Music Musicianship (MUSM) Graduate Course Descriptions
MUSM 502. Orchestration.
Principles and methods of writing and arranging music for instrumental and vocal ensembles. Instruments of the orchestra, the human voice, Western music literature and arranging for various combinations of instruments. Prereq.: 204. 3 credits S, ALT.
MUSM 503. Counterpoint.
Examination and application of contrapuntal practices of Western music of the 16th-21st centuries. Prereq.: 304. 3 credits F, ALT.
MUSM 504. Pedagogy of Music Theory.
A comprehensive review of Western music theory and pedagogic methodology. EVEN. Prereq.: 304. 2 credits F, ALT.
MUSM 523. Jazz Harmony.
A comprehensive study of jazz harmony and its application in 20th century practices. Prereq.: 302. 2 credits DEMAND.
MUSM 533. Electronic Sound.
Development of audio recording and editing skills using portable digital recorders and in the studio using DAW software Pro Tools. Sound-art projects reflecting different styles of fixed-media electroacoustic art based on recorded sound. History and literature of electroacoustic music. 3 credits F.
MUSM 534. Digital Sound, Synthesis and Composition.
Development of skills necessary to create and work with digitally synthesized sound using the DAW software Pro Tools and the software synthesizer Reaktor. Sound-art projects reflecting different styles of fixed-media and real-time electroacoustic art based on synthesized sound. Introduction to history and literature of electroacoustic music featuring synthesized and digital sound. 3 credits S.
MUSM 535. Studio for Interrelated Media.
Collaborative arts creation experience integrating music and other arts. Study of existing collaborative works. Creating, rehearsing and performing collaborative/cross disciplinary works. Open to students from music, and other arts areas: poetry, visual arts, theatre, film, dance. May be repeated for 9 credits. Prereq.: MUSM 205 or MUSM 433/533 or MUSM 434/534 or permission of instructor. 3 credits F, S.
MUSM 536. Piano Literature.
Survey of western piano literature since 1700. Prereq.: 321, 322. 2 credits DEMAND.
MUSM 537. Topics in New Media: Non Traditional Performance Study.
Real-time sound manipulation and sound installations in new media. Use of common software in the field, including MAX/MSP/Jitter, Kyma, and/or Reaktor. Construction of low-tech, interactive devises. Study of the history and current practices of realtime or installation sound art. May be repeated for 9 credits. Prereq.: MUSM 205 or 433/533 or 434/534 or permission of instructor. 3 credits F.
MUSM 538. Topics in New Media: Theoretical Approach.
Examination of the role of sound and image in cinema, new media and the Web from a historical and analytical perspective. Use of tools for creating works employing audio and images, and implementing new media interactivity, including Flash and podcasting. May be repeated for 9 credits. Prereq.: MUSM 205 or 433/533 or 434/534 or permission of instructor. 3 credits F.
MUSM 568. Jazz Improvisation.
Improvisation in the jazz style for all instruments. Permission of the instructor. 2 credits S.
MUSM 569. Jazz Arranging.
Application of practical and theoretical harmony to jazz style and scoring for jazz ensembles. Prereq.: 204. 2 credits DEMAND.