• MUSC 100: Music and Environmentalism

    From Beethoven to Tuvan throat singing, music from all over the world frequently depicts nature and humans’ relationships with it. Yet, music has also historically contributed to the destruction of the environment. In the western medieval world, flocks of sheep were raised and slaughtered to make precious vellum to write notes upon, pythons used to make Japanese shamisen have become endangered, and more recently, the carbon footprint of streaming and downloading music online has grown exponentially. How might we as music consumers and concerned global citizens intervene? In this course we will think critically about the history of music technologies and their impact on the environment in our quest to imagine a sustainable music culture. 

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2021 · Brooke McCorkle
  • MUSC 101: Music Fundamentals

    A course designed for students with little or no music background as preparation and support for other music courses, ensemble participation and applied music study. The course covers the fundamentals of note and rhythmic reading, basic harmony, and develops proficiency in aural skills and elementary keyboard skills. This class will make regular use of the music computer lab for assignments. 3 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021 · Ronald Rodman
  • MUSC 103: Musicianship I

    An introduction to the basic elements of rhythm and melody, with a strong emphasis on sight reading using solfège, score reading in multiple clefs, and short dictation exercises.

    3 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2022 · Matthew Olson
  • MUSC 104: Musicianship II

    Continuation of Musicianship I, with an emphasis on singing and dictation skills. More advanced solfège is introduced, including melodies in minor keys and chromaticism. Longer melodic dictation exercises which introduce standard four-and eight-bar melodic schemas will also be covered. Some harmonic dictation will also be included.

    Prerequisites: Music 103, or permission of instructor as assessed by a diagnostic exam administered at the start of the term 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2022 · Justin London
  • MUSC 108: Introduction to Music Technology

    A course in using the computer to make meaningful interventions into our practices as musicians. We’ll explore a number of approaches to composing, producing, and hearing music, among them coding, visual programming, and working in a digital audio workstation. Students will ultimately combine and hybridize these different methods in order to create unique, individual systems, using them to make new work. Open to all interested students; no prior experience with music, programming, or production required.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021 · Alican Camci
  • MUSC 109: Choir & A Cappella Arranging

    Arranging music for vocal groups is a unique balance between artistic integrity, expressivity, and practicality. This balance will be explored experientially first by broadening student’s compositional skills and then by applying these skills to their own vocal arrangements for choirs and a cappella groups. Class activities will include studying vocal ranges, scoring for vocal ensembles, and arranging/transcribing music for various combinations of vocal groups.

    Prerequisites: Music 103, Music 110 or instructor consent 3 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2022 · Matthew Olson
  • MUSC 110: Theory I: The Materials of Music

    An introduction to the materials of western tonal music, with an emphasis on harmonic structure and syntax. It also covers basic harmonic syntax (through secondary dominants), two-voice counterpoint, melodic phrase structure, musical texture, and small musical forms, along with related theoretical concepts and vocabulary. Student work involves readings, listening assignments, analytical exercises, and short composition projects.

    Prerequisites: Music 103 (may be concurrently enrolled), or permission of the instructor as assessed by a diagnostic exam administered at the start of term 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Fall 2021 · Ronald Rodman
  • MUSC 111: Music and Storytelling

    Western music, especially classical music, is often called a “dead” genre. Part of this has to do with its associations with wealth, its aging audience base, and its seeming loftiness. But is this music really dead? In this class we will explore the history of Western music, with classical music as a starting point, but will examine the numerous ways music functions throughout cultures to tell different kinds of stories. We work from the assumption that no music (or art in general) is apolitical; because of this it behooves us to examine the ways the music of the past is deployed in service of social and political values today, whether it is to convince us to buy pizza or to incite revolution.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2021 · Brooke McCorkle
  • MUSC 115: Listening to the Movies

    We all watch movies, whether it’s in a theater, on television, a computer, or a smart phone. But we rarely listen to movies. This class is an introduction to film music and sound and how it changed based on technological and stylistic developments from the silent era to the present day. Throughout the term, students will watch, speak, and write about a variety of films in order to develop literacy in theories of film music and sound. Class assignments including quizzes, cue charts, and short essays will culminate in a final project that may take the form of an analytical term paper or creative project designed by the student in consultation with the instructor. An ability to read music not required.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 124: Hip-Hop in the 1980s

    This course will consider the musical elements of early of hip-hop. Using guided listening and student responses, we will focus on a single album each week through the term, traversing the entire deace of the 1980s. 

    2 credits; Humanistic Inquiry; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 126: America’s Music

    A survey of American music with particular attention to the interaction of the folk, popular, and classical realms. No musical experience required.

    6 credits; Writing Requirement, Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Sarah Lahasky
  • MUSC 128: Conducting

    Learn the fundamentals of instrumental and choral conducting including gesture, beat patterns, score reading, and beginning rehearsal techniques. Students in this course will form a laboratory ensemble that participants lead as a means of gaining conducting experience and experimenting with the relationship between gesture and sound.

    Prerequisites: Ability to read music and active participation in a faculty conducted ensemble, or permission of instructor. 3 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 130: The History of Jazz

    A survey of jazz from its beginnings to the present day focusing on the performer/composers and their music. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 131: The Blues From the Delta to Chicago

    A history of the Delta blues and its influence on later blues and popular music styles, tracing its movement from the Mississippi Delta in the 1920s to Chess Records and the Chicago Blues of the 1940s and 50s (especially Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters). Music and musicians discussed will include the classic blues singers of the 1920s, early country music (Jimmie Rodgers), and the legacy of Robert Johnson. Issues of authenticity and “ownership” of both the music and its cultural legacy will also be discussed. The course involves readings, listening assignments, and some transcriptions of early recorded blues. No prerequisite, although the ability to read music is helpful. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Justin London
  • MUSC 136: History of Rock

    This course is an introduction to the history of rock music, emphasizing primarily the period between 1954 and the present. Mixing historical and cultural readings with intense listening, we will cover the vast repertoire of rock music and many other associated styles. We will focus on the sounds of the music, learning to distinguish a wide variety of genres, while also tracing the development and transformation of rock and pop styles. The lectures will use a wide variety of multimedia, including commercial audio and video, unpublished audio and video sources, print materials, and technological devices. Knowledge of a technical musical vocabulary and an ability to read music are not required for this course. 

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 137: Rock, Sex, & Rebellion

    This course will develop critical listening skills and an understanding of musical parameters through an introduction to select genres within the history of rock music. Our focus is on competing aesthetic tendencies and sub-cultural forces that shaped the music. The course includes discussions of rock’s significance in American culture and the minority communities that have enriched rock’s legacy as an expressively diverse form. Examined genres include blues, jazz, early rock ’n’ roll, folk rock, protest music, psychedelia, music of the British Invasion, punk, art rock, Motown, funk, hip hop, heavy metal, grunge, glitter, and disco. Lectures, readings, careful listening, and video screenings. Students will also argue for the best rock song of all time. 

