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BACHELOR OF MUSIC (B.Mus.)
Cornell offers two majors leading to the degree of Bachelor of Music: a major in Performance and a major in Music Education. The first is designed to emphasize the study of music performance within the framework of the liberal arts and is the first step in the extensive professional preparation in performance that leads to a concert career or to teaching applied music in a college, university, conservatory, or private studio. The second generally leads to the profession of pre-collegiate school music teaching. For students interested in fields such as music therapy, music ministry, or community music, a major in Music Education is strongly recommended by some graduate schools and required by others.
General Requirements for the B.Mus. Degree
- A minimum of 32 course credits. No more than two 100-level courses may be taken in the senior year without the permission of the Academic Standing Committee. No more than four All-College Independent Study course credits (280/380, 289/389, 290/390, 299/399) may be counted toward satisfying the minimum credit requirement for this degree.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
- A minimum of nine courses numbered in the 300s or 400s. No more than two All-College Independent Study course credits (380, 389, 390, 399) may be counted toward satisfying this requirement. After a student has earned more than one course credit in the continuing study of the same instrument, he or she may count the additional credits toward the fulfillment of this requirement.
- A minimum of 10 courses, including a writing-designated course (W), selected from outside the Department of Music, of which at least three additional courses must be selected from those courses in this Catalogue or its supplements whose descriptions end with a parenthesis containing the word ``Humanities.''
- Music Theory: MUS 110, 210, 310,
- Music History: MUS 321, 322, 323.
- One elective course credit in music history or theory, selected from
MUS 213-275, 315,
- FAA 701 in all semesters of residence.
- A grade of ``Pass'' on all parts of the Piano Proficiency
- At least one music ensemble each semester for eight semesters, as
arranged by the student, the faculty advisor, and the ensemble conductor
(see ``Ensemble Participation'').
- Satisfaction of the requirement for attendance at music events
(see ``Music Performance Seminar'').
- Completion of a senior project
- One of the following programs of concentration:
Major in Music Performance (separate three-letter code for each instrument)
- Four course credits in a primary performance medium, either voice or a
keyboard, string, or wind instrument.
- One course credit in a secondary performance medium.
- MUS 306.
- MUS 302 or
- MUS 107 and
308 for voice majors;
MUS 303 for organ majors; or
MUS 307 for piano majors.
- FAA 798 (junior year) and 799 (senior year).
- FRE, GER, GRE, JPN,
LAT, RUS, SPA 205
- Entering students who intend to major in performance must audition
before the Department of Music during their first semester in residence.
Major in Music Education (MUE)
- Three course credits in a primary performance medium, either voice or a
keyboard, string, or wind instrument.
- The following courses, according to emphasis within the degree:
- General Music Education: MUS 107 and
308; and one and one-half course credits
in secondary performance media, to include FAA
- Instrumental Music Education: one and one-half course credits in
secondary performance media, to include FAA
and either FAA
722 or at least one semester of FAA
- Vocal Music Education: MUS 107 and
308; and one and one-half course
credits in secondary performance media, to include FAA
708 or 774, and
- Demonstrate the ability to accompany a singer or instrumentalist
(part of the Piano Proficiency Requirement).
- MUS 306.
- MUS 331 and
- Admission to the Teacher Education Program not
later than February 1 of the sophomore year and satisfaction of all its
requirements by the time of graduation (see Education for complete prerequisite information).
Piano Proficiency Requirement: All Music
majors, regardless of degree or program, must pass the Piano Proficiency
Requirement by the end of the sophomore year. If this requirement is not
passed, the student must take applied piano (FAA 761 or
762) until the requirement has been passed. The requirement
consists of six components: performance of three prepared works; scales;
arpeggios; sight reading; and melody harmonization. Also, as part of the
requirement, Music Education majors must
demonstrate their ability to perform an accompaniment with a singer or
instrumentalist. A student may pass the requirement in segments.
Participation in music ensembles (FAA 711-720)
is required of all Music majors and music scholarship students, regardless of degree or program.
Requirements vary, depending on the degree program, and are detailed in
the preceding curricular information. Regulations governing adding and
dropping ensembles are the same as for Music
Lessons, with the exception of MUS
Music Performance Seminar: The Music
Performance Seminar (FAA 701) is a semester-long program
that consists entirely of attendance at music events. The purpose of
this Seminar is to help nurture an understanding of diverse musical
styles and musical ensembles and to provide opportunities for student
performances. Attendance at concerts, recitals, and Friday afternoon Music Performance Seminar Student Recitals is required of all Music majors, Music minors, as well as all other students who are enrolled in music lessons. (Students who have accepted a Trustees' Music Scholarship must satisfy, at minimum, the recital attendance requirement for a Music minor.) The number of required events changes from semester to semester. Students should contact the Department of Music each semester for details.Music majors must receive a passing grade in Music Performance Seminar each semester in order to complete the major. Failure to meet the attendance requirement will result in the student's receiving an F for Music Performance Seminar. No course credit is given for this Seminar. It is offered on a Pass/Fail basis.
101. Fundamentals of Music
music reading skills for all interested students, while learning to
listen to and recognize the structural and aesthetic elements of music.
Preparation for MUS 110. This course satisfies the music
requirement for Elementary Education majors to teach
music in the elementary schools. (Fine Arts)
107. Vocal Diction (1/2)
Italian, French, German, and English diction as related to the art song
and to choral music. Required of all students whose major performance
medium is voice; also required of General Music Education majors.
Alternate years. L. HEARNE
110. Music Theory I
of music: harmony, melody, rhythm, scales, and forms; with a
concentration on the common-practice period, 1600-1900 (with some twentieth
century music). Application of these topics to analysis, writing,
listening, sight-singing, and an introduction to music literature. (Fine Arts) STILWELL
116. The Aesthetics of Music - Popular Music
This course will explore a variety of topics relating to why we listen to and enjoy popular music. Topics will include what music means, how and why we respond to it emotionally, and how popular music relates to contemporary society and culture. Offered every third year. (Humanities, Writing Requirement) CHAMBERLAIN
210. Music Theory II
Continuation of MUS 110, with the addition of keyboard techniques. Prerequisite: MUS 110. (Fine Arts) STILWELL
212. Music Listening and
Learning to understand Western art music
through historical study and perceptive listening. Not open to
Music majors. (Humanities)
213. American Music
Music in the
American colonies and the United States from the seventeenth century
Bay Psalm Book to the twentieth century. Open to all students. Offered subject to availability of faculty. (Humanities)
214. Arts in New York
in New York City, the center of cultural activities in America, preceded
by a week on campus studying the plays, operas, musicals, and other
events to be seen and heard in New York. Open to all students. Registration entails additional costs. Offered subject to availability of faculty.
215. Jazz Improvisation
Improvisation in American jazz, including daily performing experiences
in these styles. Prerequisite: MUS 310. Offered every third year. (Fine Arts) CHAMBERLAIN
An introduction to opera as a genre and a study of selected
masterpieces. The course will involve both traditional investigations
and newer scholarly approaches from areas such as ``queer studies'' and
feminist scholarship. Themes of the course will be those of the operas
studied: politics, gender, class, love, death, sexuality, the individual
within society, religion, and, of course, the union of music and
drama. Ability to read music not required. Offered subject to availability of faculty. (Humanities)
218. Rock Music
Rock music from
its origins in African-American blues to the present. The music's
interaction with racism, capitalism, sexism, and politics. Open to all
students. Offered subject to availability of faculty. (Humanities) J. MARTIN
219. Revolutionary Music of the Twentieth
Avant-garde music of the twentieth century and the
ways it has challenged previously held musical and aesthetic values.
Ives, Satie, Futurism, Dadaism, Duchamp, Varèse, Cage, and beyond.
Experimental works and ideas in arts other than music. Open to all
students. Offered subject to availability of faculty. (Humanities) J. MARTIN
220. Jazz History
Jazz in America from its roots in Africa and Western Europe to present-day styles and practices. Open to all students. Offered every third year. (Humanities) CHAMBERLAIN
225. World Music
Study of the
relationship between music and culture with emphasis on music of the
non-Western world. Open to all students. Offered subject to availability of faculty. (Humanities)
263. Women and Music
of women in the history of Western music with special emphasis on the
music of women composers. Exploration of issues surrounding gender and
musical style. Prerequisite: Writing-designated course (W). (Humanities)
270 through 275. Topics in Music
Study of a selected topic. May be repeated for credit if content is
280/380. Internship: see Courses 280/380.
290/390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.
301. Elementary School Music
Children's vocal development. Learning skills of rhythmic response, reading, and listening. Study of basic texts and materials. Recommended prerequisite: MUS 101. M. HEARNE
302. Song Literature
Investigation of the solo repertoire for the voice. Required of all
majors in voice performance. Open to others with permission of
instructor. Offered upon request. L. HEARNE
303. Service Playing and Arranging
Selecting music for the church service, the playing of the service, and the study of chanting. Required of all students majoring in performance in organ. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered upon request.
304. Literature of the Major Instrument
Study of the repertoire available for the primary instrument. Required of all majors in instrumental performance. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
305. Orchestration (1/2)
for wind ensemble, orchestra, and chamber groups. Characteristics of
modern instruments. Prerequisite: MUS 310. Offered upon request. CHAMBERLAIN
306. Conducting I (1/2)
Basic conducting skills for both vocal and instrumental ensembles. Baton technique, musical styles and interpretations, rehearsal techniques, and score reading. Prerequisite: MUS 310. M. HEARNE
307. Piano Pedagogy (1/2)
Examination and discussion of current ideas and methods of teaching
piano to children and adults, including lectures, observation of
individual and class piano lessons, and supervised practice teaching.
Required of all piano performance majors. Open to other pianists with
the permission of instructor. Not open to first year students. Offered
upon request, subject to availability of faculty. J. MARTIN
308. Vocal Pedagogy (1/2)
Historical and pedagogical development of the art of singing and a study of the physiology of the singing process. Emphasis on teaching techniques and care of the voice. Required of all students majoring in voice. Open to other vocalists with the permission of instructor. Prerequisite: junior standing. Alternate years.
310. Music Theory III
Continuation of MUS 210. Prerequisite: MUS 210. STILWELL
315. Jazz Arranging
Scoring for the jazz ensemble. Study of contemporary practices for writing and arranging in the jazz idiom. Projects include arrangements for the conventional big band as well as for small jazz ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 346. Offered upon request, subject to availability of faculty. CHAMBERLAIN
321. History of Western Music I: Medieval and Renaissance
Chronological development of Western music from ancient times through the late Renaissance. Emphasis on historical, cultural, aesthetic, and structural examination of musical works; and the development of genres, forms, and performance practices. Prerequisites: Writing-designated course (W) and the ability to read music. (Humanities) STILWELL
322. History of Western Music II: Baroque and Classical
Chronological development of Western music from the Baroque (seventeenth century) through Beethoven. Emphasis on historical, cultural, aesthetic, and structural examination of musical works; and the development of genres, forms, and performance practices. Prerequisites: Writing-designated course (W) and the ability to read music. (Humanities) STILWELL
323. History of Western Music III: Romantic and Twentieth Century
Chronological development of Western music from the Romantics through the twentieth century. Emphasis on historical, cultural, aesthetic, and structural examination of musical works; and the development of genres, forms, and performance practices. Prerequisites: Writing-designated course (W) and the ability to read music. (Humanities) J. MARTIN
331. Music Education Seminar (1/2)
Introduction to the music teaching profession, with an emphasis on
student evaluation, planning, classroom management, teaching
strategies, and audiovisual and computer applications. Twenty-five hours of observation/practicum in music in the
schools. Prerequisite: MUS 310. M. HEARNE
343-346. Music Theory IV and V
Continuation of MUS 310, with emphasis on aural skills, structural analysis, and formal designs of music from the common-practice period. Prerequisite: MUS 310. CHAMBERLAIN
contrapuntal principles that occur in polyphonic music. Prerequisite:
MUS 346. Offered upon request. CHAMBERLAIN
349. Form and Analysis
of the standard forms and genres found in the common-practice and twentieth
century periods. Study of techniques for uncovering the structure of a
specific work. Prerequisite: MUS 346. Offered upon request. CHAMBERLAIN
350. Mozart and Beethoven
Historical and analytical study of selected works. Relationships,
structures, and meanings within the works selected. Prerequisites: Writing-designated course (W) and the ability to read music (treble and bass clefs). Offered subject to availability of faculty. (Humanities) J. MARTIN
352. The Ring Cycle of Wagner
Wagner's four-opera epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen,
consisting of Das Rheingold, Die Walküre,
Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. Viewing of a
videotape of the Ring. Wagner's use of leitmotif, his operatic
ideals, and his influence on others. Other areas include Marxist and
Jungian interpretations, mythology, and philosophical background.
Prerequisite: Writing-designated course (W). Offered subject to availability of faculty.
(Humanities) J. MARTIN
through 366. Topics in Music History and Theory
Topics vary from year to year according to the interests of the instructor or students. Prerequisites: two courses in music theory and one course in music history.
406. Conducting II: Band (1/2)
407. Conducting II: Choral (1/2)
408. Conducting II: Orchestral (1/2)
Continuation of MUS 306. Advanced score analysis, advanced rehearsal and performance techniques. Course requirements include attendance at all rehearsals and performances of the ensemble involved and private instruction in analysis and conducting techniques. Taught by the regular conductors of the College ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 306. Offered upon request, subject to availability of faculty.
