101. Fundamentals of Music
Basic 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. (Fine Arts)
109. First Year Seminar in Music (FYS)
The topic of "Opera and Film" has become one of the “hot” areas of scholarship in the past fifteen or so years. Both opera and film use a conglomeration of other constituent arts to create what Richard Wagner called a Gesamtkunstwerk or total artwork. (In fact, many of the first efforts in film were derived from opera and more specifically, Wagner.) My intention with this course is to explore the intersections between opera and film, using theories and practices of both genres, as well as numerous specific examples of the interplay between them. (FYS)
110. Music Theory I
Fundamentals 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. Prerequisite: MUS 101, passing music placement test, or permission of instructor. (Fine Arts)
115. Beginning Electronic Music Composition
An introduction to composing electronic music using Reason software. Course will cover basic synthesis types, sound processing, and MIDI, as well as compositional concepts and techniques associated with traditional electronic music studio. Offered every three years. (Fine Arts)
207. Vocal Diction
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.
210. Music Theory II
Continuation of MUS 110. Topics include the harmonic progression, triads in inversion, non-chord tones, and an introduction to phrases, periods, and their role in creating musical form. Prerequisite: MUS 110. No S/U option. (Fine Arts)
212. Music Listening and Understanding
Learning to understand Western art music through historical study and perceptive listening. Does not count toward the Music major or minor. (Humanities)
215. Jazz Improvisation
Improvisation in American jazz, including daily performing experiences in these styles. Prerequisite: MUS 310. (Fine Arts)
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. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. (Interdisciplinary)
218. Rock Music: Historical and Cultural Perspectives
Rock music from its origins in African-American blues to the present. Examination of the music's interaction with ethnicity, racism, capitalism, sexism, and politics. Open to all students. Offered subject to availability of faculty. (Humanities)
219. Revolutionary Music of the Twentieth Century
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)
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. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W). (Humanities)
263. Women and Music
The roles 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. In addition to the Music major and minor, this course also counts toward the GSS major. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W). Ability to read music not required. (Humanities)
270-275. Topics in Music
Study of a selected topic. May be repeated for credit if content is different. See Topics Courses.
280/380. Internship: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 280/380.
290/390. Individual Project: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 290/390.
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. No S/U option.
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. No S/U option.
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. No S/U option.
305. Orchestration (1/2)
Scoring for wind ensemble, orchestra, and chamber groups. Characteristics of modern instruments. Prerequisite: MUS 310. Offered upon request. No S/U option.
306. Conducting I
Basic conducting skills for both vocal and instrumental ensembles. Baton technique, musical styles and interpretations, rehearsal techniques, and score reading. Prerequisite: MUS 310. No S/U option.
307. Piano Pedagogy (1/2)
Examination and discussion of current ideas and methods of teaching piano, 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. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Offered upon request, subject to availability of faculty. No S/U option.
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: sophomore standing. Alternate years. No S/U option.
310. Music Theory III
Continuation of MUS 210. Topics include seventh chords, chord inversion, secondary functions, and an introduction to modulation. Prerequisite: MUS 210. No S/U option.
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 343. Offered upon request, subject to availability of faculty. No S/U option.
321. History of Western Music I
Chronological development of Western music from Antiquity 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. No S/U option. (Humanities)
322. History of Western Music II
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: MUS 310 and writing designated course (W). No S/U option. (Humanities)
323. History of Western Music III
Chronological development of Western music from the Romantics to the present. Emphasis on historical, cultural, aesthetic, and structural examination of musical works; and the development of genres, forms and performance practices. Prerequisites: MUS 310 and writing-designated course (W). No S/U option. (Humanities)
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. No S/U option.
343. Music Theory IV
Continuation of MUS 310, with emphasis on aural skills, structural analysis, and formal designs of music from the common-practice period. Prerequisite: MUS 310. No S/U option.
Fundamental contrapuntal principles that occur in polyphonic music. Prerequisite: MUS 343. Offered upon request. No S/U option.
349. Form and Analysis
Overview 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 343. Offered upon request. No S/U option.
