Course Descriptions (GSAS Bulletin)

(2015 - 2017)

Collegium Musicum
MUSIC-GA 1001, 1002  Panofsky. May be repeated for credit. 2 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Performance ensemble concentrating on the music of pre- and early-modern Europe and on neglected works or genres from other periods.

Introduction to Musicology
MUSIC-GA 2101  Cusick, Beckerman, Cohen. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Proseminar in current research methodology and musicological thought. Topics discussed include techniques for the examination of primary source materials; principles of musical text criticism and editing; and current issues in musicological thought.

Ethnomusicology: History and Theory
MUSIC-GA 2136  Daughtry, Mahon, Samuels, Dang. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
A broad intellectual history of the discipline, surveying landmark studies and important figures. Examines major paradigms, issues, and frameworks in ethnomusicology. The relation of ethnomusicology to other disciplines and the relations of knowledge and power that have produced them. Serves as an introduction to the field of ethnomusicology.

Techniques of Music Composition
MUSIC-GA 2162  Hoffman, Karchin, Oliver. May be repeated for credit. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Examination of techniques of music composition as they are applied to the creation of musical works. Compositional practice is studied and evaluated both from the standpoint of craft and aesthetics. Students create compositions, and works are performed in public concerts.

Computer Music Composition
MUSIC-GA 2165  Hoffman, Oliver. 4 points. 2016-17
Code-based and graphic-user-interface languages for digital signal processing and event processing. Filtering, analysis/resynthesis, digital sound editing, granular synthesis. Study of computer music repertoire of past 20 years.

Musical Ethnography
MUSIC-GA 2166  Daughtry, Mahon, Samuels, Dang. 4 points. 2015-16.
Pragmatic instruction in field and laboratory research and analytical methods in ethnomusicology. Emphasizes the urban field site. Topics include research design, fieldwork, participant observation, field notes, interviews and oral histories, survey instruments, textual analysis, audiovisual methods, archiving, urban ethnomusicology, applied ethnomusicology, performance as methodology and epistemology, and the ethics and politics of cultural representation. Students conceive, design, and carry out a limited research project over the course of the semester.

Special Studies
MUSIC-GA 2198, 2199  All faculty. May be repeated for credit with a changed topic. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
A substantial proportion of doctoral seminars are offered each year under this heading. Recent course topics have included Aurality, New Media: Gesture, Sound, and Image Interactions; Music and the Construction of Race; Music in Cold-War New York; Feminist and Queer Histiography/Music; Tonality and Its 20th-Century Expansions; Genre and Popular Music; Musical Modernities, Modernisms and Avant-gardes, and the Ethics of Musical Marginality in the
20th Century.

Reading and Research
MUSIC-GA 3119, 3120  All faculty. May be repeated for credit. 1-4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Independent study with a faculty supervisor. Must have the approval of the director of graduate studies and the proposed supervisor.