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MUS 1111A The Sense of Music
This course fulfills the general humanities requirement in art or music. Insight into the art of music through guided listening experiences that aim to develop aural perception, a historical perspective, an awareness of the formal processes of music, and some critical bases for aesthetic discrimination. Background in music not required.
MUS 1112A Inventing Music
This course fulfills the general humanities requirement in art or music. A variant of the introduction to music course, focusing on creative composition. Students learn the rudiments of music and the particulars of musical “language,” and move on to elementary exercises and composition of songs and pieces in small forms. Includes study of diverse musical styles. Background in music not required.
MUS 1141 or 1141H The Interpretation of Text Through Sound
Texts, music, and their symbiosis.
MUS 1341 Music from Antiquity through the Renaissance
Evolution of the forms and practices of Western music in antiquity, the medieval, and the Renaissance eras; the development of polyphony and secular art music, emphasizing the works of Dufay, Ockeghem, Josquin, Willaert, Gesualdo, Gabrieli, and Monteverdi.
Prerequisite: MUS 1111.
MUS 1350 Music in the Baroque and Classical Eras
The development of triadic music, tonality, and its forms in the Baroque era and continuing through the classical era. The growth of opera, concerto, fugue, sonata, and symphony; Western music from Monteverdi to Beethoven.
MUS 1351 Music in the Romantic and Modern Eras
Musical practices in the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with Beethoven’s monumental and universal works and their influence on later generations; the increase in chromaticism through the romantic era, the breakdown of tonality, and the harmonic-contrapuntal techniques and structural principles of 20th-century music; Western music from Beethoven to Adams.
MUS 1371 Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll
History of American popular music and forms since 1865; the influence of radio and recording technologies; the social and political implications of American popular music between 1945 and 1985.
MUS 1381 History of Jazz
African, Afro-American, and Euro-American musical genres in the 19th century after emancipation; the mutual cross-cultural assimilation of these genres that synthesized into new, uniquely North American popular and then art music in the 20th century. Jazz styles considered in depth include traditional (early jazz), swing, bebop, and modal and free jazz, emphasizing recordings of influential, innovative performers of each era.
MUS 1400 or 1400H The String Quartet
This course fulfills the general humanities requirement in art or music. A genre course that provides insight into the art of music through guided listening experiences that aim to develop aural perception, a historical perspective, and an understanding of the formal processes in string quartets since Haydn’s Op. 33, and some critical bases for aesthetic discrimination. Background in music not required.
MUS 1661 Survey of Operatic Literature
MUS 1931, 1932 Musicology
Seminars in special topics, one normally scheduled every other year after consultation with prospective students. Topics include Bach; Haydn, Mozart, and Classicism; Beethoven; Chopin and the Romantic Piano; The Age of Brahms; Schoenberg and Stravinsky; Jazz Giants.
Prerequisites: Music 2112 and at least one course in music history (1341, 1350, 1351, or 1381).
MUS 2111-2112 Diatonic Harmony
Structural foundations of tonal music; principles of melodic construction, voice leading, harmony, and counterpoint.
Prerequisite: ability to read music
Corequisite: an ear training laboratory (MUS 2111L–2112L) determined by placement exam at the beginning of the semester.
MUS 2111L-2112L Ear Training I and II
Laboratory course designed to help students master the skills covered in Diatonic Harmony. Emphasis on the development of relative pitch memory and recognition of interval, chord, and chord inversion. Students learn sight-singing from simple melodies and counterpoints, and practice elementary skills of chordal accompaniment at the keyboard.
Corequisite: MUS 2111–2112.
MUS 2113, 2114 Chromatic Harmony I and II
Continuation of Diatonic Harmony. Principles of chromatic voice leading and chromatic harmony. Exploring those topics through model composition and analysis. The second semester also offers an introduction to post-tonal theory and analysis.
Prerequisite: MUS 2112.
MUS 2113L, 2114L Keyboard Skills I and II
Piano instruction for adult beginners; practice techniques to the level of Bach’s Inventions and Clementi’s Sonatinas.
MUS 2127, 2128 Advanced Theory and Composition
Seminar for advanced students in music theory, musicology, or music composition. May include MIDI studies and electric-acoustic techniques.
Prerequisite: MUS 2112.
MUS 3461 — 3469 Musical Performance and Interpretation
Music of selected composers rehearsed and analyzed to develop performance skills, an awareness of musical styles, and an approach to musical interpretation.
MUS 3461 — 3466 Classical Chamber Music (e.g., Bach, Schubert, Brahms)
See the music adviser before registering.
MUS 3467 — 3469 Jazz Ensemble
By audition with the instructor.
MUS 4111; 4112; 4113; 4114 Applied Musical Studies
Vocal or instrumental music lessons arranged by the music staff. Literature, materials, techniques. A maximum of 4 credits may be taken in such courses. Replaces 4901, 4902 found in other disciplines.
Fee: on an individual basis, dependent on extent and nature of services provided. Prerequisite: permission of the cluster adviser.
MUS 4901 Independent Study
MUS 4911 Guided Project
Meet with the Yeshiva College academic dean and music adviser. Research in music theory, music history, or musicology; music composition in a large form; or an extended performance recital on an instrument or voice.