Courses for Fall 2018

  • Popular Music and Society in Latin America

    This course examines how Latin American musics shape, and are shaped by, their social environment and the political histories of their homelands. Focusing especially on Cuban and Andean styles, it explores the way that sounds connect with the lived experiences of local audiences, the artistic and political goals that have motivated key performers, and the effect of their actions on broader social debates. Issues covered include the relationship between music, race, and national identity; sound as a medium for social politics; the roles of industrialization, migration, urbanization, and media dissemination in driving musical change. Enrollment limited to 19 first year students.
    MUSC 0021F S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tucker
  • Duke Ellington

    This class will be an examination of the life and work of Duke Ellington. We will use recordings, scores, films, autobiographies, interviews, oral histories and other primary source materials as well as biographical, theoretical and analytical readings to study Ellington's three careers: the composer, the performer and the band leader. We will analyze his work largely within the musical parameters of form, improvisation techniques, orchestration, instrumentation, rhythmic and chordal structures, and concepts of tone quality. Although musical literacy is not required for this course, students who so want may receive tutorials in the rudiments of theory and score reading. Enrollment limited to 19 first year students.
    MUSC 0021G S01
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
  • Computers and Music

    Examine the history, literature, production and theory of music technology. Track development of musical inventions and their impact on musical thought, production and culture. Develop theoretical and practical knowledge of computer music based on first-hand experience in the Multimedia Lab, using computer music software and hardware to complete creative assignments. Gain an appreciation for the pioneering work done in previous decades, both in research and composition. Become familiar with the literature of electronic music and learn about the impact of technology on popular and experimental genres. Permission granted based on questionnaire given in first class. Preference given to lower-level students.
    MUSC 0200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    DeLuca
  • Introduction to Music Theory

    An introduction to musical terms, elements, and techniques, including notation, intervals, scales and modes, triads and seventh chords, modulation, melody writing and harmonization, analysis, and composition. Ear-training and sight-singing are included. For students with some musical training. Enrollment limited to 40.
    MUSC 0400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jiorle-Nagy
    MUSC 0400 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Jiorle-Nagy
  • Theory of Tonal Music

    Prerequisite to music concentration. For students with knowledge of rudiments of music, including scales, intervals, key signatures, rhythm, and meter. Knowledge of keyboard strongly recommended. Intensive study of voice leading and tonal harmony; analysis, ear training, sight singing, keyboard exercises. An entrance exam will be administered in Orwig 315 at the first regular class meeting. Students intending to enroll in MUSC 0550 must pass this test. Experienced instrumentalists or singers who have facility sight reading music normally place into MUSC0550. MUSC0400 is appropriate for students who need training in the rudiments to prepare for MUSC0550. MUSC0550 is prerequisite to MUSC0560.
    MUSC 0550 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Steinbach
    MUSC 0550 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Tan
    MUSC 0550 L01
    Primary Instructor
    Cole
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    MUSC 0550 L02
    Primary Instructor
    Cole
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Chorus

    Half credit each semester. A practical study of choral literature, techniques, and performance practice from Gregorian chant to the present, offered through rehearsals, sectionals, and performance. Enrollment is by audition, based on voice quality, experience, and music-reading ability. Instructor permission required.
    MUSC 0600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jodry
  • Orchestra

    Half credit each semester. A practical study of the orchestra repertory from Bach to the present, offered through coaching, rehearsals, and performances. Enrollment is by audition. Students will be notified of audition results within the first seven days of the semester. Restricted to skilled instrumentalists. May be repeated for credit.
    MUSC 0610 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Seto
  • Wind Symphony

    Half credit each semester. A practical study of the wind band repertory from Mozart to the present, offered through coaching, rehearsals, and performances. Enrollment is by audition. Restricted to skilled instrumentalists. Instructor permission required.
    MUSC 0620 S01
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
  • Jazz Band

    Half credit each semester. A practical study of jazz from the 1920s to the present through coaching, rehearsals, and performance. Seminars on arranging, ear training, and improvisation are conducted for interested students but the focus is on performance. Enrollment is by audition. Restricted to skilled instrumentalists and vocalists. Instructor permission required.
    MUSC 0630 S01
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
    MUSC 0630 S02
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
    MUSC 0630 S03
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
    MUSC 0630 S04
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
    MUSC 0630 S05
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
    MUSC 0630 S06
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
  • Ghanaian Drumming and Dancing Ensemble