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Mark Applebaum
  • MUSC 140: Ethnomusicology and the World’s Music

    This course is designed to increase your awareness of the role of music as a part of social, political, and economic life. While popular music consumption for entertainment is one interaction that you might have had with music, there are myriad other meanings and uses for music in the United States and around the world. Some of these uses and meanings are obviously apparent to the average listener, and others are less so. Throughout the course, we will be exploring a variety of ways that people use, engage, and identify with music from various regions. The course is organized geographically, beginning with the US/Western Europe and then moving to parts of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Each week, we will focus on particular themes related to “traditional,” classical, or popular music to analyze in the context of our geographic case studies. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to apply concepts from class to your own musical case study. The culminating course project will consist of an ethnography of your chosen case study. No musical experience necessary.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2021 · Sarah Lahasky
  • MUSC 144: Music and Migration

    Throughout history, people have relocated for a variety of reasons, both voluntarily and forcibly. What sorts of consequences do mass movements of people have on cultural practices? This course will examine the legacy of the slave trade with relation to African-influenced music developments throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. We will first consider the nuances of West African music practices and beliefs before and during the slave trade. Then, we will explore a variety of sacred and secular traditions that developed in the New World as a result of the African Diaspora, including spirituals, the blues, jazz, rock and roll, and hip hop in North America; tango, blocos afro, cumbia, and candombe in South America; and Santería, reggae, timba, rara, and steel pan in the Caribbean. As part of this exploration, we will consider difficult questions, such as what is “black music”?; What ethical considerations must we think about in relation to who can/should play black music?; and What sorts of similarities and differences exist between African-influenced music styles in the Americas, and why? Lastly, we will consider how music in Africa has changed in more recent times due to a return of African-Americans back to their ancestral roots as well as other points of contact between the Americas and Africa, especially in relation to genres like Afrobeat, highlife, and gumbe. No previous musical experience required.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Sarah Lahasky
  • MUSC 150: Piano

    Weekly half-hour lessons, with repertoire selected as appropriate for the individual student’s experience. Works from a variety of style periods may be studied, with attention to both musical and technical development. Open to students with no previous musical experience.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Nikki Melville, Loren Fishman, Matthew McCright, Marcia Widman
  • MUSC 150: Piano (Juried)

    Weekly half-hour lessons, with repertoire selected as appropriate for the individual student’s experience. Works from a variety of style periods may be studied, with attention to both musical and technical development. The juried (J) course includes the opportunity for students to share their work in an end-of-term public or closed performance. Open to students with no previous musical experience. 

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Nikki Melville, Loren Fishman, Matthew McCright, Marcia Widman
  • MUSC 151: Voice

    A study of voice production, breathing, tone development, diction, and pronunciation. Selection (according to the individual voice) of Italian, German, French, and English songs of the Classic, Romantic, and Modern periods. Arias and songs from operas, oratorios, musical theater and popular songs from Western and non-Western traditions. In addition, one studio class per week. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Rick Penning, Ben Allen, KrisAnne Weiss, Matthew Olson
  • MUSC 151: Voice (Juried)

    A study of voice production, breathing, tone development, diction, and pronunciation. Selection (according to the individual voice) of Italian, German, French, and English songs of the Classic, Romantic, and Modern periods. Arias and songs from operas, oratorios, musical theater and popular songs from Western and non-Western traditions. In addition, one studio class per week. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Rick Penning, Ben Allen, KrisAnne Weiss, Matthew Olson
  • MUSC 152: Guitar

    Studies for the development of technique appropriate to the needs of the student. Music is chosen from all musical periods including folk picking, blues, ragtime, popular and classical styles. Students with no prior experience or lessons should take one term of class guitar (Music 197). 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Kreitzer
  • MUSC 152: Guitar (Juried)

    Studies for the development of technique appropriate to the needs of the student. Music is chosen from all musical periods including folk picking, blues, ragtime, popular and classical styles. Students with no prior experience or lessons should take one term of class guitar (Music 197). 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Kreitzer
  • MUSC 153: Composition (Juried)

    Individual instruction focusing on the student’s original compositions. Course work includes the study of compositional techniques, analysis of relevant works, and computer/MIDI/synthesizer technologies. The course is particularly directed toward the major who wishes to pursue the composition option in the Senior Integrative Exercise.

    Prerequisites: Music 220, or two courses from Music 221, 222 or 223 or instructor consent 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Alican Camci
  • MUSC 155: Violin

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Hector Valdivia, Natalia Moiseeva, Susan Crawford
  • MUSC 155: Violin (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Hector Valdivia, Natalia Moiseeva, Susan Crawford
  • MUSC 156: Viola

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Hector Valdivia, Natalia Moiseeva, Susan Crawford
  • MUSC 156: Viola (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Hector Valdivia, Natalia Moiseeva, Susan Crawford
  • MUSC 157: Cello

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Thomas Rosenberg, Greg Byers
  • MUSC 157: Cello (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Thomas Rosenberg, Greg Byers
  • MUSC 158: Classical String Bass

    The study of the acoustic string bass in the Classical style. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Connie Martin
  • MUSC 158: Classical String Bass (Juried)

    The study of the acoustic string bass in the Classical style. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Connie Martin
  • MUSC 159: Flute

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Martha Jamsa
  • MUSC 159: Flute (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Martha Jamsa
  • MUSC 160: Oboe/English Horn

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Merilee Klemp
  • MUSC 160: Oboe/English Horn (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Merilee Klemp
  • MUSC 161: Clarinet

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Nina Olsen
  • MUSC 161: Clarinet (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Nina Olsen
  • MUSC 162: Saxophone

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Greg Keel
  • MUSC 162: Saxophone (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Greg Keel
  • MUSC 163: Bassoon

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Thea Groth
  • MUSC 163: Bassoon (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Thea Groth
  • MUSC 164: French Horn

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Gwen Anderson
  • MUSC 164: French Horn (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Gwen Anderson
  • MUSC 165: Trumpet

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Lynn Deichert
  • MUSC 165: Trumpet (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Lynn Deichert
  • MUSC 166: Trombone/Euphonium

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Carson King-Fournier
  • MUSC 166: Trombone/Euphonium (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Carson King-Fournier
  • MUSC 167: Tuba

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Carson King-Fournier
  • MUSC 167: Tuba (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Carson King-Fournier
  • MUSC 168: Orchestral Percussion

    Instruction on orchestral percussion instruments such as snare drum, mallets, and tympani. Equipment available for registered students. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 168: Orchestral Percussion (Juried)

