Fall 2022 Undergraduate Courses

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10691

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

MUSI 2110 Listening to Everyday Life: Community, Improvisation, Play(ing)

Michelle Kisliuk
3.0 credits
MW / 2:00-3:15 / Maury 115
Class Number: 19594

This course starts with the idea that engaging interactively -- honing our ability to listen (as most broadly defined) sets us up to be involved fully in the life around us. Listening and reflecting on daily experience, then applying that refined sensibility, leads us into interactive communities that can create things together. We will explore listening in daily life from many angles that include everyday field research, reading, writing, and discussion. We will experiment with group performance exploring ideas about improvisation and uniting the aesthetic sphere with the broader sphere of social life and collective engagement.

MUSI 2302 Keyboard Skills (Beginning)

2.0 credits, instructor permission

Section 1 (John Mayhood): TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 10693

Section 2 (Hannah Young): TR / 12:30-1:45 pm/ OCH 113
Class Number: 11674

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! 1

Mike Rosensky
2.0 credits
MW / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 13624

Fundamentals of playing guitar, with an emphasis on rhythmic training along with some music theory.  This class will start from scratch and is meant for beginners.  Experienced guitarists are encouraged to enroll in Level 2 which will be offered in the spring.

MUSI 2308 Voice Class

Pamela Beasley
2.0 credits
MW / 4:00-4:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 13627

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 / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 12959

Section 2: MW / 11:00-11:50 am / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 12960

"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 / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 12961

"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 / 11:00-11:50 am
Class Number: 13465

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Katie King)M / 9:00-9:50 am / CAB 268
Class Number: 13466

Section 102 (Katie King): M / 10:00-10:50 am / CAB 268
Class Number: 13467

Section 103 (Katie King): M / 1:00-1:50 pm / CAB 268
Class Number: 13468

Section 104 (Becky Brown): T / 11:00-11:50 am / CAB 268
Class Number: 13469

Section 105 (Becky Brown): T / 12:00-12:50 pm / CAB 268
Class Number: 13470

Section 106 (Varun Kishore): T / 1:00-1:50 pm / CAB 268
Class Number: 13471

Section 107 (Becky Brown): W / 9:00-9:50 am / CAB 268
Class Number: 13472

Section 108 (Becky Brown): W / 10:00-10:50 am / CAB 268
Class Number: 13473

Section 109 (Becky Brown): W / 1:00-1:50 pm / CAB 268
Class Number: 13474

Section 113 (Siavash Mohebbi): F / 10:00-10:50 am / MEC 215
Class Number: 18659

Section 114 (Siavash Mohebbi): F / 11:00-11:50 am/ MEC 215
Class Number: 18660

Section 115 (Siavash Mohebbi): F / 12:00-12:50 pm/ MEC 215
Class Number: 18661

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 2559 New Course in Music
Topic: Motown vs Everybody: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

JoVia Armstrong
3.0 credits
MW / 11:00-11:50 / CAB 485
Class Number: 21247

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Carlehr Swanson)R / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 21248

Section 102 (Carlehr Swanson): R / 10:30-11:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 21249

Section 103 (Carlehr Swanson): R / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 21250

This course reviews the history of Motown Recording Company beginning with the Great Migration and examines how Motown helped shape today’s record industry. We will explore topics around artist social responsibility, law, mental health, and technology. Students will also compare how black social movements influenced and reflected the music of Motown, Stax Records, and Philadelphia International Records.

MUSI 2600 Jazz Improvisation

John D'earth
3.0 credits
TR / 3:30-5:00 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 11474

The Jazz Improvisation Workshop explores the basic techniques and procedures for improvising in jazz and other musical contexts. No previous jazz or improvising experience is required but students must demonstrate a degree of fluency on their main instrument, an ability to read music and some familiarity with the basics of music theory. An individual interview/audition with the instructor is required before registering for this class.

MUSI 2993: Independent Study

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

MUSI 3020 Studies in 17th- & 18th-Century Music

Richard Will
3.0 credits
TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 14325

This class imparts essential tools for understanding music from the years 1680-1800.  We will study numerous musical examples, ranging from symphony and opera to folk song and free improv for keyboard, by composers including but not limited to Handel, Haydn, Vivaldi, De la Guerre, Mozart, Gluck, and J.S. Bach (and his kids).   We will examine composition, improvisation, text-setting, dramatic staging, the religious expression, and performance, and we will also read what writers of the time said about music.  The goal is to help you form your own opinions and interpretations of 18th-century music—not just the examples on the syllabus, but the many others you may encounter as a performer, composer, or listener.

