Fall 2020 Undergraduate Courses

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

3.0 credits

Section 1 (TBA): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 13488

Section 2 (Ben Rous): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 13489

Section 3 (TBA): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
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
Section 100: Online Asynchronous
Class Number: 19533

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Tim Booth): M / 9:00-9:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19534

Section 102 (Tim Booth): M / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19535

Section 103 (Tim Booth): M / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19536

Section 107 (Hannah Young): F / 9:00-9:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19540

Section 108 (Hannah Young): F / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19541

Section 109 (Hannah Young): F / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
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

Section 1 (John Mayhood): TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / New Cabell Hall 298
In Person with Remote Option
Class Number: 13491

Section 2 (John Mayhood): TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / New Cabell Hall 298
In Person with Remote Option
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 2307 Play Guitar!

Mike Rosensky
2.0 credits, instructor permission
MW / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 20770


MUSI 2308 Voice Class

Pam Beasley
2.0 credits, instructor permission
MW / 4:00-4:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 20780

An introductory course to basic vocal technique; discussion to include those elements essential for healthy singing in a variety of styles. Will involve group and solo singing to apply these elements. No previous voice training or musical background required.

MUSI 2340 Learn to Groove

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits

Section 1: MW / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 16864

Section 2: MW / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
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
Section 1: MW / 1:00-1:50 pm / Online Synchronous
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
Section 100: MW / 4:00-4:50 / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19543

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Basile Koechlin): M / 9:00-9:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19544

Section 102 (Basile Koechlin): M / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19545

Section 103 (Daniel Fishkin): M / 1:00-1:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19546

Section 104 (Ben Robertson): T / 3:30-4:20 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19547

Section 105 (Ben Robertson): T / 12:30-1:20 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19548

Section 106 (Ben Robertson): T / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19549

Section 107 (Becky Brown): W / 9:00-9:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19550

Section 108 (Becky Brown): W / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19551

Section 109 (Becky Brown): W / 1:00-1:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19552

Section 110 (Omar Fraire): R / 12:00-12:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19553

Section 111 (Omar Fraire): R / 1:00-1:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19554

Section 112 (Omar Fraire): R / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19555

Section 113 (Basile Koechlin): M / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19556

Section 114 (Daniel Fishkin): M / 12:00-12:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19557

Section 115 (Daniel Fishkin): F / 1:00-1:50 pm / Online Synchronous
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
TR / 3:30-5:00 pm / Online Synchronous
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 3010 Studies in Early Modern Music (1500-1700)

Bonnie Gordon
3.0 credits
TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19967


MUSI 3040 Studies in 20th- and 21st-Century Music

Joel Rubin
3.0 credits
TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19560

MUSI 3040, Studies in Twentieth and Twentieth-Century Music, covers the complex developments in Western art music (and beyond) from the early 20th century to the present. We study numerous compositional movements, composers and their works 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. 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.

Class will be held online on zoom. Most class sessions will be held live in real-time.

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
MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
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
TR / 9:30-10:45 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 15879


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. **

MUSI 3310 Theory I

3.0 credits
MWF / 1:00-1:50 pm / Online Synchronous
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. Lectures, dictations, exercises, and quizzes will be in person on Mondays and Wednesdays. Singing and rhythm practice will be online on Fridays, and most homework assignments will also be completed online. Please contact Prof. Adam Carter with questions or concerns.

MUSI 3332 Musicianship I

Section 1
Adam Carter
MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 101
In Person with Remote Option
Class Number: 13495

Section 2
Emily Mellen
MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / TBA
In Person with Remote Option
Class Number: 13494

MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Emily Mellen
MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / New Cabell Hall 298
In Person with Remote Option
Class Number: 15066

MUSI 3350 Deep Listening

Fred Maus
1.0 credit
W / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
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
TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / New Cabell Hall 298
Hybrid with Remote Option
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 3372 Writing Rap

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits
TR / 8:00-9:15 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 20768

This course focuses on the craft of writing raps. It is not necessary that students have previous experience writing raps to take this course. Students will listen to, attempt to deconstruct, and evaluate a broad range of rap music while learning the basics of composing lyrics. Along with writing raps, students will learn songwriting techniques and some theoretical approaches to composing larger works such as a “mixtape” or “album” through examinations of music, criticism, and literature.

MUSI 3390 Introduction to Computers and Music

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Section 100: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 16766

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Ben Robertson): M / 9:00-9:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 16934

Section 102 (Ben Robertson): M / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 16935

Section 103 (Ben Robertson): M / 1:00-1:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 16936

Introduction to Music and Computers is 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 music via digital technologies. Theoretical and practical topics include acoustics, recording, editing and mixing, MIDI, sound synthesis, and audio DSP. Students learn a host of skills and technologies useful for working with digital audio.

3390 fulfills the composition requirement of the Music Major. This is a composition class and key assignments are creative in nature. Note that you MUST register for the Lab (0 credits) as well as the course.

