Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Academic Courses

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Kevin Davis): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10521

Lecture / Section 2 (Heather Mease): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10522

Lecture / Section 3 (Emily Mellen): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10523

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 2010 Music, Meaning and the Arts

Michael Puri
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am-12:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 18420

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

Nick Rubin
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 9:00-9:50 am / Wilson 301
Class Number: 12352

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Savanna Morrison): T / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12353

Section 102 (Savanna Morrison): T / 10:30-11:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12354

Section 103 (Savanna Morrison): T / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 12355

Section 104 (Kerri Rafferty): R / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12563

Section 105 (Kerri Rafferty): R / 10:30-11:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 12564

Section 106 (Kerri Rafferty): R / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 12565

Section 107 (Natalia Perez): F / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13172

Section 108 (Natalia Perez): F / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13173

Section 109 (Natalia Perez): F / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13174

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 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: 10524

Lecture / Section 2 (Hannah Young): TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 11999

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: 12279

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: 10973

Lecture / Section 2MW / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 12695

Lecture / Section 3MW / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 21958

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 2350 Technosonics: Digital Music and Sound Art Composition

Michele Zaccagnini
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 11:00-11:50 am / Maury 209
Class Number: 11907

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Becky Brown): M / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 11908

Section 102 (Beck Brown): M / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 11909

Section 103 (Becky Brown): M / 1:00-1:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 11910

Section 104 (Tim Booth): T / 9:30-10:20 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 11911

Section 105 (Tim Booth): T / 10:30-11:20 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 11912

Section 106 (Tim Booth): T / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 11913

Section 107 (Tanner Greene): W / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 11914

Section 108 (Tanner Greene): W / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 11915

Section 109 (Tanner Greene): W / 1:00-1:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 11916

Section 110 (Omar Fraire): R / 12:00-12:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 12055

Section 111 (Omar Fraire): R / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 12056

Section 112 (Omar Fraire): R / 11:00-11:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 12057

Section 113 (Juan Vasquez): F / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 12788

Section 114 (Juan Vasquez): F / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 12789

Section 115 (Juan Vasquez): F / 1:00-1:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 12790

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 2450 Managing Anxiety and Improving Performance with Alexander Technique

Sandra Bain Cushman
1.0 credit
Lecture: T / 5:00-7:00 / OCH B012
Class Number: 20319

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: 11684

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)

Bonnie Gordon
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 18439


MUSI 3050 Music and Discourse

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Fred Maus): MWF / 1:00-1:50 / OCH 113
Class Number: 12058

Lecture / Section 2 (Scott DeVeaux): MWF / 9:00-9:50 / OCH B012
Class Number: 18440

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: 18441

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 3310 Theory I

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Scott DeVeaux): MWF / 11:00-11:50 / OCH B012
Class Number: 10525

Lecture / Section 3 (Rami Stucky): MWF / 9:00-9:50 / OCH 113
Class Number: 10526

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: 10528

Lecture / Section 2 (Aaron Stepp): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 10527

MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Lecture (Sam Golter): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 12696

MUSI 3372 Writing Rap

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 / OCH B012
Class Number: 20301

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 3380 Introduction to Composition

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 12:30-1:45 / OCH 107
Class Number: 14333

Discussion Sections:

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

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

Section 103 (Alex Christie): 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 3410 Orchestration I: Anatomy of the Orchestra

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 20302

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 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Deep Listening

Fred Maus
1.0 credit
Lecture: W / 11:00-11:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 21662

In this course we will explore collective activities that involve listening and making sound together, drawing on Pauline Oliveros’s “Sonic Meditations” and “Deep Listening Pieces,” and related work by other musicians and thinkers. Every class meeting will include experiential work and discussion. For every meeting except the first, there is a reading assignment. During the semester you will write three brief papers (3-5 pages each) reflecting on your experiences with group activities in relation to ideas of your choice from the assigned reading.

