Fall 2019 Undergraduate Courses

Fall 2019 Undergraduate Courses

MUSI 1010 Introduction to Music

Justin Mueller
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 12:30-1:45pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 20222

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Kerri Rafferty): W / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 20223

Section 102 (Kerri Rafferty): W / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 20224

Section 103 (Kerri Rafferty): W / 10:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 20225

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 theatre, 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 (Ben Rous): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10496

Lecture / Section 2 (Sam Golter): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10497

Lecture / Section 3 (Ben Rous): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10498

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

Karl Hagstrom Miller
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 1:00-1:50 pm / Maury 209
Class Number: 12079

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Kevin Davis): T / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12080

Section 102 (Kevin Davis): T / 10:30-11:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12081

Section 103 (Kevin Davis): T / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 12082

Section 104 (Hannah Young): R / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12231

Section 105 (Hannah Young): R / 10:30-11:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12232

Section 106 (Hannah Young): R / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 12233

Section 107 (Basile Koechlin): F / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12667

Section 108 (Basile Koechlin): F / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12668

Section 109 (Basile Koechlin): F / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12669


MUSI 2140 Music of Multicultural America

Joel Rubin
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am-12:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19076

Examines a wide range of folk and ethnic musical traditions that have flourished in or impacted the United States. We ask how these 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. Designed for non-music majors. No prerequisites. Musical literacy not assumed.

MUSI 2302 Keyboard Skills (Beginning)

2.0 credits, instructor permission

Lecture / Section 1 (John Mayhood): TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 10499

Lecture / Section 2 (John Mayhood): TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 11795

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 2307 Play Guitar!

Mike Rosensky
2.0 credits, instructor permission
Lecture: MW / 10:00-10:50 / OCH B012
Class Number: 19793

Fundamentals of playing the guitar: left and right hands, chords, strumming, and scales. We'll also incorporate rhythmic training, music theory, song form, pop/rock styles and accompanimental textures. A new course designed to improve guitar performance.

Fall 2019 is intended as a beginner course BUT that could change depending on the experience level of interested students.  Please give a brief description of your guitar experience when you request instructor permission.  I will contact students on my permissions list shortly after registration ends with an update on the status of the course.

Students must provide their own guitar.

MUSI 2308 Voice Class

Pam Beasley
2.0 credits, instructor permission
Lecture: MW / 4:00-4:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 12016

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: 19319

Lecture / Section 2MW / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 19320

This is a hand drumming class open to all students including music majors. The course requires that students have a hand drum of their own as well as the course book Learn To Groove. Congas, djembes, doumbeks are recommended. The class will focus on simple 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 achieve fluency with syncopated patterns that are associated with dance rhythms from West Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil, and the United States.

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.

MUSI 2342 Learn to Groove Intermediate

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits

LectureMW / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 19321

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. This class includes a Tea Time recital performance at the end of the semester of "Groove Passage-LTG" an original composition written for the class. The performance will feature the full ensemble as well as individual solos.

MUSI 2600 Jazz Improvisation

John D'earth
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-5:00 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 11526

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 3010 Studies in Early Modern Music (1500-1700)

Maria Guarino
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-4:45 / OCH 113
Class Number: 20622

Introduction to crucial shifts in musical culture that signaled the emergence of a self-consciously 'modern,' self-consciously 'European' musicality over the period 1500-1700; and to the ways such early modern genres as the polyphonic Mass, the madrigal, opera, oratorio, cantata, sonata, suite, and congregational hymnody have been assimilated into 20th-century American ideas about 'musicality.' Specific topics announced in advance.  Prerequisite: The ability to read music. MUSI 3310 highly recommended.

MUSI 3050 Music and Discourse

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Tim Booth): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 20226

Lecture / Section 2 (Scott DeVeaux): MWF / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13602

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: 13603

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 COURSE THROUGH THE COLLEGE’S CIVIC & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM. Students will conduct fieldwork around Charlottesville, and will learn about the history, methods and ethics of music ethnography. Fieldwork will build on the work done by students in 2019-20, to investigate the hidden voices and sites of music in Charlottesville. We will work together with community artists to create a musical map. ** Please note that students are not permitted to enroll for just one semester. **

MUSI 3310 Theory I

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Natalia Perez): MWF / 11:00-11:50 / OCH 113
Class Number: 10500

Lecture / Section 2 (Vivian Luong): MWF / 1:00-1:50 / OCH B012
Class Number: 20540

