Generally, students are awarded one credit for each hour of class time. Exceptions are made for studio, ensemble, and a small number of classes. For complete information as to courses offered in the current year, students should consult the schedule of course offerings available each semester in the Registrar’s Office. Courses numbered 100 through 499 are undergraduate level; courses numbered 500 through 999 are graduate level. Course numbers preceded by a “»” are typically offered each academic year. Course numbers followed by a “T” are taught to mixed classes of undergraduates and graduates. Undergraduate students may register for graduate-level courses with the instructor’s permission. Courses followed by a “*” are repeatable for credit. Courses followed by a “**” are repeatable for credit if the topic has changed (permission from Academic Advisor required).

MUSIC THEORY

UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM

»THYU 093 – Fundamentals of Music Theory
Focuses on the rudiments of music (scales, intervals and chords). The course consists of three tracks. The first track continues through the entire semester, and helps students develop their understanding of fundamentals through notation, ear training, and keyboard harmony. A second track contains the same material as the first track, but at an accelerated pace; it lasts for seven weeks. A third track, also lasting seven weeks, focuses primarily on ear training and keyboard skills. Students who are enrolled for the entire semester will earn two credits; students enrolled in the seven-week tracks will earn one credit. For all tracks, proficiency is evaluated at the end of the course through a departmental exam; the student must pass this exam before continuing on to Tonal Practice I or Solfège II. (1 or 2 credits – credits do not fulfill graduation requirements) Faculty

 

»THYU 101 – Solfège I
Stresses knowledge of tonality, as represented by scales and scale-degree functions. Topics include treble and bass clefs; melodies in major and minor keys; rhythms in standard meters; modulations to the dominant, relative major and relative minor, and their function in small forms. Materials include Bach chorales and Mozart symphonies. Students must demonstrate sight-singing competency in the departmental examination to pass the course. (3 credits) Faculty

 

»THYU 102 – Solfège II
Topics include note identification in treble, bass, and alto clefs; melodies in major and minor keys; increasingly remote modulations; complex rhythmic subdivision and syncopation; small forms; score reading. Materials include Bach chorales, classical symphonies, other vocal and instrumental works. Students must demonstrate sight-singing competency in the departmental examination to pass the course. Continuation of THYU 101. Prerequisite: THYU 101. (3 credits) Faculty

»THYU 106 – Tonal Practice I
Focuses on diatonic tonal language of the Common Practice period, with emphasis on the phrase as the vehicle for musical motion. Students study the role of underlying harmonic functions (tonic, predominant, and dominant) within the phrase, and explore how the contrapuntal relationship between the soprano and bass contributes to directed motion towards the cadence. The course also includes (1) the study of counterpoint (first and second species) to sensitize students to the relationship between melodic lines, and (2) an introduction to formal analysis, with emphasis on phrases, periods, and sentences. Topics are introduced and/or reinforced through ear training. Prerequisite: passing Fundamentals of Music Theory exam. (3 credits) Faculty

 

»THYU 201 – Solfège III
Topics include note reading and transposition using five clefs (treble, bass, soprano, alto, and tenor), rhythms using changing time signatures and complex subdivisions, tonal melodies featuring rapid modulation, and score reading. Materials include Renaissance vocal music, Bach chorales in open score, Beethoven symphonies, and other instrumental scores with transposing instruments. Students must demonstrate sightsinging competency in the departmental examination to pass the course. Prerequisite: THYU 102 and THYU 106. (3 credits) Faculty

 

»THYU 202 – Solfège IV
Topics include note reading and transposition (using up to seven clefs), advanced rhythmic subdivision, syncopation, conducting, chromatic and atonal melodies, and score reading. In the spring semester, each Solfège IV section focuses on a particular topic or body of repertoire, with general emphasis on 20th century music. Students must demonstrate sightsinging competency in the departmental examination to pass the course. Prerequisite: THYU 201 and THYU 207. (3 credits) Faculty

»THYU 207 – Tonal Practice II|
Focuses on writing, hearing, and analyzing chromatic harmony and modulations to closely related keys; analysis of binary and ternary forms; introduction to sonata form. Prerequisites: THYU 106 and THYU 102. (3 credits) Faculty

 

»THYU 208 – Tonal Practice III 
Studies typical chromatic progressions and large-scale tonal designs representative of the later Common Practice period; analysis of larger works, with emphasis on works in sonata form. Continuation of THYU 207. Prerequisites: THYU 207 and THYU 201. (3 credits) Faculty

Please Note: For the following courses [except Solfège for Singers (THYU 425) and Advanced Solfège (THYU 406T)], Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation students may satisfy the prerequisite requirements through completion of THYU 202 or CI 283T or JS 483T, and THYU 208.

