Sun. Feb 5th, 2023

Spring 2023: Music Programs

We’re excited to announce our course choices for the Spring 2023 semester!

Please attain out to the course teacher or e-mail [email protected] with any questions. For a full checklist of Division choices, log in to Workday and use the ‘Discover Course Sections Brandeis’ report back to view and search the schedule.


Undergraduate Courses

MUS 3B | International Soundscapes: Performing Musical Custom Throughout Time and Place

Professor Bradford Garvey

T/F 9:35 -10:55 a.m. | Slosberg Recital Corridor

What are we listening to? Applies engaged listening abilities and demanding evaluation for a deeper appreciation of (non-Western) music as a cultural expression. Focuses on specific traditions in addition to social context, impression of globalization, cultural manufacturing, cultural rights, and so forth. Normally supplied yearly.

AMST/MUS 55A | Music in Movie: Listening to American Cinema

Professor Taylor Ackley

T/Th 2:20-3:40 p.m. | Slosberg Recital Corridor

Examines the historic context, stylistic improvement, and cultural significance of rock and roll and different intently associated genres, spanning the Nineteen Fifties by means of the current. Shut consideration is paid to how political and social modifications have interacted with technological improvements by means of business music to problem, affirm and form concepts of race, gender, class and sexuality in america. Normally supplied each third yr.

ENG/MUS 55B | If Music and Candy Poetry Agree

Professor Sarah Mead & Professor Ramie Targoff

T, F 3:55-5:15 p.m. | Slosberg Room 211

Explores the intersection of poetry and music in late Sixteenth-c England and Italy. The course will present an introduction to the Renaissance sonnet and different well-liked poetic genres that had been routinely remodeled into music, in addition to to the musical ideas of kind, rhythm and melodic mode. The course will embrace each female and male authors, and contemplate what function gender performs in each poetic and musical creation within the interval. Particular one-time providing, spring 2023.

MUS 101B | Western Classical and Widespread Music I: How It is Made, Half 2

Professor Yu-Hui Chang

M,W 4:05 PM–5:25 p.m. | Slosberg Room 211

The second semester introduces broad ideas of idea and begins the method of studying to write down and analyze music. By the top of the yr, college students will achieve expertise in counterpoint, concord, and formal evaluation, and can compose in a easy kind. All year long, the connection of repertoire and idea is harassed. The required ear-training and keyboard lab meets individually. Normally supplied yearly.

MUS 103A | Western Classical and Widespread Music II: How It is Made, Half 2

Professor Mark Berger

T/Th 2:20-3:40 p.m. | Slosberg Room 215

A continuation of MUS 103a. Twentieth century kinds and strategies are coated, together with prolonged tonality and atonality. A number of compositional initiatives are assigned and carried out in school. Normally supplied yearly.

MUS 111A/112A: Personal Instrumental and Vocal Examine

Instrumentalists: Professor Bob Nieske  | Vocalists: Professor Robert Duff

Particular person classes to be scheduled

Classes are taught both by members of the Brandeis college or by members of Boston’s massive and proficient group {of professional} musicians. Course charge: $700 for non-Music program college students; $250 for non-performance observe undergraduate Music majors and Music graduate college students; no charge for undergraduate Music efficiency observe majors and Leonard Bernstein Fellows. Click on right here for detailed details about registration and lesson necessities. 

MUS 116A | Chamber Music: From Web page to Stage

Professor Joshua Gordon

Group coachings to be scheduled

Musicians deliver their very own expertise, intuition, and theoretical information to music-making by means of examine and efficiency of chamber music in a supportive grasp class setting. By means of teaching by an expert performer, readings, and listening to recordings, this course examines how efficiency follow, fundamental structural evaluation, and historic context have an effect on interpretation. Particular person and ensemble preparation required. Class conferences embrace teaching, dialogue/listening salon, masterclass and rehearsals, to be scheduled. Remaining public efficiency.

