Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Academic Courses

MUSI 1310 Basic Musical Skills

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1 (Caitlin Flay): MWF / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10619

Lecture / Section 2 (Kevin Davis): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10620

Lecture / Section 3 (Justin Mueller): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 107
Class Number: 10621

Study of the rudiments of music and training in the ability to read music.  Prerequisite: No previous knowledge of music required.

MUSI 1993 Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0 credits
Instructor permission and instructor number required to enroll.

MUSI 2070 Popular Music: 

Karl Hagstrom Miller
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 9:00-9:50 am / Wilson 301
Class Number: 13787

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Samuel Golter): T / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13788

Section 102 (Samuel Golter): T / 10:30-11:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 13787

Section 103 (Samuel Golter): T / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 13790

Section 104 (Stephanie Gunst): R / 9:30-10:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 14157

Section 105 (Stephanie Gunst): R / 10:30-11:20 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 14158

Section 106 (Stephanie Gunst): R / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 14159

Section 107 (Emily Mellen): F / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 15487

Section 108 (Emily Mellen): F / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 15488

Section 109 (Emily Mellen): F / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 15489

The Stories We Tell about Popular Music
This lecture course on the history of popular music in the United States from the 1880s to today is organized around a series of stories or themes that seem to crop up again and again when people talk about pop music.  Each week we will explore one of these stories, the social and cultural forces behind the story, and how it functions to shape how people have heard and understood popular music. Origin stories, stories of tradition or community, stories of individual artistic creations and the factory production of pop, taste and race, becoming a star and selling out:  each have been around for a long time, but often appear new every time they arrive.  Focusing on the stories we tell about popular music can help us assess the value of the narratives we have and help us to write new ones.  It can open our ears to continuities of sound, style, and politics across time. It can tune us in to subtle differences as well.

The course will reveal how popular music intersects with business, technology, social history, and the myriad ways Americans used music in their everyday lives.  Music is beyond the grasp of words.  Its ephemeral quality – its inability to be reduced to one meaning, one word, one story – is the very reason that music can affect us so.  Tunes have reminded people who they are and declared who they hoped to become.  They built communities and tore them apart, asked forgiveness and demanded justice.  They have been shouts in the wilderness and quiet whispers of love.  Music has given pleasure by invoking the past, imagining the future, exclaiming desires, or allowing artists and audiences – for the duration of the performance – to imagine the world is just how they want it to be.  Because of this, it provides a useful and revelatory window into the history of the United States.

MUSI 2110 Music in Everyday Life

Michelle Kisliuk
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-2:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19120

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Aldona Dye): M / 9:00-9:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19121

Section 102 (Aldona Dye): M / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19122

Section 103 (Aldona Dye): M / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH S008
Class Number: 19123

What is the soundscape of our quotidian (everyday) experience? How does it condition our consciousness, and what implicit cultural messages circulate within our ever-changing daily soundtracks? This course focuses our attention not on music highlighted in performance, but on that which we usually take for granted. A close look at how music works in our everyday lives can offer a new awareness of our ongoing experience, open us to choices we never thought we had, and get us wondering about the depths of aesthetic experience.

MUSI 2302 Keyboard Skills (Beginning)

2.0 credits, instructor permission

Lecture / Section 1 (John Mayhood): TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 10623

Lecture / Section 2 (John Mayhood): TR / 12:30-1:45 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13207

Introductory keyboard skills; includes sight-reading, improvisation, and accompaniment at the keyboard in a variety of styles. No previous knowledge of music required. Satisfies the performance requirement for music majors.

MUSI 2308 Voice Class

Pam Beasley
2.0 credits, instructor permission
Lecture: MW / 4:00-4:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 13646

An introductory course to basic vocal technique; discussion to include those elements essential for healthy singing in a variety of styles. Will involve group and solo singing to apply these elements. No previous voice training or musical background required.