    A dynamic introductory course on drumming, dancing, and singing of Ghana and the diaspora. Students learn to perform diverse types of African music, including Ewe, Akan, Ga, and Dagomba pieces on drums, bells, and shakers. No prerequisites. May be repeated for credit. Enrollment limited to 15. Instructor permission required.
    MUSC 0640 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Obeng
  • World Music Ensemble

    This ensemble focuses on global percussive and song traditions, especially those of the African diaspora (based on instructor's vast musical experiences). Here western instrumentalists fuse with traditional musicians from every culture: bongo, gyil, ukulele, tabla, etc. Students will grow and develop their musical skills by learning new techniques on their own instrument, exploring a range of repertoire representing genres such as highlife, reggae, salsa, afrobeat, Afro-jazz, and global fusions. There will be unique opportunities to work on improvisation taking influence from Steve Reich, Tito Puente, Randy Weston, Hugh Masekela, Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba, Ghanaba, and Milton Nasimiento.
    MUSC 0642 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Obeng
  • Javanese Gamelan

    Half credit each semester. Instruction, rehearsals, and performances in the gamelan music of Java, on instruments owned by the department. No prerequisites. Enrollment limited to 18 students.
    MUSC 0650 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perlman
  • Old-Time String Band

    Half course each semester. Instruction and ensemble playing. Music taught by ear. American (southern Appalachian Mountain) traditional music on violin (fiddle), 5-string banjo, mandolin, and guitar. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
    MUSC 0670 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Astrausky
  • Chamber Music Performance

    Half credit each semester. The practical study of the literature of chamber music through participation in a small ensemble. Regular rehearsals, coaching by department staff, and performances are required. Enrollment is by audition. Students will be notified of audition results within the first ten days of the semester. Restricted to skilled instrumentalists. May be repeated for credit.
    MUSC 0680 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
  • Applied Music Program: Instruction in Vocal or Instrumental Music - Voice

    Half credit each semester. Restricted to skilled musicians. Openings are limited. Enrollment and re-enrollment is by audition and jury. Lessons are given by consultants to the Applied Music Program. A fee is charged for enrollment. Copies of the Applied Music Program Guidelines giving detailed information are available online at www.brown.edu/music. May be repeated up to four times for credit.
    MUSC 0810 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jodry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 0810 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Cole
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 0810 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 0810 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Plouffe
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 0810 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Perlman
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 0810 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Rovan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Baroque and Classic Music

    A history of music in European society from Monteverdi's opera Orfeo to Beethoven's Ninth, studied through texts, scores, CDs, DVDs, and YouTube. We'll spend two-thirds of our time on five composers: Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Prerequisite: MUSC0550 or equivalent.
    MUSC 0920 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Seto
  • Advanced Musicianship I

    Training in advanced musicianship skills relevant to Western art music from the sixteenth Century to the present, including sight singing, ear training, score reading, keyboard harmony, improvisation, and musical transcription. Prerequisite: MUSC 0560 or MUSC 0570, or permission of the instructor.
    MUSC 1010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Cole
  • Advanced Music Theory II

    A study of theories of Western art music since Debussy. Exercises in analysis and composition, focusing on works of Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Bartok and Ives. Students give presentations on selected later composers. Prerequisite: MUSC 0560 with grade of B, or the equivalent.
    MUSC 1050 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tan
  • Introduction to Composition

    Composition students begin by using technical resources developed in their previous theoretical studies. Analysis and discussion of contemporary music provides examples of alternatives to traditional compositional strategies, which students integrate into later assignments. A study of contemporary notational practices and computer-based manuscripting and sequencing is also included. Prerequisite: MUSC 0560 or MUSC 0570 or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
    MUSC 1100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jaeger
  • Reality Remix - Experimental VR

