Music Summer Courses


    West Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Beginning (2 credits)

  • MUSC 5A-01

    Session 1

    Instruction in practice and performance of gamelan music from Java or Sunda. Preparation of several works for public presentation. 

    This performance class introduces students to the gamelan music of West Java, Indonesia. The gamelan ensemble, made up primarily of gongs, metallophones, and drums, consists of around twenty instruments and requires close cooperation between musicians to perform. Students will learn to play several of the percussion instruments of this ensemble culminating in a public performance by the class of traditional music of West Java. No prior music experience or familiarity with gamelan is required for participation. 

    May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 

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    Instructor: Undang Sumarma


  • West Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Beginning (2 credits)

  • MUSC 5A-02

    Session 2

    Instruction in practice and performance of gamelan music from Java or Sunda. Preparation of several works for public presentation.

    This performance class introduces students to the gamelan music of West Java, Indonesia. The gamelan ensemble, made up primarily of gongs, metallophones, and drums, consists of around twenty instruments and requires close cooperation between musicians to perform. Students will learn to play several of the percussion instruments of this ensemble culminating in a public performance by the class of traditional music of West Java. No prior music experience or familiarity with gamelan is required for participation. 

    May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 

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    Instructor: Jay Arms


  • Popular Music in the United States

  • MUSC 11C

    Session 1

    U.S.-based popular music from the 1850s through the 2010s. Emphasizes: narratives of race, class, and immigration in jazz, country, and blues genres; television and the cultivation of teen audiences; diverse late-20th Century cultural revolutions; and the contemporary role of social media. (Formerly Introduction to American Popular Music.) (General Education Code(s): ER.)

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    Instructor: Ryan Lambe


  • Introduction to World Music

  • MUSC 11D

    Session 1

    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(s): CC, IH, A, E.) 

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    Instructor: Melodie Michel


  • Preparatory Musicianship

  • MUSC 15

    8-Week

    Basic studies in musicianship related to Western European notation and literature. Students with prior training in music notation develop literacy in basic tonal melody and harmony. Skills include dictation and sight-reading. Simple composition and analysis exercises accompany the training. Enrollment by placement examination and permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

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    Instructor: Samuel Cushman


  • History, Literature, and Technology of Electronic Music

  • MUSC 80C

    Session 2

    This survey of electronic music from previous centuries to the present studies the works and aesthetics of important composers, acoustics, musical perception, the effects of technological innovation on cultural evolution, and the development of synthesizers and computer music. (General Education Code(s): PE-T, T6-Natural Sciences or Humanities and Art, A.) 

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    Instructor: Jonathan Myers


  • Artificial Intelligence and Music

  • MUSC 80L

    Session 2

    An introduction to basic concepts in music and artificial intelligence, and to algorithmic composition (composition by a set of explicit instructions, often using the computer). Other topics include basic introductions to related concepts in linguistics, mathematics, neural nets, pattern matching, genetic algorithms, fuzzy logic, and interactive systems. Previous experience in one or more of these topics is helpful but not required. Students produce a project based on one of the models presented in class. Offered in alternate academic years. (General Education Code(s): MF, T-6 Natural Scienes or Humanities and Arts, A.) 

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    Instructor: David Kant


  • Survey of Rap and Hip Hop Music

  • MUSC 81A

    Session 2

    This course involves examination, evaluation, performance and discussion of rap music and its relation to hip hop culture. We will look at three primary areas: historical periods of rap, aspects of performance practice, and lyrical content related to issues in contemporary society. We will engage in listening exercises, performances and presentations, and discuss the placement of rap in an academic setting. No prior musical knowledge is required. (General Education Code(s): ER) 

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    Instructor: James Minton