MUSI 2340 Learn to Groove

Robert Jospe
2.0 credits

Lecture / Section 1MW / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 11225

LectureMW / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 14409

"Learn to Groove" hand drumming and rhythmic fluency with Robert Jospe. This is a hands on drumming/percussion class using congas, djembes, claves, shakers, etc. This class is designed to enhance ones knowledge of syncopated patterns associated with jazz, rock, African and Latin American music and to improve ones facility in playing these patterns. This course will follow my book "Learn To Groove" and can include music students, non music students and is open to students of all skill levels. The course requires that students have or purchase a hand drum of their own. Congas, bongos, djembes, doumbeks or any other hand drums are appropriate.

MUSI 2350 Technosonics: Digital Music and Sound Art Composition

Peter Bussigel
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 11:00-11:50 am / Wilson 402
Class Number: 13046

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Alex Christie): M / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13047

Section 102 (Alex Christie): M / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13048

Section 103 (Alex Christie): M / 1:00-1:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13049

Section 104 (Ben Robertson): T / 9:30-10:20 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13050

Section 105 (Ben Robertson): T / 10:30-11:20 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13051

Section 106 (Ben Robertson): T / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13052

Section 107 (Rebecca Brown): W / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13053

Section 108 (Rebecca Brown): W / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13054

Section 109 (Rebecca Brown): W / 1:00-1:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13055

Section 110 (Kevin Davis): R / 12:00-12:50 pm / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13302

Section 111 (Kevin Davis): R / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13303

Section 112 (Kevin Davis): R / 11:00 am - 11:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 13304

Section 113 (Heather Mease): F / 9:00-9:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 14549

Section 114 (Heather Mease): F / 10:00-10:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 14550

Section 115 (Heather Mease): F / 1:00-1:50 am / New Cabell 268
Class Number: 14551

This class (www.technosonics.info) explores the history, theory and practice of digital music and sound art. Students learn tools and techniques of music technology that inform many genres and traditions. In addition to historical and theoretical concerns, students will experiment with digital tools for musical creation.

MUSI 2400 Composer/Performer Collaborative Workshop

Shawn Earle
2.0 credits
Lecture: F / 9:50-11:50 / OCH B012
Class Number: 21534

This course is for performers and composers interested in creating new music. Students enrolled in the class will collaborate with one another and will build new pieces together. The class will also intersect with the New Music Ensemble and the Percussion Ensemble, directed by I-Jen Fang. Topics will focus on how composers and performers collaborate together to build new musical repertoire. 

Students in the class may also benefit from the CCT Composition Mentoring Program. For information on joining the mentoring program which pairs CCT grad students and undergrads, please contact Eli Stine. 

Music Majors wishing to apply this class for the Music Major should plan to additionally enroll in a 1-credit independent study with professor Burtner. The combination of the independent study and the Lab will count together as one 3000-level elective requirement towards the Major.

MUSI 2559 New Course in Music
The Alexander Technique: Managing Anxiety and Improving Performance

Sandra Bain Cushman
1.0 credit
Lecture: M / 5:45-7:45 / McLeod Hall 2010
Class Number: 22107

This course introduces and offers practical experience with the Alexander Technique. The Technique helps performers, people who suffer from anxiety and people who wish for a more fluid and friendly connection with everyday movement. It helps us to improve our public speaking, our musical and/or athletic performance, and to find a calmer more centered approach to the activities of everyday life.

The Technique has long been taught in universities, conservatories, and drama schools, and has been studied by notable writers, scholars and philosophers for over 100 years. People in all walks of life apply the Technique to improve performance and manage stress.

MUSI 2600 Jazz Improvisation

John D'earth
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-5:00 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 12447

The Jazz Improvisation Workshop explores the basic techniques and procedures for improvising in jazz and other musical contexts. No previous jazz or improvising experience is required but students must demonstrate a degree of fluency on their main instrument, an ability to read music and some familiarity with the basics of music theory. An individual interview/audition with the instructor is required before registering for this class.

MUSI 2993: Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0 credits
Instructor permission and instructor number required to enroll.

