Spring 2017 Courses

MUSI 1010 Introduction to Music

Richard Will
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:20 pm / Gilmer 190
Class Number: 13641

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Justin Mueller): F / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008r4
Class Number: 13642

Section 102 (Justin Mueller): F / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13643

Section 103 (Justin Mueller): F / 11:00-11:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 13644

What is music?  How does it work?  Why do we listen to it?  We will study numerous examples, focusing on Western "classical" music, opera, religious music, musical theater, and film music.  We will discuss all the activities that make up the experience of music, including but not limited to composing, improvising, dancing, performing, recording, marketing, selling, listening, and watching.   We will ask how music shapes identities, our own and those of many different communities from the 18th century to the present.  The goal is to help you form your own informed opinions about music, not just the examples on the syllabus but any music you may encounter.  No musical experience necessary.

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Jeff Decker): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10867

Lecture / Section 2 (Aaron Stepp): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10868

Lecture / Section 3 (Kyle Chattleton): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10866

Lecture / Section 4 (Victor Szabo): MWF / 12:00-12:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 21440

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 / 11:00-11:50 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 19878

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 2070 Popular Music

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 12:00-12:50 am / Maury 209
Class Number: 13997

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Tracey Stewart): T / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13998

Section 102 (Tracey Stewart): T / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13999

Section 103 (Tracey Stewart): T / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 14000

Section 104 (Timothy Booth): R / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 14001

Section 105 (Timothy Booth): R / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 14002

Section 106 (Timothy Booth): R / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 14003

Section 107 (Ryan Maguire): T / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 14689

Section 108 (Ryan Maguire): T / 11:00-11:50 am / Pavilion VIII 103
Class Number: 14690

Section 109 (Ryan Maguire): T / 2:00-2:50 pm/ OCH 113
Class Number: 14691

Section 110 (Rami Stucky): R / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 14805

Section 111 (Rami Stucky): R / 2:00-2:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 14806

Section 112 (Rami Stucky): R / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 14807

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 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: 11452

Lecture / Section 2 (Caitlin Flay): TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 13450

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:  11453

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: 11454

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: 13121

"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: 14418

"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 2370 Making Rock

Ted Coffey
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-4:20 pm / Maury 104
Class Number: 15021

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Ben Robertson): W / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 15022

Section 102 (Ben Robertson): W / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 15023

Section 103 (Ben Robertson): W / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 15024

Section 104 (Alex Christie): M / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 19880

Section 105 (Alex Christie): M / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19881

Section 106 (Alex Christie): M / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19882

An introduction to rock from the 1950's to the present, comprising musical, cultural and technological histories and compositional projects, informed by the points of view and poetic processes of their makers. The course is organized around musical and poetic foundations such as the backbeat, affect, control vs. abandon, distortion, production, the solo, and lyric innovation. Creative assignments involve producing musical expressions of rock.

MUSI 2559 Composer/Performer Collaboration

Shawn Earle
2.0 credits
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: TBA

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 2600 Jazz Improvisation

John D'earth
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-5:00 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 12285

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 in 17th- & 18th-Century Music

Richard Will
4.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 19883

MUSI 3050 Music and Discourse

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Karl Miller): MWF / 10:00-10:50 / OCH B012
Class Number: 10879

Lecture / Section 2 (Amy Coddington): MWF / 1:00-1:50 / OCH 113
Class Number: 14004

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 3090 Performance in Africa

Michelle Kisliuk
4.0 credits
Seminar: T / 3:30-5:00 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 13452

Lab Section:

Section 101 (Lydia Warren): TR / 5:30-7:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 13584

Explores performance in Africa through reading, discussion, audio and video examples, and hands-on practice. Tuesday afternoon (4:00-5:10) is the seminar meeting,  then the course meets together on Tu/Thu the evening with African Music and Dance Ensemble.* Students in Music 3090 are automatically part of the current semester's UVA African Music and Dance Ensemble. Your role in the Ensemble as learner and performer is crucial to your overall work in the course (also see description for MUEN 3690).

We will explore African music/dance styles, their sociomusical circumstances and processes, as well as performed resistances and responses to the colonial and post/neo-colonial encounter. In addition, we will address the politics and processes involved in translating performance practices from one cultural context to another. Each student's personal relationship to the material/experience will be integrated into study.

Readings, discussions, and written work will focus heavily on topics and issues related to the main music/dance traditions that we are learning to perform this semester, though we may venture beyond those areas from time to time. The course will explore both "traditional" and "popular" styles, leading us to question those categories. As we near the end of the semester, our discussions will focus in part on issues and planning around our ensemble concert in April.

