Course Descriptions

Music Theory, Composition, History and Literature

1101 Elements of Music Theory (3 cr.)

Montague,  Carluzzo

  Notation, scales, keys, intervals, terms, rhythms, and chord structure and progression. Introduction to music literature, with emphasis on rudimentary aural analysis. (Fall and Spring)  
1102 Comprehensive Musicianship I (3 cr.) Montague
  Aural and keyboard skills development through dictation, sight singing, and performance and improvisation at the keyboard. Prerequisite: MUS 1101  
1103 Music in the Western World (3 cr.) Staff
  Introductory history of musical styles, related to listening; study of music materials and media. Not open to music majors. (Fall and Spring)  
1104 Topics in Music (3 cr.) Staff
1105 Intro to Musical Thought & Practice (3 cr.) Ahlquist, Boyce, Baker, Montague
  Introduction to concepts, methods, and practices that guide the study and performance of music. Old and new paradigms of musical though are subject to discussion and critical investigation. Open to all students.  
1106 Introduction to Music Performance and Experience Boyce
  A once weekly a seminar that explores the aesthetic and historical contexts of students' performance repertoire in conjunction with a half-hour weekly private lesson.  
1107 Music of the World (3 cr.) Ahlquist
  Introduction to music in culture through comparative study of music from a variety of cultures worldwide.  
1108 History of Jazz (3 cr.) Lornell
  Introduction to the styles, composers, and performers of jazz music from its origins to the present. (Spring)  
2101 Harmony (3 cr.) Montague
  Study of tonal harmonic practice from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and the 20th-century repertoires. Concurrent registration in the weekly keyboard lab is required. Prerequisite: MUS 1102. (Spring)  
2102 Comprehensive Musicianship II (3 cr.) Montague
  Aural and keyboard skills development through dictation, sight singing, and performance and improvisation at the keyboard. Prerequisite: MUS 2102 (Fall and Spring)  
2105 Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3 cr.) Lornell
  Models of understanding music as a cultural endeavor. Application and critique of models in the design and execution of student independent field research. Prerequisite: MUS 1101 or ANTH 1002 or 1004 or permission from instruction. Same as ANTH 2105 (Spring)  
2106 Music History III: 20th-Century Art Traditions (3 cr.) Ahlquist
  Western musical traditions and styles since Romanticism and approaches to music as art in contemporary society. Prerequisite: MUS 1101 (Fall)  
2122 Music in the United States (3 cr.) Ahlquist
  History of music and musical life in the United States, emphasizing relationships among traditions of diverse origin. Prerequisite: MUS 1101 or permission of Instructor.   
2123 Musical Cultures of Black Americans (3 cr.) Lornell
  Musical genres and styles developed by African American since Reconstruction in their historical and cultural contexts. Emphasis on black musical contributions to the cultural life of Washington, D.C..  
2134 Composition (3 cr.) Boyce
  Introduction to 21st-century compositional practice; concepts of post-tonal analysis; emphasis on style studies and original student works. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: MUS 2101.   
2173 Comprehensive Musicianship for Jazz (2 cr.) Levy
  Aural and keyboard skills development through dictation, sight singing, and performance and improvisation at the keyboard, with emphasis given to skills associated with jazz performance. Prerequisite: MUS 1102. (Fall)  
2174 Introduction to Jazz Harmony (3 cr.) Fraize
  Analysis and composition of tunes in jazz/pop styles. Study of rhythmic characteristics, voice-leading, and chord/scale relationships with a jazz context. Prerequisite: MUS 1102 (Spring)  



Electronic and Computer Music (3 cr.) Carluzzo
  Fundamental electronic and computer music concepts. Analog and digital sound synthesis techniques, signal processing, properties of sound, acoustics and psycho-acoustics, history and aesthetics. Laboratory fee. MUS 2661 is a prerequisite to MUS 2662.  
3126 Music History I: Antiquity through Early Baroque (3 cr.) Staff
  The development of Western European music from its earliest traceable roots to the end of the early, experimental Baroque period. Prerequisite: MUS 1102 and sophomore standing (Spring)  
3127 Music History II: The Tonal Era (3 cr.) Ahlquist
  Styles, structures, social foundations and aesthetic change in European music of the late 17th through the late 19th centuries. Prerequisite: MUS 1102.  
3139 Form and Analysis (3 cr.) Boyce, Montague
  Analysis of musical forms in representative music literature. Prerequisite: MUS 2101 or equivalent. (Fall)  
3174 Topics in Music Theory & Composition (3 cr.) Boyce, Montague
  A seminar on variable topics in the discipline of music theory, analysis, and composition. Topics may include analysis of post-tonal music, advanced jazz arranging, analysis of 14th-century vocal music, developments in extended instrumental techniques since 1950. Prerequisites depend on the topic; consult the department.  
3175 Topics in Music History and Literature (3 cr.) Ahlquist, Lornell, Staff
  A seminar on variable topics in music history and literature in all traditions and styles. Topics may include German musical Romanticism, introduction to critical musicology, the music of Josquin des Prez, and vernacular music in Washington, D.C.. Prerequisites depend on the topic; consult the department.  
4184 Advanced Composition (3 cr.) Boyce
  Private instruction in composition in tutorial format. Prerequisite: MUS 2134  
4198 Senior Seminar (1 cr.) Ahlquist, Baker, Boyce, Montague
  Restricted to music majors in their final spring semester. Presentations of required senior projects in process; readings and discussions to place the projects in a broader musical and intellectual context. Corequisite: MUS 4199 or any 2000-level private performance study course.   
4199 Independent Research (1 to 4 cr.) Ahlquist, Baker, Boyce, Montague
  Under the guidance of an assigned instructor. May be repeated for credit. Majors in their senior year take MUS 4198 as a corequisite.   

