Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Academic Courses

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

3.0 credits

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

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

Lecture / Section 3 (Becky Brown): 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.

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 (Tim Booth): T / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12286

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

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

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

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

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

Section 107 (Ben Robertson): T / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 12296

Section 108 (Ben Robertson): T / 2:00-2:50 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 12297

Section 109 (Ben Robertson): T / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH 107
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 (Savanna Morrison): M / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19572

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

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

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

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

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


MUSI 2302 Keyboard Skills (Beginning)

2.0 credits, instructor permission

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

Lecture / Section 2 (Hannah Young): 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

This is a hand drumming course designed for all students including students who have not had any previous musical training or background and do not read music. The course will include the fundamentals of time keeping and reading rhythmic notation. The fundamentals are focused on the three most common rudiments; the single and double stroke roll and the paradiddle. The two measure phrases are based on the 3/2 and 2/3 Son and Rumba clave patterns found in Afro-Cuban and Caribbean music as well as the Bossa clave from Brazil. These patterns are also found in Rock and R+B. Polyrhythms and 6/8 grooves are drawn from African dances and Swing. The goal is to flow freely from one rudiment and one pattern to the next, subdividing in eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes. 

Students will learn how to count, play and read syncopated patterns. The history, geography and artists associated with the rhythms presented in the course will be discussed. The course is designed to help students achieve basic fluency in reading and playing syncopated patterns that are associated with dance rhythms from West Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil, and the United States. The course will include movement and dance steps. 

The course requires that students have a hand drum of their own as well as the course book Learn To Groove. 8"-10" Djembes are recommended.

MUSI 2342 Learn to Groove Intermediate

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits
LectureMW / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 12490

This is a hand drumming class open to students who have played or are currently playing a musical instrument (as well as vocalists) or those who have had previous musical training and understand the basics of rhythmic notation. Students who have taken MUSI 2340 would also be eligible. The class will focus on hand drumming technique and time keeping along with understanding and playing syncopated patterns. The history, geography and artists associated with the rhythms presented in the course will be discussed. The course is designed to help students develop fluency with syncopated patterns that are associated with dance rhythms from West Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil, and the United States. The course will include movement and dance steps.

The intermediate course will focus on the development of fundamental rudiments (the single and double stroke roll, the paradiddle and the six stoke roll) as well as the two measure syncopated phrases (the 3/2 and 2/3 Son and Rumba clave patterns) associated with Afro-Cuban, Caribbean  and Afro-Brazilian styles. These patterns are also found in Rock and R+B. Polyrhythms and 6/8 grooves are drawn from African dances and swing from the United States. The goal is to flow freely from one rudiment and one pattern to the next, subdividing in eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes. 

The course requires that students have a hand drum of their own as well as the course book Learn To Groove. 8"-10" Djembes are recommended.

MUSI 2450 Managing Anxiety and Improving Performance with Alexander Technique

Sandra Bain Cushman
1.0 credit
Lecture: T / 3:30-5:30 / 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

Tanner Greene
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 / Rotunda Room 150
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

Heather Mease
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

Aaron Stepp
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 (Juan Vasquez): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 10703

MUSI 3374 Composing Mixtapes

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00-12:15 / NCH 398
Class Number: 20450

Lab (Rami Stucky): TR / 12:30-1:20 / NCH 398
Class Number: 20451

The craft of writing rap songs and 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 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.

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 (Alex Christie): W / 9:00-9:50 / OCH B011
Class Number: 19914

Section 102 (Alex Christie): W / 10:00-10:50 / OCH B011
Class Number: 19915

Section 103 (Alex Christie): W / 11:00-11:50 / OCH B011
Class Number: 19916

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.

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

MUSI 3395 Sonic Arts and Crafts

Heather Frasch
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 / Wilson Hall Makers' Space
Class Number: 20435

Studio course working with sound through experimental and critically engaged projects.  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. Readings and examples from physics, art, critical sound studies, and current diy production communities.

MUSI 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Learn to Groove Advanced

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 1:00-1:50 / OCH B018
Class Number: 20082

Learn To Groove Advanced is designed for students who are majoring in music and/or currently playing in percussion ensembles, the orchestra, the marching band and/or have taken and done well in Learn To Groove MUSI 2342. This course builds on the material from Learn To Groove 2342 and will focus on six alternative hand patterns in 4/4 and 6/8 for the clave rhythms in the Learn To Groove course book as well as extended polyrhythms and soloing. Drum circle leadership skills will also be included. This class includes a Tea Time Recital performance of "Groove Passage-LTG" an original composition written for the class. The performance will feature the full ensemble as well as individual solos. 

