Graduate Seminars

Fall 2020

MUSI 546, Histories of Music Notation 
M 1:30-3:20 pm

Anna Zayaruznaya

This course combines a study of musical paleography (i.e., how music is written down) with consideration of the historical and intellectual currents that shaped, and were shaped by, systems of music writing.

MUSI 589, Popular Music and Christianity in Korea 
M 3:30-5:20 pm

Bo kyung Im

How do Korean popular musicians who identify as Christian position themselves in relation to the sonic worlds they inhabit? In what ways do their stylistic choices signal belonging to and/or disavowal of various social formations in the transpacific cultural imaginary? In this interdisciplinary graduate seminar, we interrogate the relationship between Christianity, popular music, and race through examination of case studies drawn primarily from early twenty-first-century Korea.

MUSI 698, Proseminar: Music Theory 
TH 1:30-3:20 pm

Daniel Harrison

A survey of the major works, topics, questions, and techniques of research in the field of music theory as it has developed over the past half-century.

MUSI 903, The Voice 
W 3:30-5:20 pm

Brian Kane

The seminar is intended as a general introduction to the emerging field of voice studies. Students develop an overview of the field and acquire familiarity with the central topics, problems, and thinkers about the voice, both historical and contemporary. 

MUSI 952, Musical Meter
F 9:25-11:15 am

Richard Cohn

Describing and representing musical meters and their relations; interpreting metric syntaxes in terms of musical “form.” Nineteenth-century central-European concert music (Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Dvořák); West African drumming; American minimalism, jazz, and EDM; if sufficient time, musics of south Asia and/or southeastern Europe.

Spring 2020

MUSI 617, Lyric and the Posthuman, From Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
T 9:25-11:15 am

Pauline LeVen and Jessica Peritz

“Lyric” and “the posthuman” are capacious terms, difficult to define. For a long time, since the Romantics, lyric poetry was associated with the poetic expression of the human self; as for “the posthuman,” it encompasses a variety of projects, all aimed at decentering the importance of the human, most often equated with the able, free, white, male.

MUSI 697, Proseminar: Ethnomusicology
W 1:30-3:20 pm

Michael Veal

A survey of the major works, topics, issues, and techniques of ethnomusicological research as it has developed over the past century. We consider the position of the field within the broader contexts of society and the academy and provide a bibliographic foundation for further work in the field.

MUSI 720, History of Theory I
T 1:30-3:20 pm

Liam Hynes-Tawa

A survey of the history of music theory from antiquity to the Renaissance, with most of the focus on Western European music theory, but with excursions to the medieval Arabic, Indian, and Chinese musical worlds along the way. Readings will mostly be translated primary sources, but will include some modern scholarship as well. Topics include systems and scales, tuning, transmission, institutional sites, speculative and practical traditions, methodology, and the scientific status of music theory.

MUSI 837, Opera, Media, Technologies 
F 9:25-11:15 am

Gundula Kreuzer

Opera has been assigned—and continues to assume—important roles in genealogies of technical media. This seminar explores both what media archaeology and other recent approaches in media studies and science and technology studies hold for an understanding of the nature of opera, and what opera might in turn contribute to a historically expanded perspective on electronic and digital multimedia.