Jacobs School Bulletin
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Bulletin Course Information
Note that courses listed below for Music in General Studies are not offered every semester.
MUS M392 - Art Musics of the Non-Western World
An introductory survey of the art musics of Asia and Africa; musical instruments, ensembles, and song styles; the heritage of ancient music (China, India, the Mediterranean world, and the Americas); ethnomusicological perspectives on classical Western music. The course makes extensive use of video and audio resources.
MUS M394 - Survey of African American Music
A chronological survey of sacred and secular African American musical traditions in North America from the African past to the present. Emphasis placed on context for evolution, musical processes and aesthetics, interrelationships among genres and musical change, issues of gender, and music as resistance. Credit given for only one of M394, Z394, AAAD A394, or FOLK E394.
MUS M396 - Art Music of Black Composers
A study of black music and musicians in the United States, with emphasis on the black composer in contemporary music.
MUS M397 - Popular Music of Black America
A sociocultural and musical analysis of urban black popular music, its performers, producers, and composers, from the 1940s to 1980. Rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, ballads, funk, disco, and the raps.
MUS X1 - All-Campus Ensemble
Open to students outside the Jacobs School of Music. Does not fulfill the major ensemble requirement for music majors. Men’s chorus, women’s chorus, mixed chorus, band, string orchestra, and other ensembles.
MUS Z100 - The Live Musical Performance
An introduction to music listening through weekly in-class performances. Students have an opportunity to interact with instrumentalists, singers, dancers, choreographers, conductors, and composers. Musical styles include classical, rock, jazz, and world music.
MUS Z101 - Music for the Listener
An introductory music appreciation course that explores European and American classical music and other musical repertoire.
MUS Z103 - Special Topics in Music for Nonmajors
MUS Z110 - Non-Music Major Performance Elective
For undergraduate students.
MUS Z111 - Introduction to Music Theory
A study of fundamentals of the language and notation of music: listening, music reading and writing, and the elements of music as used in a variety of genres and historical periods. Open to non–music majors and students in the Jacobs School of Music interested in a general background in music.
MUS Z112 - Introduction to Musical Skills
P: Z111 or equivalent. Introduction to sight singing, rhythm reading, and keyboard skills for the non-music major.
MUS Z120 - Music in Multimedia
Overview of multimedia elements for interactive environments and linear media. Introduction to digital media including animation, audio, video, and images. Audio techniques including sound synchronization with cue points, loops, digital signal processing effects, mixing, and conversions using a waveform editor.
MUS Z161 - Steel Drumming
Techniques of execution and musical interpretation of music for the steel drums.
MUS Z162 - Hand Drumming
Techniques of execution and idiomatic rhythms of international styles of hand drumming.
MUS Z171 - Opera Theater Series I
Discussion and analysis of works to be performed during the current Opera Theater series. Designed to acquaint opera patrons (and non–music majors) with the libretti and music.
MUS Z201 - History of Rock ‘n’ Roll Music I
Roots of Rock to the British Invasion.
MUS Z202 - History of Rock ‘n’ Roll Music II
The Sixties. Survey of the major trends, styles, and genres of rock music, focusing on artists and groups with the most enduring significance and on the major social issues of their times.
MUS Z203 - History of Rock 'n' Roll Music III
A lecture-oriented course that covers the history of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1970s and 1980s. The post–Sgt. Pepper “splintering” of rock and ensuing style changes are highlighted.
MUS Z211 - Music Theory II
P: Z111 Introduction to Music Theory or consent of instructor. Overview of part writing, musical form, harmonic analysis, and modulation.
MUS Z212 - Musical Skills II
P: Z112 Introduction to Musical Skills or consent of instructor. Continuation of sight singing and dictation skills. Rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials. Previous or concurrent registration in Z211 Music Theory II is recommended.
MUS Z250 - Choral Masterworks
Introduction to the masterpieces of choral music through examination of musical, historical, and cultural contexts. Study of selected oratorios, masses, requiems, passions, choral symphonies, choral music outside the Western art tradition, and music for glee clubs, show choirs, and vocal jazz groups. Class lectures/discussions enhanced with live performances.
MUS Z260 - Music in American Society
Music in the United States: its history and place in society from the earliest musical activities to some of its many present incarnations. Native American music; sacred and secular music in the New World to c.1800; music in the church, home, and concert hall in the nineteenth century; African American music; and various twentieth-century traditional popular and classical genres and styles.
MUS Z265 - American Country Music
A listening-based survey of American country music from the 1920s to the present. Various musical styles and contributions of country music artists. Also considered are topics such as country music and race, politics, religion, and working-class culture.
MUS Z270 - Music of War and Peace
Examination of the musical output of composers who were (or are) committed to memorializing and protesting war and calling for peace. Importance of music on this topic throughout western history, with emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries including classical and popular music traditions.
MUS Z280 - Music of the Silk Road
Historical and current authentic music traditions of the Silk Road and their impact on music of today. The Silk Road was the network of trade routes that connected East Asia to the Mediterranean for almost 2000 years. It was the source of important cultural exchanges between the East and the West.
MUS Z281 - East-West Encounters in Music
Examination of interaction and communication between two cultural realms conditionally defined as East (Middle East/Central Asia) and West (Europe/US). The class looks in both Eastern and Western directions and explores hybridity of styles and genres in both domains and the impact of each area on the other.
MUS Z282 - Music of Russia
An introduction to Russian music, presenting an overview of its principal genres and styles, as well as of the major Russian composers and their musical works. Repertoire will include examples from composed music, folk music, sacred music, rock, pop music, and jazz.
