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Music

Departmental Contact:
Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska
Director, Music Performance Program;
Lecturer in Music 618 Dodge Hall
mb3713@columbia.edu
212-854-2348

To request a syllabus, please contact the course instructor. You can find contact information for an instructor on the university directory.

Summer 2016

Music

  • MUSI S2400D. Music and the Indigenous Experience in North America. 3 pts.
    Runs from the week of May 23 to Jul 01

    What is "music" for Native American communities? How is meaning in indigenous music/sound generated? What has the creation, performance, and experience of listening to indigenous or indigenously created musics done for both Native and Settler/Immigrant communities in America? In this course we will develop foundational skills for listening to and contextualizing the music of indigenous peoples, and we will explore what scholars, activists and other authors have said about indigenous musical practices and creativity. While this course is listening-intensive, it will also draw upon literature in musicology/ethnomusicology, Native American studies, anthropology, performance studies, philosophy, and especially the intellectual work of indigenous peoples themselves. We will also pay particular attention to indigenous music happening in and around New York City.

  • MUSI S3630D. Recorded Sound. 3 pts.
    Runs from the week of May 23 to Jul 01

    Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

    Main objective is to gain a familiarity with and understanding of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering of recorded music and sounds using Pro Tools software. Discusses the history of recorded production, microphone technique, and the idea of using the studio as an instrument for the production and manipulation of sound.

    Music Humanities

  • HUMA S1123D. Masterpieces of Western Music. 3 pts. Limited enrollment.
    Runs from the week of May 23 to Jul 01

    Equivalent to MUSI F1123 and C1123. Part of the Core Curriculum since 1947, Music Humanities aims to instill in students a basic comprehension of the many forms of the Western musical imagination. Its specific goals are to awaken and encourage in students an appreciation of music in the Western world, to help them learn to respond intelligently to a variety of musical idioms, and to engage them in the various debates about the character and purposes of music that have occupied composers and musical thinkers since ancient times. The course attempts to involve students actively in the process of critical listening, both in the classroom and in concerts that the students attend and write about. The extraordinary richness of musical life in New York is thus an integral part of the course. Although not a history of Western music, the course is taught in a chronological format and includes masterpieces by Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky, among others. No previous knowledge of music required. Columbia University undergraduates who need this course for graduation are encouraged to register during early registration.

  • HUMA S1123Q. Masterpieces of Western Music. 3 pts. Limited enrollment.
    Runs from the week of Jul 05 to Aug 12

    Equivalent to MUSI F1123 and C1123. Part of the Core Curriculum since 1947, Music Humanities aims to instill in students a basic comprehension of the many forms of the Western musical imagination. Its specific goals are to awaken and encourage in students an appreciation of music in the Western world, to help them learn to respond intelligently to a variety of musical idioms, and to engage them in the various debates about the character and purposes of music that have occupied composers and musical thinkers since ancient times. The course attempts to involve students actively in the process of critical listening, both in the classroom and in concerts that the students attend and write about. The extraordinary richness of musical life in New York is thus an integral part of the course. Although not a history of Western music, the course is taught in a chronological format and includes masterpieces by Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky, among others. No previous knowledge of music required. Columbia University undergraduates who need this course for graduation are encouraged to register during early registration.

  • The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.