MUSI 3030 Studies in 19th-Century Music

Michael Puri
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19124


MUSI 3050 Music and Discourse

3.0 credits
Scott DeVeaux
Lecture: MWF / 1:00-1:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13305

Studies the range of music that has flourished in the twentieth century, including modernist and post-modern art music, popular music, and world music, through historical, critical, and ethnographic approaches.

MUSI 3310 Theory I

3.0 credits

Lecture / Section 2 (Scott DeVeaux): MWF / 10:00-10:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 10625

Lecture / Section 3 (Kevin Davis): MWF / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 10626

Studies pitch and formal organization in European concert music of the 18th and 19th centuries. Includes four-part vocal writing, 18th-century style keyboard accompaniment, key relations, and form. Students compose numerous short passages of music and study significant compositions by period composers.

MUSI 3332 and 3334 Musicianship I and II

2.0 credit

These lab courses give practical experience with many aspects of musical perception, performance, and creation. These will include sight-reading and sight-singing; dictation of melody, rhythm, and harmony; aural identification of intervals, chords, and rhythmic patterns; and exercises in musical memory and improvisation. Students entering the sequence take a test to determine the appropriate level of their first course. At the end of each course, students take a placement test to determine whether they may enter a higher level course. Courses may be repeated for credit, but each course may be counted toward the major only once.

MUSI 3332 Musicianship I

Lecture / Section 1 (Adam Carter): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 10628

Lecture / Section 2 (Timothy Booth): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 10627

MUSI 3334 Musicianship II

Lecture (Hannah Young): MWF / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 14410

MUSI 3370 Songwriting

Ted Coffey
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 3:30-4:45 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13306

Section 101 (Lydia Warren): R / 11:30 am - 12:20 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19125

Section 102 (Lydia Warren): R / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19126

Section 103 (Lydia Warren): T / 12:30-1:20 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19127

The goal of this course is to delve into songwriting; to develop your aural, analytic and creative abilities and to join them together in understanding and composing songs. You will learn about rhythm, melodic design, harmonic progression, lyrics and song forms. You will also work on eartraining, so that concepts you learn will be sonically meaningful. We will consider examples from a broad musical spectrum: blues, folk, tin pan alley, musicals, R & B, rock & roll, hip hop. We will also discuss the issues that songwriters encounter. You will have the opportunity to suggest songs for study, and some assignments will be done in groups. In these situations, we will organize groups that have complementary abilities for in-class performances. The Lab is a required part of the class, and you must sign up for a lab section. During the lab you will go over concepts we are covering in class, as well as work on additional eartraining, analysis and creative projects.

MUSI 3380 Introduction to Composition

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 12:30-1:45 / OCH 107
Class Number: 21721

This course explores compositional techniques in Western concert music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will explore and experiment with innovative approaches to harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, and compositional form. We will improvise, listen to, analyze, and discuss new music and compositional techniques. The goal of this course is to expose you to multiple compositional techniques and let you experiment! Coursework will primarily focus on creative and composition exercises, as well as readings, listening, analyses, and short writing assignments. Students will learn to compose in varying styles and will apply their knowledge towards a final composition project.

Prerequisite: MUSI 3310. The course can be repeated for credit with approval of instructor.

MUSI 3390 Introduction to Music and Computers

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 10629

Discussion Sections:

Section 101 (Aaron Stepp): M / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 10631

Section 102 (Aaron Stepp): W / 11:00-11:50 am / OCH B011
Class Number: 10630

Section 103 (Aaron Stepp): W / 12:00-12:50 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 10632

Introduction to Music and Computers is an upper-level introductory course in music technology. Students gain theoretical, historical and practical knowledge of electronic and computer music. An emphasis is placed on creative hands-on experience composing music via digital technologies. Theoretical and practical topics include acoustics, recording, editing and mixing, MIDI, sound synthesis, and audio DSP. Students learn a host of skills and technologies useful for working with digital audio.

3390 fulfills the composition requirement of the Music Major.  This is a composition class and key assignments are creative in nature. Note that you MUST register for the Lab (0 credits) as well as the course.