    This course pursues collaborative experimentation with virtual and augmented reality (AR and VR). The class will work as a team to pursue research (survey of VR/AR experiences, scientific and critical literature review), reconnaissance (identifying VR/AR resources on campus, in Providence and the region), design (VR/AR prototyping). Research findings are documented in a class wiki. The course makes use of Brown Arts Initiative facilities in the Granoff Center where an existing VR laboratory will be expanded through the course of the semester based on student needs. Class culminates in the release the class wiki as a resource for the Brown community.
    MUSC 1205 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Momeni
  • Seminar in Electronic Music: Real-Time Systems

    Seminar in Electronic Music is a study of music employing electronic media, including real-time digital signal processing, multimedia, and live performance. Technical aspects of the course focus on programming using Max/MSP to create interactive projects and algorithmic compositions. Permission of instructor required. Interested students must come to the first class. Preference will be given to students who have completed MUSC 0200.
    MUSC 1210 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rovan
    MUSC 1210 L01
    Primary Instructor
    Rovan
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Building Musical Instruments

    In Building Musical Instruments, we will study and create expressive musical sound by building acoustic, analog, and digital instruments. Using sonic goals as inspiration for design features, we will build handheld acoustic instruments, contact microphones, basic synthesizers, and digital controllers, and we will consider the ways in which these distinct objects can work together to form a musical performance system. Topics include: musical listening and design, resonance of different materials, soldering, breadboarding, reading a basic schematic diagram, creating an enclosure, and expressive interaction with instruments. No prerequisites; enrollment determined by questionnaire distributed in first class. Maximum enrollment: 12.
    MUSC 1240I S01
    Primary Instructor
    Warren
  • Analog Practice

    Analog sound is uniquely tactile, expressive, and flexible. Through a series of solo, collaborative, recorded, and live-performed projects, this class explores the practice of creating analog sound. We will use a wide array of modular and semi-modular analog synthesizers, including the rare ARP 2500. Beginning with broad concepts of voltage flow and modulation, we will expand into considering the unique affordances of various synths, addressing questions such as tone color, ease of sound production and variation, and conduciveness to combination with other sound sources. Interested students strongly recommended to attend first day; final class list determined by questionnaire.
    MUSC 1240N S01
    Primary Instructor
    Warren
  • Sound Art

    This hands-on course explores the historical and technical innovations involving sound as a material and/or metaphor in artmaking. Students will map out and respond to the unique ways sound-based creative practices (produced after World War II) are sites of intersectionality. Students will foreground the generative possibilities of non-normative forms and question structures of audibility and inaudibility, collision and resistance. Students will develop a critical awareness of how sound art emerged from the experimentation with emerging technologies used in the science, military and industrial complexes. The tools and methodologies students experiment with will be contextualized with readings of everyday sonic praxis. Permission will be granted based upon a questionnaire given in the first class.
    MUSC 1240P S01
    Primary Instructor
    DeLuca
  • Seminar in Electronic Music: Advanced Studio Techniques

    This course will focus on developing and reinforcing technical skills, musical concepts, and critical listening abilities associated with the practice of composition in an electronic music studio. These studies will be tied to a broad range of aesthetic approaches and discussions of sound synthesis and processing, spatialization, and recording techniques.

    Through a series of projects and focused study, students will expand their knowledge and craft, and will provide each other with a forum for exploring their creative studio work. MUSC 1200 is a prerequisite, and preference will be given to students who have also taken MUSC 1210, and/or 1250.
    MUSC 1260 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Moses
  • Major Masters and Repertoires of Music: Bach

    An examination of the life and work of Bach, including its placce in German church music, views of his contemporaries and explanation of hi manuscript and publishing history.
    MUSC 1500A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jodry
  • The Case of Wagner

    Richard Wagner (1813-83) changed forever the forms, meanings, and contexts of European music, especially the symphonic and operatic traditions. He transformed the way we listen to music written before him. This course will pay close attention to several major music dramas, especially Lohengrin, The Ring of the Nibelung, and Parsifal, focusing on music, words, and the history and variety of staged productions. We will also consider Wagner’s relation to literature, philosophy, and history, including such issues as nationalism, modernism, anti-Semitism, and the persisting controversies around his work in Germany and Israel. This is an upper-level seminar but open to all.
    MUSC 1640G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Steinberg
  • Applied Music Program: Instruction in Vocal or Instrumental Music - Voice

