Fall 2021 Undergraduate Courses

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

3.0 credits

Section 2 (Ben Rous): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am
Class Number: 10685

Section 3 (Justin Mueller): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am
Class Number: 10686

Study of the rudiments of music and training in the ability to read music. Prerequisite: No previous knowledge of music required.

MUSI 2302 Keyboard Skills (Beginning)

2.0 credits, instructor permission

Section 1 (John Mayhood): TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Class Number: 10687

Section 2 (John Mayhood): TR / 9:30-10:45 am
Class Number: 11738

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
MW / 1:00-1:50 pm
Class Number: 14593

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.

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.

Students must provide their own guitar.

MUSI 2308 Voice Class

Pam Beasley
2.0 credits, instructor permission
MW / 4:00-4:50 pm
Class Number: 14598

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

Section 1: MW / 10:00-10:50 am
Class Number: 13413

Section 2: MW / 11:00-11:50 am
Class Number: 13414

"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
MW / 1:00-1:50 pm
Class Number: 13415

"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 2350 Technosonics: Digital Music and Sound Art Composition

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Section 100: MW / 10:00-10:50 am
Class Number: 14269

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Matias Vilaplana): M / 12:00-12:50 pm 
Class Number: 14270

Section 102 (Matias Vilaplana): M / 1:00-1:50 pm
Class Number: 14271

Section 103 (Matias Vilaplana): M / 2:00-2:50 pm
Class Number: 14272

Section 106 (Corey Harris): W / 12:00-12:50 pm
Class Number: 14275

Section 107 (Corey Harris): W / 1:00-1:50 pm 
Class Number: 14276

Section 108 (Corey Harris): W / 2:00-2:50 pm
Class Number: 14277

Section 109 (Rachel Gibson): F / 9:00-9:50 am
Class Number: 14278

Section 110 (Rachel Gibson): F / 10:00-10:50 am
Class Number: 14279

Section 112 (Rachel Gibson): F / 12:00-12:50 pm
Class Number: 14281

Section 113 (Siavash Mohebbi): F / 10:00-10:50 am
Class Number: 14282

Section 114 (Siavash Mohebbi): F / 11:00-11:50 am
Class Number: 14283

Section 115 (Siavash Mohebbi): F / 12:00-12:50 pm 
Class Number: 14284

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 2600 Jazz Improvisation

John D'earth
3.0 credits
TR / 3:30-5:00 pm
Class Number: 11531

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

Justin Mueller
3.0 credits
TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Class Number: 20416

This course will explore music of the later Baroque and Classical eras, from roughly 1680 to 1810. It will provide not only a deeper understanding of the composers we discuss and the compositional practices of the time, but also address issues germane to musico-dramatic realisation as they have been understood and debated, then and now. These will include questions of improvisation, performance practice, text–music relationships, and questions of staging and dramaturgy, among other topics. We will also read what people of the time were saying about this music, too—not just professional performers or music teachers, but critics, amateurs, listeners, philosophers, and others. This is all to suggest that we will not only come to know the pieces and composers we study in their own right, but also how they fit into the broader socio-political climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

MUSI 3050 Music and Discourse

3.0 credits

Section 1: Scott DeVeaux / MWF / 1:00-1:50pm 
Class Number: 13538

Section 2: Karl Miller / MWF / 10:00-10:50am
Class Number: 17620

Studies the range of music that has flourished in the twentieth century, including modernist and post-modern art music, popular music, and world music, through historical, critical, and ethnographic approaches.

MUSI 3090 Performance in Africa

Michelle Kisliuk
3.0 credits
TR / 3:30-5:00pm
Class Number: 19457

At this moment of inflection in political and expressive life in the United States and around the world, exploring how cultural identification and collective creation intersect can move us forward. This course, while introducing students to African performance with a primary focus on two music/dance traditions: Ewe of Ghana/Togo and BaAka of Central African Republic*, delves into practical music/dance making, community formation, dynamics of power, the balance of fluidity and fixedness in cultural processes, ethnic identity/issues of representation, and conceptions of race and gender in expressive culture. The course combines reading/writing/discussing in equal proportion with practical instruction in percussion, dance, and singing, which allows students to comprehend aesthetic principles from an embodied and personally invested, vulnerable perspective. No previous experience is required (though willingness to try is required), and the course is open to students of any background.

*In fall 2021, this course will include Baganda xylophone traditions from Uganda and will include the possibility of instrument-making.

*There will be a flexible additional lab meeting scheduled occasionally on Friday afternoons from 1:30-3:30.

MUSI 3310 Theory I

3.0 credits

Section 1 (Fred Maus): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm 
Class Number: 14286

Section 2 (Natalia Perez): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am 
Class Number: 18177

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. Lectures, dictations, exercises, and quizzes will be in person on Mondays and Wednesdays. Singing and rhythm practice will be online on Fridays, and most homework assignments will also be completed online. Please contact Prof. Adam Carter with questions or concerns.

MUSI 3332 Musicianship I

Adam Carter
MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm
Class Number: 10689

MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Savanna Morrison
MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm
Class Number: 12143

MUSI 3350 Deep Listening

Fred Maus
1.0 credit
W / 11:00-11:50 am 
Class Number: 14354

Exploration of collective activities that involve listening and making sound together, and other interactions, at the intersection of music-making and contemplative practices, drawing on the work of Pauline Oliveros, the Fluxus artists, and other musicians and thinkers. Weekly reading assignments for conceptualization in relation to the experiential component; weekly email responses to readings along with several brief reflective papers.