MUSI 3310 Theory I

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Aldona Dye): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 13645

Lecture / Section 2 (Stephanie Doktor): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 14427

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

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Fred Maus): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 19884

Lecture / Section 2 (Victor Szabo): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 10880

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 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 B012
Class Number: 10881

Lecture / Section 2 (Victoria Clark): MWF / 9:00-9:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 21857

MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Lecture (Eli Stine): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 10882

MUSI 3400 Ecoacoustics

Matthew Burtner
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 / OCH 107
Class Number: 13773


MUSI 3559 Making Art in/with Communities (New Course)

Peter Bussigel / Kathryn Schetlick
3.0 credits
Lecture/Section 1: T / 4:00-4:50 & R / 4:00-6:00 / Maury 113
Class Number: 20640


MUSI 3559 Women and Music (New Course)

Elizabeth Ozment
3.0 credits
Lecture/Section 2: TR / 3:30-5:00 / Maury 110
Class Number: 21158

This course examines women’s perspectives about music, and dominant perceptions of women’s participation in music. We will take a global approach to exploring to exploring women’s roles as creators, performers, patrons, and consumers of popular and art music traditions. We will read and discuss recent and sometimes controversial scholarship from the fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, feminist literary criticism, and cultural studies. The course will be organized topically, allowing for a comparative music study.

MUSI 3993 Independent Study

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

MUSI 4510 Cultural and Historical Studies
Topic: Music of Multicultural America

Joel Rubin
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am -12:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 15030

“Music of Multicultural America” looks at American traditional and popular musics from a cross-cultural and multi-ethnic perspective. We will examine the traditions most often called “roots music,” including African-American blues and southern old-time string band music, which influenced the development of rock and roll and country and western. We will also study a wide range of other ethnic musical traditions, from Native American pow wows and Cajun to salsa, klezmer and Balkan-Gypsy-punk, which have influenced popular music-making of the past twenty-five years. Along the way we will treat a complex and shifting web of associated ideas, such as authenticity, heritage, nationalism, and multiculturalism, and the musical or music-marketing categories of folk, roots, indie rock, neo-cabaret, and world music. We will ask how “roots” traditions have fed into definitions of “American-ness” over the years, and whether recent trends represent signs of America’s transforming itself into a post-ethnic, post-racial society. This course is designed for music majors, but others may apply with instructor permission. For non-majors, musical literacy is not a requirement. It fulfills the Second Writing Requirement.

MUSI 4520 Critical Studies of Music
Topic: Music, Sound, and Embodiment

Fred Maus
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 / OCH 113
Class Number: 14005


MUSI 4535 Interactive Media
Topic: Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble (MICE)

Peter Bussigel
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 6:00-7:15 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 21162

Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble (MICE) is an advanced seminar in composition, software programming and intermedia performance. The class explores the theoretical and practical aspects of composing and performing real-time interactive multimedia with computers. Emphasis is placed on gaining a deeper and more personal understanding of the possibilities of human-computer interaction in music and the arts. Students in the class form the Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble (MICE) and create new works for the group to perform. Musicians are encouraged to join MICE, and this class meets a composition requirement for the Music Major. Creative and technology-oriented students from the other Arts Departments and Engineering are also encouraged to join the class as we will focus on intermedia approaches to live performance with technology.

MUSI 4545 Computer Applications in Music

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 4:00-5:15 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 15786

Discussion Section (Jon Bellona): R / 2:00-2:50 / OCH B011
Class Number: 21290

This course focuses on understanding and implementing audio effects and using them for musical projects. We will cover the signal processing involved in audio effects such as delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, distortion and compression, and we will implement these effects as Audio Unit plugins by programming in C/C++. We will emphasize the musical application of our designs, and as a final project students will have the opportunity to create a unique new effect that addresses their own musical goals. Previous programming experience is helpful but not required, as we will cover the necessary fundamentals.

MUSI 4559 Performance Studies in Classical Music (New Course)

Peter D'Elia
2.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / B012
Class Number: 21482

What is performance, and how does it convey meaning? Where does the musical work lie, and can we know authorial intention? What does research tell us about how classical music has been performed in the past, and how might this knowledge change our own performance choices and interpretive process? In this class, we will explore these and related questions from a variety of viewpoints, drawing from the field of Performance Studies as well as scholarship on score analysis and performance, recording analysis, and historical performance practice. In addition to reading, discussing and writing about these broad questions, the class will allow you to reflect on your own approach to performance and to undertake a practice-based performance research project.

