Courses for Spring 2017

  • From the Blues to Beyoncé: Rock, A Portrait of America

    This course seeks to view American cultural and social history of the last century through the lens of rock music. We will investigate the history of rock and popular music from its roots in the early twentieth-century to the present. We will examine the social, cultural and political contexts that gave birth to the various genres of rock music by exploring the music through the lenses of race, class, gender, advances in technology, and developments in the music business. No musical background is required.
    MUSC 0033 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Nathan
  • Honky Tonk Heroes

    This course explores country music from its origins to the present day. We will trace its development through the careers of foundational artists like the Carter Family, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, and Willie Nelson, and evaluate the way that their legacy is reflected in the work of contemporary artists like Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, and Neko Case. Beyond the individual creativity of these figures, we will consider the way that country music has been shaped by the recording industry, the relation it has to race, gender, and political identities, and the international spread of the American country sound.
    MUSC 0064 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tucker
  • Jazz: Race, Power and History

    Explores jazz in relation to American history, discussing how economics, war conditionsm regional differences and race relations shaped the music an its public reception. With readings from A. Baraka, L. Levine, R. Ellison, L. Erenberg, E. Lott, G. Early, S. DeVeaux and others, we address how jazz embodies social and political values or expresses national character. Open to non-musicians. Music proficiency preferred but not required. Enrollment limited to 60.
    MUSC 0075 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Gooley
  • MEME Ensemble: Tactile Media Workshop

    Critical and experimental approaches to hardware technologies in sound and image production. Focus on technology considered “behind” our media, its history, mechanics, and how we might engage with it expressively, including standard microphones, contact mics, speakers, transducers, tape reels, cassette tape, turntables, handmade 16mm film and manual projection techniques. Hands-on experience in how to build compositions, installations, & performance systems. Covers improvisation, collaboration, attentive listening, and audiovisual composition concepts. No previous coursework or experience with experimental media production required, however open engagement to the subject matter necessary. Enrollment limit 12. Instructor permission required. Interested students must attend first class.
    MUSC 0221 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tamirisa
  • 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
  • Theory of Tonal Music

    See Theory Of Tonal Music (MUSC 0550) for course description. Prerequisite: MUSC 0550 or permission of the instructor.
    MUSC 0560 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Steinbach
    MUSC 0560 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    MUSC 0560 L01
    Primary Instructor
    Cole
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    MUSC 0560 L02
    Primary Instructor
    Cole
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Jazz and Pop Harmony

    For students with knowledge of rudiments of music, including scales, intervals, key signatures, rhythm and meter. Keyboard skills strongly recommended. Intensive study of chord scales, chord progressions, modulation, voice leading, melody writing, harmonization, reharmonization, chord symbols, and lead sheet construction. Lab sessions will focus on ear training, keyboard exercises, and sight singing. Emphasis will be on the vocabulary of jazz theory and the repertoire will be American popular song.
    MUSC 0570 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tomassi
    MUSC 0570 L01
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Chorus

    See Chorus (MUSC 0600) for course description.
    MUSC 0601 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jodry
  • Orchestra

    See Orchestra (MUSC 0610) for course description.
    MUSC 0611 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Phillips
  • Wind Symphony

    See Wind Symphony (MUSC 0620) for course description.
    MUSC 0621 S01
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
  • Jazz Band

    See Jazz Band (MUSC 0630) for course description.
    MUSC 0631 S01
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
    MUSC 0631 S02
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
    MUSC 0631 S03
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
    MUSC 0631 S04
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
    MUSC 0631 S05
    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 0641 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Obeng
  • Brazilian Choro Ensemble

    Half credit each semester. Students will play this popular Brazilian style, which emerged in the late 19th century and is often compared to early jazz. Classes run according to the traditional roda model, a structured jam session where performers read through, improvise upon, and hone their abilities to play familiar tunes. Prior familiarity with choro music not required, but some instrumental expertise is; ability to read notation preferred. Typical instruments include guitar, cavaquinho (Brazilian ukulele), mandolin, flute, and pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine), but others are welcome to participate on instructor approval, as are performers interested in learning these. Enrollment limited to 20.
    MUSC 0646 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tucker
  • Javanese Gamelan

    See Javanese Gamelan, MUSC0650, for course description. Enrollment limited to 18 students.
    MUSC 0651 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perlman
  • Old-Time String Band

