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.

»MHST 081 – Graduate Survey – The History of Western Music
This course provides an intensive survey of the history of Western music from antiquity through the 21st century. (0 credits) Morgan

MHST 510C – Topics in Baroque Music: TBA
This class addresses special issues and problems arising from recent discoveries and research into the music of 1600-1750. The course is designed to familiarize the student with tools for research in this period, and to develop an understanding of the music’s many facets through the study of the individual genre, composer, or country. (2 credits) Faculty

»MHST 519 – Jazz Outside the United States
Jazz is typically described as an American art form, and its history is most often set within the borders of the United States. From its earliest days, however, American jazz spread throughout the world as an emblem of progress, peace and prosperity. By the end of the Second World War, professional jazz performers in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and Australia had adapted jazz into local musical forms, laying the groundwork for the later “globalization” of American sound. Jazz has been embraced as a music of emancipation, but it has also provoked heated local debates on public morality, cultural sovereignty and national identity. This course examines the reception of American jazz in a range of geographic and historic locations; the impact of these encounters on the sound of American jazz; and the current status of jazz as an international music through readings listening, lectures, and student presentations. (2 credits) Kalmanovitch

MHST 530C – Topics in the 19th Century: Wagner’s Ring
 This course is about Richard Wagner's monumental Ring of the Nibelung: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung.  Central to the course are Wagner's compositional style, pioneering work in stagecraft, and artistic philosophy.  We will also read some of the original literary sources for the “Ring” and learn about the artistic and social climate in which Wagner was able to succeed.  Assignments will include short papers, quizzes, listening, reading, and presentations. (2 credits) Greenwald

»MHST 535 – Writing about Music: Research Methods for the Practical Musician and Scholar
Focuses on methods of musical research and investigation for performers, historians, and theorists. Individual and class projects use research tools and bibliographical materials essential to editing, analysis, criticism, historiography, and journalism. Written assignments include a book review, a program note, short analyses of articles from scholarly journals, and a bibliography for a proposed paper. (2 credits) Greenwald

»MHST 537 – Teaching Music History
Have you imagined—in contemplating your career—that you might teach music in the classroom? Would you like to gain practical experience in classroom teaching, with attentive individual guidance? Would you like help in creating a course of your own choosing, whether it be a music appreciation course for non-majors or a specialized seminar on something close to your own interests? The Teaching Seminar is designed to help give you confidence in front of a class. You will have opportunities for lecturing, for leading discussion in front of your fellow students in the seminar. You will get a chance to teach in front of an actual NEC class. You will design a syllabus for a course, and present a class from that course to the seminar as if you were the professor. You will be observing your colleagues in the seminar and critiquing them in a supportive, professional way. You will be engaged throughout the semester in reading about issues in teaching, about strategies and philosophies. And the lectures and classes that you do will be videotaped and reviewed, by you and the professor, so that you can evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses. It is not presumed that you have already had experience in classroom teaching. (2 credits) Hallmark

MHST 560A Area Studies in Ethnomusicology: The Music of Africa
This course focuses on African musical styles in relation to their changing social, political, and cultural contexts. It compares musical thought, musicianship and performance practices of three musical cultures: the Shona (Southern Africa) the Mande (West Africa), and the Mbuti pygmies (Central Africa). The emphasis is threefold: one, to deepen students’ conceptual skills in thinking about music in other cultures as well as their own; two, to develop students’ analytical aural and transcription skills of African music; and three, to gain performance skills on African music instruments and, in turn, reflect on the learning process. Class sessions will include student-led discussions, performance workshops, and group work built around readings, recordings, and videos. Each class session will also include performance instruction on selected African instruments. (2 credits) Sandler

MHST 569 – Music and Culture in Fin de Siècle Vienna
An exploration of the shift from late romanticism to modernism in the musical and cultural climate of Vienna 1870-1914. Works by Brahms, Mahler, Wolf, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern as well as popular music by the Strauss family, Lehar and others will be examined in the context of contemporaneous artistic trends (Art Nouveau and Secession, Expressionism, Modernism). There will be reading and listening assignments, short essays and a final research project (consisting of a presentation and a paper). (2 credits) Marković

MHST 578 Exoticism in Western Music
The 19th c. explosion of interest in non-European cultures among artists of all kinds in Europe and the U.S. was part of a wider process of globalization which built on ideas about civilizations outside of Europe developing since the Middle Ages. That globalization process continues today across the spectrum of Western culture in both popular music and concert music. Behind this long-standing passion for the exotic lies a fascination with unexperienced possibilities, alternative ways of being which “The Other” – someone different from us – seems to embody. The course will draw on classical European vocal, instrumental and dramatic repertoires from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries, building on the two principal exotic paradigms of the so-called “alla Turca” and “Hungarian” (“Gypsy”) styles. Students will also be presented with exotic 18th and 19th c. painting and with projects involving close work on non-western musical materials through listening and transcription. Final individual research projects may incorporate popular music, jazz and film, as well as concert repertoire.  (2 credits) Labaree

»MHST 901 – Doctoral Seminar in Musicology
Introduces methods and materials of musicological research through individual projects focused on  the  life and  works of a given  composer. Issues include source studies, historiography, performance practice, and criticism. (3 credits) Hallmark

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