Investigation of special topics in music theory, history and literature. Recent offerings have included World Musics, Musics of the Southwest and Music of Africa.
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Current Semester InformationScott Spiegelberg
290A: Tps:Analysis of Pop Mus
Tps:Analysis of Popular Music
In the last 20 years, music scholars have branched out to study rock, pop, country, hip hop, and jazz music. This class will explore theories of each of these genres, and utilize these theories to create new depths of understanding and appreciation for seminal works in each genre. We will examine lyrics, instrumentation, form, harmony, rhythm, timbre, and social cues. Knowledge of music notation is not required. However, the successful student will come in with a willingness to listen to a wide range of music (including classical) and to approach music from a scholarly perspective.
290B: Tps:Music of Black Amer
Tps:Music of Black Americans
This course surveys selected topics in the Music of Black Americans. Beginning classes treats music in the Black American Christian musical beginnings and includes forms of worship, early musical practices, the Spiritual, evolution of Gospel. An exploration of early composers in classical tradition follows. An examination of ante-bellum musical activities then follows including secular song types, character of the folk music with respect to poetic and musical form, language and themes. Attention will be given to significant literary and aesthetic developments, especially during the Harlem Renaissance and the poetry of several writers of that era. Final classes survey topics including blues, classical music forms from the 18th to 20th century, music of the theater from minstrelsy to Broadway, precursors of jazz, the syncopated dance orchestra and brass bands, and early jazz.