THYU 307 – Extended Tonality
Explores the 19th century expansion of harmonic practice through analysis of works from Schubert to Debussy. Prerequisite: THYU 202, 208. (2 credits) Stein

 

THYU 315 – Analysis and Performance of 19th Century Lieder
Examines both German Romantic poetry and the musical settings of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mahler, and others. As the Lied genre developed, the poetic text seemed to encourage innovation and daring in virtually every aspect of musical composition. Study of the poetic text will lead to greater understanding of all aspects of the musical setting: harmony, tonality, melody, motive, meter, rhythm, articulation through texture, register, timbre, etc. Where possible, students will perform various Lieder in the classroom. Prerequisite: THYU 202, 208. (2 credits, GE) Stein

THYU 327 – Performers’ Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
Introduces facets of Schenker’s analytical process most pertinent to performers: how a work is shaped by a counterpoint of melody and bass; how harmonic flow and melodic shape involve prolongation; how melodic lines evolve; and how motivic elements recur. Demonstrates the application to performance through student performances informed by analysis. Prerequisite: THYU 202, 208. (2 credits) Stein

 

THYU 334 – An Introduction to Pitch-Class Set Theory
The modernist music that emerged in the early 20th century is the result of a long evolution that can be traced back to the tonal practice period of the 18th century (and beyond). Yet the analytical concepts from the tonal tradition are inadequate for post-tonal music. This course offers a creative approach for exploring and understanding this repertoire and the underlying theoretical concepts. For this purpose, the basics of the pitch-class set theory will be discussed in detail. This theory has established fundamental concepts for 12-tone music that have been acknowledged as the standard for discussing this repertoire in academia and scholarly publications. The focus of this class is dual: a theoretical understanding of post-tonal music and  its concepts; and  developing a musical sensitivity of these concepts through creative work.  Musical examples are drawn from a broad range of repertoire  including composers such as Schönberg, Webern, Stravinsky, Varèse, Bartok, Lutoslawski, Berio,  Knussen, and  Boulez  among others. Prerequisite: THYU 202,208. (2 credits) Van Herck

 

THYU 361 – The String Quartets of Beethoven
Studies Beethoven’s String Quartets, with special attention to formal design, harmonic structure,  motivic development, and  texture, as well as the implications of these for performance. (2  credits) Graybill

THYU 362 – Bach’s Music  for Solo  String Instruments
Explores aspects of style, compositional technique, and  performance practice in the instrumental  music of Johann Sebastian Bach, focussing on his Sonatas and  Partitas for solo  violin, BWV  1001-1006, and  his Suites for solo cello, BWV 1007-1012. Specific  aspects to be studied include  musical texture, harmony, counterpoint, polyphonic melody, rhythm, form, and ornamentation.  Students’ work will involve  listening, analysis, and  reading assignments, as well as  compositional exercises modeled on Bach’s  music. As a mid-term project, each  student will write a  dance movement in the style of Bach (for  any melodic instrument), which  will be performed and   discussed in class.  Analytical exam at the end  of the semester. Prerequisite: THYU 202,208. (2 credits) Truniger

 

THYU 365 – The Chamber  Music  of Brahms
Studies Brahms’s chamber music for piano and  strings, with special attention to formal design,  harmonic structure, motivic development, and  counterpoint, as well as the implications of these  for performance. (2 credits) Graybill

 

