Spring 2021 Undergraduate Courses

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

3.0 credits

Section 1 (Justin Mueller): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10574

Section 2 (Ben Rous): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10575

Section 3 (Justin Mueller): MWF / 11:00-11:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10573

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

MUSI 1410 Symphonic Listening

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
MWF / 11:00-11:50 / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 20416

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Juan Vasquez): TBA
Class Number: 20417

Section 102 (Juan Vasquez): TBA
Class Number: 20418

Section 103 (Juan Vasquez): TBA
Class Number: 20419

Symphonic Listening focuses on the sounds and forms of symphonic music. Listening skills are emphasized, with no prior musical knowledge required. We will learn to recognize orchestral instruments by their timbre, discern levels of consonance and dissonance, identify types of textures, and think critically about how musical content expresses cultural context. Students will gain a framework for understanding symphonic music of any genre.

MUSI 2070 Popular Musics

Karl Hagstrom Miller
3.0 credits
Section 100: MW / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18578

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Emily Mellen): T / 9:30-10:20 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18608

Section 102 (Emily Mellen): T / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18609

Section 103 (Emily Mellen): T / 12:30-1:20 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18610

Section 104 (Matias Vilaplana Stark): R / 9:30-10:20 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18611

Section 105 (Matias Vilaplana Stark): R / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18612

Section 106 (Matias Vilaplana Stark): R / 12:30-1:20 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18613

Section 107 (Basile Koechlin): T / 9:30-10:20 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18614

Section 108 (Basile Koechlin): T / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18615

Section 109 (Basile Koechlin): T / 12:30-1:20 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18616

MUSI 2090 Sound Studies: The Art and Anthropology Sound Experience

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Section 100: MW / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 13574

Discussion Section:

Section 103 (Noel Lobley): F / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 20265

We combine creative approaches from sound studies, musicology, anthropology, and composition in order to explore and experience music, sound and artistic practice in their human (and non-human) behavioural contexts. What does music composed through animal dreams sound like? How do we imagine and hear the sounds of underwater and atmospheric anthropology? How do sound art, technology and design transform urban space and everyday social and political experience? How can vibrations both heal and destroy? In answering these and other questions, we investigate local and global immersive sound cultures and trace the ways in which their sounds are sampled, remixed, circulated and experienced.

Blending critical and contextual work with exciting opportunities for creative practice, we will interact and collaborate with a range of sound artists and designers.

Please also note that a co-requisite will be to enroll in a Contemplative Lab, RELG 1559, through which we will be exploring creative Deep Listening practices and more in collaboration with the Contemplative Sciences Center, and the Departments of English and Drama. Please be sure to enroll in both courses as one enrollment action by selecting both courses in the shopping cart and then selecting enroll. This will allow simultaneous enrollment.

No prior musical experience is required.

MUSI 2302 Keyboard Skills (Beginning)

2.0 credits, instructor permission

Section 1 (Chris Luna): TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / Language Commons
Class Number: 10873

Section 2 (Chris Luna): TR / 9:30-10:45 am / Language Commons
Class Number: 11585

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 2304 Keyboard Skills (Intermediate)

John Mayhood
2.0 credits, instructor permission
TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / Language Commons
Class Number: 10874

Intermediate keyboard skills for students with some previous musical experience. Satisfies the performance requirement for music majors. Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUSI 2340 Learn to Groove

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits
MW / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 11503

"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 / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 11897

"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 2559 New Course in Music
Topic: Play Guitar! II

Mike Rosensky
2.0 credits, instructor permission
 MW / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 20261

A topic based course that will include:

  • Major, Minor, and Pentatonic Scale Positions
  • Arpeggios
  • Scale Patterns
  • Seventh Chords
  • Chord Theory/Chords of Higher Tension
  • Harmonic Analysis
  • Improvisation
  • Soloing on the Blues, Blues Scale and Beyond
  • Composing Diatonic Chord Progressions
  • Basic Chromatic Harmony

MUSI 2600 Jazz Improvisation

John D'earth
3.0 credits
TR / 3:30-5:00 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 11205

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 3030 Studies in 19th-Century Music