MUSI 3410 Orchestration I: Anatomy of the Orchestra

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
Section 100: MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19649

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Chris Luna): F / 9:00-9:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19650

Section 102 (Chris Luna): F / 10:00-10:50 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19651

Section 103 (Chris Luna): F / 1:00-1:50 pm / Online Synchronous
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
TR / 9:30-10:45 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19565

This 3-credit seminar is a rigorous inquiry into the structure of western classical music of the late eighteenth century. The first half of the course focuses on issues of harmony (idiomatic progressions, mixture, sequences, etc.), while the second delves into the array of forms within this tradition (phrase types, binary and ternary forms, sonata form, etc.). By the end of the course, students should be able to grasp this music—both by reading its notated scores and listening to its sound—with fluency and comprehension. Repertoire for analysis includes works by prominent female (Auenbrugger, Martínez) and male (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert) composers of the era. Students will choose between an analysis paper or a model composition for their final project. MUSI 3310 (Music Theory 1) is a prerequisite. 

Most of the course will be online-asynchronous to accommodate distant learners, but students will also have online synchronous opportunities to interact with the instructor and with each other. The instructor has written a reader specifically for this course and supplemented it with many musical examples and short instructional videos. All materials are free and available for download by registered students. 

MUSI 3570 Music Cultures
Topic: Curating Sound: Art, Ethnography, Practice

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / New Cabell 298
In Person with Remote Option
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 4065 The "Black Voice"

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits
TR / 9:30-11:00 am / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 21094

This course focuses on critical analyses of and questions concerning “The Black Voice” as it pertains to hip-hop culture, particularly rap and related popular musics. Students will read, analyze, discuss a wide range of thinkers [artists included] to explore many conceptions and definitions of “Blackness” while examining popular artists and the statements they make in [and about] their art.

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

Fred Maus
3.0 credits
W / 2:00-4:30 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19566


MUSI 4533 Advanced Musicianship

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
MW / 2:00-2:50 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 19567

The class provides excellent training in practical musical methods and skills, with a small faculty-student ratio, and will focus on further developing:

  • the ear for harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic dictation from played excerpts and recordings
  • audiation skills (listening mentally - see this website for more info: http://giml.org/mlt/audiation/), and aural error detection
  • score reading ability on several lines and in multiple clefs
  • advanced rhythmic security and sight-reading
  • understanding of form and musical analysis
  • basic improvisation/composition skills

Prerequisite: Completion or placement out of Musicianship I or II

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

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
MW / 10:00-11:15 pm / New Cabell 298
In Person with Remote Option
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 4547 Materials of Contemporary Music
Topic: Creating Art Within Pandemic Constraints

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
W / 2:00-4:30 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 21217

MUSI 4547 is a workshop/seminar style course focused on creating art within pandemic constraints. Constraints, whether voluntary or imposed, can lead to opportunities for creative growth. Weekly online synchronous classes will focus on discussion and analysis of artistic approaches, views of art/music created since March and during pandemics of the past, collaboration, support, invention, and sharing of work.

Coursework will consist of readings, presentations, written research prompts, listening, creative assignments, and a final project. We will focus on creating and workshopping the kind of art/music that finds pandemic conditions ideal. 

Any artistic or creative medium is welcome and encouraged. Performers, composers, writers, film makers, designers, architects, visual artists, and dancers are especially encouraged to apply.

Prerequisite: Instructor Permission

MUSI 4600 Performance with Computers

Matthew Burtner
4.0 credits
TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 15421

Lab (Juan Vasquez): T / 3:30-4:30 / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 15422

 “Performance with Computers” (MUSI 4600) will teach Max/MSP/Jitter music and video programming for live performance, this semester we will focus on network-based musical performance. As we survive a present without in-person concerts, and look to a future in which live music events may be increasingly organized telematically, musicians can benefit from understanding interactive music and video tools, techniques and theory. This altering musical landscape presents extreme challenges, but it will also create new opportunities for those with knowledge of emerging interactive media technology and aesthetics. MUSI 4600 is a multifaceted class, involving lectures focused on aesthetics and theory, seminar discussions based on readings in interactive media, labs and hacking sessions focused on programming in Max/MSP/Jitter, and group collaborative jams using our instruments and/or computers.

This class is designed as a synchronous online course, with some material presented asynchronously as appropriate. There will be ample opportunity for in-person discussion both in class and labs and through office hours. Students should plan to attend the class on Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:15, and to participate in a lab each week which will be scheduled separately. The labs will teach programming techniques needed to complete a series of assignments and projects. Our class will also become a Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble (MICE) and we will compose and perform a collaborative network ensemble piece to present online at the end of the semester.

No previous programming experience is required. An introductory composition and computer music class such as Intro to Computers in Music, Ecoacoustics, Songwriting, or Intro to Composition, or equivalent experience by instructor permission is prerequisite. Students are not required to play a musical instrument although musicians will find it useful to incorporate their instruments into the computer music framework.

Students should have access to a Mac OS or Windows computer with a network connection capable of running Zoom.

Each student should also purchase and install the Max software from Cycling74.com (student license is either $9.99 per month or $59 for a year). This software package includes Max, MSP and Jitter. Additional tools and readings will be provided digitally through Collab.

MUSI 4581 Composition I

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 21216

MUSI 4581 is an upper level music composition course. Students will receive a combination of individual online lessons and synchronous online 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. 

4581 fulfills the composition requirement of the Music Major. The course can 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 3380, 3390, participated in UVA’s Composers Collective, or taken another music composition course prior to taking MUSI 4581.


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

Email: music@virginia.edu