Performance Study

Performance study courses are offered both fall and spring, and may be repeated for credit. Music majors and minors, Presidential Arts Scholarship students, and other students with skills or potential appropriate to the department's select ensembles are eligible for private lessons. Eligibility and placement for students new to private performance study are determined at a placement fair held at the beginning of each semester. For courses numbered 1511 through 1572, students may not register in the same semester for both the 1 and 2 credit course in the same instrument. MUS 1061, 1071, 1081, 1083, 1091, 1095, and 1151 do not include individual lessons and do not require a supplementary fee. All other performance study courses include individual lessons and require a supplementary fee. Supplementary fees for private performance courses are nonrefundable after the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters; consult the Music Department for details.

The supplementary fee is waived during the fall and spring semesters for full-time music majors and minors and for Presidential Arts Scholars in Music.

Required practice: a minimum of three hours a week for 1-credit courses and six hours a week for 2-credit courses.

1511, 1512 Piano (1 cr., 2 cr.)

Levy, Ozment, PerisYu

1513, 1514 Voice (1 cr., 2, cr.) Baker,  Derry,   Reiff, Scarlett, Wellman
1515, 1516 Pipe Organ (1 cr., 2 cr.) Guenther
1517, 1518 Classical Guitar (1 cr., 2 cr.) Albertson, Duhagon
1519, 1520 Violin (1 cr., 2 cr.) Field, Findley
1521, 1522 Viola (1 cr., 2 cr.) Wassertzug
1523, 1524 Cello (1 cr., 2 cr.) Barnet
1525. 1526 Bass (1 cr., 2 cr.) Jacobsen
1527, 1528 Flute (1 cr., 2 cr.) Stang
1529, 1530 Recorder (1 cr., 2 cr.) Staff
1531, 1532 Oboe (1 cr., 2 cr.) Libelo
1533, 1534 Clarinet (1 cr., 2 cr.) Ferguson, Jones
1535, 1536 Saxophone (1 cr., 2 cr.) Fraize
1537, 1538 Bassoon (1 cr., 2 cr.) Dircksen
1539, 1540 French Horn (1 cr., 2 cr.) Fearing
1541, 1542 Trumpet (1 cr., 2 cr.) Birch
1543, 1544 Trombone (1 cr., 2 cr.) Perkel
1545, 1546 Tuba (1 cr., 2 cr.) Corella
1547, 1548 Harp (1 cr., 2 cr.) Seidman  Trnkova
1549, 1550 Percussion (1 cr., 2 cr.) Connell, Lucini
1557, 1558 Harpsichord (1 cr., 2 cr.) Merrill
1571, 1527 Jazz Performance Techniques (1 cr., 2 cr.) Staff
  Section numbers are .10 piano, .11 bass, .12 guitar, .13 brass, .14 woodwind, .15 voice, .16 violin, .17 percussion  
1061 Instrumental Ensembles (1 cr.) Staff
  Chamber ensemble groups are approved by audition. Section numbers are .11 guitar ensemble, .12 percussion ensemble, .13 jazz combo, .14 keyboard ensemble, .15 string ensemble, .16 woodwind ensemble, .17 brass ensemble, .18 Baroque ensemble, .19 Latin band, .20 Blues Band.   
1071 Jazz Band (1 cr.) Levy
1081 University Orchestra Wood
  Preparation and performance of orchestral literature. Prerequisite: audition before director.  
1083 University Band (1 cr.) Birch
  Preparation and performance of classic and contemporary "big band" literature. Prerequisite: audition before director. Section .10 is University Symphonic Band, Section .11 is University Wind Ensemble.   
1091 University Singers (1 cr.) Becker
  Preparation and performance of choral literature. Prerequisite: audition before director. Section .10 is University, Section .11 is Chamber Choir.   

Department prerequisite: Private performance courses 2012 through 2072 and 2318 are open by examination. 

Required practice: a minimum of eight hours a week for 2-credit courses

2012 Piano (2 cr.) LevyOzment, Peris, Yu
2014 Voice (2 cr.) Baker, Derry,   Reiff, Scarlett, Wellman
2016 Pipe Organ (2 cr.) Guenther
2018 Classical Guitar (2 cr.) Albertson, Duhagon
2020 Violin (2 cr.) Field, Findley
2024 Viola (2 cr.) Wassertzug
2026 Bass (2 cr.) Jacobsen
2028 Flute (2 cr.) Stang
2030 Recorder (2 cr.) Staff
2032 Oboe (2 cr.) Libelo
2034 Clarinet (2 cr.) Ferguson, Jones
2036 Saxophone (2 cr.) Fraize, Jones
2038 Bassoon (2 cr.) Dircksen
2040 French Horn (2 cr.) Fearing
2042 Trumpet (2 cr.) Birch
2044 Trombone (2 cr.) Perkel
2046 Tuba (2 cr.) Corella
2048 Harp (2 cr.) Seidman Trnkova
2050 Percussion (2 cr.) Connell, Lucini
2058 Harpsichord Merrill
2072 Jazz Performance Techniques (2 cr.) Staff
1095 Vocal Theater Workshop (1 cr.) Staff
  Development of body awareness for the stage, acting improvisations, and character development. Scenes chosen from the opera, operetta, and musical theater repertoire. Musical coaching, use of makeup, and audition preparation.  
1151 Conduction (3 cr.) Staff
  Technique of conduction, score reading, rehearsal procedures, analysis, and interpretation of selected musical literature; practice in conducting. Prerequisites: MUS 2101 (Fall, even years)  
4085 Advanced Performance Study (3 cr.) Instructor
  Private study in vocal or instrumental performance. Public performance and a minimum of 12 hours of practice per week is required. Prerequisite: audition before a faculty committee.