Courses for Summer 2021

  • 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
    Sanfilippo
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
    MUSC 0570 L02
    Primary Instructor
    Sanfilippo
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Introduction to Popular Music Theory and Songwriting

    An introduction to musical terms, elements, and techniques, with an emphasis on how they apply to Western popular music. Topics include notation, rhythm and meter, intervals, scales, chords, melody writing, harmonization, and form. Students will develop their musicianship skills, including sight-singing and keyboard, in labs which meet twice weekly. No prior musical experience is necessary. MUSC 0400A or MUSC 0400B may fulfill part of the theory requirement for the music concentration. Enrollment limited to 40. Permission granted based on questionnaire given in first class. Preference given to lower-level students.
    MUSC 0400B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tan
    MUSC 0400B L01
    Primary Instructor
    Tan
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • 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
    Computers and Music will be taught online, combining synchronous lectures and discussion groups with asynchronous viewing and listening assignments. The weekly one-hour online lab sections (TBA) offer synchronous feedback focusing on creating student-driven sound projects using the music software Reaper. No special knowledge in music or technology is expected. Priority going to lower-level students and music concentrators. Upper-level students will be admitted as space allows.
    Primary Instructor
    DeLuca
    MUSC 0200 L01
    Primary Instructor
    Jones
    Schedule Code
    L: Lab
  • Under the Beat: Mapping Music in Providence

    In this course students will conceptually map music in Providence. From field research in/with music scenes, students will produce multimodal projects through ethnographic, analytic, and poetic writing, mixtape curation, and zine making. Projects will be triangulated on the keyword "under" (see underground, underrepresented, underappreciated, and misunderstood) and will be informed by studies across many disciplines and fields that establish popular music as a site of intersectionality (with ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and disability).
    MUSC 0202U S01
    Primary Instructor
    DeLuca
  • Music and War