MUSI 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Sonic Arts and Crafts

Peter Bussigel
3.0 credits
Lecture / Section 1: TR / 6:30-8:30 pm / Wilson Hall Makers' Space
Class Number: 20723

Sonic Arts & Crafts is an interdisciplinary studio course exploring sound through experimental and critically engaged projects. Weekly workshops cover acoustics, basic electronics, digital fabrication, and audio programming through hands-on exercises, focusing on how different technologies frame how we listen, play, and think in sound. Drawing on readings and examples from physics, art, critical sound studies, and current diy production communities, we will actively engage with the material properties of sound and listen to what these vibrations might tell us about our world. Tuesday workshops introduce different approaches and techniques and Thursday sessions are left open – studio time where students can expand on workshop projects, try their own designs, and collaborate with others – a crafting group.

MUSI 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Writing Rap

A.D. Carson
3.0 credits
Lecture / Section 2: TR / 9:30-10:45 / OCH B012
Class Number: 21526

This course focuses on the craft of writing raps. It is not necessary that students have previous experience writing raps to take this course. Students will listen to, attempt to deconstruct, and evaluate a broad range of rap music while learning the basics of composing lyrics. Along with writing raps, students will learn songwriting techniques and some theoretical approaches to composing larger works such as a “mixtape” or “album” through examinations of music, criticism, and literature.

MUSI 3559 New Course in Music
Topic: Orchestration I: Orchestral Anatomy

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
Lecture / Section 3: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 21527

This course will examine the symphony orchestra in detail, equipping students with all necessary skills to arrange or compose for any ensemble.  We will learn the capabilities of every orchestral instrument, and study how they are combined by master composers.  Students will create arrangements for string quartet, woodwind quintet, and full orchestra.  The majority of these projects will receive readings by ensembles.

Projects may be completed with notation software or may be handwritten. No previous composition or arranging experience is necessary, but fluency in musical notation and familiarity with the basics of music theory are required.

MUSI 3570 Music Cultures
Topic: Sound Studies: The Art and Anthropology of Sound Experience

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / Gibson 341
Class Number: 19128

Combining approaches from musicology, anthropology, composition and sound studies in order to explore and experience music, sound and artistic practice in their human (and non-human) behavioural contexts. What are the creative, ethical and social dimensions of sound art? What does music composed through animal dreams sound like? How do we imagine and hear the sounds of underwater and atmospheric anthropology? How do sound art, technology and design transform urban space and everyday social and political experience? In answering these and other questions, we investigate local and global sound cultures and trace the ways in which their sounds are sampled, remixed, circulated and experienced.

MUSI 3993 Independent Study

1.0-3.0 credits
Instructor permission and instructor number required to enroll.

MUSI 4331 Theory III

Michael Puri
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 10634

Studies in 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century techniques and styles through analysis and composition. Prerequisite: MUSI 3320 or instructor permission.

MUSI 4519 Critical Studies of Music
Topic: Music and the Inner World

Fred Maus
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / OCH 113
Class Number: 14411


MUSI 4523 Issues in Ethnomusicology
Topic: African Electronic Music

Noel Lobley
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm / Wilson 117
Class Number: 19129

African cities and urban areas have long been places for some of the most futuristic sounds being created, music and sounds that reverberate between local urban identities and international avant garde music scenes. Explosive, hypnotic and ultra-modern electronic sounds meld stunning dance forms with musical theatre and articulate the urban youth experience in cities as diverse and vibrant as Kinshasa, Jo'Burg, Nairobi, Lagos and Durban.

We will engage multiplex genres of futuristic music, including Congotronics, Shangaan Electro, and Gqom apocalyptic bass music, paying close attention to innovations in artistic practice, remix culture and Afrofuturism. We will explore the histories and futures of the sounds linking African beat making, technology, guitars, and the dynamics of twenty-first century amplified African cityscapes.

