Guitar

Bachelor of Music

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Guitar, B.M. Bachelor of Music

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    • Major Studies
      • GUSMU 000 — Guitar
        Fall and Spring Faculty

        All Music students receive 15 one-hour private lessons each semester.

      • 2 credits
        MSMUS R531-2 — Guitar Performance Class
        2 credits Full Year Sharon Isbin

        A master class in which performance techniques and interpretive skills (including Baroque performance practices) are demonstrated and discussed. On occasion, visiting guest artists/lecturers are invited to conduct the class. Required of all Guitar majors in each semester of residence.

    • Music Departmental Studies
      • 4 credits
        ETMUS 111-2 — Ear Training I
        4 credits Full Year Faculty

        Practice of harmonic and melodic intervals to the octave. Rhythm performance and dictation in simple and compound meters, with divisions of two through eight to the beat. Reading of treble and bass clefs using fixed Do solfège. One-part melodic dictation and qualities of triads.

      • 3 credits
        THMUS 111 — Theory I: Diatonic Harmony
        3 credits Fall Faculty

        This course provides an introduction to the theory and analysis of tonal music. After a review of musical fundamentals (in which students will be expected to demonstrate facility and speed in naming and spelling basic tonal materials), the course will introduce species counterpoint, diatonic harmony, and the composition and analysis of idiomatic musical phrases typical of the Baroque or Classical style.

      • 3 credits
        THMUS 211 — Theory II: Principles of Form
        3 credits Spring Faculty

        Prerequisite: THMUS 111. This course examines principles of formal structure from the smallest phrase units to complete movements in binary and da capo forms. These principles are illuminated through the analysis of examples drawn from music literature of the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as through model-composition assignments.

      • 3 credits
        MHMUS 111 — From Antiquity to 1700
        3 credits Spring Faculty

        The first semester of a three-semester study of the history of music, designed for first-year students in their spring semester. Topics to include life and art in the Middle Ages, Gregorian chant, beginnings of polyphony, Ars nova, Renaissance culture and art, music of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the age of the madrigal, early opera, and the Baroque 17th century.

    • Liberal Arts
      • 3 credits
        LARTS 111 — Ethics - Conscience and the Good Life
        3 credits Fall Faculty

        Prerequisite: LARTS 101-2. Students read and discuss works of ethicists, philosophers, religious figures, and literary authors on the nature of the ethical life. Students will be encouraged to think critically about personal responsibility, responsibilities to others, the good life, the problem of evil, and human nature. Authors and traditions that may be included: Classical Greek and Roman, Buddhism, Taoism, the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, Hume, Kant, Utilitarianism, Mary Shelley, and Shakespeare, as well as contemporary readings that address the ethical questions arising in a scientific, technological and global age.

      • 3 credits
        LARTS 112 — Society, Politics, and Culture
        3 credits Spring Faculty

        This course is an introduction to the seminal issues, methods, and traditions that inform historical and contemporary conceptions of politics, society, and culture. Drawing from classical to contemporary readings in political theory, philosophy, the social sciences, literature, and gender studies, the course encourages students to explore such topics as why people live in society; how social life influences personhood; how society regulates and institutionalizes power and authority; and how societies are transformed. Authors who may be included are Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Marx, Mill, Wollstonecraft, and Woolf.

    Total Credits 1st Year: 32

    • Major Studies
      • GUSMU 000 — Guitar
        Fall and Spring Faculty

        All Music students receive 15 one-hour private lessons each semester.

      • 2 credits
        MSMUS R531-2 — Guitar Performance Class
        2 credits Full Year Sharon Isbin

        A master class in which performance techniques and interpretive skills (including Baroque performance practices) are demonstrated and discussed. On occasion, visiting guest artists/lecturers are invited to conduct the class. Required of all Guitar majors in each semester of residence.

    • Performance Ensembles
    • Music Departmental Studies
      • 4 credits
        ETMUS 211-2 — Ear Training II
        4 credits Full Year Faculty

        Prerequisite: ETMUS 111-2. Reading in treble, bass, soprano, alto, and tenor clefs. Playing and singing simultaneously using two or three of the five clefs. Singing triads and dominant sevenths in all inversions up and down. Identification of isolated triads and dominant sevenths in four parts and identification of triads in root position and inversions in traditional harmonic progressions. Two-part melodic dictation in various clefs with implied harmony. Further rhythmic study, including basic polyrhythms.

      • 3 credits
        THMUS 311 — Theory III: Chromatic Harmony and Analysis
        3 credits Fall Faculty

        Prerequisite: THMUS 211. This course introduces large-scale forms (sonata form, rondo, and ternary) as well as principles of chromatic harmony. An emphasis is placed on the expressive meaning of chromatic harmonies and also on the use of chromatic features in complete, large-scale movements. Analytical and model-composition projects draw from the Classical repertoire (especially sonata forms) and representative, early 19th-century genres (such as Lieder and character pieces).

      • 3 credits
        THMUS 411 — Theory IV: At Tonality's Edge
        3 credits Spring Faculty

        Prerequisite: THMUS 311. The course examines later 19th- and early 20th-century trends that contributed to the breakdown of traditional tonality around 1900, and the ensuing rise of new tonalities. An ongoing theme in this course is developing a working definition of "tonality" and the tension between harmonic and contrapuntal aspects of music.

