Fall 2020 Undergraduate Courses

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (TBA): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 13488

Lecture / Section 2 (Ben Rous): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 13489

Lecture / Section 3 (TBA): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 13490

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

MUSI 1993 Independent Study

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

MUSI 2120 History of Jazz

Scott DeVeaux
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 4:00-4:50 pm / Nau 101
Class Number: 19533

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (TBA): T / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19534

Section 102 (TBA): T / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19535

Section 103 (TBA): T / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19536

Section 104 (TBA): R / 11:00-11:50 / OCH S008
Class Number: 19537

Section 105 (TBA): R / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19538

Section 106 (TBA): R / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19539

Section 107 (TBA): W / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19540

Section 108 (TBA): W / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19541

Section 109 (TBA): W / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19542

What is the soundscape of our quotidian (everyday) experience? How does it condition our consciousness, and what implicit cultural messages circulate within our ever-changing daily soundtracks? This course focuses our attention not on music highlighted in performance, but on that which we usually take for granted. A close look at how music works in our everyday lives can offer a new awareness of our ongoing experience, open us to choices we never thought we had, and get us wondering about the depths of aesthetic experience.

MUSI 2302 Keyboard Skills (Beginning)

2.0 credits, instructor permission

Lecture / Section 1 (John Mayhood): TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13491

Lecture / Section 2 (John Mayhood): TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 14611

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 2340 Learn to Groove

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1MW / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 16864

Lecture / Section 2MW / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 16865

"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
LectureMW / 11:00-1:50 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 16866

"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
Lecture: MW / 4:00-4:50 / Wilson 402
Class Number: 19543

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (TBA): M / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19544

Section 102 (TBA): M / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19545

Section 103 (TBA): M / 1:00-1:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19546

Section 104 (TBA): T / 3:30-4:20 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19547

Section 105 (TBA): T / 12:30-1:20 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19548

Section 106 (TBA): T / 11:00-11:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19549

Section 107 (TBA): W / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19550

Section 108 (TBA): W / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19551

Section 109 (TBA): W / 1:00-1:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19552

Section 110 (TBA): R / 12:00-12:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19553

Section 111 (TBA): R / 1:00-1:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19554

Section 112 (TBA): R / 11:00-11:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19555

Section 113 (TBA): M / 11:00-11:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19556

Section 114 (TBA): M / 12:00-12:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19557

Section 115 (TBA): F / 1:00-1:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 19558

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
Lecture: TR / 3:30-5:00 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 14383

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 20th- and 21st-Century Music

Bonnie Gordon
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19559

MUSI 3040 Studies in 20th-Century Music

Joel Rubin
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 19560

Want to learn why people were beating each other up in the aisles at the premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring? Why Schoenberg’s music is still avant-garde over a century after it’s creation? How the Jazz Age influenced classical music and vice versa? How folk and world musical traditions influenced classical music? What happened to the music under totalitarian regimes? How art movements like Dadaism and Minimalism influenced the direction of music? Why Boulez declared Schoenberg to be dead, and why he and his colleagues were later termed “fascists”? How did post-war music and electronic influence the Beatles and other pop musicians, and how did pop music and jazz feed into the development of minimalism? What is the place of women, and African-American and other minority composers in contemporary music? How did improvisation and Zen Buddhism influence John Cage and other post-war composers? Is John Zorn’s music classical, jazz or something else? And how on earth did Cage land a spot on “I’ve Got a Secret” or the US Navy band end up performing arrangements of Zorn? We cover that and more!

MUSI 3040, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Music, offers insight into understanding the complex developments in Western art music from the turn of the 20th century to the present. We will study numerous compositional movements, composers and their works, looking at aspects such as compositional and performance style and techniques within the broader framework of social, cultural and political movements of the time. We will also read what the composers themselves and other writers from the time said about the music. The goal is to help you form your own opinions and interpretations of the music—not only of the examples that we study in class, but of the many others that you may encounter both during and after this class as performers, composers and/or listeners. While the course materials focus primarily on the Euro-American situation, we will also examine developments more globally, drawing on developments in popular, jazz, folk and world musical traditions.

Fulfills part of the 'Critical and comparative studies in music' requirement for majors. Prerequisite: MUSI 3310

MUSI 3050 Music and Discourse

Scott DeVeaux
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 17099

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
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 15879


This course explores ways of examining and representing music and sound as a fundamentally social practice. Such an approach looks beyond the notes to study music as part of human social life and experience. Readings and listenings will focus on a number of contexts from throughout the world, including Portuguese fado songs, rainforest soundscapes, and urban street dance in the U.S. We will consider in-depth the theories and methods involved in conducting research and writing about sound and music as social phenomena, considering the roles and perspectives of musicians, listeners, markets and the media. We will also examine the role of the researcher, considering the ethical issues involved in representing music and culture, both from elsewhere and ‘at home’. Students will apply the methods we discuss in class in a final project on music-making and –listening in and around Charlottesville.

MUSI 3310 Theory I

3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 13493

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. 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

Lecture / Section 1 (Adam Carter): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 13495

Lecture / Section 2 (TBA): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13494

MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Lecture (TBA): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 15066

MUSI 3350 Deep Listening

Fred Maus
1.0 credit
Seminar: W / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 19677

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
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 19564

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 3390 Introduction to Computers and Music

3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 16766

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (TBA): M / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 16934

Section 102 (TBA): M / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 16935

Section 103 (TBA): M / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 16936

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

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 19649

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (TBA): F / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19650

Section 102 (TBA): F / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19651

Section 103 (TBA): F / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19536

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 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: The Classical Style: Form in Tonal Music

Michael Puri
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 19565


MUSI 3570 Music Cultures
Topic: Curating Sound: art, ethnography, practice

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / Wilson 142
Class Number: 16764

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

Fred Maus
3.0 credits
Lecture: W / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 19566


MUSI 4525 Topics in Ethnomusicology
Topic: Music, Mysticism, Magic

Maria Guarino
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19716


MUSI 4533 Advanced Musicianship

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19567


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

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 16768

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

Matthew Burtner
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 15421

Lab (TBA): T / 3:30-4:30 / OCH B011
Class Number: 15422

The course teaches a blended approach to performance, composition and computer programming through the context of a computer music ensemble. Students from various backgrounds work collaboratively in a technological ensemble context while building skills in interactive media programming, sound art design and human-computer interaction. They explore a new way of making ensemble music in collaboration with interactive and networked computer systems.


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

Email: music@virginia.edu