    Instruction on orchestral percussion instruments such as snare drum, mallets, and tympani. Equipment available for registered students. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 169: Harp

    Studies to develop technique and a varied selection of works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Works from the Romantic and Modern periods are also studied. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Elinor Niemisto
  • MUSC 169: Harp (Juried)

    Studies to develop technique and a varied selection of works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Works from the Romantic and Modern periods are also studied. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Elinor Niemisto
  • MUSC 170: Harpsichord

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Janean Hall
  • MUSC 170: Harpsichord (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Janean Hall
  • MUSC 171: Organ

    Basic piano skills required. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Janean Hall
  • MUSC 171: Organ (Juried)

    Basic piano skills required. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Janean Hall
  • MUSC 172: Oud

    Beginning through advanced study of the Arab oud. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Instruments are provided. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Yaron Klein
  • MUSC 172: Oud

    Beginning through advanced study of the Arab oud. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Instruments are provided. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Yaron Klein
  • MUSC 174: Recorder

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Krusemeyer
  • MUSC 174: Recorder (Juried)

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Krusemeyer
  • MUSC 175: Jazz Piano

    Study the tools for learning the jazz “language.” Learn to improvise through scale and mode study, transcription, and composition. Turn chord symbols into chord voicings and accompaniment. Explore the blues, jazz “standards,” and today’s music. Materials: staff paper, The Real Book, vol. 1, or similar fake book, and the app iReal Pro. Weekly studio class required.

    Prerequisites: Three years of piano or instructor permission 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Laura Caviani
  • MUSC 175: Jazz Piano (Juried)

    Study the tools for learning the jazz “language.” Learn to improvise through scale and mode study, transcription, and composition. Turn chord symbols into chord voicings and accompaniment. Explore the blues, jazz “standards,” and today’s music. Materials: staff paper, The Real Book, vol. 1, or similar fake book, and the app iReal Pro. Weekly studio class required.

    Prerequisites: Three years of piano or instructor permission 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Laura Caviani
  • MUSC 176: Electric & Acoustic Bass

    The study of either electric bass guitar or acoustic string bass in all contemporary styles including rock, jazz, pop, rap, and reggae. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Travis Schilling
  • MUSC 176: Electric & Acoustic Bass (Juried)

    The study of either electric bass guitar or acoustic string bass in all contemporary styles including rock, jazz, pop, rap, and reggae. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Travis Schilling
  • MUSC 177: Jazz and Blues Guitar

    Study of chord voicings, accompanimental techniques, and solo guitar performance in the jazz idiom. Prerequisites: previous study of guitar and the ability to read music, or the permission of the instructor. Students must provide their own instruments. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Zacc Harris
  • MUSC 177: Jazz and Blues Guitar (Juried)

    Study of chord voicings, accompanimental techniques, and solo guitar performance in the jazz idiom. Prerequisites: previous study of guitar and the ability to read music, or the permission of the instructor. Students must provide their own instruments. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Zacc Harris
  • MUSC 178: Drum Set Instruction

    Drum Set Instruction on/in jazz and popular drumming styles which use the standard drum set. Equipment available for registered students. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 178: Drum Set Instruction (Juried)

    Drum Set Instruction on/in jazz and popular drumming styles which use the standard drum set. Equipment available for registered students. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 179: Jazz Improvisation

    The study of the basic grammar and syntax of jazz improvisation styles, including transcribing solos, chord/scale materials and melodic patterns. Weekly studio class required.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Laura Caviani
  • MUSC 179: Jazz Improvisation (Juried)

    The study of the basic grammar and syntax of jazz improvisation styles, including transcribing solos, chord/scale materials and melodic patterns. Weekly studio class required.

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Laura Caviani
  • MUSC 180: Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music

    Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of voice, guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, etc., approach raga from their current level of musicianship. In all cases, traditional practical instruction is complemented by some theoretical and philosophical exploration of the underpinnings of the music. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · David Whetstone
  • MUSC 180: Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music (Juried)

    Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of voice, guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, etc., approach raga from their current level of musicianship. In all cases, traditional practical instruction is complemented by some theoretical and philosophical exploration of the underpinnings of the music.

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · David Whetstone
  • MUSC 181: Sitar

    Beginning through advanced study of sitar in the gayaki ang style of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Sitars are provided. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · David Whetstone
  • MUSC 181: Sitar (Juried)

    Beginning through advanced study of sitar in the gayaki ang style of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Sitars are provided. 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · David Whetstone
  • MUSC 182: Chinese Musical Instruments

    Beginning through advanced study on traditional Chinese instruments, pipa (Chinese lute), erhu (Chinese violin), guzheng (Chinese zither), zhongruan (Chinese moon guitar), hulusi, bawu and dizi (Chinese bamboo flutes). 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Gao Hong
  • MUSC 182: Chinese Musical Instruments (Juried)

    Beginning through advanced study on traditional Chinese instruments, pipa (Chinese lute), erhu (Chinese violin), guzheng (Chinese zither), zhongruan (Chinese moon guitar), hulusi, bawu and dizi (Chinese bamboo flutes). 1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Gao Hong
  • MUSC 183: World Drumming Instruction

    World drumming instruction in various ethnic drumming styles including West African (Ghanaian instruments), Cuban (congas), North Indian (tabla) and Middle Eastern (dumbek). Equipment available for registered students.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 183: World Drumming Instruction (Juried)

    World drumming instruction in various ethnic drumming styles including West African (Ghanaian instruments), Cuban (congas), North Indian (tabla) and Middle Eastern (dumbek). Equipment available for registered students.

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 184: American Folk Instruments

    Beginning to advanced study of technique and improvisational styles on American folk instruments. Students may study 5-string banjo (bluegrass or clawhammer style), bluegrass guitar, Dobro©, fiddle (violin, viola, cello), bass, ukulele, mandolin, and accordion. The Music Department has a single mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and guitar (and two ukuleles) available for shared use by enrolled students unable to provide their own instruments.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Kreitzer
  • MUSC 184: American Folk Instruments (Juried)

    Beginning to advanced study of technique and improvisational styles on American folk instruments. Students may study 5-string banjo (bluegrass or clawhammer style), bluegrass guitar, Dobro©, fiddle (violin, viola, cello), bass, ukulele, mandolin, and accordion. The Music Department has a single mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and guitar (and two ukuleles) available for shared use by enrolled students unable to provide their own instruments

    1 credit; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Kreitzer
  • MUSC 185: Carleton Choir

    The Carleton Choir, the cornerstone of the choral program, is a select mixed chorus of Carleton students. Each term, the ensemble presents a concert of short and extended works from the large bodies of classical, ethnic, and cultural repertories, including works for mixed, treble, and tenor-bass voices. Concerts are sometimes repeated off campus. Students must have good vocal skills, music reading ability, and a high degree of interest in performing quality choral music. Admission is by audition.