    Half credit each semester. Restricted to skilled musicians. Restricted to skilled musicians demonstrating mastery of an advanced repertory in their fields. Openings are limited. Enrollment and re-enrollment is by audition and jury. Lessons are given by consultants to the Applied Music Program. MUSC 0830, 0840 is prerequisite to this course. A fee is charged for enrollment. Copies of the Applied Music Program Guidelines giving detailed information are available online at www.brown.edu/music. Prerequisite: MUSC 0400, or MUSC 0550, MUSC 0560. Written permission required. May be repeated up to four times for credit.
    MUSC 1810 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jodry
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Cole
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Plouffe
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Perlman
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Rovan
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    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Introduction to Ethnomusicology

    This seminar offers an introduction to theory and method in ethnomusicology, a discipline grounded in ethnographic research and writing on musical practices. We will think, talk, and write about how and why people make music, as well as how and why ethnomusicologists go about their work. Students will undertake independent fieldwork projects on musical communities, learning first-hand about both the special potential and the practical/ethical challenges of this type of research. Case studies highlight such issues as tradition, appropriation, postcolonial politics, and the ethics of fieldwork. Prerequisites: sophomore standing; MUSC 0400/0550 or ETHN 1000 or instructor permission.
    MUSC 1900 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Miller
  • Latinx Music in the U.S. (LACA 1504E)

  • Music and Modern Life

    Examines topics related to the everyday use of music: the determinants of musical taste; music for emotional self-management (in the health club or Iraq War); "high" vs. "low" music; eclectic taste; popular music and the music industry; mp3blogs; new business models. Readings (in sociology, history, and cultural studies) and original field research by class members. Instructor permission required. Enrollment limited to 20.
    MUSC 1920 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perlman
  • Gospel Music from the Church to the Streets (RELS 1650)

  • Advanced Ghanaian Drumming and Dancing Ensemble

    Students with experience in African and related musical traditions perform drumming, dancing, and singing of Ghana and the diaspora. Focus on a more challenging repertoire with emphasis on multi-part, lead, and improvisational playing. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeatable for credit. Instructor permission required. Enrollment limited to 15 students.
    MUSC 1960 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Obeng
  • Individual Independent Study

    Directed undergraduate research for advanced students. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    MUSC 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Warren
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Jaeger
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Cole
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    MUSC 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Momeni
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Obeng
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Perlman
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S08
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Rovan
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Nathan
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S11
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    MUSC 1970 S12
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Winkler
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Moses
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Miller
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Tucker
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Steinbach
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Jodry
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Osborn
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Gooley
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S21
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S22
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    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Music and Technoculture

    This seminar explores ethnographic and theoretical approaches to the study of music technologies in cultural and historical context. How do emergent technologies affect the nature of musical experience? What does technology have to do with ideologies of musical creativity, authenticity, virtuosity, and aesthetic value? We will give equal attention to production, distribution, and consumption practices (and their convergence). Major topics include “liveness” and recording, remix and remediation practices, interfaces/instruments, labor and property, virtual scenes, and digital gameplay. Prerequisite: graduate standing or written permission.
    MUSC 2080A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Miller
  • Digital Performance

    A production seminar examining the artistic impact and creative potential of digital media in the context of live performance. Readings and analysis of work examine innovations in performance practice from dance, theatre, performance art and music. Collaborative assignments investigate video projection, sound design and interactive sensor technology, culminating in a final large-scale performance. Permission will be granted based upon a questionnaire given in the first class.
    MUSC 2210 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Winkler
    MUSC 2210 L01
    Primary Instructor
    Winkler
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    MUSC 2970 S01
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    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Reading and Research

    Directed graduate research. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    MUSC 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Nathan
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Cole
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Osborn
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Obeng
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Perlman
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    MUSC 2980 S08
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Rovan
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Warren
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S11
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    MUSC 2980 S12
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Winkler
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Moses
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Miller
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Tucker
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Jodry
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    MUSC 2980 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Gooley
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S21
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    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the residency requirement and are continuing research on a full time basis.
    MUSC 2990 S01
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    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep

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