Spring 2021 Graduate Courses

MUSI 7509 Cultural and Historical Studies of Music

Bonnie Gordon
3.0 credits
W / 9:30 am - 12:00 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18604

MUSI 7510 Cultural and Historical Studies of Music
Topic: Music, Mimesis, Modernity

Michael Puri
3.0 credits
T / 9:30 am - 12:00 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 14253

“If human beings suddenly ceased imitating, all forms of culture would vanish.” Drawing inspiration from this striking claim by René Girard, this seminar will ask and seek to answer several questions. In the history of mimesis, what has been imitated, by whom, with what means, and to what end? How and why have western attitudes toward mimesis changed, particularly over the past two centuries? And how does mimesis figure into western musical theory and practice? The ability to decipher western musical notation will help you to read certain assigned texts, but is neither expected nor required.

MUSI 7520 Current Studies in Research and Criticism

Richard Will
3.0 credits
R / 9:30 am - 12:00 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18605


MUSI 7540 Computer Sound Generation and Spatial Processing
Topic: Digital Signal Processing for Musicians

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
W / 2:00-4:30 / Hybrid
Class Number18606

As musicians and composers we frequently use software tools to modify digital sound. Our ability to effectively deploy these techniques can be improved by understanding what digital sound is, how sounds are changed by these processes, and how they work “under the hood.” Audio Digital Signal Processing (DSP) may seem like technical wizardry, but in this class we will begin to demystify the processes and terms.  What is the frequency domain and why is it important? How does a Fourier Transform work?  What is a filter, how is one built, and why do some of them have poles? Etc. The class will be both hands-on (we will be analyzing and modifying sounds by writing code in Matlab), and theoretical (which may require re-acquainting yourself with some math).

MUSI 7547 Materials of Contemporary Music

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
W / 2:00-4:30 / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 


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