THYU 368 – The American  Art Song  and 20th Century Tonality Theoretical study of songs by American 
Composers active in the 20th century, namely: Barber, Ives, Larsen, Musto and  Rorem. Format of  study includes: study of analytical methods needed for making musical sense of the songs, study of  various styles that co-mingle in the songs, background on the poets/lyricists, and  hands-on  analysis of select pieces. Prerequisite: THYU 202,208. (2 credits) Sandler

»THYU 371 – American Experimental Music Since 1960
This is conceived as an intense, “hands on” course, emphasizing score reading, composing, and class performances. The course explores American experimental music from the early 1960s to the present and its close ties with plastic art, film, literature, and theater, as well as with musical traditions from around the world. Composers to be studied in class include Cage, Feldman, Young, Rzewsky, Brown, Monk, Oliveros, Curran and Zorn, among others. Throughout the semester, students will become acquainted with many resources for new music, including journals, festivals, web forums and performance spaces. Prerequisite: THYU 202,208. (2 credits, GE) Miljkovic

 

THYU 372 – Music Modernism and Thereafter
This course addresses the multi-faceted phenomenon of modernism from an analytical perspective. It examines composers and works from the Second Viennese School, the French-Russian School, German Expressionism, and the frequently neglected “indigenous” and experimentalist modernist movements that appear outside Western Europe. It also introduces and assesses a variety of analytical models that are applied to music of the era. The repertory addressed in the context of this course covers a period of time from the early 1920s until today, with primary focus on the era before World War II. It includes the work of composers from Western Europe and the European periphery, the former Soviet Union, East Asia and the Americas. To provide a broader understanding of the phenomenon of modernism in its totality, the course also addresses developments in visual arts, literature and architecture, attempting to draw parallels between developments in these fields and music. Prerequisite: THYU 202,208. (2 credits, GE) Minakakis

 

THYU 382 – Music as Narrative
Explores ways of interpreting a musical work as a narrative trajectory, with primary focus on instrumental music. We will be working with analytical concepts and tools that are especially suited for generating narrative interpretations, such as musical agency, metaphor, and musical plot. Moreover, since various harmonic processes and formal designs can often be interpreted through a narrative lens, the course also draws on skills and knowledge already acquired through the core theory courses. (2 credits, GE) Graybill

 

»THYU 406T – Advanced Solfège
Expands sight-singing skills to include a broad range of musical styles and application to contemporary literature. Topics include further investigation of reading skills with respect to note patterns, transpositions, interval studies, complex rhythms, complex tonal systems, and score reading from an advanced perspective. Continuation of THYU 202. Prerequisite: THYU 202, 208 or instructor’s permission. (2 credits) Faculty

 

»THYU 411T – 16th Century Counterpoint
Analyzes Lassus’s canons and two-voice motets; composing compositions in the style. Readings in Pietro Aaron, Aldrich, Cook, and Wittkower. Prerequisite: THYU 202, 208. (2 credits) Davidson

 

»THYU 412T – 16th Century Counterpoint
Analyzes composition of motets and mass movements in three or four voices. Readings from Zarlino. Continuation of THYU 411T. Prerequisite: THYU 411T. (2 credits) Davidson

 

THYU 413T – Invention in the Style of Bach
Studies Baroque counterpoint with special attention to Johann Sebastian Bach’s keyboard inventions. Aspects of style and compositional technique are explored through analysis, listening, and performance, as well as through constant writing of contrapuntal exercises modeled on Bach’s music. As a final project, each student will compose a two-voice invention (for keyboard or two melodic instruments), which will be performed and discussed in class. Prerequisite: THYU 202, 208. (2 credits) Truniger

 

THYU 414T – Fugue in the Style of Bach
Examines more complex contrapuntal forms, such as canons and fugues, in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Course work includes compositional exercises, as well as reading, analysis, and listening assignments. As a final project, each student will compose a three-voice fugue (for keyboard or three melodic instruments), which will be discussed and performed in class. Prerequisite: THYU 202, 208. (2 credits) Truniger

 