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. No S/U option. (Humanities)
352. The Ring Cycle of Wagner
Wagner's four-opera epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Viewing of performances of The Ring, the work's mythologies, operatic ideals, historic and cultural position, development of leitmotif, interpretations, and philosophical influences and content. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W). Offered subject to availability of faculty. No S/U option. (Interdisciplinary)
353. Wagner and Wagnerism (at the Newberry Library, Chicago)
An examination of Richard Wagner's Musikdramen, essays, theories, sources, and influences, including the phenomenon of Wagnerism. The course will include a study of one of his major works, and students will carry out research at the Library. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W). Alternate years. No S/U option. (Interdisciplinary)
361-363. Topics in Music History and Theory
Topics vary from year to year according to the interests of the instructor or students. See Topics Courses. Prerequisites: two courses in music theory and one course in music history. No S/U option.
370. Special Topic: Tradition and Innovation
An interdisciplinary course that explores the relationship between tradition and innovation. The course approaches this question through the study of myth, drama, music/opera, literature, criticism, and essays, from antiquity through the 20th century. Major topics/texts are 1) Interpretations of the Electra myth: The Libation Bearers of Aeschylus, the Electra of Sophocles, and Richard Strauss’ Elektra. 2) The role of traditions and historical antecedents in Wagner’s “artwork of the future,” Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and his major essay The Artwork of the Future. 3) James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, wherein our protagonist fights the suffocation he feels from Catholicism, Irish traditions, and language while trying to become an artist. Each of these topics has strong connections with at least one other topic in the course. (Interdisciplinary)
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. No S/U option.
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. Twenty-five hours of observation-practicum in music in the schools. Prerequisites: MUS 331 and fulfillment of the Piano Proficiency Requirement. No S/U option.
432. Marching Band Techniques
Charting, arranging for, organizing, and directing a marching band, with particular emphasis on high school marching bands. Prerequisite: MUS 343. Offered upon request, subject to availability of faculty. No S/U option.
485. Independent Study in Music
A project in an area of performance practices or some phase of music history, theory, or education. No S/U option.
701. Music Performance Seminar (Zero Course Credit)
A semester-long program requiring attendance at a number of musical events. The number of required events changes from semester to semester. Students should contact the Department of Music each semester for details. (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. No S/U option. (Fine Arts)
703-708. Instrumental Techniques (1/4)
Development of basic performing techniques. Study and evaluation of procedures and materials for elementary and intermediate instrumental teaching. No S/U option.
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. May be repeated for credit. No S/U option.
Ensemble and Solo Performance Courses: Music courses numbered 711 through 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 General Education 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 718/728 (Cornell Lyric Theatre) is an exception.
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. Students considering the B.Mus. degree with a major in Performance should 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 will be enrolled automatically in the concurrent MUS 701 Music Seminar course.
Ensemble Courses No S/U option.
711. (1/4) Chamber Ensembles
712. (1/4) Choir
713. (1/4) Jazz Ensemble
714. (1/4) College Chorale
715. (1/4) Orchestra
716. (1/4) Concert Band
717. (1/4) Chamber Singers
719. (1/4) Accompanying
720. (1/4) Steel Drum Ensemble
718/728. Cornell Lyric Theatre (1/4)
Participation in an opera, operetta, or musical theater production. Open to all students by audition or with permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. No S/U option. (Fine Arts)
Solo Performance Courses No S/U option.
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.
731. (1/4), 732. (1/2), 733. (1) Brass Instruments
741. (1/4), 742. (1/2), 743. (1) Organ
751. (1/4), 752. (1/2), 753. (1) Percussion Instruments
761. (1/4), 762. (1/2), 763. (1) Piano
771. (1/4), 772. (1/2), 773. (1) String Instruments
774. (1/4), 775. (1/2), 776. (1) Guitar
777. (1/4), 778. (1/2), 779. (1) Harp
781. (1/4), 782. (1/2), 783. (1) Voice
791. (1/4), 792. (1/2), 793. (1) Woodwind Instruments
798. Half Recital (1/2)
25 minutes of music. Required of Music Performance majors. Available to any student with approval of the Department. No S/U option.
799. Full Recital
50 minutes of music; usually performed in the senior year. Required of Music Performance majors. Available to any student with approval of the Department. No S/U option.
964. Chicago Semester in the Arts: see See ACM Programs.