    Prerequisites: Audition 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Matthew Olson
  • MUSC 186: Carleton Chamber Choir

    The Carleton Chamber Choir is a select, mixed ensemble performing challenging choral music from the Renaissance era to the twenty first century. Admission is by audition and membership in the Carleton Choir (MUSC 185) is also required. Except in rare instances, Chamber Choir singers are expected to commit to all three terms in a given academic year. One weekly TBD sectional rehearsal in addition to the Thursday 5-6:30PM meeting time. 

    Prerequisites: Requires concurrent registration in Music 185 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Matthew Olson
  • MUSC 187: Carleton Orchestra

    The Carleton Orchestra performs large symphonic masterpieces, such as Beethoven, Stravinsky and Bernstein. Concerti with students and faculty soloists, and smaller works for string and wind ensembles are also performed. Occasional sight-reading sessions. Admission by audition.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Hector Valdivia
  • MUSC 188: Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble

    The ensemble will use indigenous instruments and a Chinese approach to musical training in order to learn and perform music from China. In addition to the Wednesday meeting time, there will be one sectional rehearsal each week.

    Prerequisites: Previous experience in a music ensemble, Chinese Musical instruments or instructor permission 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice, International Studies; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Gao Hong
  • MUSC 189: Carleton Symphony Band

    The Carleton Symphony Band performs music selected from the standard and contemporary repertory, including compositions by Holst, Masianka, Arnold and others. Regular sight-reading sessions. Admission by audition.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Ronald Rodman
  • MUSC 190: Carleton Jazz Ensemble

    The Carleton Jazz Ensemble’s focus is on improvisation and the fusion between jazz, rock, funk, and Latin influences. There is no predetermined instrumentation. Rather, the ensemble’s size and instrumentation vary each term. String players, vocalists, and any brass or woodwind instrumentalists are welcome to register. The ensemble performs once each term.

    Prerequisites: Admission by audition 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Laura Caviani
  • MUSC 192: West African Drum Ensemble

    The ensemble will use indigenous instruments and an African approach to musical training in order to learn and perform rhythms and songs from West Africa. Prerequisites: Music 199 and/or instructor permission 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice, International Studies; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 194: Chamber Music

    Small group study and performance of instrumental and/or vocal chamber music from the western art music or non-western/folk repertory. Groups are usually formed by students prior to registration, and should consist of 3-8 musicians. Student groups are coached weekly by specialized music faculty, and participate in an end-of-term performance. Students must be registered, may not audit, and can register for only one group per term. 

    Prerequisites: At least one term of applied music lessons at Carleton, or co-registration in applied music lessons, or permission of instructor 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Nikki Melville, Hector Valdivia, Natalia Moiseeva, Nina Olsen, Greg Byers, Gao Hong, Loren Fishman, Martha Jamsa, Thomas Rosenberg, Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 195: Jazz Chamber Music

    Small groups participate in the study and performance of instrumental and/or vocal jazz chamber music. Groups are usually formed by students prior to registration, and should usually consist of 3-8 students. Groups rehearse independently, and are coached weekly by jazz music faculty; all groups participate in an end-of-term performance. Students must register, and may not audit; students register for only one group, but may participate in two groups with permission of instructor.

    Prerequisites: At least one term of applied music lessons at Carleton, or co-registration in applied music lessons, or permission of instructor 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Laura Caviani, Zacc Harris
  • MUSC 196: Jazz Workshop

    This class focuses on the theory and practice of jazz improvisation. Students will develop their improvisational skills by learning and applying various scales, modes, and chord structures to lab performances of standard jazz repertoire on their respective instruments.

    Prerequisites: Ability to read music and facility on an instrument/voice: performing knowledge of major scales: or instructor permission 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Laura Caviani
  • MUSC 197: Class Guitar

    An introduction to classical and folk guitar: styles, chords and music notation for persons with little or no previous music instruction. Not to be taken concurrently with Music 152 or 252 (Guitar).

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Kreitzer
  • MUSC 198: Class Voice

    This course provides students with a communal experience to learn the art of singing. Designed for beginners, the class offers group exercises and vocalizing, solo lessons, listening assignments, lectures, and readings to learn the skills to sing musical styles ranging from classical to musical theater to global folk songs. Some experience with Western musical notation is helpful, though not required.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Matthew Olson
  • MUSC 199: Fundamentals of African Drumming

    Class instruction in basic techniques of African drumming. No musical training or experience is necessary.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 204: Theory II: Musical Structures

    An investigation into the nature of musical sounds and the way they are combined to form rhythms, melodies, harmonies, and form. Topics include the nature of musical pitch, the structure of musical scales and their influence on melody, chords and their interval content, the complexity of rhythmic patterns, and chromatic harmony and modulation. Student work includes building a musical instrument, programming a drum machine, writing computer code to create harmonies and timbres, and an extended music analysis project.

    Prerequisites: Music 103, or permission of the instructor as assessed by a diagnostic exam administered at the start of the term 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2022 · Justin London
  • MUSC 208: Computer Music and Sound

    This course surveys computer techniques for analyzing, synthesizing, manipulating, and creating musical sounds. We’ll study the basic components of digital sound: waveforms, oscillators, envelopes, delay lines, and filters. While we’ll explore the techniques and concepts of computer music in detail, our focus will be putting them to work in our creative practice, using open source computer music languages as well as digital audio workstations, according to the strengths and limitations of each music-making environment. We’ll show how computer music composition takes shape in a wide variety of styles and aesthetics, free to choose among them or create our own.

    Prerequisites: Music 108 or Computer Science 111 or Instructor permission 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2022 · Alican Camci
  • MUSC 209: Interactive Music Systems

    Technological tools assist and mediate a great diversity of musical compositions and performances. This course focuses specifically on the dynamic uses of technology, and systems that require significant interaction between composer/performer and software/hardware. The course will focus especially on dataflow programming in the Max environment, creating custom software for use in performing original work, informed by our investigation into relevant model compositions as well as the principles of digital audio. 

    Prerequisites: A willingness to perform original music on an instrument or voice and Music 108 or Computer Science 111, or instructor consent 6 credits; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 211: Western Music and its Social Ecosystems, 1600-1830

    The social, political, economic and cultural ecosystems in which “Western” music evolved provides a framework for understanding the relationships between composers, works, performers, and listeners both at the time of a work’s premiere and today. This course concentrates on music ecosystems from around 1830 to present and is organized around broad themes and genres in music history. Through a variety of assignments including quizzes, blog posts, score analyses, creative responses, and a final project, students will develop critical thinking, research, and communication skills to help them be successful in their various musical endeavors.

