Nonmajors Summer Classes 2021

Note: All Summer 2021 courses will be taught remotely.

GEN MUS 170-0-1

Introduction to Music
Instructor: Taichi Fukumura
6-week session, June 21 – July 31
MW, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

This course will introduce and explore a variety of topics around Western art music of the past four centuries, guiding students to develop their listening skills, terminologies, and a working knowledge of fundamental musical concepts. These include basic elements such as scales, harmony, rhythm, and notation; how instruments and voices work; a “behind-the-scenes” view into performance practices; and an awareness of Western music history through the lens of cultural, economic, and political contexts. These foundational tools will equip students to engage with and describe musical experiences with a deeper understanding and appreciation. Class meetings will consist of guided discussions of assigned readings and listening examples. Assignments include topical quizzes, discussion boards, presentations, and a final project. No musical training is assumed or required.  

Class materials (required): TBD


GEN MUS 175-0-1

Special Topics: Introduction to Global Music 
Instructor: Sarah Bartolome
3-week session, June 21 – July 11
MTWThF, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This course will introduce students to a variety of music-making traditions from around the world. During class, students will engage in discussion based on readings, participate in listening activities, and interact with local culture bearers. Workshop sessions will also provide students with an opportunity to participate in some of the traditions being studied. Content will feature music from Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bali, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States, among others. Students will develop a deeper understanding of music as a human phenomenon and an appreciation for the diversity of musical expressions practiced in communities around the world. No prior musical experience is necessary.  

Class materials (required): TBD


GEN_MUS 175-0-2

Special Topics: Playing with Video Game Music
Instructor: Cella Westray
6-week session, June 21 – July 31
MW, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

What role does music play in the way we interact with and experience video games?  In seeking to answer this question – and to equip students with the skills to examine their own experiences as listeners and players – this course will explore the cultural and historical contexts in which video game music developed, tracing its emergence as a unique musical genre. Along the way, students will gain vocabulary and analytic tools that allow them to communicate about the style and function of game music, answering questions like: What makes the musical style of a particular game or franchise unique? What specific musical factors influence us to play and experience a game in a certain way, or to have particular emotional reactions to a game? Why is video game music personally and culturally meaningful? We will also learn about the careers of current video game composers and others involved in the collaborative process of game design, gaining insight into what motivates their musical decision-making and creative process. This course does not require any prior musical background or knowledge of music theory. Graded assignments will include discussion posts, short presentations, and hands-on analytical and creative projects. Access to a laptop computer or tablet is beneficial, but not required.

Class materials (required): No materials required for purchase. Assigned readings will be made available through CANVAS. 


GEN_MUS 175-0-3

Special Topics: Music & Latin American Thought 
Instructor: Luis Fernando Amaya Muñoz
6-week session, June 21 – July 31
TTh, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

What can music reveal about the time, place, and currents of thought within which it was created? How can music teach us about the history of the vast region that we now call Latin America? What are the social, political, and philosophical implications of the music created there, and what can we learn from them that is relevant today? Through listening, reading, and discussing, we will take a journey through Latin American histories (in plural) across the centuries by means of a series of case studies where the ear can tell us something more than the silent pages of books can. From Caribbean trap to colonial church music in indigenous languages, from anti-dictatorship protest songs to nationalist avant-garde movements, this course will change your view of Latin America through its music. There is no minimum required musical background and all course materials will be provided by the professor.

Class materials (required): No materials required for purchase


MUS_TECH 321-0-1

Producing in the Virtual Studio
Instructor: Chris Mercer
6-week session, June 21 – July 31
MW, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

The class will explore session and post-production techniques in the computer-based project studio, including accompanying hardware components. Topics include running a multi-track session, intensive audio editing, effects processing, mastering, and basic surround mixing. Students will produce audio projects of their own choosing from start to finish with the goal of creating tracks at professional standards.

Class materials (required): No materials required for purchase.

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