Email responses to assigned reading are due every week from the second week on. By 8 AM on the day of a class meeting, send me some thoughts about what you discovered in your preparation. A brief message, around 150-250 words, will be fine; you can write more if you wish. There is no specific format or content for these responses. Take them as an opportunity to write freely and personally about what you read; and take them as an opportunity to have good new ideas about the material through the process of writing about it.

The heart of the course is experience, along with reflection on experience. Students will need to commit to attending all the class meetings. The activities we will do are often deeply relaxing; I hope this course can be a moment of repose, reflection, and discovery in the middle of your week.

MUSI 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Music Theory for Popular Music

Fred Maus
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 10:00-10:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 18442

Theories of harmony, form, and rhythm for U. S./British popular music from rock on. We'll study pop harmony in comparison to classical harmony; common song forms and other structures; rhythm in funk and techno. Prerequisite, Theory 1 MUSI 3310; or equivalent theory knowledge with permission of instructor.

MUSI 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Introduction to Algorithmic Composition

Michele Zaccagnini
3.0 credit
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 21862

This course explores the practice of generating and controlling musical output through the use of algorithms, in particular with the use of computers (Computer Aided Algorithmic Composition). Throughout the course different generative systems will be studied and implemented: deterministic systems (Lyndenmayer systems, Cellular Automata, fractals) as well as stochastic systems (Markov Chains). Different aspects of data sonification will also be discussed as will some aspects of interactive music systems and machine learning (online data sonification). Issues such as parametrization of events, interpretation and abundance will be critically discussed throughout the course. Software tools employed in the class are: MaxMSP and Javascript. No previous knowledge of coding is required, some knowledge of MaxMSP or Pure Data is advised but not mandatory.

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: 10534

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

MUSI 4509 Cultural and Historical Studies in Music
Topic: Bethoven and the Book

Peter D'Elia
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-4:45 / OCH 107
Class Number: 18460


MUSI 4519 Critical Studies of Music

3.0 credits
Lecture: T / 4:00-6:30 / OCH S008
Class Number: 12697


MUSI 4525 Topics in Ethnomusicology

Joel Rubin
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00-12:15 / OCH B012
Class Number: 18461

“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, Reggae, 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 4533 Advanced Musicianship

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-2:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 18462


MUSI 4540 Computer Sound Generation

Michele Zaccagnini
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 5:00-6:15 / OCH B011
Class Number: 18463

MUSI 4540 is focused on composition using digital means, and on understanding their perceptual and technical underpinnings. We will create music using digital synthesis and sound processing with programs using both GUI’s and command-line programming. You will also learn about multichannel audio and spatialization as well as signification. The goal is to develop both your understanding of compositional design, through exploration of music using these technologies, and to enhance your ability to realize your compositional goals. There is a weekly lab required for this course and you will need to register for this as well.

Prerequisite: Instructor Permission

MUSI 4581 Composition I

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 14329

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

3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 13511

Lab: Ben Robertson / T / 3:30-4:30 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 13512

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: 14291

Studies the theory and practice of conducting, score analysis, and rehearsal technique.

Prerequisite: MUSI 3320 and instructor permission.

MUSI 4993: Independent Study

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


Fall 2018 Graduate Courses

MUSI 7511 Current Studies in Research and Criticism

Bonnie Gordon
3.0 credits 
Lecture: W / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 10884


MUSI 7519 Current Studies in Research and Criticism

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits 
Lecture: T / 2:00-4:30 pm / New Cabell 398
Class Number: 13513


MUSI 7526 Topics in Ethnomusicology

Nomi Dave
3.0 credits 
Lecture: R / 2:00-4:30 pm / Wilson 244
Class Number: 18477


MUSI 7540 Computer Sound Generation and  Spatial Processing

3.0 credits 
Lecture: R / 5:00-7:30 pm / TBA
Class Number: 20262


MUSI 7547 Materials of Contemporary Music

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: W / 2:00-4:30 / OCH B011
Class Number: 14330



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P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu