Fall 2016 Music Course Descriptions

Department of Music - Fall 2016

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Music 2850 - History of Musical Theatre

This course will provide a broad survey of the history of musical theatre from the nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. Through lectures, recordings, and readings, you will learn of the historical development of various styles of music theatre, some of the musical and theatrical conventions of these styles, and who their most important practitioners were/are. The course is structured chronologically, and throughout the term we will progress from discussions of musical theatre’s origins in operetta and variety theatre to an assessment of musical theatre as it is currently practiced on Broadway and elsewhere. This historical narrative will be placed in the context of relevant social and cultural developments that have often influenced the nature and content of musical theatre practice, and from time to time will also take note of dominant trends in the popular entertainment industry.

No prerequisites

Music 3000 – Advanced Orchestration

This course will focus on orchestration techniques generally developed over the last two centuries. Through lectures, recordings, workshops, in-depth analyses, score readings, orchestration exercises and projects students will gain a deeper understanding of this colourful and varied art. In general, the class will cover most of the traditional topics of a standard orchestration seminar: analysis of techniques used in successful works from the past, discussion of the characteristics of various groups of instruments and their role in building musical form, general principles of timbral mixture and layering, etc. It will also explore orchestrational principles that our current knowledge of acoustics and sonic analysis make possible. The general focus will be on the late romantic era and on the 20th and 21st centuries. Most recent techniques will be studied, including some respect to micro-tonality, extended instrumental techniques, use of non-western or non-traditional instruments, live electronics and computer sounds. Practical issues such as notation, preparation of parts, rehearsing and performance will also be examined. Students should be prepared to analyze selected excerpts from full orchestral scores and to orchestrate for various ensembles and orchestral formations.

Prerequisites: Music 3460 - Theory IV

Recommended background: Music 3660 – Theory V

Music 3200 – History of Jazz

This course provides a comprehensive overview of jazz history, covering the major jazz styles and important musicians that have pioneered this music. We will trace jazz from its infancy, beginning in New Orleans and will highlight how this music has developed through the years and has grown into various sub-genres. Some of the styles that will be covered include: Early Jazz, the Swing Era, Bebop, Cool, Fusion and Modern jazz.

Other important topics will include learning important jazz terminology, becoming acquainted with the preeminent jazz artists from each style, and most importantly, analyzing how jazz has evolved since the early twentieth-century. We will connect the important stylistic periods of the past and trace the various directions these trends have gone since. This course will provide students the opportunity to broaden their understanding and appreciation of this diverse music form.

Prerequisite: 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

NOTE: Not counted in the 16-course Arts and Science Music major or the core courses in the B.Mus. degree.

Music 3200 - History of Rock ‘n Roll: 1948-1970

This course is designed to give the student a historical overview of the development of rock ‘n roll from its roots up until the end of the 60’s. This will be presented in a chronological manner, beginning with a brief overview of rock ‘n roll’s ancestors and influences. It will go on to study the musical and cultural melting pot of the 1950’s, followed by the effects of the British Invasion of the 60’s. A discussion of developments occurring in North America following the British Invasion will be the culminating point of this class.

Prerequisite: 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

NOTE: Not counted in the 16-course Arts and Science Music major or the core courses in the B.Mus. degree.

NOTE: Students with credit in Music 2850 (History of Rock ‘n Roll), 2850 (3850) (Popular Music in the 20th Century) or 3010 cannot receive credit for the same offering in the Music 3200 series.