Fall 2013 Course Schedule
Courses for Undergraduates
Music 1-01: Introduction to Western Music
Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00-4:15 pm (J+)
Introduction to selected forms and genres of Western music. Emphasis on
analytical listening and cultural critique through guided examinations of both
the formal organization and the social/cultural background of a wide range of
musical styles. Previous musical training not required. One course credit.
Music 5-01: Music as Culture
Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00–1:15 pm (F+)
Exploration of diverse musical traditions around the world. Musical systems,
musical instruments, lives of musicians, social settings of performance, music,
and culture. Previous musical training not required. One course credit.
Music 10: Introduction to Music Theory and Musicianship
01: Monday & Wednesday, 3:00-4:15 pm (I+)
02: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30-11:45 am (D+)
03: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:30-2:45 pm (H+)
Exploration of the basics of music theory, including notation, scales and modes,
intervals, triads, seventh chords, chord progressions, rhythm, melody, form and
composition. An introduction to ear training, sight singing, and keyboard
skills, intended for non-majors. One course credit.
McCann (01), McLaughlin (02), Page (03)
Music 15-01: Introduction to Piano
Tuesday 9:00–10:15am (ARR)
Class piano for beginners and other musicians who want to develop basic piano
skills. Taught in the computer lab; maximum twelve students per class. Pass/Fail
only; 0 credits. May only be taken once. Extra tuition of $200 is charged for
this course. Please see Edith Auner
Music 28-01: Opera
Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00-4:15 pm (J+)
look at the marvels and excesses of opera. Representative works explored from
the cross-disciplinary perspective of staging and acting practices, film
adaptation, dramaturgical conventions, voice, performance, and spectatorship.
Field trip to live opera performance. No prerequisite. One course credit.
Music 39-01: African American Music
Monday & Wednesday, 10:30 -11:45 am (E+)
A historical and cultural overview of a wide variety of African American musics
produced in the United States from Minstrelsy to Hip-Hop. No prerequisite. One
Music 41-01: History of Blues
Monday & Wednesday, 1:30-2:45 pm (G+)
Blues as a people's music. Origins, development, and regional styles; down-home blues,
classic blues and urban blues; vocal and instrumental traditions and
innovations. Emphasis on such major figures as Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson,
Muddy Waters, and B.B. King. No prerequisite. One course credit.
Music 48-01: Music of Africa
Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 10:30-11:45 am (ARR)
Musical systems, musical instruments, music in its historical, social, and
cultural context. Topics from the musical traditions of the Shona, Biaka/Mbuti,
Ewe, and Dagomba. All students attend the Tuesday class and
then either the Thurs or Friday hands-on labs.
Music 54-01: Music and Prayer in the Jewish Tradition
Tuesday & Thursday 1:30-2:45 pm (H+)
The role and function of music in Jewish worship and cultural identity. Focus on the
Kabbalat Shabbat. Topics to include participation vs. performance in worship,
music and historical authenticity in prayer, music and religious experience, and
the invention and presentation of tradition. Liturgical music and dual
culturalism in the American Jewish community. Cross listed as Religion 98. One
Music 64-01: Computer Tools for Musicians
Monday & Wednesday, 4:30-5:45 pm (K+)
Using computer technology to compose, arrange,
synthesize, transcribe, orchestrate, mix, and publish music. Tools to be covered
include ProTools, Sibelius, Reason, and Digital Performer. Students will
complete several creative projects using music hardware and software.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. One course credit.
Music 65-02: Music Recording and Production
Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00-4:15 (J+)
Theory and techniques for
recording, editing, and producing acoustic music. Topics include acoustics,
audio perception, physics and electronics of transducers, analog and digital
audio principles, stereo and multitrack recording, mixing, virtual instruments,
and synchronization. Students will develop the technical and listening skills to
understand and evaluate the aesthetics of recorded sound.
Prerequisites: Ability to play an instrument, musical literacy,
Math 5 or 11 or equivalent, Physics 1 and 2 or equivalent, or permission
of instructor. One course credit.
Music 67-01: Composing Music for Multimedia
Monday & Wednesday, 1:30-2:45 (G+)
This course an offers introductory level study of composing music
for a variety of visual media. Students will be introduced to the varied tools
required to compose music for film, video games, advertising and other media.
Students will have access to the music lab where they will produce their work.
This course will take a hands-on approach and students will be composing a good
deal of music throughout the semester. Students who are interested in this
course should be capable composers and should have a working knowledge of
notation and sequencing software (such as Finale or Sibelius and
DigitalPerformer or Pro Tools). Prerequisite: Music 10 or equivalent, or
permission of instructor. One course credit.
All performance courses may be repeated for credit.
All ensembles are open to the Tufts community by audition.
Music 68 Sections 01-02: Private Lessons
Music 68-N: Private Lessons (No credit)
Individualized instruction by the performance
faculty or with private teachers approved by the department in an instrument or
voice. Broad range of private lessons including Classical, Jazz, Rock, Klezmer,
Eastern European, Middle Eastern, Arabic, North African, Mediterranean, Indian
and Japanese vocal and instrumental music: voice, winds, brass, strings,
percussion, harp, guitar, banjo, piano, ukulele, harpsichord, shakuhachi, viola
da gamba, koto, and oud. (Admission into the credit section is by audition.) For
details, and to schedule lessons, consult Edith Auner, the Coordinator of
Applied Music. Extra tuition per semester is charged for this course.
Scholarship applications, including those for music majors and minors, are due
by the 10th day of class each semester. (for music majors or minors, ninety
percent of this fee will be waived for two semesters
semesters if you apply for this scholarship on
time at the beginning of each of the two semesters). Prerequisite for credit:
fourth-year level of competence. Note: voice
students must study for non-credit in the first semester and audition by trial
jury to be accepted for credit. Seniors in their last semester are not permitted
to study for credit unless they have taken Music 68 in a prior
semester. (Prerequisites: Fourth-year level of competence). 01 and 02 sections
are one-half course credit.
Music 69-01: Tufts Concert Choir
Monday & Wednesday, 4:30-5:45 pm (K+)
Music 69-N: Tufts Concert Choir (No credit)
A large, mixed choir of approximately 75 singers
devoted to the performance of diverse choral music of the highest level,
including major choral-orchestral works, recent compositions, and arrangements
of non-Western choral music. Membership is drawn from the entire student body
and is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from many different
departments. One-half course credit.
Music 70-01: Chamber Singers
Monday & Wednesday, 3:00-4:15 pm (I+)
Music 70-N: Chamber Singers (No credit)
A mixed choir of approximately 25 voices, devoted to the performance of diverse choral
music of the highest level, including vocal chamber music of all periods and
styles, recent compositions, and arrangements of non-Western choral
music. Membership is drawn from the entire student body and is made up of
undergraduate and graduate students from many different departments. One-half
Music 72-01: Gospel Choir
Friday 3:30-5:30 pm (ARR)
Music 72-02: Gospel Choir Sectional
Monday 4:30-5:45 pm (K+)
Music 72-03: Gospel Choir Sectional
Tuesday 4:30-5:45 pm (L+)
Music 72-04: Gospel Choir Sectional
Wednesday 1:30-2:45 pm (G+)
Music 72-N: Gospel Choir (No credit)
Selected repertory of choral
works from the African American tradition of religious music. No prerequisite or
previous musical experience necessary. One-half course credit requires
registration in 72-01 lecture and one of the three sectionals 72-02, 72-03, or
72-04. If taking for no credit, 72-N, sectionals are not required.
Music 74-01: Opera Ensemble
Thursday, 4:30-6:30 pm (ARR)
Music 74-N: Opera
Scenes (No credit)
beginning opera singers with emphasis on development of musical skills, staging
techniques, acting and singing skills, and role interpretation. Public
performance of opera scenes program, including solo arias. Co-requisite:
concurrent private vocal study for credit (MUS 68-01). One-half course credit.
Music 77-01: Tufts Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-6:30 pm (ARR)
Music 77-N: Tufts Jazz Orchestra (No credit)
Jazz instrumental and ensemble improvisation skills developed through performance of
classical jazz compositions and recent works for big band. Elements of jazz,
including rhythms, blues, and other traditional song forms; jazz melody and
harmony. One-half course credit.
Music 78-01: Jazz Improvisation Ensemble
Monday, 6:45-9:45 pm (ARR)
Music 78-N: Jazz Improvisation Ensemble (No credit)
Focus on a practical knowledge of jazz improvisation in small combo settings; includes
blues and AABA structures, turnarounds, construction of chords, phrasing, scale
and chord relationships, and rhythmic pulse. One-half course credit.
Music 78-02: Jazz Improvisation Ensemble
Tuesday, 6:45-9:45 pm (ARR)
Music 78-N2: Jazz Improvisation Ensemble (No credit)
See Music 78-01.
Music 80-01: Tufts Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-6:45 pm (ARR)
Music 80-N: Tufts Symphony Orchestra (No credit)
Music ranging from the Baroque to the twenty-first century. Major works for chorus and
orchestra regularly undertaken with the Tufts Concert Chorale. One-half course
Music 83-01: Wind Ensemble
Monday & Wednesday, 4:30-6:30 pm (ARR)
Music 83-N: Wind Ensemble (No credit)
Symphonic band and wind ensemble literature as well as contemporary works. One-half course
Music 84-01: Pep Band
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-8:30 pm (ARR)
Music 84-N: Pep Band (No credit)
The Pep Band is open to all who wish to perform at football games and rallies. Fall
only. One-half course credit.
Music 85-01: Electronic Music Ensemble
Tuesday 6:45-9:45 pm (ARR)
Music 85-N: Electronic Music Ensemble (No credit)
Ensemble members will perform existing
and original repertoire using electronic instruments such as wind, hand, and
game controllers; percussion pads, MIDI guitars, and keyboards; as well as new
instruments designed by ensemble members and students in Music 66 (Electronic
Musical Instrument Design). Extensive use of computer-based synthesis and
performance. Semester will culminate in a public concert. Required: ability to
read and write music, proficiency on a musical instrument. Preferred: experience
in musical improvisation, knowledge of MIDI and synthesizer programming. Limited
to 8. Permission of instructor required.
Music 86-01: New Music Ensemble
Thursday, 4:15-6:15 pm (ARR)
Music 86-N: New Music Ensemble (No credit)
Recently written compositions by both established
and student composers; free improvisation. Frequent performances. One-half
Music 87-01: Early Music Ensemble
Tuesday, 6:30-9:30 pm (ARR)
Music 87-N: Early Music Ensemble (No credit)
Music from the medieval period to the eighteenth century. Ensembles include
recorder consorts, lute ensemble, Renaissance wind band, small vocal ensembles,
viols, and mixed ensemble. One-half course
Music 88-01: Flute Ensemble
Monday, 7:15-8:45 pm (ARR)
Music 88-N: Flute Ensemble (No credit)
Composed of members of the flute family (piccolos, C-flutes, alto flute, bass flute).
Performs music from several centuries and a wide variety of styles (Renaissance,
Bach, Debussy, Joplin, avant-garde). One-half course credit.
Music 89-01: Chamber Music Ensembles
Music 89-1N: Chamber Music (No credit)
Study and coaching of
selected works for small chamber ensembles. Audition required. For details,
consult the Coordinator of Applied Music.
One-half course credit.
J. Page, J. Smith
Music 91-01: African Music Ensemble (Kiniwe)
Monday & Wednesday 3:00-4:15 pm (I+)
Music 91-N: African Music Ensemble (Kiniwe) (No Credit)
These courses teach a repertory of traditional music and dance from Ghana.
This section is for first time students
or students who are still learning the basic principles and skills of drumming
and dance. The instrumental music is
for an ensemble of bells, rattles, and drums. The vocal music is
call-and-response choral singing. The dances emphasize group formations
with some opportunity for solos. The material focuses on the heritage of
the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo. In performance the group takes the name
Kiniwe (KIH-nee-way), a rallying cry
that means, "Are you ready? Yes!" One-half course credit.
Music 91-02: African Music Ensemble: Kiniwe
Courses in Music and Dance
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-7:45 pm (ARR)
Music 91-N: African Music Ensemble (No Credit)
This section is for continuing students or students with advanced skills or
experience. See above course
description. One-half course credit.