MUS 121 | Math and Music

Professor Erin Gee and Professor Jonathan Touboul

M,W 2:30-3:50 p.m. | Slosberg Recital Corridor

Mathematical patterns, symmetries, sequences, modular relationships, and order are ubiquitous in music. The truth is, arithmetic and music have impressed one another for hundreds of years, with music offering inspiration for some mathematical discoveries and mathematical ideas offering a conceptual framework for interested by musical expression, tuning, composition, and musical evaluation. With the arrival of computer systems and mathematical strategies lately, new ideas have been applied into algorithmic music composition. The aim of this class is to supply college students with an introduction to the deep relationship between arithmetic and music, to current in depth a set of chosen matters that spotlight the affect of symmetries, patterns, stochastic buildings and geometrical evaluation, and to encourage the scholars to discover these hyperlinks in a artistic closing challenge. Particular one-time providing, spring 2023.

MUS 133B | Music in Western Tradition: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Professor Sarah Koval

T/F 12:45 -2:05 p.m. | Slosberg Room 212

A survey of music from Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel by means of Beethoven and Schubert. Main kinds, genres, and strategies of musical composition are mentioned from historic and analytic perspective, primarily based on a examine of consultant works.

Seminars (Undergraduate & Graduate)

MUS 161B| Superior Seminar

Professor Emily Frey

M 9:05-11:55 a.m. | Slosberg Room 234

Matter for Spring 2023: Race and the American Musical

Higher-level tutorial seminar taken by all juniors that focuses on a single subject of the trainer’s alternative (akin to notation, musical kind, aesthetics, improvisation, and so forth.). Ideally college students will take this of their junior yr, though if college students are away on Examine Overseas, they could take this course at one other level of their diploma program. Normally supplied each fall.

MUS 162B | Seminar in MAX/MSP

Professor Davide Ianni

T, F 9:35 AM–10:55 a.m | Slosberg Room 233 (BEAMS)

Subjects associated to using the MAX/MSP graphical programming language for composition, sound design, set up, and reside efficiency. Contributors interact in particular person initiatives and examine MAX patches by established practitioners. Particular person and group analysis and displays are required. Normally supplied each third yr.

MUS 174A| Instrumentation and Orchestration

Professor David Rakowski

M,W,Th 10:10 AM–11:00 AM | Slosberg Room 212

Technical initiatives within the artwork of writing for devices and for teams of devices, from chamber teams of assorted sizes to full orchestra. Rating examine of examples from 1770 to the current. Extra deal with notation and on guidelines for instrumental components. Normally supplied each second yr.

MUS 183B| Introduction to Ethnomusicology

Professor Bradford Garvey

W 9:05 AM–11:55 AM | Slosberg Room 234

Ethnomusicology is the examine of music in motion—within the second, amongst musicians, and focalizing the context of efficiency and the shared floor of that means wherein that music is enacted. This course introduces disciplinary ethnomusicology by means of a broad overview of the historical past and improvement of the sphere, its interactions (each profitable and unsuccessful) with its sister disciplines, and the function of ethnomusicology inside and past the academy. We’ll learn, hearken to, and focus on among the main students and thinkers of the sphere, analyzing the social context of their interventions within the self-discipline and their fieldwork. We’ll pursue a number of particular initiatives by means of the semester, starting from transcription workshops to computer-assisted musical evaluation. Lastly, the course will put together college students for a quick participant-observation fieldwork challenge that may operate as a capstone project for the course. Normally supplied each third yr.

MUS 191B| Evaluation of Prolonged Tonal Music

Professor Yu-Hui Chang

M 12:00 PM–3:00 PM | Slosberg Room 211

Works on this course are chosen from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Composers akin to Wagner, Wolf, Debussy, early Schoenberg, Bartok, and Stravinsky. Music from the Renaissance and early baroque can also be examined. Normally supplied each second yr.

MUS 196B| Sound and House: Sound Set up and Motion Staging within the Discipline of Music Composition

Professor Erin Gee

F 2:20 PM–5:10 PM | Slosberg Room 212

College students will design their very own sound set up and learn to construct that means by means of house and sound In relation to a cross-disciplinary analysis subject. This analysis will probably be modeled on strategies cross-disciplinary project-building In varied disciplines. College students will probably be knowledgeable by historic precedent On this area, design (and fulfill) a analysis aim across the manufacturing of the set up, and perceive find out how to create (and to truly create by the top of the category) an intellectually rigorous and fascinating interplay between the aural and visible. Normally supplied each third yr.

