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  • MUSIC 101  Chorus

    Description:
    The study and performance of music for chorus from the medieval period through the twentieth century. This course may be repeated for credit.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 102  Chamber Singers

    Description:
    The study and performance of music for the small vocal ensemble. Repertoire ranges from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary music. Limited enrollment. This course may be repeated for credit.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 104  Jazz Band

    Description:
    This course focuses on the analysis, improvisation, and performance of jazz. Students work in small ensembles. All performance levels are welcome to audition. This course may be repeated for credit.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 105G  Music of the World

    Description:
    This course examines the power and function of music in pan-human context. Drawing on a wide variety of sounds and texts, students investigate the relationship between music and intellect, spirit, community, and environment. Special attention is given to how terms, concepts and values from various world musics illuminate and amplify our essential understanding of this human phenomenon. Please note: Students may receive credit either for this course or for MUSIC C110 (World Music), but not for both.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 106  Orchestra

    Description:
    This course offers the study and performance of music for chamber orchestra. Placement audition may be required after enrollment. All performance levels are welcome to audition. Repertoire ranges from Renaissance to contemporary music. (Often this is available for credit as MUSIC 479, section 1.) This course may be repeated for credit.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 111  An Introduction to Music

    Description:
    Basic music materials, principles of design, and the cultural significance of representative works in historical sequence. Designed primarily for non-music majors.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 115  World Music

    Description:
    An introduction to the musical traditions of countries throughout the world, embracing the role of music in society, ritual, and culture. Traditional vocal and instrumental styles of folk and traditional music are illustrated through audio and visual materials.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 117  History of Country Music in America

    Description:
    This course is an introduction to the stylistic vocabulary and cultural contexts of country music in America from the 1920's to the present through source readings, cultural and musical analysis, and critical listening.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 121  Theory I

    Description:
    An introduction to the fundamentals of tonal harmony: scales, intervals, keys, and triads. Analysis and application of melodic and harmonic structures. (Course offered in the fall only.)   More Info

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  • MUSIC 122  Theory II

    Description:
    A continuation of MUSIC 121: realization of bass lines in four-part harmony. Basic counterpoint. Principles of voice-leading. (Course offered in the spring only.)   More Info

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  • MUSIC 123  Ear Training and Sight Singing I

    Description:
    Interval recognition, rhythmic exercises, and performance of simple melodies from score. (Course offered in the fall only.)   More Info

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  • MUSIC 124  Ear Training and Sight Singing II

    Description:
    A continuation of MUSIC 123. Further score reading and rhythmic exercises. Dictation of moderately simple melodies and introduction to part-singing. (Course offered in the spring only.)   More Info

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  • MUSIC 131  Elements: Keyboard I

    Description:
    Introduction to the keyboard; hand position, fingering, and reading from score. Major scales, harmonization of melodies; simple pieces. Designed primarily for music majors. (Course offered in the fall only.)   More Info

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  • MUSIC 132  Elements: Keyboard II

    Description:
    A continuation of major scales, introduction to minor scales, harmonization of melodies with expanded chord vocabulary. Further study of piano technique, including coordination of hands in more complex rhythmic patterns. (Course offered in the spring only.)   More Info

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  • MUSIC 185  Applied Music

    Description:
    Private, individualized study of voice and all instruments covering both performing techniques and musicianship. Open to all students upon payment of an additional fee. Twelve hour or half-hour lessons per semester. May be repeated for credit. Students must contact the Music Department to register for lessons.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 200  Masterpieces of Western Art Music

    Description:
    This course explores the history and development of Western music in the classical tradition through the lens of selected masterworks that have served as models for tradition and change from the renaissance to today. Students will examine masterworks within their respective cultural contexts, emphasizing the role of music as a form of expression as well as music's role in reflecting ideas and values throughout Western history. students will listen, read, discuss, and keep written journals in which they respond to and deeply engage the selected masterworks. The primary textbooks will be supplemented by audio recording, videos, and additional scholarly readings.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 205G  Introduction to Ethnomusicology

    Description:
    This course provides an introduction to ethnomusicology, the study of music across culture. The class will sample readings from the field's major figures together with sounds and images from the places they studied. Field methods and topical issues raised in ethnomusicology are discussed in class, then applied to the student's own research through several structured projects.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 221  Theory III

