Fall 2018 Music Course Descriptions

Music 3000 – Composers Who Happen to be Women

Over the last few decades, an increasing amount of scholarship has been devoted to the history of women active in the art of composition and the discovery of “new” works by these individuals.  Still, music by women composers remains little known and generally has only a marginal presence in most music history textbooks.  This course will make this music its central focus.  Through an examination of the lives and works of women composers from the medieval period to the present day, students will study not only the music these women produced, but also the social and political environments in which they worked. 

Prerequisites: Music 3460

 

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.

 

MUSI 3200 - History of Rock & Roll to 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)

Equivalent:  Music 3200 – History of Rock and Roll: 1948-1970

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.

NOTE: Credit is not allowed for MUSI 3200 - History of Rock & Roll to 1970 and MUSI 3200 History of Rock and Roll: 1948-1970 or MUSI 3200 – History of Rock and Roll