MUS 205A | Musicology Lab

Professor Emily Frey

M 1:00 PM–2:20 PM | Slosberg Room 234

This two-credit lab assembly seminar is centered on skilled improvement. We meet as soon as every week to run by means of any upcoming convention papers, edit and proofread job, internship, and grant software supplies, work on abstracts for conferences, focus on finest methods for achievement within the job market, analysis and writing methods, and some other matters that the scholars wish to work on with the group. Second-year musicology college students (PhD and Grasp’s) should take this course for credit score in each the Fall and Spring semesters. PhD musicology college students are anticipated to attend lab for at the least six semesters in complete. Normally supplied each semester.

MUS 206B | Music, Identification, and Activism

Professor Taylor Ackley

T 9:35 AM–12:25 PM | Slosberg Room 234

With a deal with American tradition within the Twentieth and twenty first centuries, this course will look at how identities are formed, defied and reimagined by means of music and sound. Specific consideration will probably be paid to music which actively participates in political and social activism. We will even discover the philosophical and aesthetic ramifications of shifts in society’s expectations of the function artwork performs in our tradition; finally asking, what are the obligations of artists and cultural establishments within the ongoing fights in opposition to injustice, discrimination and marginalization? Normally supplied each third yr.

Ensembles (Undergraduate & Graduate)

Sarah Mead, director

T/Th 5:30-6:50 p.m. | Slosberg Recital Corridor

Discover the music and efficiency practices of Western Europe within the Renaissance and early Baroque eras utilizing the music division’s massive assortment of historic devices. Singers and instrumentalists of all types are welcome. All should have fundamental music-reading abilities and a few sort of ensemble background.

Robert Duff, conductor

T/F 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Slosberg Recital Corridor

This 24-36 voice choir is chosen from your entire pupil physique on the idea of expertise and musicianship abilities. It’s for singers who want to discover uncommon repertory, Bach cantatas, Sixteenth-century motets and madrigals, Seventeenth-century oratorios, Nineteenth-century lieder and Twentieth-century works.

Robert Duff, conductor

T/F 12:45-2:05 p.m. | Slosberg Recital Corridor

The Brandeis College Refrain attracts its members from your entire Brandeis group. Yearly the refrain performs a serious work drawn from the huge choral repertory. There are sometimes alternatives for pupil soloists.

Bob Nieske, director

W 7:15-10:15 p.m. | Slosberg Recital Corridor

The Brandeis Jazz Ensemble, open to your entire Brandeis group by audition, consists of 15-20 musicians led by one among Boston’s best-known jazz musicians. Along with basic jazz repertory, the ensemble performs authentic compositions written particularly for the group.

Neal Hampton, conductor

Th 7:05-9:55 p.m. | Slosberg Recital Corridor/Wellesley School

Directed by Neal Hampton, entrance to the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra is gained by means of audition at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters. The orchestra contains college students, college, and employees at Brandeis College, Wellesley School, and Babson and Olin Schools, and is devoted to bringing inspiring performances of the nice orchestral literature, each previous and current, to a brand new era of musicians and audiences. 

Tom Souza, director

M 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Slosberg Recital Corridor

The Wind Ensemble is a 35-50 member group that performs all kinds of music. The ensemble performs two or three live shows every year and is performed by Tom Souza. Membership is open to the Brandeis and surrounding communities.

Tom Corridor, director

T 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Slosberg Room 212

Improvisation is at all times an important a part of our day by day life, however throughout unsure and difficult instances, our skill to improvise turns into extra vital than ever! Be a part of the Brandeis Improv Collective (BIC) and learn to turn into a extra fluid, artistic, and joyful improviser by exploring improvisation, each individually and in a gaggle. The BIC is open to all Brandeis college students, no matter ability or expertise in improvising.

Ben Paulding, director

M/W 5:40-7 p.m. | Slosberg Recital Corridor 

Fafali research and performs the music, tune and dance of Ghana, and has carried out at Evening for Africa, Tradition X and even for the President of Ghana! Traditionally a extremely worldwide ensemble, Fafali’s members have come from Ghana, Togo, Jamaica, Tanzania, Cape Verde, China, america and plenty of different international locations from around the globe.

Taylor Ackley, director

M 2:30-5:20 p.m. | Slosberg Recital Corridor 

Examine and carry out repertoire from Roots music traditions together with blues, nation, swing, bluegrass and Appalachian folks. College students will study to play these kinds by ear whereas creating abilities in arranging, harmonizing and improvising. Participation is open to instrumentalists and vocalists from any musical background (together with those that play devices not often related to these kinds).

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