Music Summer Courses

    Classical Guitar Ensemble (2 credits)

  • MUSC 6

    Session 1 

    Study of selected repertoire and instruction in performance for classical guitar ensemble. Ensembles for guitar and other instruments will prepare works for public performances both on and off campus. All students enrolled in individual guitar lessons are expected to enroll. Students of other instruments or voice may also audition. Some additional rehearsal time, individually and with the group, is required. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): A.) 

  • Classical Music form the Middle Ages to the Present

  • MUSC 11A

    Session 1

    A study of significant works of classical music from Gregorian chant to the present day in relation to the historical periods which they represent. Emphasis upon the listening experience and awareness of musical style and structure. Illustrated lectures and directed listening. (General Education Code(s): IM, IH, A.) 


  • 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.) 


  • Preparatory Musicianship

  • MUSC 15


    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.

  • 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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  • Artificial Intelligence and Music

  • MUSC 80L

    Session 1

    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.) 

  • Women in Music

  • MUSC 80S

    Session 2

    An exploration of the sociological position of women as composers and performers in Western and non-Western musics, with a focus on both ethnographic and historical sources. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 80S. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Offered in alternate academic years. (General Education Code(s): CC, T4-Humanities and Arts, A.) 

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  • Survey of Rap and Hip Hop Music

  • MUSC 81A

    Session 1

    This course involves examination, evaluation, performance and discussion of rap music and its relation to hop 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)