MUS Z311 - Music Theory III
P: Z111 Introduction to Music Theory and Z211 Music Theory II or consent of instructor. Overview of modulation and chromatic harmony.
MUS Z312 - Musical Skills III
P: Z112 Introduction to Musical Skills and Z212 Musical Skills II or consent of instructor. Advanced sight singing and dictation skills. Rhythmic and melodic materials in one and two parts; harmonic materials including chromaticism. Previous or concurrent registration in Z311 Music Theory III is recommended.
MUS Z313 - Legal Aspects of the Music Industry
An introduction to the legal issues affecting the recording, performing arts, and music publishing fields. Areas covered in the course include music rights and licensing, recording contracts, performing arts unions and guilds, and technology and music law.
MUS Z315 - Music for Film
A stylistic and analytic survey of music for moving pictures, concentrating on American and English narrative films.
MUS Z320 - Advanced Special Topics in Music for Nonmajors
MUS Z340 - Introduction to Music Business
An introduction to the business aspects of the music industry. Recording companies, artists, and contracts; music production; copyright, licensing, and publishing; booking agents, promotions, live performances, and performing arts organizations.
MUS Z361 - Introduction to MIDI and Computer Music
P: Modest working knowledge of personal computers. Basics of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface system, its software, and the instruments commonly used with desktop MIDI workstations (synthesizers, digital samplers). MIDI sequencing, digital audio editing, and principles of digital syntheses. The course is intended for those with little prior technical training.
MUS Z362 - Computer Music: Design/Perform
P: Z361 Introduction to MIDI and Computer Music or equivalent experience and permission of instructor. Projects in fixed-media computer music composition (with and without video) and live electronic music performance. Field recording, audio editing, sampling, effects processing, mixing, mastering, video synchronization, methods of synthesis, virtual instrument design, real-time hardware control of audio, live video processing.
MUS Z373 - The American Musical
The origins of the American musical: its societal impact and its development from vaudeville and European operetta to the rock musicals of today.
MUS Z374 - Contemporary Broadway Musicals
An exploration of the Broadway musical with a focus on contemporary trends. American rock musicals, revivals, and British and European productions. Study of contemporary producers, composers, lyricists, choreographers, and directors.
MUS Z385 - History of the Blues
Tells the story of the blues through the music of more than 200 artists. Styles studied include Classic Blues, Country Blues, Piedmont Blues, Holy Blues, White Blues, City Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Post-WWII Country Blues, Chicago Blues, Urban Blues, Swamp Blues, British Blues, and Blues Rock.
MUS Z390 - Jazz for Listeners
An examination of the components of jazz, how to listen to jazz, and how to relate jazz to the social/cultural environment in which it was created. Class lectures/discussions enhanced with live performances and videos of major artists such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane.
MUS Z393 - History of Jazz
Periods, major performers and composers, trends, influences, stylistic features, and related materials. For non-music majors only.
MUS Z395 - Contemporary Jazz and Soul Music
A survey of contemporary jazz and soul (rhythm and blues) music and musicians in the United States. For non–music majors only.
MUS Z401 - The Music of the Beatles
An in-depth, song-by-song look at the music, lives, and times of the Beatles. The course focuses on the music and is aimed at heightening student listening skills as well as fostering a deeper appreciation for the Beatles’ recordings.
MUS Z402 - Music of Frank Zappa
A detailed survey of the musical career of rock’s most avant-garde composer. Traces Zappa’s creative output from his early days through his solo projects, his “big band” period, his orchestral productions, and finally his groundbreaking work with the Synclavier. All of Zappa’s commercially released albums are discussed, and students are responsible for a listening list of materials from these releases.
MUS Z403 - Music of Jimi Hendrix
A detailed look at the life, music, and career of rock music’s best and most influential guitarist. Audio and video performances document the meteoric rise of Hendrix from obscurity to master musician before his untimely death.
MUS Z404 - The Music of Bob Dylan
A detailed examination of Bob Dylan’s songs and career. The course traces Dylan’s many incarnations and reinventions from his early days as a folk-protest singer and pop icon to his role as elder statesman and Poet Laureate of popular music.
MUS Z405 - The Music of the Beach Boys
A detailed examination of songs, recordings, and live performances of the Beach Boys from their first single "Surfin'" to the 2012 50th anniversary tour and album. Special attention to studio creations Pet Sounds and Smile. Also covered is the solo career of the band's primary songwriter and producer Brian Wilson.
MUS Z411 - Music Theory IV
P: Z111 Introduction to Music Theory and Z211-Z311 Music Theory II-III or consent of instructor. Further study of modulation techniques and advanced chromatic harmony. Overview of atonal and serial techniques as well as music of the twentieth century.
MUS Z412 - Musical Skills IV
P: Z112 Introduction to Musical Skills and Z212-312 Musical Skills II-III. More advanced sight singing and dictation skills. Rhythmic and melodic materials in one and two parts with more difficult rhythms; harmonic materials including advanced chromaticism and modulation. Examples from twentieth-century musical repertoire. Previous or concurrent registration in Z411 Music Theory IV is recommended.
MUS Z413 - Latin American and Latino Popular Music and Culture
Latin American and Latino popular music genres, their historical and cultural contexts, and their impact in the United States. For non-music majors only. Activities outside of class may be scheduled.
MUS Z415 - Connections: Music, Art, Literature
Interrelationships among the arts of various cultures, learning how they influence each other and are in turn influenced by the culture and temper of the times they reflect. Includes a survey of major styles from the Renaissance to the present, with emphasis on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
MUS Z710 - Non-Music Major Performance Elective
For graduate students.