Lecture / Section 3 (Rami Stucky): MWF / 9:00-9:50 / OCH 113
Class Number: 10501

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 (Savanna Morrison): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 10503

Lecture / Section 2 (Adam Carter): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 10502

MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Lecture (Emily Mellen): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 12340

MUSI 3370 Songwriting

Heather Mease
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 19079

MUSI 3372 Writing Rap

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / New Cabell 398
Class Number: 13878

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 3390 Introduction to Computers and Music

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture / Section 100: TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 19080

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Omar Fraire): M / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 19745

Section 102 (Omar Fraire): M / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 19746

Section 103 (Omar Fraire): M / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 19747

Lecture / Section 200: TR / 12:30-1:45 / OCH B012
Class Number: 19748

Discussion Sections:

Section 201 (Becky Brown): F / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 19749

Section 202 (Becky Brown): F/ 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 19750

Section 203 (Becky Brown): F/ 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 19751

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 Frash
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 / Wilson Hall Makers' Space
Class Number: 19081

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: Sounding Text

Heather Frash
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 4:00-5:15 / OCH 107
Class Number: 20668

This is an upper level introduction course into the practice of text-sound, examining how sound poetry falls between disciplines of music, sound art, literature, visual art and poetry.  It will survey the works of artists who create scores, scripts, diagrams and documentation of art works that are meant to be ‘heard’ - real and imagined. It will study the theories of an extended listening practice in the context of: text scores, sound walks, deep listening practice, site-specific and performative installations, and non-cochlear listening. It will look at the philosophies of: the surrealists, dadaists, and fluxus artists; and the individual works of artists, such as: George Brecht, Yoko Ono, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Susan Howe,  Alison Knowles. It will incorporate a practical element including the realization, creation and curation of such works. This course welcomes students from different disciplines.

MUSI 3570 Music Cultures
Topic: Curating Sound: art, ethnography, practice

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / Wilson 142
Class Number: 19078

This practical  and discovery-driven design course explores the intersections of curatorial practice, sound studies, ethnography, composition, sound art, and community arts practice, through a series of engagements linking archival collections, local and international artists and art and community spaces, and the method and philosophies of embodied and experiential deep listening. Drawing from both the histories and potential affordances of sound curation we engage with practical examples ranging from sub-Saharan Africa to Australia, and from Europe to New York, asking what it means to curate local sound within globalized arts circuits. We will explore multiple and diverse case studies where artists, curators, communities, industries and institutions have both collaborated and clashed, as we ask whether it is desirable or even possible to curate the elusive, invasive and ephemeral object, medium and experience of sound.

Throughout the entire course we will be working closely with professional artists and curators including Around HipHop Live Café and the Black Power Station (Makhanda, South Africa), the Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection (UVA/ Australia), and MOMENTNYC (New York). Our work will be to design content for live exhibitions linking Charlottesville with South Africa, Australia and New York.

MUSI 3993 Independent Study

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

MUSI 4065 The "Black Voice"

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 am / New Cabell 398
Class Number: 19164

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.

MUSI 4507 Composers
Topic: Meet the Beatles

Scott DeVeaux
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 20543

Meet the Beatles offers a comprehensive introduction to the Beatles, the most consequential and powerful band of the twentieth century.  We will examine the Beatles from numerous perspectives, some technical to music, others open to early rock 'n' roll history and the countercultural trends of the 1960s.

MUSI 4545 Computer Applications in Music
Topic: Designing Audio Effect Plugins

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am-12:15 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19082

Audio effects are common and useful tools used in the recording, mixing, and mastering of music and sound, as well as in sound design.

This course focuses on understanding, designing and implementing audio effects, and using them for musical projects. We will cover the signal processing involved in effects such as EQ, delay, chorus, flanger, reverb, distortion, and compression, and we will implement these effects as VST or AudioUnit plug-ins by programming in C/C++ and using the JUCE framework. We will emphasize the musical application of our designs, and as a final project students will create a unique new effect that addresses their own musical goals. 

Enrollment is by instructor permission. Students are expected to have experience using digital audio tools, and to have a music-making or sound-based practice. Previous programming experience is _very_ helpful, but not required if you are enthusiastic and able to learn quickly!

MUSI 4581 Composition I

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: W / 2:00-4:30 / Wilson 133
Class Number: 13153

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: 12834

Lab (Daniel Fishkin): T / 3:30-4:30 / OCH B011
Class Number: 12835

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 4750 Choral Conducting I

Michael Slon
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19083

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.


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

Email: music@virginia.edu