    Description:
    A continuation of MUSIC 122: further practice in four-part writing, using dominant, non-dominant, and diminished seventh chords. Realization of figured basses and harmonization of melodies. Analysis of binary and ternary forms.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 222  Theory IV

    Description:
    A continuation of MUSIC 221: advanced four-part writing and the introduction of short tonal compositions in imitation of classic models. Further analysis of complex harmonic and melodic structures.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 223  Ear Training and Sight Singing III

    Description:
    A continuation of MUSIC 124: more advanced score reading and exercises in complex rhythms. Dictation of chord sequences and melodies.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 224  Ear Training and Sight Singing IV

    Description:
    A continuation of MUSIC 223: emphasis on dictation of harmonic progressions and extended melodies.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 235  Music of the Middle East

    Description:
    Music of the Middle East examines various Middle Eastern cultural soundscapes from an ethnomusicological perspective, including the relationship between folk, classical, and popular musical traditions and music's role in religious expression.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 241  American Music

    Description:
    The growth and development of American music in both its rural-folk and urban aspects.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 248  Universe of Music

    Description:
    An introduction to the infinite universe of music from its origins to the present, this course investigates the role of instruments, culture, myth and science in the evolution of music. Illustrations through the medium of the World Wide Web present the concept of music as both communication of ideas and expression of feelings in diverse musical traditions of the world.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 251  The History and Development of Jazz in America

    Description:
    The development of jazz from its origin to the present.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 252  African-American Mus

    Description:
    An examination of African-American music (black music) from its African origins to contemporary black musical expression, including work songs, spirituals, minstrelsy, blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 253G  Black American Music

    Description:
    A study of musical activity of Black Americans and the vital role it has played in the development of musical performance in the United States. The study includes an examination of the genres and styles that characterized the music from its earliest manifestations among a people in slavery to the rap beat of the late twentieth century. Capabilities addressed: Critical reading, critical thinking, clear writing, collaborative learning, information technology, oral presentation.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 255  Jazz Harmony and Arranging

    Description:
    An introduction to the fundamentals of jazz theory: scales, modes, chord progressions and voicing. Analysis and application of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic structures through improvisation, composition and arranging in small forms.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 258  American Music in Wartime

    Description:
    The history of the United States goes back only 255 years, yet in that relatively short amount of time the country has been involved in no fewer than ten wars. This course is a survey course examining American wartime composers, their lives, their works, and the events surrounding the composition of patriotic works.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 268  Music of Latin America

    Description:
    This course is an introductory online course dealing with the diverse musical traditions of Latin America, including the role of music in society, ritual, and culture. The result is a comparative study of styles, dances, and instruments, with a certain emphasis given to the development of critical listening skills. Students need access to a computer with Internet sound capabilities. Course subject matter is generally limited to music that has surfaced and developed in Latin America and not as it has developed in the continental United States. Readings will be supplemented by various links as well as the Latin American audio selections available from the Naxos catalogue.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 300  Masterpieces of Western Music for Music Minors

    Description:
    This course explores the history and development of Western music in the cliassical tradition through the lens of selected masterworks that have served as models for tradition and change from the Renaissance to today. Students will examine masterworks within their respective cultural contexts, emphasizing the role of music as a form of expression as well as music's role in reflecting ideas and values throughout Western history. Students will listen, read, discuss, and keep written journals in which they respond to and deeply engage the selected masterworks. The primary textbooks will be supplemented by audio recordings, videos, and additional scholarly readings. MUSIC 300 is designated for music minors.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 301  Medieval & Renaissance

    Description:
    A survey of important stylistic and formal developments from the Middle Ages to the early baroque. Liturgical chant, the rise of polyphony, the motet, monophonic and polyphonic secular song, monody, opera and major works of composers from Machete to Monteverdi. (Course offered every third semester.)   More Info

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  • MUSIC 302  Medieval to Baroque

    Description:
    A survey of important stylistic and formal developments from the Medieval Period through to the end of the Baroque Era. (course offered once per year)   More Info

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  • MUSIC 303  Classical to Modern

