keyboard Skills (Beginning)

2.0 credits, instructor permission

Lecture / Section 1 (TBA): TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 11074

Lecture / Section 2 (TBA): TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 12027

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:  11075

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

MUSI 2340 Learn to Groove

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits
LectureMW / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 11889

"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: 12490

"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 2450 Managing Anxiety and Improving Performance with Alexander Technique

Sandra Bain Cushman
1.0 credit
Lecture: T / 5:00-7:00 / OCH 107
Class Number: 14524

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: 11511

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 3020 Studies 17th- & 18th-Century Music

Richard Will
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00-12:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 13063

 

MUSI 3040 20th- and 21st-Century Music

Joel Rubin
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 13459

 

MUSI 3050 Music and Discourse

TBA
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 10701

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.

MUSI 3070 Intro to Musical Ethnography

Nomi Dave
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 / OCH 107
Class Number: 18444

Why and how does music matter to human beings? What does musical experience look / sound / feel like to particular people and communities? And how can these stories be told ethically and creatively? This course introduces students to the study of music as a fundamentally social practice, through the research method of ethnography. In music, this approach looks beyond notes and musical structures to think of music as part of everyday human life. Our discussions will address key debates in anthropology and ethnomusicology surrounding the ethics and politics of doing research with and representing the experiences of people and communities. The ethics of listening – to sound and to each other – is at the heart of these discussions. As a class, we will develop a year-long ethnographic project, working collectively and collaboratively with a small number of musicians in Charlottesville. Together with the artists, we will design a project that creatively represents the stories of their musical lives. We will also work with WTJU radio to learn recording and production techniques for creative and ethical story-telling.

**THIS IS A YEAR-LONG CLASS** -- Please note that this class is a year-long Civic Engagement course. It will still fulfill the MUSI requirements towards the major, as a core course (1st semester) + elective (2nd semester) 

MUSI 3120 Jazz Studies

Scott DeVeaux
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 11:00-11:50 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 13460

 

MUSI 3310 Theory I

TBA
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 9:00-9:50 / OCH B012
Class Number: 12494

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 3320 Theory II

TBA
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 11:00-11:50 / OCH 113
Class Number: 13064

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 (Adam Carter): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 10702


MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Lecture (TBA): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 10703

MUSI 3390 Introduction to Computers and Music

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 12:30-1:45 / OCH B012
Class Number: 14038

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (TBA): W / 9:00-9:50 / OCH B011
Class Number: TBA

Section 102 (TBA): W / 10:00-10:50 / OCH B011
Class Number: TBA

Section 103 (TBA): W / 11:00-11:50 / OCH B011
Class Number: TBA

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 3993 Independent Study

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

MUSI 4509 Cultural and Historical Studies in Music

Anna Nisnevich
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-4:45 / OCH 113
Class Number: 18445

 

MUSI 4523 Issues in Ethnomusicology

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 13465

 

 

MUSI 4526 Topics in Ethnomusicology

Nomi Dave
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 18447

 

MUSI 4547 Materials of Contemporary Music

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 14039

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 4559 New Course in Music

Michele Zaccagnini
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 3:30-4:45 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 18448

 

MUSI 4582 Composition II

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: W / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 14040

 

MUSI 4610 Sound Synthesis and Control

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 / OCH B011
Class Number: 13466

 

MUSI 4620 Audiovisual Enrivonments

Michele Zaccagnini
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00-12:15 / OCH B011
Class Number: 18449

The course provides a comprehensive understanding of audiovisual composition, its current standards, its present and foreseeable ramifications in the online multimedia culture. Students will create several audiovisual pieces using different techniques that will be explained and demonstrated in class. 

Techniques that will explored include but are not limited to: audio-reactive techniques, texture building and mapping, video manipulation, interactive audio-visuals, shaders (graphic programming and code), 3D sound mapping, CPU vs GPU programming, audiovisuals in a physics environment.

The audiovisual programming work will be centered in MaxMSP with a focus on its Jitter environment. Javascript will also be employed both as an add-on to Jitter and as a way to build simple Web programs in p5. Some experience in programming either graphic programming such as Max, Pure Data or Open Music and/or coding experience is required.

Prerequisite: Instructor Permission

MUSI 4720 Instrumental Conducting II

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 3:30-4:45 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 12499

 

 

MUSI 4950 Performance Concentration Seminar

Daniel Sender
3.0 credits
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 14427

 

MUSI 4993: Independent Study

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

 

Spring 2019 Graduate Courses

MUSI 7510 Cultural and Historical Studies

Scott DeVeaux
3.0 credits 
Lecture: M / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 13468

 

MUSI 7520 Current Studies in Research and Criticism

Michael Puri
3.0 credits 
Lecture: R / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 13469

 

MUSI 7524 Field Research/Ethnography

Michelle Kisliuk
3.0 credits 
Lecture: W / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 18451

 

MUSI 7550 Sound Synthesis & Control

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

 

MUSI 7584 Proseminar in Composition

Michele Zaccagnini
3.0 credits
Lecture: T / 2:00-4:30 / OCH S008
Class Number: 13471

 

Address

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

Email: music@virginia.edu