MUSI 4545 Computer Applications in Music
Topic: Designing Audio Effects StompBoxes

Luke Dahl
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 5:00-6:15 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19131

Audio effects are tools commonly used in the recording, mixing, and mastering of music and other sound.  An audio effect takes sound as input and produces modified sound as output according to the audio-processing algorithm it implements and the settings of user-controlled parameters. A “stompbox” is a hardware implementation of an audio effect. Stompboxes are used by guitarists, electronic musicians, and recording engineers in both live performance and in the studio.

In this class we will learn the signal processing involved in effects such as delay, filtering, chorus, flanger, reverb, distortion, and compression, and we will implement these effects by writing C++ code running on the Bela embedded platform.  We will design and build custom enclosures and hardware controls so that our effects can be used as stand-alone devices.

We will emphasize the musical application of our designs, and as a final project we will create new effects that address our own musical goals. 

Students should have experience working with digital audio in their own music-making practice (such as covered in Technosonics or MUSI 3390.) Previous programming experience is very helpful, but not required.

MUSI 4581 Composition I

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 9:30-10:45 am / Monroe Hall 113
Class Number: 21713

An advanced undergraduate music composition course. Students will receive a combination of weekly individual lessons intermixed with monthly group sessions. The course will provide a forum for students to listen, discuss, workshop, develop, and explore inspirations, compositions, and ideas. Over the course of the semester, students are expected to compose a large-scale work or a series of smaller works for the instrumentation and in the style of their choosing (including electronics).  Students are expected to make significant progress on their projects between lessons.

Note: individual lesson times may be scheduled outside the listed course times. Lesson times will be scheduled the first day of class.

Prerequisite: MUSI 3380 or permission from the instructor. The course can be repeated for credit with approval of the instructor. Students must be proficient with standard music notation software and have some prior experience composing.

MUSI 4600 Performance with Computers

Matthew Burtner
3.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 19132

Lab: Chris Luna / T / 3:30-4:30 pm / OCH B011

The course teaches a blended approach to performance, composition and computer programming through the context of a computer music ensemble. Students from various backgrounds work collaboratively in a technological ensemble context while building skills in interactive media programming, sound art design and human-computer interaction. They explore a new way of making ensemble music in collaboration with interactive and networked computer systems.

MUSI 4710 Instrumental Conducting I

Ben Rous
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 3:45-5:00 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 21525

Studies the theory and practice of conducting, score analysis, and rehearsal technique. Prerequisite: MUSI 3320 and instructor permission.

MUSI 4750 Choral Conducting I

Michael Slon
3.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 2:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 19396

Studies in the basic technique and art of conducting, with weekly experience conducting repertoire with a small choral ensemble.  Prerequisite: basic ear training, sight-reading. Previous experience in a choral or instrumental ensemble is preferred. Interested students should consult with the instructor before registering. Instructor permission is required.

MUSI 4993: Independent Study

1.0 - 3.0 credits
Instructor permission and instructor number required to enroll


Fall 2017 Graduate Courses

MUSI 7509 Cultural and Historical Studies of Music
Topic: Body, Sound, Gender

Bonnie Gordon
3.0 credits
Lecture: W / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 20182


MUSI 7511 Current Studies in Research and Criticism

Richard Will
3.0 credits 
Lecture: T / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 11107


MUSI 7519 Current Studies / Research and Criticism
Topic: Music and the Inner World

Fred Maus
3.0 credits 
Lecture: R / 2:00-4:30 pm / OCH S008
Class Number: 19134


MUSI 7543 Sound Studios

Ted Coffey
3.0 credits
Lecture: R / 5:00-7:30 pm /OCH  S008
Class Number: 19135


MUSI 7547 Materials of Contemporary Music
Topic: Timbre

Leah Reid
3.0 credits
Lecture: W / 2:00-4:30 / Gibson Hall 287
Class Number: 21714

A composer oriented course which focuses on the analysis and application of techniques primarily concerned with timbre or tone color. We will examine music of the last century and observe how composers and researchers have approached timbre. Students are encouraged to apply the concepts explored in both composition studies and a final composition project to be performed and presented at the end of the term.


McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu