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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.


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. (Humanities)

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. (Humanities)

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


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


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


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