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Musicology Courses in the CUA Course Catalogue

 

MUS 131: Music Literature
3.00 Credits

A chronological survey of music from the baroque period to the present. Emphasis on stylistic analysis of prototypes of the various historical periods. 

MUS 278: Discovering Classical Music
3.00 Credits
     

An exploration of Western European music from the Middle Ages to the present day.  Emphasizes understanding musical elements and learning how to interpret and find meaning in music.  Also includes consideration of musical works within their larger historical and cultural contexts.  No previous musical experience or ability to read music required.  Available only to students who have completed their first year.  Not intended for music majors; does not fulfill any music major requirement.

MUS 325: History of Music I
3.00 Credits

Survey of European music, beginning with ancient Greek traditions and the early Christian Church and continuing through the mid-Baroque (around 1680). Students are required to take 325, 326, 327 in the sequence listed. Prerequisites: 123, 124.
MUS 326: History of Music II
3.00 Credits
Survey of music in Europe from the late Baroque to the Romantic Period. Students are required to take MUS 325, 326, 327 in the sequence listed. Prerequisites: 123, 124, 325.
MUS 327: History of Music III
3.00 Credits
Survey of music in Europe and the United States between 1880 and the present, together with an introduction to non-Western music. Students are required to take 325, 326, 327 in the sequence listed. Prerequisites: 123, 124, 325, 326.
MUS 335: Survey of Latin American Music
3.00 Credits
A survey of the principal musical developments in concert, folk, and popular traditions. Representative composers and compositions are examined. Musical trends in Latin American countries during the various stylistic periods are studied within a cultural, political, and social context. Indian, African, and European influences are explored. Offered on a rotational basis. Open to all undergraduates of the University.
MUS 490: Graduate Music History Review
3.00 Credits
Designed as a review class for graduate students who have completed a full music history survey. Begins with an overview of the development of Gregorian chant and the Mass and some other specific topics in medieval music. Continues with an intensive survey of music since ca. 1500 with emphasis on the most important composers, compositional techniques, genres, and styles in each period. May be taken concurrently with Research Methodology.
MUS 494: Senior Project /Thesis (w/classes)
0.00 Credits
Required of majors in Music History and Literature. Registration includes oral presentation of the project or comprehensive exams. The Pass/Fail will be assigned only after all aspects of the Senior project/thesis are completed. Department consent.
MUS 494A: Senior Project/Thesis (w/o classes)
0.00 Credits
Required of majors in Music History and Literature. Registration includes oral presentation of the project or comprehensive exams. The Pass/Fail will be assigned only after all aspects of the Senior project/thesis are completed. Department consent.
MUS 513A: Topics in Music History
3.00 Credits
An in-depth examination of a specific topic in the history of western music, usually focusing on one genre during a specific period or on the output of a single composer.
MUS 537: Music in the Middle Ages
3.00 Credits
A survey of sacred and secular music, both monophonic and polyphonic, from the early Christian liturgy through the Ars Nova, with special emphasis upon the historical development of forms and the emergence of distinct national styles. Consideration of poetic and musical form, and stylistic analysis. Offered on a rotational basis. Prerequisite: 325.
MUS 537A: Music in the Renaissance
3.00 Credits
Music and musical style in western Europe from about 1400 to about 1600. Development of polyphonic Mass and motet; changing forms of secular music; and the rise of instrumental music. Offered on a rotational basis. Prerequisite: 325.
MUS 537B: Music in the Baroque
3.00 Credits
A study of baroque music focusing upon national styles from the late sixteenth century through Bach and Handel. Emphasizes formal and stylistic developments in sacred and secular music, the intervention and influence of monody, and the evolution of idiomatic writing in instrumental composition. Offered on a rotational basis. Prerequisites: 325, 326.
MUS 537C: Music in the Classical Period
3.00 Credits
An examination of the stylistic elements of repertoire from the Mannheim, Viennese, and North German traditions through Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, and their contemporaries. Emphasizes development of major instrumental forms and operatic genres. Offered on a rotational basis. Prerequisite: 326.
MUS 537D: Music in the Romantic period
3.00 Credits
A survey encompassing the development of instrumental and vocal genres from the early 1800s through the beginning of the twentieth century. Emphasis as well upon the cultural environment of the composition and performance of western art music in Europe and America. Offered on a rotational basis. Prerequisites: 326, 327.
MUS 537E: Music since 1900
3.00 Credits
A survey of music from Debussy to the present. Analysis of selected works, definitions of significant trends. Offered on a rotational basis. Prerequisites: 325, 326, 327.
MUS 537F: American Music
3.00 Credits
This course considers the varied musical traditions of the United States, examining them as expressions of society and cultural diversity. Beginning with a survey of American art and sacred music up through the present, the course then considers America's rich folk and ethnic traditions, as well as popular styles such as theater music, country, rock, blues, and jazz.