»THYU 417T – Microtonal Composition and Performance
Students learn to hear, sing and play intervals as small as a twelfth tone, and discover a thrilling new world of melody and harmony through compositional and improvisational exercises. Students are performing their own short works by semester’s end. To put these pursuits in context, we also take a look at early explorations with microtonality from the turn of the 20th century through the 1950s (Carrillo, Ives, Wyschnegradsky, Partch and others). Listening to recordings, studying scores and  reading essays, we try to answer the question “Why microtones?” Prerequisite: THYU 202, 208. (2 credits) Werntz

 

THYU 418T – Microtonal Composition and Performance
As writing and  improvisational exercises become more extensive, our exploration of style,  esthetics and  practical matters becomes more involved. A recital at semester’s end  concludes the  year. Our  study of recordings and scores also continues, focusing on the period from the 1950s to  the present. Continuation of THYU 417T. Prerequisite: 417T. (2 credits) Werntz

 

THYU 419T – The Music  of Xenakis and Ligeti
The work of Xenakis  and  Ligeti is of seminal importance to contemporary music. Both outsiders to  the Franco-German post-1945 avant-garde, their unique vision  established them as two of the most  formidable explorers of music in Europe and  throughout the world. While  their personal idioms are  highly distinct, both Xenakis  and  Ligeti frequently addressed common compositional issues. From  their 1950s critique of serialism, to their later interest in complex patterns, their development  was often triggered by identical impulses. This course examines aspects of Xenakis’  and  Ligeti’s  work through the prism of the solutions both composers provided to the same  problems.  Prerequisite: THYU 202, 208. (2 credits) Minakakis

THYU 425T – Solfege Through Vocal Music
This course helps students to advance solfege skills through the study of vocal music performed  both a cappella and  with instrumental ensembles. It is designed to review, reinforce and  expand  sight singing and  ear training skills.  Prerequisite: THYU 202. (2 credits) Scripp

 

THYU 442 – Music  in Ghana, West Africa: A Theoretical  Look
An engagement of select traditional and  contemporary musics created in Ghana, West Africa.  The  course addresses: reading, writing, performing, singing and  analyzing music from different  perspectives. In particular, students will learn basic  drumming patterns of Agbadza and  Kpanlogo,  make  transcriptions, learn of the various ways that theorists have sought to describe the music of  Africa and  the controversies that surround that work, and  explore the music of a select number of contemporary Ghanaian composers who integrate  their Western art music training with their indigenous culture. (2 credits, GE) Sandler 

 

 

GRADUATE CURRICULUM

»THYG 082 – Principles of Harmony and Form
Designed to aid graduate students with deficiencies in harmony and formal analysis. The course, which includes both written and aural components, covers diatonic and chromatic harmony as well as principles of form (including the study of formal units such as phrases, periods, binary and ternary forms, and sonata form). (0 credit) Faculty

 

»THYG 511T – 16th Century Counterpoint
Analyzes Lassus’s canons and two-voice motets; compositions in the style. Readings in Pietro Aaron, Aldrich, Cooke, and Wittkower. (2 credits) Davidson

 

»THYG 512T – 16th Century Counterpoint
Analyzes composition of motets and mass movements in three or four voices. Readings from Zarlino. Continuation of THYG 511T. Prerequisite: THYG 511T or instructor’s permission. (2 credits) Davidson

 

THYG 513T – Invention in the Style of Bach
Studies Baroque counterpoint with special attention to Johann Sebastian Bach’s keyboard inventions. Aspects of style and compositional technique are explored through analysis, listening, and performance, as well as through constant writing of contrapuntal exercises modeled on Bach’s music. As a final project, each student will compose a two-voice invention (for keyboard or two melodic instruments), which will be performed and discussed in class. (2 credits) Truniger

THYG 514T – Fugue in the Style of Bach
Examines more complex contrapuntal forms, such as canons and fugues, in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Course work includes compositional exercises, as well as reading, analysis, and listening assignments. As a final project, each student will compose a three-voice fugue (for keyboard or three melodic instruments), which will be discussed and performed in class. (2 credits) Truniger

 

»THYG 517T – Microtonal Composition and Performance §
Students learn to hear, sing and play intervals as small as a twelfth tone, and discover a thrilling new world of melody and harmony through compositional and improvisational exercises. Students are performing their own short works by semester’s end. To put these pursuits in context, we also take a look at early explorations with microtonality from the turn of the 20th century through the 1950s* (Carrillo, Ives, Wyschnegradsky, Partch and others). Listening to recordings, studying scores and reading essays, we try to answer the question “Why microtones?” (2 credits) Werntz

