2023 Music Summer Courses


    Introduction to Western Classical Music (5 credits)

  • MUSC 11A [In Person]

    Session 1

    A study of significant works of classical music from Gregorian chant to the present day in relation to the historical periods they represent. Emphasizes the listening experience and awareness of musical style and structure. Illustrated lectures and directed listening.

    General Education Code IM

    Proposed Instructor: David Long


  • Introduction to World Music (5 credits)

  • MUSC 11D [In Person]

    Session 2

    Covers topics reflecting distinctive features of selected world music cultures. Introduces content, scope, and method of ethnomusicology. Focuses on understanding the musical styles, performance practices, and cultural functions of these musical traditions. Incorporates live class performance of selected music.

    General Education Code CC

    Proposed Instructor: Shireen Nabatian


  • Beginning Theory & Musicianship I (5 credits)

  • MUSC 13 [Online]

    Session 1

    Fundamentals of sound production notation in music. Emphasis on the development of the ear and rhythmic skills. Course involves significant participation through in-class performance.

    Proposed Instructor: Faith Lanam


  • Beginning Theory & Musicianship II (5 credits)

  • MUSC 14 [In Person]

    Session 2

    Students learn basic elements of musical language: rhythms, meters, scales, intervals, and chords. All of these elements are studied both singly and in their interrelationships within musical compositions. The study of structural elements of music incorporates both theoretical and practical aspects of learning, including written, keyboard, singing, and aural exercises. Prerequisite(s): MUSC 13, or placement via the Theory Placement Exam. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor.

    Proposed Instructor: Dohyun Jeon


  • Songwriting Craft and Practice (5 credits)

  • MUSC 58 [Online*]

    Session 1

    Explores the craft of songwriting through listening, analysis, performance, and songwriting assignments. Students are exposed to a variety of writing styles from diverse musical backgrounds such as pop, rock, folk, jazz, avant-garde, classical, and world music. Students gain the ability to analyze a song's form, its textual rhythmic scheme, mood, and performative aspects. Students also compose, record, and perform song samples demonstrating their understanding and creative approach to the concepts discussed in class.

    General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor: Alex Wand

    *Pending CCI approval


  • Music and the Ocean (3 credits)

  • MUSC 73 [In Person]

    Session 2

    Studio course designed to explore relationships between music, sound, and the ocean. Students learn from a broad selection of music from oceanic and western cultures, deep listening techniques, and scientific research on underwater sound and apply it to their own music making. Students also explore connections between electronic music making and environmental sound research, including an introduction to listening techniques, recording, editing and analysis, composition and installation. Open to performers, composers, and theorists, as well as those from other disciplines, who want to expand their knowledge and practice in an experimental environment. Course ends with an online performance/presentation of new student work.

    General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor: Yolande Harris


  • Raga Jazz: Application of Indian Music to Western Instruments (5 credits)

  • MUSC 77 [In Person]

    Session 1

    North India has some of the most melodic, and rhythmically complex musical forms in the world. Jazz, rock, pop and classical musicians are increasingly studying Indian music to give themselves an edge in today's musical landscape. The purpose of this class is to provide all musicians with a theoretical and practical performance approach using the knowledge of the North Indian music system. The goal is to enhance the melodic and rhythmic sensibilities and to open new doors to boost creativity and give a unique slant to composing and playing music.

    General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor: Ashwin Batish


  • Sound in Art, Science, and the Environment (5 credits)

  • MUSC 80K [In Person]

    Session 1

    Study the role of sound in artistic creation and scientific research related to the environment. Topics include: environmental sound monitoring, increasing environmental awareness, social activism, discovery of sound phenomena, knowledge of audio tools and techniques, sound and environmental problem-solving.

    General Education Code PE-E

    Proposed Instructor: Yolande Harris


  • Popular Music in the United States (5 credits)

  • MUSC 80P [Online]

    Session 1

    Introduces music and cultural studies, surveys popular music in the United States from 18th-century minstrelsy to 21st-century social media consumer-producers. Emphasizes narratives of race, complicated by ethnicity, gender, and class, informing ways of valuing music, and its capacity for social representation. (Formerly Music 11C, Introduction to American Popular Music.)

    General Education Code ER

    Proposed Instructor: Seth Glickman


  • Physics and Psychophysics of Music (5 credits)

  • MUSC 80U [In Person]

    Session 1

    Fundamental theory of vibration, sound waves, sound propagation, diffraction, and interference. Free, coupled, and driven oscillations. Resonance phenomena and modes of oscillation. Fourier's theorem. Anatomy and psychophysics of the ear. Musical scales and intervals. Nature of plucked and bowed strings; guitar, violin, piano. Woodwind and brass instruments. Architectural acoustics. High school algebra and basic knowledge of musical notation recommended. Cross Listed Courses PHYS 80U.

    General Education Code MF

    Proposed Instructor: Martin Gaskell


  • The Music of the Beatles (5 credits)

  • MUSC 80V [Online]

    Session 1

    The most significant group in the history of popular music, the Beatles spanned the gamut of styles from hard-edged R & B to sophisticated art-rock. This course explores their work in detail, in its own terms, and in the historical/cultural/technological contexts. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and MUSC 180V in the same quarter. MUSC 11C is recommended but not required as preparation.

    General Education Code IM

    Proposed Instructor: Monica Ambalal


  • Music of India (5 credits)

  • MUSC 80X [Online*]

    Session 2

    A survey course in Hindustani (North Indian) and Karnatak (South Indian) music covering the Raga (modal system) and Tala (metric system) as they have developed in the two traditions. Consideration is given to the historical development of the music, from Vedic chanting to the modern Raga system; social functions of the music throughout history; and instrumental and vocal forms with an emphasis on listening.

    General Education Code CC

    Proposed Instructor: Sam Cushman

    *Pending CCI approval


  • Global Popular Music (5 credits)

  • MUSC 81C [Online*]

    Session 2

    This cultural study of global popular musics explores musical sounds, practices, and discourse via an examination of the development of the category world music. It explores how music and mass media engage broader issues around globalization, ethnic, national, and transnational identities; popular resistance; censorship; and cultural hegemony.

    General Education Code ER

    Proposed Instructor: Lydia Barrett

    *Pending CCI approval


  • Music in Animated Film (5 credits)

  • MUSC 81L [In Person]

    Session 1

    Introduces a selective survey of music in animated film (Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks), both instrumental and vocal, highlighting the representative works from the 1930s to the present. Through listening and viewing, students explore the use and role of music in animated film.

    General Education Code IM

    Proposed Instructor: Heeyoung Choi


  • Field Recording: Mapping and Composing Sound, Identity, and Place (5 credits)

  • MUSC 150R [In Person]

    Session 2

    This practice-based class explores the art of field recording and the aesthetic, social, political, and ethical questions it engages. Through critical reading, listening, discussion, recording, and creative projects, investigates how sound interacts with nature, urban spaces, objects, people, and networks. Uses sound as our lens in order to gain a stronger appreciation of its presence in our environments and how we create, interpret, and interact with them.

    Proposed Instructor: Alex Wand


  • Recording Workshop (2 credits)

  • MUSC 167R [In Person]

    Session 2

    Seminar in modern studio recording. Students learn aspects of recording from pre-production through mastering and distribution. Weekly recording sessions give students hands-on experience in running recording sessions and working with musicians. Admission by interview with instructor prior to first class meeting. Enrollment is restricted to music majors.

    General Education Code PR-C

    Proposed Instructor: Rodrigo Barriga