Music 92-01: Arabic Music Ensemble (Tufts Takht)
Monday, 6:00-8:30 pm ARR
Music 92-N: Arabic Music Ensemble (Tufts Takht) (No credit)
Performance of both classical and folk Arabic music. The maqām microtonal scale
system as applied to both Western and Arabic instruments. Improvisation, form,
style, rhythmic cycles, as well as Arabic vocal diction. Some Arabic ouds
(lutes) to be made available. One half-course credit.
Music 93-01: Javanese Gamelan Ensemble (Rinengaa Sih Tentrem)
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-8:00 pm (ARR)
Music 93-N: Javanese Gamelan Ensemble (Rinengaa Sih Tentrem) (No credit)
Central Javanese music
performed on a gamelan orchestra, a traditional ensemble consisting of mostly
percussion instruments – gongs and metallophones. Repertory drawn from the
centuries-old court tradition as well as more modern works of post-independence
Indonesia. One-half course credit.
Music 95-01: Klezmer Ensemble (Jumbo Knish Factory)
Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 pm (ARR)
Music 95-N: Klezmer Ensemble (Jumbo Knish Factory) (No credit)
Old style and current
Klezmer music, the celebratory art originating with the Ashkenazi Jews of
Eastern Europe. Improvisation of lead melodies. Arrangements and instrumental
roles. One-half course credit.
Music 99-01: Internship and Community Service
Opportunity for students to apply their musical training in a practical setting,
including community-based, profit or nonprofit, governmental, or other sites.
Individual faculty sponsor internships in their areas of expertise. Students
will work for 100+ hours, must have an on-site supervisor, and complete a piece
of meaningful scholarly work related to the internship area. May be repeated for
credit. One course credit.
Courses for Undergraduate Majors and Graduate Students
Music 101-01: Principles of Tonal Theory I
01: Monday & Wednesday, 10:30-11:45 am (E+)
02: Monday & Wednesday, 1:30-2:45 pm (G+)
An integrated approach to
the study of harmony, counterpoint, and analysis. Attention given to the
development of aural skills such as sight singing and dictation. Written
exercises, introduction to composition in small forms.
Prerequisite: Music 10 or placement through the Music
Theory Placement Test. One course credit.
Kirsch (01). Staff (02).
Music 101-LA: Ear Training Laboratory
Monday & Wednesday, 3:00-3:50 pm (ARR)
Music 101-LB: Ear Training Laboratory
Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00-12:50 pm (F)
Music 103-01: Principles of Tonal Theory III
Monday & Wednesday, 10:30-11:45 am (E+)
The interaction of tonal harmony, counterpoint, and form in music from the
eighteenth to the early twentieth century, with focus on nineteenth-century
styles. Analysis and composition of small forms and complete movements, with
emphasis on dances, sonata form, and songs.
Prerequisite: Music 102, or placement through the Music Theory
Placement Test. One course credit.
Music 118-01: Seminar - Composition
Monday, 4:30-6:30 pm (ARR)
An advanced, individualized, project-based seminar intended for
graduate students and qualified undergraduates. Lectures on significant
composers; guest presentations by living composers and cutting-edge ensembles;
attendance at concerts of contemporary music. Performances and critiques of
student work through workshare sessions and individual lessons at a minimum of
four times per semester. Prerequisite: Music 103 or permission of the
instructor. One course credit. May be repeated in ensuing semesters once
begun—each version is different.
Music 128-01: Elements of Jazz Improvisation
Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00-1:15 pm (F+)
Emphasis on the written and
practical application of jazz harmony. Playing and writing modes from the
harmonic and melodic minor scale, bebop scales, blues, and digital patterns. An
examination of many jazz forms, such as blues, modal, bebop, and contemporary.
Selected composers include Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Horace Silver,
Mulgrew Miller, Duke Ellington, and Wayne Shorter. Techniques for memorizing
melodies and chord changes. Study of the theory and meaning of improvisation
through practice-based learning.
Prerequisite: Music 101 or permission of instructor. One
Music 142-01: History of Western Music (AD 900-1750)
Tuesday & Thursday, 1:30-2:45 pm (H+)
An historical and cultural overview of European art music from plainchant
through the music of J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel, with close readings of
Prerequisite: Music 10 or
equivalent with permission of instructor.