MUSI 3370 Songwriting

Ted Coffey
3.0 credits
TR / 2:00-3:15 pm
Class Number: 14287

The goal of this course is to delve into songwriting; to develop your aural, analytic and creative abilities and to join them together in understanding and composing songs. You will learn about rhythm, melodic design, harmonic progression, lyrics and song forms. You will also work on eartraining, so that concepts you learn will be sonically meaningful. We will consider examples from a broad musical spectrum: blues, folk, tin pan alley, musicals, R & B, rock & roll, hip hop. We will also discuss the issues that songwriters encounter. You will have the opportunity to suggest songs for study, and some assignments will be done in groups. In these situations, we will organize groups that have complementary abilities for in-class performances. The Lab is a required part of the class, and you must sign up for a lab section. During the lab you will go over concepts we are covering in class, as well as work on additional eartraining, analysis and creative projects.

MUSI 3372 Writing Rap

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits
TR / 8:00-9:15 am 
Class Number: 14592

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 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Amplified Justice

Bonnie Gordon and Nomi Dave
3.0 credits
TR / 9:30-10:45 am 
Class Number: 17623

This yearlong community engaged course explores the connections between sound, voice, and claims for justice. What does justice mean, evoke, and promise for different people in particular times and places? How are justice claims made outside of the legal system and in everyday life, through stories, political actions, and art? What are the voices and narratives that are often left out of formal, disciplinary proceedings? Social media, mainstream news, and television show us how legal proceedings often silence stories. On the other hand, artists and activists amplify voices to incite change. This class digs into the dissonance between these voices and ways of hearing. The class exposes students to a range of research and engagement methods that work toward equitable community partnerships, and teaches students to think intentionally of the role of creative practice in redressing inequity. Students will have the opportunity to work with community partners and engage in creative practice. The class is connected to the new Sound Justice Lab. Prior musical experience is not necessary.

This is a year-long course through the College’s Civic & Community Engagement Program. Students are not permitted to enroll for just one semester.

MUSI 3570 Music Cultures
Topic: Curating Sound: Art, Ethnography, Practice

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / Wilson 142
Class Number: 20056

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
TR / 9:30-10:45 am 
Class Number: 17625

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 4410 Orchestration II

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
MWF / 11:00-11:50 am 
Class Number: 19393

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 4507 Composers
Topic: Meet the Beatles

Scott DeVeaux
3.0 credits
MWF / 11:00-11:50 am
Class Number: 20343

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 4509 Cultural and Historical Studies in Music
Topic: The Music of Richard Wagner

Justin Mueller
3.0 credits
W / 2:00-4:30 pm
Class Number: 14288

This course seeks to explore the professional career and musical output of Richard Wagner, a polarizing figure in the world of Western music whose social, political, and theatrical ideologies have influenced everything from Hitler to Hollywood. With an in-depth look at works spanning the length of his compositional career, our meetings will serve as an occasion to assess how Wagner’s operas have been received on-stage and off by tracing their socio-political import and dramaturgical history from the time of their premieres through to the present. In addition to grappling with the works themselves, we will look at Wagner’s own writings on various subjects, as well as a variety of musical, literary, political, and philosophical ideas that inspired them, with a view to how and why performers, spectators, and scholars think through, understand, and come to reckon with the composer and his works in a twenty-first century context.

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

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
MW / 3:00-4:15 pm 
Class Number: 13370

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 4600 Performance with Computers

Matthew Burtner
4.0 credits
TR / 2:00-3:15 pm 
Class Number: 12442

Lab (Alex Christie): T / 3:30-4:30
Class Number: 12443

 “Performance with Computers” (MUSI 4600) will teach Max/MSP/Jitter music and video programming for live performance, this semester we will focus on network-based musical performance. As we survive a present without in-person concerts, and look to a future in which live music events may be increasingly organized telematically, musicians can benefit from understanding interactive music and video tools, techniques and theory. This altering musical landscape presents extreme challenges, but it will also create new opportunities for those with knowledge of emerging interactive media technology and aesthetics. MUSI 4600 is a multifaceted class, involving lectures focused on aesthetics and theory, seminar discussions based on readings in interactive media, labs and hacking sessions focused on programming in Max/MSP/Jitter, and group collaborative jams using our instruments and/or computers.

This class is designed as a synchronous online course, with some material presented asynchronously as appropriate. There will be ample opportunity for in-person discussion both in class and labs and through office hours. Students should plan to attend the class on Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:15, and to participate in a lab each week which will be scheduled separately. The labs will teach programming techniques needed to complete a series of assignments and projects. Our class will also become a Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble (MICE) and we will compose and perform a collaborative network ensemble piece to present online at the end of the semester.

No previous programming experience is required. An introductory composition and computer music class such as Intro to Computers in Music, Ecoacoustics, Songwriting, or Intro to Composition, or equivalent experience by instructor permission is prerequisite. Students are not required to play a musical instrument although musicians will find it useful to incorporate their instruments into the computer music framework.

Students should have access to a Mac OS or Windows computer with a network connection capable of running Zoom.

Each student should also purchase and install the Max software from Cycling74.com (student license is either $9.99 per month or $59 for a year). This software package includes Max, MSP and Jitter. Additional tools and readings will be provided digitally through Collab.

MUSI 4750 Choral Conducting I

Michael Slon
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm 
Class Number: 17621

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.

MUSI 4993 Independent Study

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


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

Email: music@virginia.edu