    Prerequisites: Ability to read music preferred, but not required 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2022 · Brooke McCorkle
  • MUSC 212: Sex, Music, and the Virtuoso

    From Paganini to Esperanza, Liszt to Lang Lang, Wieck to Hahn, audiences have long adored and obsessed over musical virtuosity.  But what do we mean when we call someone a musical virtuoso? How is virtuosity enmeshed with ideas of genius, race, and gender? How have both historical and contemporary discourses conflated musical and sexual prowess? This class explores the above questions, concentrating on music and figures operating within the world of Western art music along with references to jazz and popular music. An ability to read music is required.

    Prerequisites: Music 110 or 204 highly desirable 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 217: Opera: Stage, Screen, Recording

    Pure pleasure or pure torture? Opera is said to be both. This course is an introduction to opera based on its 400-year history from 1600 to the present. Over the term, we will explore several topics including how music conveys characters’ feelings, singers and the allure of the voice, race, gender, and opera, opera in film, and the experience of live performance. We will deal with a wide variety of pieces and investigate the social and cultural functions of opera via creative research assignments. No previous musical experience necessary.

    Prerequisites: None, ability to read music is not necessary 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2022 · Brooke McCorkle
  • MUSC 218: Listening to Dance Music

    This course explores the relationship between western art music and social dance, staged productions, or stylized concert genres based on social dance and staged productions. Students will examine how bodies have moved to music by asking the questions: which music? and which bodies? Repertoire will range from sixteenth-century French court ballets, to the un-danceable waltzes of Chopin and Brahms, to Hamilton, where hip hop meets colonial American country dance.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 219: The Musical Avant-Garde

    “Piano Piece for David Tudor #3: most of them were very old grasshoppers.” –La Monte Young (1960). What is an avant-garde? How can music be “ahead of its time”? In this class, students will explore the histories, aesthetics, and socio-cultural contexts of musical avant-gardes and musical experimentalism post-WWII. While the course focuses on art music of the 1950s-1970s (from concert pieces by Stockhausen and Cage, to the “intermedial” art forms promoted by Fluxus, to the avant-jazz of Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane), students will also consider what a musical avant-garde in 2020 might sound like, look like, or act like.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 220: Composition Studio

    This course focuses on creating new music, through several exercises as well as a substantial term composition. Class meetings reinforce key concepts, aesthetic trends, and compositional techniques, as well as provide opportunities for group feedback on works in progress. Individual instruction focuses on students’ own creative work in depth and detail.

    Prerequisites: Music 110, 204 or instructor permission 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2022 · Alican Camci
  • MUSC 221: Electronic Music Composition

    This course focuses on creating new electronic music. We will use digital audio workstations for composition and production, grounding their use in the fundamentals of digital audio. We will listen extensively, in many genres of electronic music, applying this critical listening to our own work and our colleagues’ work. Frequent composition assignments build fundamental skills in melodic creation and development, drum programming, synthesis, and audio production. The course culminates in a term project, a stylistically unrestricted, substantial original composition.

    Prerequisites: Music 108, Music 110 or instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 222: Composing for Ad Hoc Ensemble

    In this composition course, we will create music for ourselves to perform. The members of the class constitute the Ad Hoc Ensemble; we will begin by writing small studies for individual instruments or voices in this group, and methodically build to composing for the entire ensemble. We will focus on idiomatic instrumental writing and orchestration, and will explore both traditional and experimental approaches to notation. 

    Prerequisites: Music 110 or instructor permission 3 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 223: Vocal Counterpoint

    In this composition course, we will write for (our own) singing voices, anchoring our writing to various traditions of vocal part writing while developing our own idiosyncratic approaches. We will move methodically from singing single lines against drones, to creating two-, three-, and four-part compositions, culminating in a substantial composition for multiple voices per part. We will sing constantly to reinforce key concepts and to hear our works in progress, and will base our analysis of our own compositions as well as more canonical works on bringing the music to life through vocal performance.

    Prerequisites: Ability and willingness to sing from score, and Music 110 or instructor permission 3 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 224: Collaborative Composition in Community Partnership

    In this composition course, students will co-create music with youth at The Key, a youth-led, youth services organization in downtown Northfield. Members of the class will visit regularly to make and share music, and will work towards a substantial collaborative composition, while also creating smaller projects throughout the term. To support this work, we will study model compositions that leave key parameters open, such as instrumentation and ensemble size, or that use alternate notation systems, or that depend on structured improvisation. We will also explore various technological tools that can extend our collaborative capabilities and that can assist us in documenting and presenting our collaborative work.

    Prerequisites: Music 108 or Music 110 or instructor consent 6 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 225: Performing with Electronics

    Performing with Electronics is both a survey and a creative course. We will explore historical and contemporary examples of performing with live electronics that incorporate both analog and digital technologies, such as use of turntables and sampling, microphones and speakers, synthesizers, no-input mixing, digital processing, among others. Taking cue from these different approaches to working with electronics in real time, we will investigate ways of approaching a live scenario, designing hardware and software interfaces for performance. Our goal will be learning to perform with our setups, ultimately looking into the possibilities of performing as an ensemble. Recommended to take in tandem with MUSC 208.

    3 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2022 · Alican Camci
  • MUSC 227: Perception and Cognition of Music

    Covers basic issues in auditory perception and cognition with an emphasis on the perception of musical pitch, including sensory discrimination, categorical perception, roughness and dissonance, absolute pitch, and auditory streaming. Other topics to be covered include the processing of language and music, and emotional responses to music. A grade of C- or better must be earned in both Music 227 and 228 to satisfy the LS requirement. Prerequisites: A previous course in Music or Psychology, or instructor permission; Concurrent registration in Music 228 6 credits; Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, Science with Lab; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 228: Perception and Cognition of Music Lab

    An introduction to the methods of experimental and observational research in music perception and cognition. Student teams will replicate/extend classic experiments in music perception, which will involve reviewing historical and current literature, creating stimuli, running experimental trials, performing statistical analyses of data, and giving a poster presentation of their results. A grade of C- or better must be earned in both Music 227 and 228 to satisfy the LS requirement. Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in Music 227 2 credits; Science with Lab, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 232: Golden Age of R & B

    A survey of rhythm and blues from 1945 to 1975, focusing on performers, composers and the music industry.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 239: The Philosophy of Music

    What is Music, and what exactly is a “musical composition,” especially in the age of recorded music and sampling? Can music tell a story, express an emotion, or convey a proposition? And if music can do any of these things, how does it do it? Last but not least, how are we to judge the value of musical pieces and musical practices? Do we need to judge popular music differently from so-called “art” music?  To address these questions we will listen to a wide range of musical examples, from Bach and Mozart to the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, and we will read a wide range of writings about music, from Plato, Rousseau, and Kant to current philosophers, including Scruton, Kivy, Davies, Carroll, and Gracyk.

    Prerequisites: Previous music or philosophy course or instructor permission 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 240: Music in Health, Disability, and Disease

    We’ll investigate music’s relationships to health, disability, and disease using scholarly articles, documentaries, historical archives, and current events. How does musical activity promote or enhance health in everyday life? How do various disabilities shape musical experience? How can music intervene in disease processes? Our inquiry will include the many musical responses to and adaptations necessitated by COVID-19. We will consider the place of sound and music as interventions in systemic racism, increasingly recognized as a public health threat. Students will complete a research paper and presentation on a topic of their choosing, guided throughout the term.

    6 credits; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 241: Music of Latin America

    This course is designed to increase your awareness of musical styles in Latin America within particular social, economic, and political contexts. We will cover topics related to popular, folkloric, classical, and indigenous musics spanning from Mexico to South America’s Southern Cone. The course will include elements of performance and dance instruction in addition to a critical examination of lived experiences across the region. No previous musical experience is necessary.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Sarah Lahasky
  • MUSC 245: Tradition, Innovation, and Globalization in African Music

    Through reading, listening, watching, and playing, we explore African music and developments in African musical life. Using the works of canonical and emerging scholars, we will examine music with particular attention to its intersections with health, technology, citizenship, and gender roles. Students will also learn elements of West African percussion and Shona karimba through applied study. No experience necessary.

    6 credits; International Studies, Arts Practice; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 246: Music in Racism and Antiracism

    Music has a long, ugly history as a tool for the transmission of racism, and a vital one as a weapon against it. We will survey important instantiations at the intersections of music and racism in blackface minstrelsy, western classical music, Dalit music, Albinism, the U.S. national anthem, white nationalism, and the anti-apartheid movement, among others. Centering racism and antiracism, we will investigate the careers and musical output of five musicians: Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger, Hazel Scott, Charity Bailey, and Janelle Monae. Students will complete an original guided research project on a topic of their choice. No musical experience required.

    6 credits; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Melinda Russell
  • MUSC 247: 1950s/60s American Folk Music Revival

    Explores the historical bases of musical style, the role of recorded music, the social construction of a “folk music” milieu, and the music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, et al. No musical experience necessary; you need not read musical notation. Includes one day per week of applied instruction: Section 1 (beginning folk guitar–instruments provided) only for those with zero guitar experience; Section 2 (folk workshop –provide your own instruments) if you have any experience on guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, ukelele, Dobro, viola, cello, or bass.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2022 · Melinda Russell
  • MUSC 248: Music of South Asia

    This course focuses on South Asian musical traditions including qawwali, folk and popular musics, and the classical Hindustani and Carnatic traditions of North and South India. We will consider the historical and cultural contexts of several genres, read the work of scholars from various disciplines, and study relevant audio and video. Students will learn rudimentary theory of Indian classical music, understand its twentieth and twenty-first century developments, and develop listening skills to enable recognition of major genres, styles, and artists. One day a week will be devoted to applied study of Indian vocal raga. No musical background required.

    6 credits; Arts Practice, International Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 250: Piano

    Weekly one-hour lessons, with repertoire selected as appropriate for the individual student’s experience. Works from a variety of style periods may be studied, with attention to both musical and technical development. Music 250 is intended for the more advanced piano student; permission of instructor is required.

    2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Nikki Melville, Loren Fishman, Matthew McCright, Marcia Widman
  • MUSC 250: Piano (Juried)

    Weekly one-hour lessons, with repertoire selected as appropriate for the individual student’s experience. Works from a variety of style periods may be studied, with attention to both musical and technical development. The juried (J) course includes the opportunity for students to share their work in an end-of-term public or closed performance. Music 250J is intended for the more advanced piano student; permission of instructor is required. 

    2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Nikki Melville, Loren Fishman, Matthew McCright, Marcia Widman
  • MUSC 251: Voice

    A study of voice production, breathing, tone development, diction, and pronunciation. Selection (according to the individual voice) of Italian, German, French, and English songs of the Classic, Romantic, and Modern periods. Arias and songs from operas, oratorios, musical theater and popular songs from Western and non-Western traditions. In addition, one studio class per week. Prerequisite: Music 151 or permission of the instructor. 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Rick Penning, KrisAnne Weiss, Matthew Olson, Ben Allen
  • MUSC 251: Voice (Juried)

    A study of voice production, breathing, tone development, diction, and pronunciation. Selection (according to the individual voice) of Italian, German, French, and English songs of the Classic, Romantic, and Modern periods. Arias and songs from operas, oratorios, musical theater and popular songs from Western and non-Western traditions. In addition, one studio class per week. Prerequisite: Music 151 or permission of the instructor. 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Rick Penning, KrisAnne Weiss, Matthew Olson, Ben Allen
  • MUSC 252: Guitar

    Studies for the development of technique appropriate to the needs of the student. Music is chosen from all musical periods including folk picking, blues, ragtime, popular and classical styles. Students with no prior experience or lessons should take one term of class guitar (Music 197). Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Kreitzer
  • MUSC 252: Guitar (Juried)

    Studies for the development of technique appropriate to the needs of the student. Music is chosen from all musical periods including folk picking, blues, ragtime, popular and classical styles. Students with no prior experience or lessons should take one term of class guitar (Music 197). Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Kreitzer
  • MUSC 253: Composition (Juried)

    Individual instruction focusing on the student’s original compositions. Course work includes the study of compositional techniques, analysis of relevant works, and computer/MIDI/synthesizer technologies. The course is particularly directed toward the major who wishes to pursue the composition option in the Senior Integrative Exercise.

    Prerequisites: Music 220, or two courses from Music 221, Music 222 or Music 223 or instructor consent 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Alican Camci
  • MUSC 255: Violin

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Hector Valdivia, Natalia Moiseeva, Susan Crawford
  • MUSC 255: Violin (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Hector Valdivia, Natalia Moiseeva, Susan Crawford
  • MUSC 256: Viola

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Hector Valdivia, Natalia Moiseeva, Susan Crawford
  • MUSC 256: Viola (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Hector Valdivia, Natalia Moiseeva, Susan Crawford
  • MUSC 257: Cello

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Thomas Rosenberg, Greg Byers
  • MUSC 257: Cello (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Thomas Rosenberg, Greg Byers
  • MUSC 258: Classical String Bass

    The study of the acoustic string bass in the Classical style. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Connie Martin
  • MUSC 258: Classical String Bass (Juried)

    The study of the acoustic string bass in the Classical style. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Connie Martin
  • MUSC 259: Flute

