Spring 2020 Undergraduate Courses

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Sam Golter): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10357

Lecture / Section 2 (Natalia Perez): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10358

Lecture / Section 3 (Ben Rous): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 10356

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

MUSI 2090 Sound Studies
Topic: Anthropology and the Art of Sound Experience

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00-11:50 am / Wilson 142
Class Number: 18602

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Basile Koechlin): M / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 18603

Section 102 (Basile Koechlin): M / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 18604

Section 103 (Basile Koechlin): M / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 18605

MUSI 2120 History of Jazz

Scott DeVeaux
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-2:50 pm / NAU 101
Class Number: 18606

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Justin Mueller): W / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 18607

Section 102 (Justin Mueller): W / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 18608

Section 103 (Justin Mueller): W / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 18609

Section 107 (Kerri Rafferty): F / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19485

Section 108 (Kerri Rafferty): F / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19486

Section 109 (Kerri Rafferty): F / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19487

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 (Peter D'Elia): TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 10687

Lecture / Section 2 (Peter D'Elia): TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 11463

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
Lecture: TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 10688

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
LectureMW / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 11358

"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 / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 11839

"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 / 11:00-11:50 am / Wilson 402
Class Number: 18612

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Omar Fraire): M / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18613

Section 102 (Omar Fraire): M / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18614

Section 103 (Omar Fraire): M / 1:00-1:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18615

Section 104 (Daniel Fishkin): T / 9:30-10:20 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18616

Section 105 (Daniel Fishkin): T / 10:30-11:20 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18617

Section 106 (Daniel Fishkin): T / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18618

Section 107 (Hannah Young): W / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18619

Section 108 (Hannah Young): W / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18620

Section 109 (Hannah Young): W / 1:00-1:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18621

Section 110 (Heather Mease): R / 12:00-12:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18622

Section 111 (Heather Mease): R / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18623

Section 112 (Heather Mease): R / 11:00-11:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18624

Section 113 (Emily Mellen): F / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18625

Section 114 (Emily Mellen): F / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18626

Section 115 (Emily Mellen): F / 1:00-1:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 18627

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: Symphonic Landmarks

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 19488

Western instrumental art music takes its most public form through the orchestra.  In this course we will examine the sound and significance of major concert works for orchestra, from the 18th century to the present day.  We will learn approaches to identifying unfamiliar works via their stylistic traits; become confident in navigating the landmarks of symphonic forms; and think critically about how musical content expresses cultural context.  Students will leave the course with a broad knowledge of the standard orchestral repertoire, its development, and its current trends.

MUSI 2600 Jazz Improvisation

John D'earth
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-5:00 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 11023

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 3030 Studies in 19th-Century Music

Elizabeth Ozment
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-4:45 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 18628

MUSI 3040 Studies in 20th-Century Music

Joel Rubin
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 12511

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

Karl Hagstrom Miller
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 18629

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 107
Class Number: 13149


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 3090 Performance in Africa

Maria Guarino
4.0 credits
Seminar: R / 3:30-5:00 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19489

Lab Section:

Section 101 (Eric Gertner): TR / 5:45-7:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 

Explores performance in Africa through reading, discussion, audio and video examples, and hands-on practice. Thursday afternoon (3:30-5:00) is the seminar meeting, then the course meets together on Tu/Thu in the evening with African Music and Dance Ensemble.* Students in Music 3090 are automatically part of the current semester's UVA African Music and Dance Ensemble. Your role in the Ensemble as learner and performer is crucial to your overall work in the course (also see description for MUEN 3690).

We will explore African music/dance styles, their sociomusical circumstances and processes, as well as performed resistances and responses to the colonial and post/neo-colonial encounter. In addition, we will address the politics and processes involved in translating performance practices from one cultural context to another. Each student's personal relationship to the material/experience will be integrated into study.

Readings, discussions, and written work will focus heavily on topics and issues related to the main music/dance traditions that we are learning to perform this semester, though we may venture beyond those areas from time to time. The course will explore both "traditional" and "popular" styles, leading us to question those categories. As we near the end of the semester, our discussions will focus in part on issues and planning around our ensemble concert in April.