    Where there is war, there is music – to incite violence and mobilize armies; to express resistance, protest and patriotism; to bear witness to pain and memorialize victims; to heal from trauma and to build peace. How can music fulfill such different roles? Beyond the notes and words, how does music exercise such extraordinary power, especially in times of conflict, suffering and survival? Using texts, audio recordings, films and iconographic materials, this course explores the ways in which people have made music in relation to militarized conflicts and considers more broadly the nature of music and sound in the human experience.
    MUSC 0021L S01
    Primary Instructor
    Freeze
  • 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
    Instructors will hold 15 minute individual Zoom meetings the first week of classes to explain the class to new students. When you send the request for the override, you'll get an email about this.
    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
    Enrollment open only to strings and piano. To receive permission all students must complete the following chamber form by May 10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwGYXDOitN5Tud69zYfq5nZ9Tx4xvNvzv3UkwWjtom-izOw/viewform?usp=sf_link Returning students are not required to re-audition. Students new to chamber music are required to upload an audition video to YouTube which should include a 3 octave scale and a solo(s) of your choice lasting approximately 3 minutes. The link to the URL must be submitted on the form. Each group receives a one hour weekly coaching with a faculty member, and also rehearses once independently.
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
    MUSC 0680 S02
    Enrollment open only to strings and piano. To receive permission all students must complete the following chamber form by May 10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwGYXDOitN5Tud69zYfq5nZ9Tx4xvNvzv3UkwWjtom-izOw/viewform?usp=sf_link Returning students are not required to re-audition. Students new to chamber music are required to upload an audition video to YouTube which should include a 3 octave scale and a solo(s) of your choice lasting approximately 3 minutes. The link to the URL must be submitted on the form. Each group receives a one hour weekly coaching with a faculty member, and also rehearses once independently.
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
    MUSC 0680 S03
    Enrollment open only to strings and piano. To receive permission all students must complete the following chamber form by May 10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwGYXDOitN5Tud69zYfq5nZ9Tx4xvNvzv3UkwWjtom-izOw/viewform?usp=sf_link Returning students are not required to re-audition. Students new to chamber music are required to upload an audition video to YouTube which should include a 3 octave scale and a solo(s) of your choice lasting approximately 3 minutes. The link to the URL must be submitted on the form. Each group receives a one hour weekly coaching with a faculty member, and also rehearses once independently.
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
    MUSC 0680 S04
    Enrollment open only to strings and piano. To receive permission all students must complete the following chamber form by May 10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwGYXDOitN5Tud69zYfq5nZ9Tx4xvNvzv3UkwWjtom-izOw/viewform?usp=sf_link Returning students are not required to re-audition. Students new to chamber music are required to upload an audition video to YouTube which should include a 3 octave scale and a solo(s) of your choice lasting approximately 3 minutes. The link to the URL must be submitted on the form. Each group receives a one hour weekly coaching with a faculty member, and also rehearses once independently.
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
    MUSC 0680 S05
    Enrollment open only to strings and piano. To receive permission all students must complete the following chamber form by May 10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwGYXDOitN5Tud69zYfq5nZ9Tx4xvNvzv3UkwWjtom-izOw/viewform?usp=sf_link Returning students are not required to re-audition. Students new to chamber music are required to upload an audition video to YouTube which should include a 3 octave scale and a solo(s) of your choice lasting approximately 3 minutes. The link to the URL must be submitted on the form. Each group receives a one hour weekly coaching with a faculty member, and also rehearses once independently.
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
    MUSC 0680 S06
    Enrollment open only to strings and piano. To receive permission all students must complete the following chamber form by May 10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwGYXDOitN5Tud69zYfq5nZ9Tx4xvNvzv3UkwWjtom-izOw/viewform?usp=sf_link Returning students are not required to re-audition. Students new to chamber music are required to upload an audition video to YouTube which should include a 3 octave scale and a solo(s) of your choice lasting approximately 3 minutes. The link to the URL must be submitted on the form. Each group receives a one hour weekly coaching with a faculty member, and also rehearses once independently.
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
    MUSC 0680 S07
    Enrollment open only to strings and piano. To receive permission all students must complete the following chamber form by May 10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwGYXDOitN5Tud69zYfq5nZ9Tx4xvNvzv3UkwWjtom-izOw/viewform?usp=sf_link Returning students are not required to re-audition. Students new to chamber music are required to upload an audition video to YouTube which should include a 3 octave scale and a solo(s) of your choice lasting approximately 3 minutes. The link to the URL must be submitted on the form. Each group receives a one hour weekly coaching with a faculty member, and also rehearses once independently.
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
    MUSC 0680 S08
    Enrollment open only to strings and piano. To receive permission all students must complete the following chamber form by May 10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwGYXDOitN5Tud69zYfq5nZ9Tx4xvNvzv3UkwWjtom-izOw/viewform?usp=sf_link Returning students are not required to re-audition. Students new to chamber music are required to upload an audition video to YouTube which should include a 3 octave scale and a solo(s) of your choice lasting approximately 3 minutes. The link to the URL must be submitted on the form. Each group receives a one hour weekly coaching with a faculty member, and also rehearses once independently.
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
    MUSC 0680 S09
    Enrollment open only to strings and piano. To receive permission all students must complete the following chamber form by May 10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwGYXDOitN5Tud69zYfq5nZ9Tx4xvNvzv3UkwWjtom-izOw/viewform?usp=sf_link Returning students are not required to re-audition. Students new to chamber music are required to upload an audition video to YouTube which should include a 3 octave scale and a solo(s) of your choice lasting approximately 3 minutes. The link to the URL must be submitted on the form. Each group receives a one hour weekly coaching with a faculty member, and also rehearses once independently.
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
    MUSC 0680 S10
    Enrollment open only to strings and piano. To receive permission all students must complete the following chamber form by May 10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwGYXDOitN5Tud69zYfq5nZ9Tx4xvNvzv3UkwWjtom-izOw/viewform?usp=sf_link Returning students are not required to re-audition. Students new to chamber music are required to upload an audition video to YouTube which should include a 3 octave scale and a solo(s) of your choice lasting approximately 3 minutes. The link to the URL must be submitted on the form. Each group receives a one hour weekly coaching with a faculty member, and also rehearses once independently.
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
    MUSC 0680 S11
    Enrollment open only to strings and piano. To receive permission all students must complete the following chamber form by May 10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwGYXDOitN5Tud69zYfq5nZ9Tx4xvNvzv3UkwWjtom-izOw/viewform?usp=sf_link Returning students are not required to re-audition. Students new to chamber music are required to upload an audition video to YouTube which should include a 3 octave scale and a solo(s) of your choice lasting approximately 3 minutes. The link to the URL must be submitted on the form. Each group receives a one hour weekly coaching with a faculty member, and also rehearses once independently.
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
  • 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
    Beginners welcome. Come to first day of class, where more instructions will be given.
    Primary Instructor
    Obeng
    MUSC 0640 C01
    Primary Instructor
    Obeng
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    MUSC 0640 C02
    Primary Instructor
    Obeng
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
  • 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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 0810 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 0810 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Plouffe
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 0810 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Reddy
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 0810 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Dolan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • 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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Finkel
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Plouffe
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Reddy
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    MUSC 1810 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Dolan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • 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
    Auditions for new students will be held at the beginning of the semester.
    Primary Instructor
    Tomassi
    MUSC 0630 S02
    Auditions for new students will be held at the beginning of the semester.
    Primary Instructor
    Tomassi
    MUSC 0630 S03
    Auditions for new students will be held at the beginning of the semester.
    Primary Instructor
    Tomassi
    MUSC 0630 S04
    Auditions for new students will be held at the beginning of the semester.
    Primary Instructor
    Tomassi
    MUSC 0630 S05
    Auditions for new students will be held at the beginning of the semester.
    Primary Instructor
    Tomassi

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