431. Methods and Materials for Music Education
Preparation for teaching music in the elementary and secondary schools. Educational philosophies, conducting and arranging skills, the teaching of vocal and instrumental music, and teaching strategies for various ages. Prerequisites: MUS 331 and fulfillment of the Piano Proficiency Requirement. M. HEARNE
432. Marching Band Techniques
Charting, arranging for, organizing, and directing a marching band, with particular emphasis on high school marching bands. Prerequisite: MUS 346. Offered upon request, subject to availability of faculty. M. HEARNE
485. Independent Study in Music (1/2-1)
A project in an area of performance practices or some phase of music history, theory, or education. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
Note: All Music courses numbered in the 700s are listed in the annual Term Table as FAA courses, except 718/728 which is listed as MUS 718/728.
701. Music Performance Seminar (Zero Course
Opportunity for students to perform in recital
and studio workshop situations. A forum for guest artists to perform and
for lectures and discussions by students, faculty, and visiting
musicians. (See ``Music Performance Seminar''
702. Composition (1/2-1)
Original composition for various media, beginning with smaller forms. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (Fine Arts) CHAMBERLAIN
703-706; 708 Instrumental Techniques (1/4)
Development of basic performing techniques. Study and evaluation of procedures and materials for elementary and intermediate instrumental teaching.
707. Instrumental Techniques for Singers (1/4)
Basic techniques of woodwind, string, and percussion instruments. Required of vocal music education majors.
709 (1/4); 710 (1/2). Advanced Jazz Improvisation
A continuation of MUS 215 Jazz Improvisation. Study and
discussion of the various approaches to jazz improvisation. Focus will
be on chord/scale relationships, advanced harmonic substitutions,
stylistic considerations, solo analysis, and relationships between
harmony, melody, and structure. Students will also begin learning
important pieces in the basic jazz repertoire. CHAMBERLAIN
Ensemble and Solo Performance Courses
Music courses numbered 711-793 are open to all qualified students upon
audition, may be repeated for credit, and may be counted toward the
fulfillment of the Fine Arts Participation
Requirement. Any combination of these courses that totals
a full course credit will satisfy this requirement. These courses
normally encompass four terms and are taken along with principal and
concurrent courses. MUS 728 (Cornell Lyric Theatre) is an
The regulations governing the adding and dropping of Solo Performance (music lessons) and Ensemble courses are given
under ``Music Lessons at Cornell'' and ``Ensemble Participation.'' These regulations apply to all students taking these courses whether or not they are Music majors. To enroll, students register directly and in advance with the Department secretary in Term One or Term Six.
Only juniors and seniors who are candidates for the B.Mus.
degree with a major in Performance are
permitted to register for a full course credit in a Solo Performance
course. Performance majors must register each semester of their first
and sophomore years for a half-credit lesson in their primary
performance medium and for a full course credit each semester during
their last two years. Other music students take lessons for a
quarter-course credit each semester or, with the permission of the
Department, for a half-course credit.
All students enrolled in a Solo Performance course must also enroll
concurrently in FAA 701.
(1/4) Chamber Ensembles
718/728. Cornell Lyric Theatre (1/4-1)
Participation in an opera, operetta, or musical theater production. Open to all students by audition or with permission of instructor. Offered each year in Term 5. (Fine Arts) THULL
722. Class Voice (1/4)
instruction in the fundamentals of voice production. Emphasis on various
aspects of vocal technique such as posture, breath management, diction,
and ease of production. Repertoire includes folk and classical songs in
English. Open to all students except Voice majors. Required of
Instrumental Music Education majors who do not participate in
Choir (FAA 712) for at least one semester. May not be used by Music
majors to satisfy the Ensemble
requirement. Offered Terms One through
seriesSolo Performance Courses
At the end of each solo performance course, every student must pass an examination before a jury of the faculty of the Department. The fees for music lessons are given in the section on Financial Information.
|| (1/4), ||732
|| (1/2), ||733
|| (1) ||Brass Instruments
|| (1/4), ||742
|| (1/2), ||743
|| (1) ||Organ
|| (1/4), ||752
|| (1/2), ||753
|| (1) ||Percussion Instruments
|| (1/4), ||762
|| (1/2), ||763
|| (1) ||Piano
|| (1/4), ||772
|| (1/2), ||773
|| (1) ||String Instruments
|| (1/4), ||775
|| (1/2), ||776
|| (1) ||Guitar
|| (1/4), ||778
|| (1/2), ||779
|| (1) ||Harp
|| (1/4), ||782
|| (1/2), ||783
|| (1) ||Voice
|| (1/4), ||792
|| (1/2), ||793
|| (1) ||Woodwind Instruments
798. Half Recital (1/2)
Usually performed in the junior year. Required of Music Performance
majors. Available to any student with approval of the Department.
799. Full Recital
performed in the senior year. Required of Music Performance majors.
Available to any student with approval of the Department.
964. Chicago Semester in the Arts
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