MUSI 3310 Theory I

3.0 credits
Scott DeVeaux
Lecture: MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 11843

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 3320 Theory II

Vivian Luong
3.0 credits
Lecture: MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH B012
Class Number: 12265

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

Lecture (Adam Carter): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 10360

MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Lecture (Rami Stucky): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 10361

MUSI 3342 Learn to Groove Advanced

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits
LectureMW / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 19787

Advanced- Learn 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 3350 Deep Listening

Fred Maus
1.0 credit
Seminar: R / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 19490

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 3374 Composing Mixtapes

A.D. Carson
3.0 credit
Seminar: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / NCH 398
Class Number: 18630

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Savanah Morrison): M / 9:00-9:50 am / NCH 398
Class Number: 13708

Section 102 (Savanah Morrison): M / 10:00-10:50 am / NCH 398
Class Number: 18631

Section 103 (Savanah Morrison): M / 11:00-11:50 am / NCH 398
Class Number: 18632


MUSI 3380 Introduction to Composition

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 12:30-1:45 / OCH B012
Class Number: 18633

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Becky Brown): W / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 19493

Section 102 (Becky Brown): W / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 19494

Section 103 (Becky Brown): W / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 19495

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 3400 Ecoacoustics

Matthew Burtner
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 / OCH B012
Class Number: 18634

MUSI 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Composition and Film Scoring

Michele Zaccagnini
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19884

The course explores different techniques of soundtrack composition both from an analytical standpoint and from a practical, hands-on approach. We will discuss the role of the composer in a film production, as well as other sound-related figures in post-production: music supervisor, sound editor, foley artist and the editor. Modern techniques of composition to images and music production and MIDI orchestration tips will also be explored and discussed. The class is aimed at giving students a broad stroke overview of film composition as well as a stepping stone to build a demo reel. Students will compose music for several film sequences. The compositions will be discussed in class. https://pages.shanti.virginia.edu/Composing_For_Film_2/

MUSI 4520 Critical Studies in Music
Topic: Revising the Classics in Performance

Richard Will
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / OCH S008

In the performing arts, the so-called “classics” are always changing. This course asks why and how, using examples from opera, musical theatre, popular music, and beyond. What happens to familiar works when they are performed in new ways? What responsibilities do performers have to respect the originals? Why update old pieces rather than create new ones? Why choose to edit or critique works that have become controversial—for example, for their representations of race or gender—rather than simply abandon them?  Through attendance at live performance, discussion of readings and recordings, and exercises in arrangement and updating, we will explore the artistic and political consequences of revising the classics.

MUSI 4523 Issues in Ethnomusicology
Topic: African Electronic Music

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / Wilson 142
Class Number: 12513

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

MUSI 4559/Sec. 1 New Course in Music
Topic: Theorizing Musical Bodies

Vivian Luong
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 19863

Beginning with the critique of music theory’s mind/body problem in the 1990s, accounts of embodied musical experience now proliferate across diverse areas of the discipline—from analysis and performance studies to feminist music scholarship and music cognition. Through engaging readings from these and other related areas in music studies, this seminar will examine key philosophical and methodological issues that arise from foregrounding the body in music. In particular, we will consider how different conceptualizations of the body, such as social constructionism and biological determinism, have impacted our understanding of musical bodies, such as performers’ bodies, listeners’ bodies, and the sonorous body of “the music itself.” This course will also introduce alternate perspectives from actor network theory and new materialisms to consider future paths for embodied music research. Through weekly class discussions and a research project, students will explore the many ways that we can account for the body in musical contexts.

MUSI 4559/Sec. 2 New Course in Music
Topic: Sound Arts in Practice

Heather Frasch
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:00-4:15 pm / Wilson Hall Makers Space
Class Number: 19888

This class explores the interdisciplinary nature of sound and music outside of conventional performance spaces. Students will learn skills and develop projects that explore concepts and technologies relating to mixed media, such as site-adaptive sound art, sound installations using smart phones, performance art, intervention, and sound ecology. This course will be project focused with emphasis on extended listening practices. Students will be expected to participate in the design, research, fabrication and installation of their projects as part of the course requirements.

Prerequisite: This course is designed as an advanced level to MUSI 3395 Sonic Arts and Crafts course. If you have not taken MUSI 3395, permission can be granted by instructor. Students should have basic knowledge of micro controllers or digital sound production software.

4582 Composition II

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 / OCH B011
Class Number: 12768

Composition II is an advanced undergraduate music composition course. Students will receive a combination of weekly individual lessons intermixed with monthly 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 for the instrumentation and in the style of their choosing (including electronics).

Note: individual lesson times may be scheduled outside the listed course times. Lesson times will be scheduled the first day of class. 

Prerequisite: MUSI 3380, 3390, or permission from the instructor. Students are expected to have some prior composition experience and must be proficient with standard music notation. The course can be repeated for credit.

4760 Choral Conducting II

Michael Slon
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 18635




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