      • 3 credits
        MHMUS 211 — From 1700 to 1850
        3 credits Fall Faculty

        Prerequisite: MHMUS 111. The second semester of a three-semester study of the history of music, designed for sophomores. Topics to include the Late Baroque era, music of the French court, Baroque concerto and opera, the rise of instrumental music, Classicism and the First Viennese School, the French Revolution, Romanticism in France and Germany, songs and piano music, Romantic opera before Wagner.

      • 3 credits
        MHMUS 311 — From 1850 to the Present
        3 credits Spring Faculty

        Prerequisite: MHMUS 211. The third semester of a three-semester study of the history of music, designed for sophomores. Topics to include operas of Verdi and Wagner, Late Romanticism and Post-Romanticism, the rise of Modernism, French Impressionism, the Second Viennese School, new styles and "isms" of the 20th century, jazz and popular music in the concert hall, world wars and the Cold War, avant-gardism, music in the 21st century.

    • Specialized Studies
      • 2 credits
        MSMUS 141-2 — Fretboard Harmony I
        2 credits Not offered for 2016-2017 Mark Delpriora

        This course includes the study of scale systems (Segovia, Carlevaro, William Leavitt); scales in thirds, sixths, tenths; scales in contrary motion (two voices); bass clef; figured bass (two voices); scales in triads; alto and tenor clef reading; four-part harmony (in root position); and introduction of complex figured basses. Guitar majors only.

    • Liberal Arts
      • 3 credits
        LARTS 212 — Citizenship, Art, and Politics
        3 credits Fall, Spring Faculty

        Prerequisite: LARTS 112From the moment that creators share their work with the public, these works take on new meanings. Students enrolled in Citizenship, Art, and Politics will consider problems of abiding interest and frequent disagreement: Who gets to decide what is art, and what sort of conclusions have been reached? When appraising a performance, should audiences take an artist's personal qualities into account? Are artists obligated to consider for whom a performance is given, or where it is performed, or should artists simply focus on the performance itself? What are governments' interests in creative expression? During times of social or political conflict, what are the limits and possibilities of cultural diplomacy?

         

    Total Credits 2nd Year: 40

    • Major Studies
      • GUSMU 000 — Guitar
        Fall and Spring Faculty

        All Music students receive 15 one-hour private lessons each semester.

      • 2 credits
        MSMUS R531-2 — Guitar Performance Class
        2 credits Full Year Sharon Isbin

        A master class in which performance techniques and interpretive skills (including Baroque performance practices) are demonstrated and discussed. On occasion, visiting guest artists/lecturers are invited to conduct the class. Required of all Guitar majors in each semester of residence.

    • Performance Ensembles
    • Music Departmental Studies
      • 3 credits
        THMUS 511 — Theory V: 20th Century and Beyond
        3 credits Fall Faculty

        Prerequisite: THMUS 411. This course offers a broad introduction to the analysis of post-tonal music. Topics of study include extended tonality and the rise of new tonalities; scales and collections; and principles of set theory and classic serialism.

    • Specialized Studies
      • 2 credits
        MSMUS 241-2 — Fretboard Harmony II
        2 credits Full Year Mark Delpriora

        Prerequisite: Fretboard Harmony I. This course includes Alfabeto, more complex figured basses (Nicola Matteis, Pergolesi, Corelli, Handel); classical phrase structure and Alberti basses; extended harmony via jazz chord forms and chart reading; and modern concepts of bitonality, quartal harmony, and atonality. Guitar majors only.

      • 4 credits
        MLMUS 301-2 — Guitar History and Literature
        4 credits Not offered for 2016-2017 Mark Delpriora

        Fall semester: The study of the literature of guitar-related instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including the vihuela, four-course guitar, Baroque guitar, Baroque lute, theorbo, and archlute. Includes the study of French, Italian, and German tablatures. Through transcription and analysis, students gain the necessary insights to assess the merits of editions of music from these stylistic periods as well as become acquainted with the performance practice and playing techniques on the original instruments of the time.
        Spring semester: A survey of the solo, chamber, and concerto literature of the 18th to the 21st centuries, including the development of the Baroque guitar to the modern classic guitar, the evolution of guitar notation, facsimile editions, playing techniques, and performance practice. The recorded literature will also be discussed. Required of all undergraduate Guitar majors.

    • Liberal Arts

    Total Credits 3rd Year: 40

    • Major Studies
      • GUSMU 000 — Guitar
        Fall and Spring Faculty

        All Music students receive 15 one-hour private lessons each semester.

      • 2 credits
        MSMUS R531-2 — Guitar Performance Class
        2 credits Full Year Sharon Isbin

        A master class in which performance techniques and interpretive skills (including Baroque performance practices) are demonstrated and discussed. On occasion, visiting guest artists/lecturers are invited to conduct the class. Required of all Guitar majors in each semester of residence.

    • Performance Ensembles
    • Music Departmental Studies
    • Liberal Arts

    Total Credits 4th Year: 29

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