Fall 2024 Graduate Courses

MUSI 7000 Introduction to Research in Music and Sound

Michael Puri
3.0 credits 
LectureT / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19767

This is a crash course in thinking and writing about music from many different perspectives. It is also an introduction to some of the ways we think about music and sound in the UVa music department. And it is an opportunity for you to think about the enterprise of being an academic in music and in the humanities. We will also focus a bit on teaching and University life.

MUSI 7350 Interactive Media

Matthew Burtner
3.0 credits
W / 11:00-2:30 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19768

A graduate-level seminar in interactive technology for music and multimedia. Students explore theoretical, creative and practical aspects of programming, composing and performing real-time interactive music with computers.

MUSI 7500 Studies in Pre-Modern Musi to 1500
Topic: Premodern Sounds and Cultures

Bonnie Gordon
3.0 credits
T / 5:00-7:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19805

This course uses sound to explore dynamic and new approaches to the premodern period. It promises a dynamic and dynamic and fresh look at the premodern (loosely conceived as stretching from the 5th c. to 1700) that will privilege new avenues of scholarship focused on a global, transhistoric, and multidisciplinary approach to the past. Presented through a series of sonic case studies and team-taught modules by UVA faculty that will address the long history of slavery, cross-cultural exchange, gender and sexualities, and global religious practices with an eye to encouraging debate and dialogue between faculty and students. Students will be guided in producing a final seminar paper that works across disciplinary boundaries. Modules will include topics like “Travel, Trade Routes and the Sonic Passage” “Joan of Arc and the Voice then and now” The Invention of Race and the Slave Trade,”  This seminar is of the music PhD curriculum and the graduate certificate in Premodern Cultures & Communities.

MUSI 7519 Current Studies in Research and Criticism
Topic: Audio Justice: Sound, Listening, & the Law

Nomi Dave
3.0 credits
R / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19769

What happens when we listen closely to the law? How do justice proceedings rely on hearings? What are the limits of possibilities of audio in the courtroom? This seminar explores the role of sound and listening in legal discourse and practice. Bringing together materials and ideas from legal studies, music & sound studies, anthropology, philosophy, and history, we will consider how formal and informal justice claims are made through sound. We will listen to and consider a range of debates, cases, issues, and creative works. The seminar is connected to the new Sound Justice Lab.

MUSI 7547 Materials of Contemporary Music
Topic: Composing Composition Machines

Ted Coffey
3.0 credits
T / 5:00-7:30 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 13097

The course is intended for graduate students in music. Topics in contemporary music that will focus on different areas in rotation. Each will involve focused readings, analysis of selected works, and the creation of original compositions that reflect the issues under discussion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.


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

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