    See Old-Time String Band (MUSC 0670) for course description. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
    MUSC 0671 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Astrausky
  • Chamber Music Performance

    See Chamber Music Performance (MUSC 0680) for course description.
    MUSC 0681 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Phillips
  • 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
    Phillips
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 0810 S04
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 0810 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Tucker
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 0810 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Rovan
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    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
    Sagrans
  • Advanced Musicianship II

    Continuation of MUSC 1010. Prerequisite: MUSC 1010 or permission of the instructor.
    MUSC 1011 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
    Nathan
  • Analysis and Performance of Music

    Study of the implications of musical analysis for performance. Students prepare solo or chamber works for performance in a formal concert presented at the end of the course. Focuses on problems of interpretation and their resolution through analysis of musical structure. Short analytical assignments and an extended analytical project required. Prerequisite: MUSC 0560 or permission of the instructor and proficiency on a musical instrument.
    MUSC 1060 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Steinbach
  • Seminar in Composition

    This is a seminar-based course with a creative component focusing on specific compositional techniques such as writing transitions and motivic development, and writing for specific kinds of ensembles. These techniques are applicable to all kinds of music, from concert music to popular genres. The course will also address aesthetic issues, trends and influences and how they affect living composers’ individual voices. Besides studying notated repertoire from the concert tradition, we will also examine approaches to film scoring, improvisation, and environmental sound worlds outside of the traditional concert hall.
    MUSC 1110 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • Jazz Composition and Arranging

    A review of jazz theory topics, including rhythmic structures, scales and modes, harmonic progressions and substitutions, improvisation techniques, forms and development. Weekly writing assignments for two to five parts with rhythm section accompaniment. Students compose and orchestrate three works for small and large jazz ensembles. Guest composers review students' compositions and various Brown jazz bands rehearse and record them. Prerequisites: MUSC 0550.
    MUSC 1130 S01
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
  • Seminar in Electronic Music: Recording Studio as Compositional Tool

    A study of advanced studio techniques taught in parallel with topics in psychoacoustics. Students will create original studio work while developing listening and technical skills for audio production. Technical topics include recording, signal processing and mixing software, microphone technique, and live sound engineering. Class size is limited. Preference will be given to students who have completed MUSC 0200. Students will be evaluated for potential future work in the MEME program (Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments) and past participation in MEME. Admission is determined by an entrance questionnaire completed at the first class meeting. Prerequisite: MUSC 0200
    MUSC 1200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Moses
  • Generative Sound Systems: Conversation + Creation

    Critical production course on algorithmic and generative methods for creation of sound art installations and experimental music performances. Exposure to generative works by diverse artists in experimental electronic music, sound art, and sound design. Using Max/MSP, students will create unique real-time systems exploring randomness and data flow in art contexts through brief coding assignments. Readings investigate complex histories and relationships that exist within systems practices, including origins of organized sound and first “computers.” Final public showing of new sound installations and live performances. Enrollment 16. Permission required. Interested students must attend first class. Suggested pre-requisites: MUSC 200, 1210 or equivalent.
    MUSC 1240J S01
    Primary Instructor
    Park
  • Designing Electronic Instruments and Controllers

    Develop skills to design, build, and perform with electronic instruments/alternative controllers, including music programming in Max/MSP, Arduino microcontroller programing, electronic prototyping, working with sensors, and fabrication. In addition to tools taught during labs, lectures will focus on the history and culture of alternative controllers, and assignments will encourage thought on the development of expressive and novel musical controllers. Preference to those with a background in two: musical performance, electronic music, digital audio, physical computing, programming, electrical or mechanical engineering, sculpture, fabrication. Skills background questionnaire will be given on the first day of class. Enrollment will be finalized after first meeting. $100 lab fee for materials.
    MUSC 1240K S01
    Primary Instructor
    Carroll
    MUSC 1240K L01
    Primary Instructor
    Carroll
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Electronic Music Aesthetics, Perception and Analysis

    This advanced production seminar investigates new ideas and developments in electronic music from 1990-present. Consists of reading and discussion of seminal texts in the field, “deep” listening of exemplary work, and investigating various methods for analysis. Students respond to the materials with a series of creative composition assignments. The purpose is to provide a wide variety of perspectives that students integrate into their own artistic practice. Each student undertakes a term research project resulting in a paper, presentation and original composition. Open to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students with significant experience in electronic music. Enrollment limited to 16. By permission of the instructor. The final class list will be determined based on a questionnaire handed out on the first day.
    MUSC 1280 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Winkler
  • Major Masters of Music: Igor Stravinsky