THYG 518T – Microtonal Composition and Performance
As writing and improvisational exercises become more extensive, our exploration of style, esthetics and practical matters becomes more involved. A recital at semester’s end concludes the year. Our study of recordings and scores also continues, focusing on the period from the 1950s to the present. Continuation of THYG 517T. Prerequisite: THYG 517T. (2 credits) Werntz

THYG 519T – The Music of Xenakis and Ligeti
The work of Xenakis and Ligeti is of seminal importance to contemporary music. Both outsiders to the Franco-German post-1945 avant-garde, their unique vision established them as two of the most formidable explorers of music in Europe and throughout the world. While their personal idioms are highly distinct, both Xenakis and Ligeti frequently addressed common compositional issues. From their 1950s critique of serialism, to their later interest in complex patterns, their development was often triggered by identical impulses. This course examines aspects of Xenakis’ and Ligeti’s work through the prism of the solutions both composers provided to the same problems. (2 credits) Minakakis

 

THYG 537 – Teaching Music Theory: Methods and Materials
This course contains three basic components: (1) an overview of pedagogical philosophies and their implications for pedagogy and theory curricula; (2) a survey of pedagogical materials in the areas of fundamentals, sight-singing and ear training, harmony and voice-leading, and counterpoint; and (3) the development of teaching skills for the music theory classroom. The coursework includes readings, assignments, an annotated bibliography of selected texts and journal articles, and a small research project that explores issues covered in the course. Students will also develop basic pedagogical skills for teaching a music theory class, and will be asked to do at least one teaching demonstration during the semester. Prerequisite: 1 MM Theory Elective. (2 credits) Graybill, Davidson

 

THYG 548 – Contrapuntal Principles and Practice: Bach to Present 
Explores the evolution of contrapuntal practice and its underlying theoretical principles from the Baroque period up to the late 20th century. Music to be examined includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok, Webern, and Carter. Students will deepen their understanding of diverse contrapuntal approaches through constant writing of compositional exercises, as well as through analysis, listening, and performance. Additional insight will be gained from theoretical texts by Schenker, Salzer/Schachter, Schoenberg, Seeger, and Krenek. Topics are to include tonal counterpoint, imitation procedures, dissonant counterpoint, serial counterpoint, and rhythmic stratification. (2 credits) Truniger

THYG 551 – Compositional Practice: Medieval to Bach
Compositional experience for students who plan a career that includes teaching, theory, or composing. Composition, and criticism of others’ compositions, using a variety of historical, cultural, and theoretical approaches, based on Cogan and Escot’s Sonic Design: Practice and Problems. Critical review of counterpoint, harmony, and composition texts. (2 credits) Escot

 

»THYG 553 – Schenkerian Analysis and Performance: Introduction
Heinrich Schenker’s seminal theories of tonality and analysis and their influence on musical hearing, thinking, and performance. Theoretical, aural, and performance study of his treatment of diminution, voice-leading, counterpoint, harmony, and motive, including his methods of graphic display, in excerpts and short compositions primarily from Bach through Brahms. Focus on keyboard literature, along with selected chamber and vocal examples. (2 credits) Stein

 

THYG 556 – PsychoPhysical Analysis: Vocal Tone Color
Analysis, including computer spectrographs, of the sounds of voices, languages, and their combinations, and of the ways vocal-linguistic properties color whole musical contexts and works. Vocal-linguistic music of different periods and cultures; performance comparisons; relationship to instrumental color; and theories of linguistic phonology. Text: Cogan, New Images of Musical Sound. (2 credits) Cogan

 

THYG 557 – Psychophysical Analysis II: Space-Time Design
Theories of musical space and time (rhythm, dimensions, proportion), with attention to diverse musical practices, and to scientific analysis, including computer spectrographs, of sound and time. Combines relevant ideas of information theory, linguistics, and the history and philosophy of science and art. Presents musical works from diverse cultures and periods. (2 credits) Cogan

 

THYG 558 – Advance Sonic Analysis
Hands-on practice in spectrographic analysis of instruments, voices and entire sonic contexts using available computer technology; development of theories of tone color and vocal-instrumental sound. Open to a small number of qualified students with instructor’s permission. (2 credits) Cogan

 

»THYG 563 – Poetics of Simple Mathematics in Music
Introduces the application of mathematical ideas and structures to musical composition and theory. Selected topics in statistics, set theory, probability, nonlinear phenomena, proportional theory, fractals, and geometry as they apply to music from earliest to modern times. (Mathematical expertise is not a prerequisite.) (2 credits) Escot

 

THYG 564 – Ambiguity in 18th and 19th Century Music
Focuses on various forms of musical ambiguity in the great repertoire of the 18th and  19th centuries, beginning with Haydn, Mozart, and  Beethoven, and ending with Mahler and   Debussy. The course will look  at various kinds of ambiguity: harmonic and  tonal, rhythmic and   metric, and  formal (including phrase ambiguity). Short works  (Lieder  and  miniature piano  pieces) will model ambiguity types and  larger works, such as single movements from larger multi-movement  works, will demonstrate how ambiguity is created and, in many  but not all cases, resolved. Some   repertory will be chosen based on class instrumentation, and  in-class performances will be  encouraged as much as possible. (2 credits) Stein

THYG 572 – Beethoven’s String Quartets 
Studies Beethoven’s quartets in light of modern historical research and analytical theory, with  attention to their harmonic, contrapuntal, motivic, and  structural formation, and  the  implications of these for understanding and  performance. (2 credits) Graybill

 

»THYG 573 – German Lied: Analysis  and Performance
Examines poetic texts and  their musical settings from Schubert to Wolf, with attention to analytic  methods and  their performance implications. (2 credits) Stein

 

»THYG 575 – Music  Since 1945
Introduces the analysis and  understanding of selected composers active since  World War II:  Carter, Messiaen, Cage, Babbitt, Ligeti, Boulez, and  others. Readings and  listening; analytical, performance, and/or compositional projects. (2  credits) Miljkovic

 

THYG 576 – Ragas and Talas
A close  examination of the concepts of raga (melodic mode) and tala (rhythm systems) as a generative grammar for composition and improvisation in North Indian  (Hindustani) music. Many types of ragas and talas are analyzed in the context of various  performance traditions drawing, in part, from descriptive models developed by Bharatamuni (Natyasastra, c. 200 AD), Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande (Kramik Pustak Malika,  1954-9), Walter Kaufmann (The Ragas  of North  India, 1968), and  Nazir  Jairazbhoy (The Ragas of North  Indian  Music, 1971).  (2  credits) Row

THYG 578 – Asian Modal Systems
Based, in part, on Harold Powers’ profoundly important contribution to the study of modal concepts,  this course explores the nature of modality across and  within several musical cultures: Arab,  Persian, Indian, Javanese, Chinese and  Japanese. The theoretical systems of each  culture are  studied and  are applied analytically to pieces within the repertoire of each  culture. (2 credits)  Row

 

»THYG 581 – Interpretive Analysis  I
Analysis  for performers; concepts of rhythm, line, harmony, and  form; performance implications of analytic conclusions; performance and  analysis of works  from students’ areas of specialization. (2 credits) Heiss

 

»THYG 582 – Interpretive Analysis  II
Continuation of THYG 581. (2 credits) Heiss

 

THYG 583 – 20th Century American  Composition and Theory 
Exploration through analysis, research, listening, and  performance of innovative 20th century American concert music, from Charles Ives to  Ruth Crawford through Elliott Carter and  John Cage; as well as important theoretical developments  connected with American creation (including among others the theories of Charles Seeger, Howard Hanson, Harry Partch, Roger Sessions, and   Milton Babbitt). (2 credits) Escot

 

