Fall 2017 Music Course Descriptions

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 – Analysis of Popular Music Since 1950 (Theory)

In this class, students will engage with the popular music repertoire from about 1950through the present from a music-theoretical perspective. Students will be able to discussintelligently the stylistic differences in form, harmony, lyrical content, rhythm and meter,timbre, and arrangement among genres in this vast time period. Students will hone theiraural skills through numerous transcription assignments, and will analyze and interpretsongs and express their findings in writing.

Prerequisites: Music 3460 Theory IV and Music 3461 Musicianship Skills IV

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.

NOTE: Credit is not allowed for MUSI 3200 – History of Rock and Roll, and either of MUSI 3200 - History of Rock and Roll: 1948-1970 or MUSI 3200 – History of Rock and Roll: 1968-1990.