Graduate Courses of General Interest


Spring 2023

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Music Education

5765 Literature for Vocal Music Education
2 credits — Jordan Saul
MUSIC 5765 provides an overview of vocal literature from various cultures and historic periods for use with choral groups in the late elementary, middle and high school music programs.

8874 The Development of Music Education
3 credits — Paul Sanders
MUSIC 8874 explores the development of music education from early Greek society to the present day, tracing major trends, important events, and leaders in music education. This course satisfies requirements in the major area of concentration for the MA in Music Education and can also be counted for most other graduate degrees in music. For this hybrid offering, approximately half the class sessions will meet in person, and half will meet via Zoom.

8879 Seminar: Music in Higher Education
3 credits — Michael Ibrahim
Study of basic structure of music programs in higher education, including general organizational characteristics related to curriculum, budget and personnel. The course will provide students with an understanding of the tenure system, budget system, hiring procedures, fundraising and faculty/staff evaluation. The study of music in higher education will relate directly to the student’s understanding how to engage in the higher education workplace.  Leadership principles and administrative activities will engage student learning through case study assignments.


5194 (Group Studies) Performing and Listening with Sonic Archives
3 credits — Brian Harnetty (GAHDT Fellow)
What constitutes a sonic archive? Old 78s? Cassette tapes? Phone messages? A photo? A box of junk? And, how might artists listen with archives in meaningful and ethical ways? Rooted in sound studies, sound art, listening practices, and social engagement, this course offers critical contexts for archives, their history in the arts, and their creative interpretation. This course considers sonic archives — and archives more broadly — as spaces where performance, place, knowledge, and power coalesce. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will experience recordings, artworks, music, and texts that engage with a broad understanding of archives, grounding them in senses of place, and observing the diversity of the voices they contain. It will focus on the smaller stories — flawed, open-ended, fragmented, interstitial — that coalesce to form the body of archives listened to and performed “from below.” This process of listening offers a means of acknowledgment and becomes an integral part of a larger archival stewardship.

5646 History of Music in the United States
2 credits — Katherine Graber
A survey of music in the U.S. from colonial times until the present, with a selective emphasis on popular genres and styles.

6786 Music Research Methods and Bibliography
3 credits — Alan Green
Survey of the methods and materials for conducting research projects in music in today's interdisciplinary online environment.

7780.20 African Performing Ensemble
1 credit — Jason Buchea
An immersion in African culture through hands-on engagement with its various drumming traditions.
Jason Buchea has led college-level African drumming ensembles for more than a decade. He has lived in Senegal, where he currently researches local drumming traditions. He is a longtime collaborator of tama virtuoso Massamba Diop, the lead percussionist for Afropop singer Baaba Maal, and main drummer in the Black Panther films. Jason is currently Music Director for Diop's role as “Talking Drum Soloist” on the touring live-to-picture show Black Panther In Concert.

8885 Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology
3 credits — Ryan Skinner
The theory and practice of studying subjects and gathering data directly in the field, as part of ethnomusicological research.


Music 5621 Theory and Analysis: 17th18th centuries
2 credits — David Clampitt
Analysis of representative works from the 17th-18th century, introducing relevant theoretical concepts. 

Music 7829.01 Scale Theory: Transformation and Tonality
3 credits — David Clampitt
Formal approaches to the theory of musical scales, with the premise that the distinct subfields of theory and transformational theory speak to fundamental questions of tonality.

7829.05 Topics in Music Theory: Graduate Aural Skills and Listening
2 credits — Zachary Zinser
This course will explore practice strategies to strengthen our understanding of the relationship between written notation and sung melody. While we will practice hearing what we see, we will also practice seeing what we hear through dictation exercises ranging from single-voice melodies, two-voice counterpoint and harmonic progressions from a variety of stylistic contexts.

7829.05 Topics in Music Theory: Sound, Syntax, and Space in Pop Music
3 credits — Zachary Zinser
This course takes an exploratory approach to thinking about our listening experiences with a focus on popular music recordings. Students will be encouraged to contribute their own musical examples for discussion on a regular basis. We will build a foundation of concepts and vocabulary to enhance not only how we listen, experience and think about this music on our own, but also our ability to describe and communicate the nature of those experiences to others.

7829.05 Topics in Music Theory: Analysis of Video-Game Music
3 credits — Jeremy W. Smith
Theory and analysis of video-game music, focusing on topics such as functions of game audio, player immersion, game history and technology, comparative media, musical tropes, genres and styles, as well as fandom, song covers, and nostalgia. Each week there will be assigned readings of articles or book chapters, and analysis based on playing or watching others playing games.

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