Spring 2017 Music Course Descriptions

Spring 2017 Music Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions that do not appear in the Calendar.

MUSI 3000 A – Baroque Opera (History)

The Seminar in Baroque Opera will cover the early beginnings of opera in Italy, and will investigate the development of early opera in England, France and Germany. Special attention is paid to the operas of Monteverdi, Handel and Lully.

Emphasis: History


MUSI 3200 A – 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, Swing Era, Bebop, Cool and Fusion. Other topics will include learning important jazz terminology, becoming acquainted with the preeminent jazz artists within each style and most importantly analyzing how jazz has evolved and inspired other music genres since early in the twentieth-century.

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

MUSI 3200 N – History of Rock & Roll: 1968 – 1990

This course is meant to be a follow‑up course to the History of Rock Music (1948‑1969). It will cover the fragmentation of rock 'n' roll styles through the seventies and eighties, beginning with the trends of the late sixties, through the mass marketing of the early seventies and ending with the technological boom that characterized much of eighties rock and roll.

NOTE: Not counted in the 16-course Arts & Science major or the core courses in the B.Mus. degree. Students with credit in Music 2850 (History of Rock & Roll), 2850 (3850) (Popular Music in the 20th Century) or 3010 cannot receive credit for the same offering in the Music 3200 series.

PREREQUISITE:15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours) - as per calendar.

MUSI 3850 A – Sonic Signatures

Over the history of recorded music, artists, engineers and producers have constantly sought to imprint their recordings with unique, identifiable sonic characteristics. For the 21st century producer or sound artist, there exists almost limitless opportunity for sonic manipulation, as well as the possibility of evoking different musical eras through reference to recognizable production techniques from the past. This course will survey notable examples of historical and contemporary techniques used to achieve these landmark sounds, including hands on re-creation of several "signature" sounds, and an examination of their meaning in the context of modern audio production.

PREREQUISITE: MUSI 2550 Audio Production Techniques

MUSI 3850 B – Musicians’ Health Research

Among the most important concerns for musicians are the injuries that occur because of long hours of practice and performance. This course will introduce students to injury and health research relevant to musicians; since Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) research is a field of growing importance, it will be relevant to both to students interested in a performance career and those interested in an academic one. The course will include a variety of guest lectures (e.g. Dr. Anna Borowska - singer, M.D. Psychiatrist, Sleep and Stage fright specialist, Dr. Christine Guptill - oboist, Occupational therapist, physical Assessment specialist, Performing Arts Medicine researcher, Assistant Professor University of Alberta, and more). The instructor will guide students through an online musician’s health curriculum with materials/interviews/videos from some of the world’s most important PAM researchers. Students will participate in weekly topical discussions, make presentations related to their performance interests, work on projects designed to increase their understanding of musical practicing strategies, learn about transdisciplinary research design and implementation and, ultimately, come to a deeper understanding of their musical vocation.

PREREQUISITE: Second-year standing (minimum of 30.0 credit hours).