    Description:
    A survey of important stylistic and formal developments in music from the Classical Period through to the present. (Course offered once per year)   More Info

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  • MUSIC 315  Seminar in World Music

    Description:
    An upper level exploration of selected global cultural soundscapes from an ethnomusicological perspective, emphasizing the role of music in culture, specifically its symbiotic relationship with various cultural modalities, including community, identity, tradition, change, class, gender, nationalism, and religion.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 400  Master Composers

    Description:
    A survey of the life, works, and influence of eminent composers. Topics vary each semester, and are listed in the department's announcement of current course offerings.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 401  String Methods

    Description:
    Intensive class instruction in the fundamentals of string technique. This course offers preparation for teaching instrumental music at the secondary level.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 402  Woodwind Methods

    Description:
    Intensive class instruction in the fundamentals of woodwind technique. This course offers preparation for teaching instrumental music at the secondary level.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 403  Brass Methods

    Description:
    Intensive class instruction in the fundamentals of brass technique. This course offers preparation for teaching instrumental music at the secondary level.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 404  Percussion Methods

    Description:
    Intensive class instruction in the fundamentals of percussion technique. This course offers preparation for teaching instrumental music at the secondary level.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 434  The History of Musical Instruments

    Description:
    The art and technology of musical construction from the Middle Ages to the present. Representative repertoire is used to illustrate particular instruments in solo and ensemble contexts.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 435  Opera

    Description:
    The musical, literary and scenic components of opera from 1600 to the present with special attention to the works of Monteverdi, Hndel, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner and Puccini.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 440  Instrumental Methods and Literature in the Teaching of Music

    Description:
    This course deals with running band and orchestra programs in grades 4-12 in the schools. Topics include: history and literature, psychology of music, teaching methods, organization, administration, literature, adjudication, program evaluation, and the instrumental music teaching profession.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 441  Choral and General Music Methods and Literature

    Description:
    Choral and general music in public and parochial schools. This course deals with all aspects of running choral and general programs in grades N-12. Topics include history and philosophy, psychology, teaching methods, foreign approaches, (Orff, Kodly, Dalcroze, Suzuki), lesson planning, literature, and joining the profession.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 442  Conducting

    Description:
    An introduction to the fundamentals of conducting: the baton, beat patterns, posture, gestures, score study, and rehearsal techniques.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 453  The History of Performance

    Description:
    A study of music literature through the conventions that govern its performance. Notation, musical instruments and ensembles, the role of improvisation, and changing musical tastes are examined in relation to historic repertoires from the Middle Ages to the present. Topics also include the development of the public concert and of the art of the conductor.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 478  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 479  Independent Study

    Description:
    Open to advanced students who wish to do intensive work on a particular topic. A written outline of the project must be submitted to the prospective instructor well in advance of the beginning of the semester in which the project is to be done. An extended written paper is the normal outcome of such a project. While enrollment in Independent Study is encouraged for advanced students, all students enrolling in MUSIC 479 (other than the Chamber Orchestra section) that involves any aspect of performance do so with the understanding that they will continue to perform in the performing ensemble idiomatic to their instrument, whether officially enrolled for credit or not.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 480  Special Topics

    Description:
    This course offers study of selected topics within this subject. Course content and credits vary according to topic and are announced prior to the registration period.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 483  Orchestration

    Description:
    A study of the range and timbre of instruments. Practical ways of combining instruments. Discussion of mass, texture, and sound.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 498  Senior Honors

    Description:
    An opportunity for seniors to work with a faculty advisor on an individualized, advanced project. The senior honors project may be either a major creative effort leading to a recital/portfolio of original compositions, a senior recital, or a written research project in music theory or history. While enrollment in Senior Honors is encouraged for advanced students, all students enrolling in MUSIC 498 that involves any aspect of performance do so with the understanding that they will continue to perform in the performing ensemble idiomatic to their instrument, whether officially enrolled for credit or not.   More Info

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  • MUSIC 499  Pre-Practicum in Music

    Description:
    Field experience consisting of observation and limited assistance in selected public school music programs. This, coupled with the pre-practicum experience taken with required courses of the Provisional Teacher Certification Program, fulfills the pre-practicum requirement established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This course is offered every semester.   More Info

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