    An examination of the works of Igor Stravinsky within the context of 20th-century music history. Works from throughout his career will be studied, including Firebird, Petrushka, Rite of Spring, L’Histoire du Soldat, Les Noces, Symphony of Psalms, The Rake’s Progress, Agon, and Variations: Aldous Huxley in memoriam. Readings by Stravinsky, Craft, Walsh, Taruskin, and others. Prerequisite: MUSC 0550 or instructor’s permission. The ability to read music is required.
    MUSC 1500C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Phillips
  • Choral Conducting

    An introduction to the art of conducting, with emphasis on choral training. A study of the relationship of gesture to sound will be combined with a survey of the choral repertoire, beginning with Gregorian Chant and covering renaissance motets, masses and madrigals, Baroque works with instruments, excerpts from Mozart's vespers, 19th- century Romantic partsongs, and selected 20th-century. Issues of basic vocal production, warm-ups, rehearsal planning, editing, programming and concert production will also be included. Prerequisite: MUSC 0400 or 0550. Written permission required. May be repeated for credit.
    MUSC 1710 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jodry
  • 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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Cole
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Phillips
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S04
    Primary Instructor
    McGarrell
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Tucker
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Rovan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Music and Cultural Policy

    What is to be done about music and the people who make it? All over the world, individuals, governments, NGOs, and other groups are making plans for music: to ensure its survival, to make it known to a wider public, or to use it as an engine of economic growth. This course will examine various social engineering projects involving music. Topics will include media and internet regulation; ownership of music and intellectual property law; the role of institutions such as UNESCO; music in war and peace; music, heritage, and cultural tourism; and conservation, stewardship, and sustainability. No prerequisites.
    MUSC 1905A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perlman
  • Music and Mind

    Explores music perception in terms of auditory and cognitive processes such as auditory perception, memory, and learning. Lectures, discussions, and demonstrations review and analyze a body of scientific research on the psychology of music. Problem sets and a collaborative laboratory project. Prerequisites: PY 1 (PSYC0010) and MU 1 (MUSC 0010) or permission of the instructor.
    MUSC 1910 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perlman
  • Black Sound

    How might sound studies resonate queerly when heard through racialized ears? In this seminar we will intervene in the developing interdisciplinary field of sound studies by bringing the analytic framework of blackness to bear on its core topics, including voice, audio technologies, soundscapes, listening practices, and sound's relationship with modernity. We will explore ideas about black sound (and black ideas about sound) through listenings and readings from popular music studies, ethnomusicology, media studies, performance studies, and critical race theory, foregrounding the intersection of race with gender and sexuality throughout. Enrollment limited to 15. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission. DPLL
    MUSC 1922 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Miller
  • 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 1961 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
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S02
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Cole
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    MUSC 1970 S04
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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
    Primary Instructor
    Phillips
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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
  • Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology

    This core seminar offers a graduate-level survey of the discipline of ethnomusicology and its history, building on previous coursework in ethnographic methods and the history of anthropological theory. Students will complete independent research projects as well as shorter assignments geared to professional development (e.g., exam field proposal, scholarly book review, historical investigation of the Society for Ethnomusicology). Prerequisites: MUSC 1900 and ANTH 2000 or instructor permission.
    MUSC 2000 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tucker
  • Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Music and Technoculture

    This seminar investigates ethnographic approaches to technologically-mediated musical practices. Case studies will focus on recording studios, electronic dance music, broadcast media, digital gameplay, virtual-reality spaces, multimedia installations, and popular music reception. Theoretical readings will be drawn from anthropology of the media, reception studies, and media design/production texts. Students will conduct ethnographic projects. Prerequisite: graduate standing or written permission.
    MUSC 2080A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Miller
  • Designing-Large-Scale Multimedia Projects

    A production seminar designed for students working on a single, large project in Multimedia and/or Computer Music. The course covers planning and implementation strategies, with group critiques of proposals and works-in-progress. The class structure includes individual lessons for students working on a graduate or undergraduate thesis project. Permission will be granted based upon a questionnaire given in the first class.
    MUSC 2280 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Winkler
  • 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
    Schedule Code
    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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    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Phillips
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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
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    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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    I: Independent Study/Research
    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 tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    MUSC 2990 S01
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    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep

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