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Martha Jamsa
  • MUSC 259: Flute (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Martha Jamsa
  • MUSC 260: Oboe/English Horn

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Merilee Klemp
  • MUSC 260: Oboe/English Horn (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Merilee Klemp
  • MUSC 261: Clarinet

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Nina Olsen
  • MUSC 261: Clarinet (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Nina Olsen
  • MUSC 262: Saxophone

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Greg Keel
  • MUSC 262: Saxophone (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Greg Keel
  • MUSC 263: Bassoon

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Thea Groth
  • MUSC 263: Bassoon (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Thea Groth
  • MUSC 264: French Horn

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Gwen Anderson
  • MUSC 264: French Horn (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Gwen Anderson
  • MUSC 265: Trumpet

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Lynn Deichert
  • MUSC 265: Trumpet (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Lynn Deichert
  • MUSC 266: Trombone/Euphonium

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Carson King-Fournier
  • MUSC 266: Trombone/Euphonium (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Carson King-Fournier
  • MUSC 267: Tuba

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Carson King-Fournier
  • MUSC 267: Tuba (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Carson King-Fournier
  • MUSC 268: Orchestral Percussion

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 268: Orchestral Percussion (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 269: Harp

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Elinor Niemisto
  • MUSC 269: Harp (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Elinor Niemisto
  • MUSC 270: Harpsichord

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Janean Hall
  • MUSC 270: Harpsichord (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Janean Hall
  • MUSC 271: Organ

    Basic piano skills required. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Janean Hall
  • MUSC 271: Organ (Juried)

    Basic piano skills required. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Janean Hall
  • MUSC 272: Oud

    Advanced study of the Arab oud. Instruments are provided. Instructor’s permission required. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Yaron Klein
  • MUSC 272: Oud (Juried)

    Advanced study of the Arab oud. Instruments are provided. Instructor’s permission required.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Yaron Klein
  • MUSC 274: Recorder

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Krusemeyer
  • MUSC 274: Recorder (Juried)

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Krusemeyer
  • MUSC 275: Jazz Piano

    Study the tools for learning the jazz “language.” Learn to improvise through scale and mode study, transcription, and composition. Turn chord symbols into chord voicings and accompaniment. Explore the blues, jazz “standards,” and today’s music. Materials: staff paper, The Real Book, vol. 1, or similar fake book, and the app iReal Pro. Weekly studio class required.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Laura Caviani
  • MUSC 275: Jazz Piano (Juried)

    Study the tools for learning the jazz “language.” Learn to improvise through scale and mode study, transcription, and composition. Turn chord symbols into chord voicings and accompaniment. Explore the blues, jazz “standards,” and today’s music. Materials: staff paper, The Real Book, vol. 1, or similar fake book, and the app iReal Pro. Weekly studio class required.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Laura Caviani
  • MUSC 276: Electric & Acoustic Bass

    The study of either electric bass guitar or acoustic string bass in all contemporary styles including rock, jazz, pop, rap, and reggae. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Travis Schilling
  • MUSC 276: Electric & Acoustic Bass (Juried)

    The study of either electric bass guitar or acoustic string bass in all contemporary styles including rock, jazz, pop, rap, and reggae. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Travis Schilling
  • MUSC 277: Jazz and Blues Guitar

    Study of chord voicings, accompanimental techniques, and solo guitar performance in the jazz idiom. Prerequisites: previous study of guitar and the ability to read music, or the permission of the instructor. Students must provide their own instruments. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Zacc Harris
  • MUSC 277: Jazz and Blues Guitar (Juried)

    Study of chord voicings, accompanimental techniques, and solo guitar performance in the jazz idiom. Prerequisites: previous study of guitar and the ability to read music, or the permission of the instructor. Students must provide their own instruments.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Zacc Harris
  • MUSC 278: Drum Set Instruction

    Drum Set Instruction on/in jazz and popular drumming styles which use the standard drum set. Equipment available for registered students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 278: Drum Set Instruction (Juried)

    Drum Set Instruction on/in jazz and popular drumming styles which use the standard drum set. Equipment available for registered students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 279: Jazz Improvisation

    The study of the basic grammar and syntax of jazz improvisation styles, including transcribing solos, chord/scale materials and melodic patterns. Weekly studio class participation required.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Laura Caviani
  • MUSC 279: Jazz Improvisation (Juried)

    The study of the basic grammar and syntax of jazz improvisation styles, including transcribing solos, chord/scale materials and melodic patterns. Weekly studio class participation is required.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Laura Caviani
  • MUSC 280: Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music

    Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of voice, guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, etc., approach raga from their current level of musicianship. In all cases, traditional practical instruction is complemented by some theoretical and philosophical exploration of the underpinnings of the music. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · David Whetstone
  • MUSC 280: Raga:Voc/Instr Study Hindustani (Juried)

    Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of voice, guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, etc., approach raga from their current level of musicianship. In all cases, traditional practical instruction is complemented by some theoretical and philosophical exploration of the underpinnings of the music. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · David Whetstone
  • MUSC 281: Sitar

    Beginning through advanced study of sitar in the gayaki ang style of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Sitars are provided. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · David Whetstone
  • MUSC 281: Sitar (Juried)

    Beginning through advanced study of sitar in the gayaki ang style of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Sitars are provided. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · David Whetstone
  • MUSC 282: Chinese Musical Instruments

    Beginning through advanced study on traditional Chinese instruments, pipa (Chinese lute), erhu (Chinese violin), guzheng (Chinese zither), zhongruan (Chinese moon guitar), hulusi, bawu and dizi (Chinese bamboo flutes). Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Gao Hong
  • MUSC 282: Chinese Musical Instruments (Juried)

    Beginning through advanced study on traditional Chinese instruments, pipa (Chinese lute), erhu (Chinese violin), guzheng (Chinese zither), zhongruan (Chinese moon guitar), hulusi, bawu and dizi (Chinese bamboo flutes). Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Gao Hong
  • MUSC 283: World Drumming Instruction

    World drumming instruction in various ethnic drumming styles including West African (Ghanaian instruments), Cuban (congas), North Indian (tabla) and Middle Eastern (dumbek). Equipment available for registered students.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 283: World Drumming Instruction (Juried)

    World drumming instruction in various ethnic drumming styles including West African (Ghanaian instruments), Cuban (congas), North Indian (tabla) and Middle Eastern (dumbek). Equipment available for registered students.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Jay Johnson
  • MUSC 284: American Folk Instrument (Juried)

    Beginning to advanced study of technique and improvisational styles on American folk instruments. Students may study 5-string banjo (bluegrass or clawhammer style), bluegrass guitar, Dobro©, fiddle (violin, viola, cello), bass, ukulele, mandolin, and accordion. The Music Department has a single mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and guitar (and two ukuleles) available for shared use by enrolled students unable to provide their own instruments.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Kreitzer
  • MUSC 284: American Folk Instruments

    Beginning to advanced study of technique and improvisational styles on American folk instruments. Students may study 5-string banjo (bluegrass or clawhammer style), bluegrass guitar, Dobro©, fiddle (violin, viola, cello), bass, ukulele, mandolin, and accordion. The Music Department has a single mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and guitar (and two ukuleles) available for shared use by enrolled students unable to provide their own instruments.

    Prerequisites: Instructor Permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Mark Kreitzer
  • MUSC 299: Recital

    A public music recital of a minimum of thirty minutes of solo performance (some chamber music may be included). Students enrolling in 299 do so in lieu of registering for applied lessons; 299 includes nine one-hour lessons. Normally 299 would be taken in the junior or senior year, and is repeatable one time. Fees and financial aid for 299 are the same as for two-credit applied lessons.

    Prerequisites: Permission of department. At least two terms of juried lessons at the 200 level. Students must have completed recital form and permission of the Music Department the term prior to the recital 3 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022
  • MUSC 308: Seminar in Music Analysis

    An introduction to advanced analytical techniques for larger formal structure in Western Art Music repertoire from the classic, romantic and early twentieth century. Musical forms to be considered are binary, ternary, rondo, and variation forms, with particular emphasis on theories and analyses of sonata forms of eighteenth and nineteenth century music.

    Prerequisites: Music 110 or 204 or Instructor consent 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 313: Video Game Music: History, Interpretation, Practice

    Over the decades, video game music has evolved from simple beeps and boops into a genre that has garnered millions of fans worldwide. This course traces the history of video game music aesthetics and technology. We will consider how it relates to a variety of musical traditions and engages with broader social issues. We will learn to listen for loops, styles, structures, and function in games via direct engagement with primary sources: the games themselves. The course culminates in the practical application of knowledge via a creative project. 

    Prerequisites: Music 110 and/or Music 204 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2022 · Brooke McCorkle
  • MUSC 332: Motown

    A research-based course focused on the people, music, and cultural contributions of the Motown Record Company from its antecedents throughout the mid-1980s.

    Prerequisites: The ability to read music and a previous music course, or permission of the instructor 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 334: Marvin Gaye

    This is a research-based course focused on the music and creative practices of Marvin Gaye, one of the most famous and successful popular vocalists of the 1960s and 1970s. We will begin with a furious survey of Gaye’s life and music, and move quickly into more critical readings. Along the way, students will develop individual research topics with the assistance of the instructor, and present findings to the group on a weekly basis. The seminar will culminate with individual student research presentations and a well-crafted research paper on a topic related to Gaye.

    Prerequisites: The ability to read music and a previous music course, or instructor consent 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 336: Moldy Figs and the Birth of Jazz Criticism

    In this course, students will investigate the interest of white literati in jazz during the 1930s and 1940 through the lens of former Carleton English professor Jack Lucas. A writer for the well-known jazz appreciation magazine Down Beat, Lucas taught courses about jazz in the 1950s, and donated his large historic record collection to the College. We will read early written criticism and consider issues of canonization of jazz. Students will create their own compilation of early jazz recordings according to a theme, revisiting a common form of agency among jazz critics during the 1950s. 6 credits; HI, WR2

    Prerequisites: Music 126 not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 337: Music in Social Movements

    How, specifically, is music instrumental in social change? What musical choices are made, and by whom? How are new musics made, and old musics repackaged, to help mobilize social movements and create collective identity? We’ll approach these questions through the work of diverse scholars and participants, through focused listening, and ultimately through guided student research projects. Among the social/musical movements we’ll consider: Nueva cancíon, Rastafari, anti-Apartheid; the labor, civil rights, women’s, anti-war, anti-nuclear and environmental movements, the Black Arts Movement, American Indian, Jesus, Hippie, and white nationalist Movements, and Black Lives Matter. No musical experience or previous coursework required.  

    6 credits; Writing Requirement, Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • MUSC 338: Sonic Spectacles in Minnesota and Beyond: Music as Heritage

    In the last fifty years, governments and transnational entities such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have increasingly called to safeguard cultural practices and historic buildings around the world. Through trial and error, social scientists and policymakers have realized that such cultural heritage preservation programs come with unforeseen consequences, especially regarding musical performance and the communities that practice such traditions. This course is divided into two sections. First, we will concentrate on case studies from around the world, considering the advantages, detriments, and best practices for recognizing and celebrating music as heritage. We will debate questions such as: What is heritage? How can something ephemeral such as music be ‘conserved’ for generations to come? What role does the West play in shaping musical practices around the world, and for who do we want to ‘save’ the music? Who makes decisions of what music should or should not be safeguarded, and what are the implications for local practitioners? Second, we will explore music festivals and other music heritage projects specifically in Minnesota. Learning from the mistakes of the past, the course will culminate with a collaborative class project that will contribute to a sensitive yet productive endeavor to document oral histories of musicians, or plan a festival/performance on campus that highlights musical life in and around Northfield.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2022 · Sarah Lahasky
  • MUSC 341: Rock Lab and Lab

    This class combines performance and academic study of rock music. In the first half of the course, we will learn to perform simple songs in small-group coaching sessions with a polished public performance as a midterm goal. During the second half of the course, we will make recordings of these performances. Throughout the term, we will accompany performance and recording activities with readings and discussion about aesthetics, performance practice in rock music, and mediation of recording techniques, all extraordinarily rich topics in popular music studies. No performance experience is needed. The course will accommodate students with a range of experience. Students will be grouped according to background, interest, and ability. There is a required hands-on laboratory component, which will be assigned before the start of the course. In these smaller groups, students will perform, record, and work with sound in small groups. Work will include experimentation with electric instruments, amplifiers, synthesizers, microphones, recording techniques, performance practice issues, musical production, mixing, and mastering.

    6 credits; Arts Practice, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Andy Flory
  • MUSC 342: Creative Music Performance Seminar

    Over the course of the term, each student will prepare the performance of a solo work, informed by the exploration of sources, comparison of recordings, score analysis, and performance science. Group meetings explore the pedagogy of musical, psychological, and intellectual preparation, and will guide improvement in technical and musical consistency during performance. Open to performers of all genres of applied music taught in the Carleton music department.

    Prerequisites: One term of 2 credit juried lessons on any instrument/voice or permission of instructor 3 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2022 · Nikki Melville
  • MUSC 400: Integrative Exercise

    Required of senior majors. The integrative exercise may be fulfilled by completion of a significant composition, performance, or research-paper project. Students who wish to fulfill Music 400 with such projects must meet department-specified qualifying criteria. 

    6 credits; S/NC; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022 · Andy Flory