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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)

217. Opera
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. (Humanities)

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)

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