THYG 584 – Introduction to Transformation Theory
An introduction to transformational approaches to music including group theory, Neo-Riemannian  theory,voice leading, Klumpenhouwer networks, and  musical spaces. Originally developed by David  Lewin in the 1980s, transformation theory focuses on the connections between musical objects, such  as notes or triads, rather than the objects themselves. The course will include analytical studies  of a wide variety of musical styles including 19th century music, music of the 2nd  Viennese  school, post-tonal triadic music, and  process music. Students will complete weekly reading and/or  analysis assignments, and  write a term paper on an analytical or theoretical topic. (2 credits) Lundberg

 

THYG 585 – Music  of Ghana
Is there a “wrong” way to analyze African music?  Kofi Agawu suggests the answer is “No.” Yet,  questions arise, both practical and  ideological when musicians seek to theorize about African  music. In this course, we will explore a number of ways that theorists and  ethnomusicologists have  sought to describe the music of Africa, and  the controversies that surround that work.  In  particular, we will read  the work of people like A.M. Jones, David Locke, James  Koetting, Hewitt  Pantaleoni, Kobla  Ladzekpo, Kofi Agawu, Willie Anku, Kwabena Nketia, David Rycroft, and  Gerhard  Kubik. Because a consideration of ideas  cannot effectively take place  in a vacuum, we will engage, through  performance, select traditional and  contemporary musics created in Ghana, West Africa.  We will  listen, sing, drum, transcribe, and analyze traditional and  contemporary Ghanaian music with our   own ears, and eyes, and  in our  own words. Studies regarding the culture will give us an  introductory context. Based  on their own perceptions, students will venture theories of their own  regarding the music they encounter. (2 credits) Sandler

THYG 586 – Musical Minimalism
The course traces beginnings of minimalism, rooted in reduction, constant pulse, insistent repetition, extended time and form as process. Students follow the transformation through which minimalism gradually turns to new tonality, more elaborate forms and cross pollination of classical, electronic, rock, pop and film music. Special attention is dedicated to perception of musical time, including rhythmic domain, phase shifting, additive and subtractive processes. The class is not approaching minimalism as a compositional technique, but as an aesthetic orientation that will be examined through scholarly writing and analysis of musical works. Material for the class includes an abundance of internet links, live recordings, videos, interviews with composers and art films. Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, La Monte Young, Terry Riley, James Tenney, Alvin Lucier, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolf and David Lang are among other composers, presented and discussed in class. (2 credits) Miljkovik

 

THYG 589 – Musical  Narrative and Analysis
Explores ways of analyzing a musical work as a narrative structure, with primary focus on  instrumental music. We will first consider how a non- texted work can (or cannot) be regarded as a  narrative, and  then proceed to investigate topics such as musical plot, musical agency, gesture  and  music, and  the role  of metaphor in musical discourse. The work for the course includes  readings, but the primary emphasis will be on analysis of music from the repertoire. (2 credits)  Graybill

 

»THYG 694 – Analytical  Thesis
Analytical approaches in various styles, periods, or cultures. Supervised in studio instruction;  submitted to the Music  Theory department. (0 credit) Faculty

 

»THYG 695 – Compositional Thesis
Compositional approaches in various styles, periods, or cultures. Supervised in studio instruction;  submitted to the Music  Theory department. (0 credit) Faculty

 

»THYG 697 – Portfolio (first year)
See Music Theor y program of study. (0 credit) Faculty

 

»THYG 699 – Portfolio (second year)
See Music Theor y program of study. (0 credit) Faculty

 

»THYG 901 – Doctoral Seminar: Theoretical  Practice – Past, Present,  Future
Explores major patterns of theoretical thought and  practice, and  major developments of 20th and   21st century theory. Considers cross-currents between theory, creation, and  performance, as well  as those between music theory and  other domains of human creativity and  culture. Theoretical  readings and  analysis of musical works. (3 credits) Graybill

»THYG 902 – Doctoral Seminar: Advanced  Theoretical  Projects  
Projects in theoretical research, analysis, historical compositional techniques, or composition that relate to individual interests and  needs, and  that enhance theoretical technique and  knowledge. Two projects in different areas  are required, one  of which  may be a class project. Seminar meetings are devoted to presentations  and  critiques of individual and  class projects. (3 credits) Cogan 

 

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