MUS 553: History of Opera
3.00 Credits
A survey of Western opera from 1600 to the present. Through analysis of representative works from each period, students trace the genre historically, examining the development of operatic styles and forms. Emphasis is placed on major composers and national schools. Prerequisites: 325, 326, 327.
MUS 556: History of Sacred Music
3.00 Credits
Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony of the Renaissance, and Reformation hymnody; sacred works of Bach; examples of sacred music of later eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The role of music in worship. Offered on a rotating basis.
MUS 586: Topics in Latin American Music
3.00 Credits
In-depth study, in a seminar format, of a specific genre or tradition in Latin American music. Course content rotates from semester to semester, with possible topics including Sacred Music in Colonial Latin America; Twentieth-Century Music in Latin America; The Symphony in Latin America; Opera in Latin America; and the music of one or more Latin American composers. Satisfies a concentration requirement for graduate students pursuing a concentration in Latin American Music, and serves as a music history elective for other graduate students and qualified undergraduate students. Offered on a rotational basis.
MUS 586A: Latin American Music: Regional Studies
3.00 Credits
Historical survey and important trends in the music of a particular region. Lecture format. Possible topics include the music of Mexico; of Brazil and Rio de La Plata; of the Andes, of Venezuela, Central America, and the Caribbean. Includes examples from concert, popular, and folk traditions. Satisfies a concentration requirement for graduate students pursuing a concentration in Latin American music, and serves as a music history elective for other graduate students and qualified undergraduate students. Offered on a rotational basis.
MUS 599: Musicology Colloquium (with classes)
0.00 Credits
This course will feature guest scholars, presentations by CUA faculty and student research. Students will examine the process of effective research papers and techniques for conference presentations. Various related issues such as organization and writing style, popular research topics, and use of technology will be examined. May be repeated four times.
MUS 599A: Musicology Colloquium (without classes)
0.00 Credits
This course will feature guest scholars, presentations by CUA faculty and student research. Students will examine the process of effective research papers and techniques for conference presentations. Various related issues such as organization and writing style, popular research topics, and use of technology will be examined. May be repeated four times.
MUS 668: Folger Shakespeare Library Seminar
3.00 Credits
A seminar on some aspect of Renaissance music, offered under the auspices of the Folger Shakespeare Library and taught by eminent guest scholars. For graduate music majors. Limited enrollment. Permission of academic adviser and letters of recommendation required. Prerequisite: Department Consent.
MUS 720: Seminar in Music History Topics
3.00 Credits
Designed as a research based course for musicology graduate students and other qualified graduate students. Highlights a variety of period and genre studies or specific kinds of musicological inquiry. Topics include chant studies, manuscript research, composer-centered topics, etc. Offered on a rotational basis. Prerequisites: MUS 731 or consent of the instructor.
MUS 720A: Seminar in Music Theory Topics
3.00 Credits
Designed as a research based course for musicology graduate students and other qualified graduate students. Highlights a variety of period and genre studies or specific kinds of theoretical inquiry. Offered on a rotational basis. Prerequisites: MUS 731 or consent of the instructor.
MUS 721: Seminar in Opera Topics
3.00 Credits
Examines opera from the perspectives of historical period, style (opera seria, opera buffa, tragedie lyrique, Singspiel, ballad opera, etc.), or national school. Topics rotate. Offered on a rotational basis. Prerequisites: 731 or consent of the instructor; Department Consent.
MUS 724: Music of Messiaen
3.00 Credits
Study of the music of Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), beginning with an examination of the composer's musical language, as specified in Messiaen's own writings. Special emphasis also on such topics as Roman Catholic theology, birdsong, Gregorian chant, Greek and Indian rhythms, isorhythmic procedures, color, electronic music, and serial procedures, with regard to their importance in his music. Literature includes representative scores for solo piano, song, organ, orchestral, chamber, choral, and operatic repertoires, in addition to composers who influenced Messiaen or were influenced by him. Readings and listening assignments, analysis of scores, short class presentations, and term paper required. For graduate students. Undergraduates with permission of instructor. Prerequisites: 224, 321. Offered on a rotational basis.
MUS 729: Musical Paleography
3.00 Credits
Overview of Gregorian chant notation and the study of chant manuscripts. Notation of polyphonic music, 1100-1600, and study of polyphonic sources. Discussion of the problems and principles of editing early music. Keyboard and lute tablatures.
MUS 731: Research Methodology
3.00 Credits
A study of research techniques and bibliography in the field of musicology.

 

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