One course credit.
Music 151-01: Sound Studies and Sound Art
Thursday, 9:00-11:30 am (3)
An exploration of the origins and manifestations
of the emerging field of sound studies and its resonances for musicologists,
ethnomusicologists, and composers. Topics may include archeoacoustics,
phonautography, synaesthesia, soundscape, "the Nashville sound," psychacoustics,
mobile music, feeling machines, "the ethnographic ear," voices (recorded,
artificial, uncanny, and otherwise), and new media, intermedia, multimedia, and
installations. Guest lectures, creative projects, field trips, and lots of
reading and writing. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates.
Required text (available in the bookstore): Jonathan Sterne, ed. The Sound
Studies Reader (London and New York: Routledge, 2012).
Prerequisite: Music 102, graduate standing, or permission of
instructor. One course credit.
Music 156-02: Topics in Opera Studies: Musical Lives
Tuesday 4:30-7:00 pm (ARR)
Selected topics concerning opera
from its beginnings to the present. Intended for advanced music majors and
graduate students. Prerequisites: MUS 101 or permission of instructor.
Music 186-01: Ethno in Theory and Practice
Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00 – 4:15 pm (J+)
Introduction to ethnomusicological inquiry into
music-cultures of the worlds peoples. Systematic study of humankinds heritage of
classical, folk, ethnic, and traditional music from around the world. One course
Music 192-01: Study in Jazz: Music of the International Jazz Age
Wednesday 3:00-5:30 pm (ARR)
The Jazz Age, the period between the
two world wars, saw the circulation of a variety of popular musics emerging from
African diasporic communities and picked up by performers all over the world
under the catchall term "jazz." From the trumpet solos of Louis Armstrong and
the flapper songs of Helen Kane, to Cuban Rhumbas of Lecuona's Cuban Boys, and
Brazilian Sambas of the Oito Batutas, these sounds caught the imagination of a
cosmopolitan youth culture across the globe from the Elites in New York or the
cabaret audiences in Paris. Jazz became a way to articulate ideas about
modernity and racial, national, transnational, and political identities. This
course examines the diverse music cultures of the Jazz Age in several major
transatlantic cities including New York, London, Tokyo, Berlin, and Havana.
Issues the course concerns itself with include what these musics meant within
different national contexts and how meanings and musical sounds of the Jazz Age
changed as they circulated across international borders, classes, races, and
genders. One course credit.
Music 195-01: Senior Recital
Recital-level competence; emphasis on solo literature and major repertory; solo
recital required. Prerequisite: permission of Coordinator of Applied Music. One
Music 198-01: Special Topics
Guided independent study of an approved topic. Credit
as arranged. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Prerequisites: Advanced undergraduate standing & permission of instructor.
Music 199-01: Senior Honors Thesis
Guided research on a topic that has been approved
as a suitable subject for an Honors Thesis.
Music 200-01: Combined Degree-NEC
Music 201-01: Seminar – Intro to Music Research
Tuesday, 9:00-11:30 am (1)
Intended for graduate students, this course will
introduce the tools of music scholarship including reference and research
materials in both book and electronic forms particularly in the fields of
ethnomusicology, musicology, and music theory. A critical approach to writing
about music will be emphasized, with specific reference to style and form.
Methodologies concerning the various sub-fields of music research will also be
explored. Original research projects utilizing the Friedrich Louis Ritter Rare
Music Collection in our Special Collections and Archives at Tisch Library. One
Music 202-01: Seminar – Ethnomusicology
Thursday 4:30 – 7:00 pm (ARR)
History, method, and theory of ethnomusicology
including transcription, analysis, fieldwork, and current trends in the field.
Prerequisite: graduate standing, or any course from the Music 120 series and
consent. One course credit.
Music 299: Master's Thesis
Guided research on a topic that has been approved as a suitable subject for a
Bernstein (01), Locke (02), McDonald (03), J. Auner (04),
Summit (05), Schmalfeldt (06), Jankowsky (07), Pennington (9)
Music 401-PT: Masters Degree Continuation, Part Time
Music 402-FT: Masters Degree Continuation, Full Time
Music 405TA: Graduate Teaching Assistant