Nonmajors Summer Classes 2022

GEN MUS 170-0-1

Introduction to Music
Instructor: Liza Sobel
6-week session, June 20 – July 30
TTh, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
RCMA 1-160

This introductory course will study Western art music (“classical music”) through specific repertoire throughout music history focused on four overarching topics: opera, orchestral music, film music, and chamber music. This class requires no prior musical training; all students are welcome regardless of their musical experience. This course will provide students the terminology, tools, and ideas to discuss and engage with music at a critical level. Students are expected to complete readings and listening assignments before class meetings; engage and participate during class lectures; attend concerts (free admissions for on-campus concerts will be available); submit written assignments; and prepare for quizzes and exams.

Class materials: Kristine Forney, Andrew Dell’Antonio, and Joseph Machlis, The Enjoyment of Music, Essential Listening Edition, 3rd edition (W.W. Norton, 2016). ISBN: 978-0-393-60251-7.

GEN MUS 175-0-1

Special Topics: Introduction to Global Music 
Instructor: Sarah Bartolome
3-week session, June 20 – July 9
MTWThF, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 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 175-0-1

Special Topics: Music, Sound, Noise & Silence
Instructor: Ryan Dohoney
6-week session, June 20 – July 30
MW, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This course introduces students to experimental music—art that pushes the boundaries of what music can and should sound like. We will explore how this music expands our listening capacities and awakens awareness to the beauty of everyday life. In addition to lectures and deep listening, students will work with archival materials in the library's special collections and engage in the collective performance of experimental works, focusing on creators including John Cage and Yoko Ono, among many others from the US, Europe, and Japan. We will also consider how experimentalism has the potential to enhance creativity and build community among practitioners.

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

GEN_MUS 175-0-2

Special Topics: The Summer of 1967
Instructor: Benjamin Krauss
6-week session, June 20 – July 30
MW, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
RCMA 1-160

The “Summer of Love” of 1967 was kicked off with the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, held June 16-18. But while Flower Power blossomed in Monterey, the “Long, Hot Summer” of 1967 also began: Over 150 race riots broke out in cities across the United States.  

What would it have been like to attend the festival at Monterey? What literature would concertgoers have been interested in? What political issues would they have been passionate about? In what ways were concertgoers blind or naïve? What realities did the “counterculture” movement overlook? Most fundamentally, how could the “Summer of Love” and the “Long, Hot Summer” occur simultaneously? 

To put the summer of 1967 in context, we will study the artists who played at Monterey, as well as musicians who inspired them or were otherwise intertwined with the era. We will explore politics, economics, literature, film, art (with a specific focus on poster art), fashion, and technology of the era. This course will also consider questions of identity, both in the context of the 1960s and today.

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

GEN_MUS 175-0-3

Special Topics: Hollywood Film Music
Instructor: Morgan Patrick
6-week session, June 20 – July 30
MW, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
RCMA 1-172

Throughout Hollywood's history, music has played a central role in shaping the identity, experience, and memorability of our favorite films. What are the building blocks of Hollywood's classical and contemporary soundtrack, and how do these structures interact with the image to tell stories? Why do some soundtracks stick in our ears and not others? Does film need music, and does music need film? This course will contemplate these and other questions through a survey of film music across the three “golden ages” of Hollywood sound. We will consider insights from musicology, music theory, film studies, and psychology, though expertise in these areas is by no means required. Knowledge of some music and film terminology will be useful, but we will introduce key terms and topics in relevant areas. Weekly film screenings will supplement class meetings, and students will work toward a final project analyzing the structure and function of music in a film of their choice.

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

MUS_TECH 321-0-1 

Producing in the Virtual Studio
Instructor: Chris Mercer 
6-week session, June 20 – July 30
TTh, 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

The class is a survey of digital post-production techniques for music and sound-for-picture applications. Demonstrations and topics range from pop music production to sound design. Techniques covered include destructive and non-destructive editing, effects processing (EQ, reverb, etc.), dynamics processing (compression, gating, etc.), stereo mixing and mastering, and surround sound. Assignments are mixing projects that allow students to pursue their own interests with the aim of producing audio at professional standards.

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