Elizabeth Ozment
3.0 credits
TR / 3:30-4:45 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 13595


MUSI 3050 Music and Discourse

Fred Maus
3.0 credits
MWF / 1:00-1:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 13596

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 3070 Intro to Musical Ethnography

Nomi Dave
3.0 credits
TR / 9:30-10:45 / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 12800

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 COURSE THROUGH THE COLLEGE’S CIVIC & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM. Students will conduct fieldwork around Charlottesville, and will learn about the history, methods and ethics of music ethnography. Fieldwork will build on the work done by students in 2019-20, to investigate the hidden voices and sites of music in Charlottesville. We will work together with community artists to create a musical map.

**Please note that students are not permitted to enroll for just one semester. Only students enrolled in Fall are permitted to enroll for Spring.**

3120 Jazz Studies

Scott DeVeaux
3.0 credits
MWF / 1:00-1:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18617


MUSI 3310 Theory I

3.0 credits

Section 1 (Scott DeVeaux): MWF / 11:00-11:50 / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 11901

Lecture / Section 2 (Heather Mease): 11:00-11:50 / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 21285

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.

Prerequisite: Ability to read music, and familiarity with basic concepts of pitch intervals and scales.

MUSI 3320 Theory II

Fred Maus
3.0 credits
MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 12263

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 significan 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

Adam Carter
MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 101 Auditorium
Class Number: 10576

MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Becky Brown
MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10577

MUSI 3342 Learn to Groove Advanced

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits
MW / 1:00-1:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 14228

AdvancedLearn To Groove is offered to students who are majoring in music and/or currently playing in percussion ensembles, the orchestra, the marching band and/or have taken and done well in Learn To Groove MUSI 2342. This course is designed for students to gain a broad understanding and facility through hand drumming of the rhythmic language associated with West and Central African, Caribbean, Brazilian, and contemporary styles of jazz, rock and funk from the United States. Students who take this course will be able articulate rhythmic patterns that form the foundation of dance music played throughout the Americas as well as how West and Central African rhythms have influenced the dance music and rhythms of the Americas.

This course builds on the material from Learn To Groove 2340 and 2342 and will focus on six alternative hand patterns in 4/4 and 6/8 for the clave rhythms in the Learn To Groove course book as well as extended polyrhythms, soloing and playing in odd meters. Indian rhythms and a piece written for the Mridangam from India will also be included in the live performance. Drum circle leadership skills will also be included. This class includes a recital performance of "Groove Passage-LTG" an original composition written for the class. The performance will feature the full ensemble as well as individual solos.

The course requires that students have a hand drum of their own as well as the course book Learn To Groove. 8"-12" Djembes are recommended.

MUSI 3380 Introduction to Composition

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Section 100: TR / 12:30-1:45 / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 13600

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Rachel Gibson): W / 9:00-9:50 am / Online Synchronous
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Section 102 (Rachel Gibson): W / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
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Section 103 (Rachel Gibson): W / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
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MUSI 3380 explores compositional techniques in Western concert music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will learn to compose in a variety of styles, and will explore 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 apply their knowledge towards a final composition project. 

Prerequisite: Permission from the instructor. It is recommended that students will have taken MUSI 3310, a prior theory class, or be proficient with scales, intervals, and basic harmony.

MUSI 3400 Ecoacoustics

Matthew Burtner
GTA: Omar Fraire
3.0 credits
TR / 2:00-3:15 / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 13601

MUSI 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Make Beats

Ted Coffey
3.0 credits
TR / 2:00-3:15 / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18590

Make Beats introduces students to technologies, techniques, and histories of beat making. The course covers hardware such as turntables, microphones, drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, mixing boards, and recorders, as well as software applications (e.g., DAWs) that model such technologies ‘in the box’. While previous experience with computer science is not required, the course will require students to synthesize and sequence sound from scratch via the cross-platform Max programming language, learning about acoustics and computer music along the way. We will practice critical listening to exemplars across genres, and work to reverse engineer what we hear. Key projects will focus on creative practice, applying course content to the composition of original beats and tracks.