MUSI 4620 Audio Visual Environments

Peter Bussigel
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 12:30-1:45 / Wilson Hall Makers Space
Class Number: 21180

This is a course in audiovisual composition and time-based new media. Over the course of the semester, you will create fixed video pieces, learn interactive & real-time audiovisual techniques, and explore sculptural & networked approaches to combining sound and light.

MUSI 4720 Instrumental Conducting II

Kate Tamarkin
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00-12:15 / OCH 107
Class Number: 14451

This course is a continuation of MUSI 4710, and is open only by instructor permission to those who have not taken MUSI 4710.  It continues the study of the art and craft of instrumental conducting, focusing upon conducting and rehearsal techniques as applied to an orchestra.  It includes instrumental transpositions, score reading, and clef reading.  There is a strong focus upon the physical technique of conducting along with exploring the aspects of musicianship that go into forming a musical interpretation.

MUSI 4770 Choral Arranging

Michael Slon
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 / OCH B012
Class Number: 21181

This class will explore the art of writing for chorus and small vocal ensemble, and will aim at developing practical skills in creating and transcribing arrangements. Students will study a variety of examples from the repertoire, and attention will be paid to fundamentals of writing for the voice, setting text, etc. In addition the class will serve as workshop chorus, such that student arrangements can be performed and studied in the classroom.

Prerequisites: MUSI 3310 or Instructor permission. A basic knowledge of music theory, and a basic ability to sing from written sources will prove essential.

MUSI 4993: Independent Study

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


Spring 2017 Graduate Courses

MUSI 7509 Cultural and Historical Studies
Topic: Humor and Music

Michael Puri
3.0 credits 
Lecture: T / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19885

As a rule, we don't take humor seriously enough. This seminar seeks to improve this situation by shining a spotlight on musical humor, one of its most powerful and pervasive manifestations. How does musical humor work? Where do we find it? What are the available theoretical frameworks for humor, and how might we apply them critically to an understanding of musical humor in particular? We will cast our net widely to answer these questions. Authors will include the likes of Bergson, Freud, Jameson, Hutcheon, Dyer, and Žižek, while topics will include irony, parody, pastiche, satire, camp, minstrelsy, the grotesque, the carnivalesque, and even seriousness itself--the straight man in the history of humor. Listenings will focus on Western classical music but will also incorporate other traditions as necessary. An ability to decipher and interpret musical scores will be helpful, but is not strictly required.

MUSI 7519 Current Studies in Research and Criticism

Karl Hagstrom Miller
3.0 credits 
Lecture: M / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 15864


MUSI 7523 Issues in Ethnomusicology

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits 
Lecture: W / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: TBA



MUSI 7540 Digital Signal Processing for Musicians

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Lecture: M / 3:00-5:30 /OCH  B011
Class Number: 14692

As musicians and composers we frequently use software tools to modify digital sound. Our ability to effectively deploy these techniques can be improved by understanding what digital sound is, how sounds are changed by these processes, and how they work “under the hood.” Audio Digital Signal Processing (DSP) may seem like technical wizardry, but in this class we will begin to demystify the processes and terms.  What is the frequency domain and why is it important? How does a Fourier Transform work?  What is a filter, how is one built, and why do some of them have poles? Etc. The class will be both hands-on (we will be analyzing and modifying sounds by writing code in Matlab), and theoretical (which may require re-acquainting yourself with some math).

MUSI 7547 Materials of Contemporary Music

Ted Coffey
3.0 Credits
Lecture: R / 5:00-7:30 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19886


MUSI 7582 Composition

3.0 credits

MUSI 8820: Advanced Composition

3.0 credits

MUSI 8840: Advanced Composition

3.0 credits

MUSI 8910: Supervised Research

3.0 credits
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by first-year graduate students.

MUSI 8920: Supervised Research

3.0 credits

MUSI 8960: Thesis

3.0 credits

MUSI 8993: Independent Study

1.0-3.0 credits
Independent study dealing with a specific topic. Requirements will place primary emphasis on independent research.

MUSI 8998: Non-topical Research

3.0-12.0 credits

MUSI 8999: Non-topical Research

3.0-12.0 credits

MUSI 9010: Directed Readings

3.0 credits

MUSI 9910: Supervised Research

3.0 credits
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by second year graduate students.

MUSI 9920: Supervised Research

3.0 credits

MUSI 9940: Independent Research

3.0 credits
Research carried out by graduate student in consultation with an instructor.

MUSI 9998: Non-topical Research

3.0-12.0 credits
Preliminary research directed towards a dissertation in consultation with an instructor.

MUSI 9999: Non-Topical Research

3.0-12.0 credits
Preliminary research directed towards a dissertation in consultation with an instructor.



McIntire Department of Music
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P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu