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Graduate Courses of General Interest (Autumn 2023)

Autumn 2023

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Music Education

Music 5663: School Orchestra Literature
2 credits — Heather Lofdahl
Examines orchestral repertoire for study in elementary, middle and high school orchestra programs, and develops strategies for teaching these pieces. Prereq: Enrollment in Music major. Not open to students with credit for 663.

Music 5664: School Wind Band Repertoire
2 credits — Daryl Kinney
Examines wind band repertoire appropriate for study in elementary, middle and high school band programs and develops strategies for teaching these pieces. Prereq: Enrollment in Music major. Not open to students with credit for 664.

Music 7770: Introduction to Research in Music Education
3 credits — Daryl Kinney
A study of methods of research as applied to problems in school music. The course will serve as an introduction to research techniques in music education including topic selection, data collection, analysis, interpretation of results and presentation of information in written form.

Music 7838: Music Psychology
3 credits — Eugenia Costa-Giomi
This course will provide you with an overview of the field known as psychology of music. The main areas of interest are the perception and cognition of music. The leading questions of the course center on how our minds and bodies construct, experience and respond to music. We will study the representation of music from a variety of perspectives, developmental, social and psychological. We will discuss the psychoacoustical basis of sound, the differences between sound communicative systems including music and language, the evolutionary function of music, the effects of music engagement on behavior, the development of music skills throughout the lifespan, the process of music enculturation, and the interpretation and creation of musical structure and meaning in the contexts of listening, learning, composing and performing. You will develop expertise in a topic of your choice by reviewing the research literature, formulating research questions, and proposing an experiment to try to answer them.

Music Theory

Music 5622: Theory and Analysis: 19th Century
2 credits — Ann Stimson
In this course, students will study recent and historical approaches to the analysis of nineteenth-century Western Classical music. Coursework will combine score study, listening, scholarly reading, and writing analytical papers. 

Music 7829.04: Studies in Rhythm and Meter
3 credits — Jeremy W. Smith
This course explores theories of rhythm and meter in a variety of musical styles, including Western classical, post-tonal, popular music, jazz, and non-Western music. Coursework will include score analysis, aural analysis, scholarly reading, and writing a final paper with analytical diagrams.

Music 7829.05: Research Methods in Music Theory
3 credits — Anna Gawboy
This course provides an introduction to research in music theory, including a recent history of the field, an overview of current trends, and the exploration of diverse methodological approaches. Students will analyze the relationship between arguments and evidence in current theoretical literature and will draft their own research plan.

Music 7829.05, section 020: Topic Theory
3 credits — David Heinsen
This seminar is centered on the study and analytical application of topics, i.e., musical signs that reference genres, styles, and types borrowed from different contexts. In this course, we will examine foundational texts of the field in addition to more recent literature that interfaces topic theory with other theoretical approaches (performance practice, cognition, schema, narrative, transformation theory, corpus studies, etc.), thinking critically about the arguments and concepts under discussion. We will also apply these approaches to a wide variety of repertoire (including concert, popular, film, and video game musics), and learn how to identify topics, understand the meanings that they bring to a musical work, and develop aesthetically warranted interpretations.


Music 2207.02: Steel Pan Ensemble
0.5–1.0 credit — Jason Buchea
A laboratory and performance experience on authentic steel pans, concentrating on traditional musics of Trinidad, as well as contemporary arrangement.

Music 4500.02: Graduate Music History Review
2 credits, online — Austin McCabe Juhnke
Review of Music History — Chronological review of selected topics; intended for beginning graduate students in music 

Music 6672: Introduction to Ethnomusicology 
2 credits — Katie Graber
7-week class: August 22–October 9
The study of different ways in which music has been used outside the western European tradition of the fine arts. Prereq: permission of instructor.

Music 6786: Music Research Methods and Bibliography
3 credits — Alan Green
This course is designed to help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for researching musical topics at the graduate level. Students will gain experience using library resources, research tools and online databases. They will become familiar with major periodicals and other specialized sources, including sources in their own areas of interest. Students will also explore critical editions of music and develop a better understanding of issues related to music editing.

Music 8886: Histories/Methods
2 credits — Katie Graber
7-week class: October 16–December 6
An intensive and immersive seminar on current trends, direction, ideas, and orientations in the field of musicology. Students read, reflect on, and discuss a series of recent monographs in the discipline, books which challenge, reimagine, and seek to further develop (or critique) what it means to do (and, for some, undo) musicology today. Prereq: Graduate standing, and enrollment in Music program.

Music 8850: Performance Practice
3 credits — Graeme Boone
A study of primary sources pertaining to contemporary attitudes and practices in the performance of music from the Middle Ages to the present. 

Music 8950: Historical Methods (seminar)
3 credits — Danielle Fosler-Lussier
A hands-on approach to unlocking music’s past. Focusing in particular on the history of music in central Ohio, we will use a variety of primary sources, including written and audio sources from archives, newspapers and other media. We will become familiar with some of the methods historians now use for analyzing and showcasing their data, including digital humanities strategies and tools. We will practice writing for public and scholarly audiences. By the end of this course students will be able to plan a historical research project; find relevant source material; and use that source material to build a convincing historical argument that serves readers well.

Spring 2024Spring and Summer 2023