4523 Issues in Ethnomusicology
Topic: African Electronic Music

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 12458

African cities and urban areas have long been places for some of the most futuristic music being created, diverse sounds that reverberate between local identities and international avant garde music scenes. Explosive, hypnotic and ultra-modern electronic sounds meld stunning dance forms with musical theatre and fashion, articulating the urban youth experience in cities as diverse and vibrant as Jo'Burg, Nairobi, Kinshasha, Lagos and Durban.

We will engage multiplex genres of futuristic music, including Congotronics, Shangaan Electro, and Gqom apocalyptic bass music, paying close attention to innovations in artistic practice, remix culture and Afrofuturism. We will explore the histories and futures of the sounds linking African beat making, technology, guitars, and the dynamics of twenty-first century amplified African cityscapes.

Blending critical and contextual work with exciting opportunities for creative practice, we will imagine and co-design project work with a collective network of African artists from The Black Power Station, a Pan-African arts collective in Makhanda, South Africa.

No prior musical experience is required.

MUSI 4525 Topics in Ethnomusicology

Joel Rubin
3.0 credits
TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18587

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, 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 various definitions of “American-ness” over the years and how that fits into the current social and political climate. This course is designed for music majors, but others may apply with instructor permission. For non-majors, musical literacy is not a requirement. By petition, it can fulfill the Second Writing Requirement.

MUSI 4543 Sound Studio

Ted Coffey
3.0 credits
R / 4:00-6:30 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 18648

Pre-requisite: MUSI 3390, Permission of the Instructor

This upper-level seminar explores experimental techniques in sound recording, processing, mixing, and music production generally. The course assumes proficiency with DAWs, including experience using basic, commercial effects such as EQ, compression, and time-based effects. We will use MaxMSP (https://cycling74.com/products/max/) to create custom applications for playing with sound. Participants will find past experience with MaxMSP, other sound synthesis software languages, and-or programming / scripting languages helpful; however, willingness to embrace MaxMSP and thinking algorithmically will suffice. Beyond this technological focus, we will look at the role of instrumental performance in sound design — particularly experimental and so-called extended technique. Listening and reading assignments will complement weekly creative projects. Creative work will culminate in a final portfolio of sound design and songs.

4582 Composition II

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
TR / 9:30-10:45 / Online Synchronous
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MUSI 4582 is an upper-level music composition course. Students will receive a combination of individual lessons and 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 in the style of their choosing. Students may compose electronic, acoustic, or electroacoustic music. The course may be repeated for credit with approval of the instructor.

Prerequisite: Students are expected to have some prior composition experience and should be comfortable with standard music notation or DAWs. While not required, it is recommended that students have taken MUSI 3370, 3380, 3390, participated in UVA’s Composers Collective, or taken another music composition course prior to taking MUSI 4582.

4610 Sound Synthesis and Control: Designing New Musical Instruments

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / Hybrid: Online & NCH 299A
Class Number: 18603

New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) is a field that explores new ways of performing music with technology. NIME is interdisciplinary, incorporating perspectives from music, sculpture, engineering, human-computer interaction (HCI), and design. In this class we will learn the basic skills needed to design and build new musical instruments. We will implement real-time digital sound synthesis algorithms using the PureData visual programming language, which will run on the Bela embedded audio system. And we will use electronics sensors to measure user’s gestures as input data. The class is primarily project based, and we will prototype a number of new musical instruments and interactions. Students are expected to have experience using computers for music-making, such as MUSI 3390 or MUSI 2350, and experience with PureData or Max is highly desirable.

MUSI 4770 Choral Arranging

Michael Slon
3.0 credits
MW / 2:00-3:15 / Hybrid
Class Number: 18607

This class will explore the art of writing for chorus and small vocal ensemble and will aim at developing practical skills in creating and transcribing arrangements. Students will study a variety of examples from the repertoire, and attention will be paid to fundamentals of writing for the voice, setting text, etc. In addition, the class will serve as workshop chorus, such that student arrangements can be performed and studied in the classroom.

Prerequisites: MUSI 3310 or Instructor permission. A basic knowledge of music theory, and a basic ability to sing from written sources will prove essential.


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

Email: music@virginia.edu