MUSI 3050 Music and Discourse

3.0 credits

Section 1: Scott DeVeaux / MWF / 1:00-1:50pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13049

Section 2: Karl Miller / MWF / 10:00-10:50am / OCH B012
Class Number: 18323

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.

MUSI 3310 Theory I

3.0 credits

Section 1 (Scott DeVeaux): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 13478

Section 2 (Sam Golter): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 113 
Class Number: 13676

Studies the pitch and rhythmic aspects of several musical styles, including European art music, blues, African drumming, and popular music. Focuses on concepts and notation related to scales and modes, harmony, meter, form, counterpoint, and style.


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 / OCH 107
Class Number: 10694

MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Dilshan Weerasinghe
MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 12011

MUSI 3350 Deep Listening

Fred Maus
1.0 credit
W / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 13518

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

Corey Harris
3.0 credits
TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13479

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.

MUSI 3372 Writing Rap

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits
TR / 8:00-9:15 am / New Cabell 398
Class Number: 13623

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

Michele Zaccagnini
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 18675

Discussion Sections:

Lab 101 (Brian Lindgren): W / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 20078

Lab 102 (Brian Lindgren): W / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 20079

Lab 103 (Brian Lindgren): W / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 20080

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 3390 Introduction to Computers and Music

Michele Zaccagnini
3.0 credits
TR / 11:00-12:15 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 18676

Discussion Sections:

Lab 101 (Matias Vilaplana): M / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 14329

Lab 102 (Matias Vilaplana): M / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 14330

Lab 103 (Matias Vilaplana): M / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 14331

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 3410 Orchestration I: Anatomy of the Orchestra

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 18669

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 3510 Music and Community Engagement
Topic: Sound Justice as Community Engagement

Bonnie Gordon and Nomi Dave
3.0 credits
TR / 9:30-10:45 am / Wilson 117
Class Number: 18674

This yearlong community engagement class explores connections between sound, listening, and the law. How do legal proceedings play out in sound? What does the law hear – and what does it not? How do artists and ordinary people use voice to respond to legal failures? In exploring these and other questions, student will directly engage with the Sound Justice Lab and its ongoing projects, relating to issues such as reproductive justice, defamation lawsuits against journalists, gender equity and refugees, and the use of rap lyrics as criminal evidence. Students will meet with lawyers, artists, and social justice practitioners in Charlottesville and beyond, and will have the opportunity to produce research and creative work. Course materials will include court cases and transcripts, music, film, novels, and academic articles.  The class can be used to fulfill the music major requirements but 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 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: History of US Popular Music

Karl Miller
3.0 credits
MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH B012 
Class Number: 18671


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

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / Bond 106
Class Number: 14253

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, from Europe to New York, and right back here to the Charlottesville and UVA communities, 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 most notably Around HipHop Live Café and the Black Power Station based in Makhanda, South Africa, the Kluge Ruhe Museum of Aboriginal Art, and the UVA Scholars Lab.

Less a lecture format, and more of an interactive workshop, critical and creative content will be explored in an open-pedagogical model where students apprentice as curators and eventually take an active role in curating the class itself. Expect a mix of group project work, individual reflection and portfolio curation, and real-world collaborative work with professional partners.

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 / New Cabell 398 
Class Number: 13643

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 4509 Cultural & Historical Studies
Topic: Music in Relation to Sexuality and Disability

Fred Maus
3.0 credits
W / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13480

MUSI 4533 Advanced Musicianship
Topic: Advanced Musical Skills: Hearing and Understanding

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
MW / 2:00-2:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 18666

The class provides excellent training in practical musical methods and skills, with a small faculty-student ratio, and will focus on further developing:

  • the ear for harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic dictation from played excerpts and recordings
  • audiation skills (listening mentally - see this website for more info: http://giml.org/mlt/audiation/), and aural error detection
  • score reading ability on several lines and in multiple clefs
  • advanced rhythmic security and sight-reading
  • understanding of form and musical analysis
  • basic improvisation/composition skills

Prerequisite: Completion or placement out of Musicianship I or II

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

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
MW / 3:00-4:15 pm 
Class Number: 12931

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 4620 Audio Visual Environments

Michele Zaccagnini
3.0 credits
M / 2:00-4:30 / OCH 113
Class Number: 21362

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.

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