The course requires that students have a hand drum of their own as well as the course book Learn To Groove. 8"-10" Djembes are recommended.

Prerequisite: MUSI 2342 or instructor permission.

MUSI 3993 Independent Study

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

MUSI 4060 Women and Music

Elizabeth Ozment
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 / OCH B012
Class Number: 20449

Studies women’s perspectives about music, and dominant perceptions of women’s participation in music. A global approach to exploring women’s roles as creators, performers, patrons, and consumers of popular and art music traditions.

MUSI 4410 Orchestration II

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 / OCH 113
Class Number: 20448

Study of the evolving styles of orchestration, from the Classical era through the present-day. Close study of orchestral masterworks spanning these eras.  Students will create short orchestrations emulating styles of specific composers.

MUSI 4509 Cultural and Historical Studies in Music
Topic: Film Music Studies

Anna Nisnevich
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 3:30-4:45 / OCH B012
Class Number: 18445


MUSI 4523 Issues in Ethnomusicology
Topic: African Electronic Music

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / Wilson 142
Class Number: 13465

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, Joburg, 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 house and remix culture, African sound art 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.

No prior musical experience is required.

MUSI 4526 Topics in Ethnomusicology
Topic: The Human Voice

Nomi Dave
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / New Cabell 283
Class Number: 18447

The human voice is arguably the most complex and intimate sound we know. Our voices allow us to express who we are, to participate in society and politics, to speak, and to sing. In this class, we will consider the range, meanings, interpretations and aesthetics of vocal production, from shouts to whispers and growls to glissandos, from the individual voice of a mother to her child, to the collective voices of street protests and massed choirs. Our discussions will include examples of vocal music and sounds from the US and around the world, including various song traditions, expressive techniques, vocal disorders, voice disguisers, and the increasing prevalence of computer voices in our everyday lives.

MUSI 4547 Composing with Electronics

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

MUSI 4547 is a creative, project-based course centered around composing with electronics. It is designed for those that understand the basics of working with Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) or have some rudimentary experience creatively working with electronics. We will dive deeper into the technology, focus on form, electronic composition techniques, and creative applications of using electronic music tools. The course will consist of a combination of composition lessons, topical-based discussions, hands-on demonstrations, and interactive tutorials. 

Enrollment is limited! Please submit a description of your musical background (any courses taken, instruments studied, etc.) and the equipment/software you are comfortable with or have experience with so far. If there is something specific you are hoping to learn, please include this information. 

Prerequisite: Basic understanding and experience working with DAWs. Prior composition experience is desirable but not required. 

MUSI 4559 New Course in Music
Topic: Composing for Film

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

The course explores different techniques of soundtrack composition both from an analytical standpoint and from a practical, hands-on approach. We will discuss the role of the composer in a film production, as well as other sound-related figures in post-production: music supervisor, sound editor, foley artist and the editor. Modern techniques of composition to images and music production and MIDI orchestration tips will also be explored and discussed. The class is aimed at giving students a broad stroke overview of film composition as well as a stepping stone to build a demo reel. Students will compose music for several film sequences. The compositions will be discussed in class.

MUSI 4582 Composition II

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

Composition 2 is a mixed level music composition course centered around composing for acoustic instruments (with or without electronics). Students will receive a combination of individual composition lessons intermixed with 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 either a series of small works or a large-scale work for the instrumentation and in the style of their choosing. Students will have the opportunity to compose for select faculty performers and have a short piece read by the Boston-based visiting ensemble, the Neave Trio. 

Prerequisite: Students are expected to have some prior composition experience and should be comfortable with standard music notation. The course can be repeated for credit.

MUSI 4610 Sound Synthesis and Control: Creating New Musical Interfaces

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 / Wilson Hall Makers' Space
Class Number: 13466

New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) is a growing field that explores new ways of performing music with technology. NIME is interdisciplinary, incorporating perspectives from music, 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 study and implement real-time digital sound synthesis algorithms using the PureData visual programming language, which will run on the Bela embedded audio hardware. And we will use simple electronics to sense the user’s actions 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 covered in MUSI 3390 or MUSI 2350. Experience with PureData or Max is highly desirable.

MUSI 4620 Audiovisual Environments

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 / 12:00-1:15 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 7540 Computer Sound Generation and Spatial Processing

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits 
Lecture: M / 5:00-7:30 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19917


MUSI 7584 Proseminar in Composition

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



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

Email: music@virginia.edu