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MUS 390

Music History Topics

Investigations of specialized topics in music history with a consideration of musicological methodology. These courses expand upon the historical issues discussed in MUS 230 and/or MUS 334. Recent offerings have included Beethoven, Mozart, Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Opera, Mahler and His Time, Das Lied, Music for the Mass, Improvisation in Western Art Music, and Chamber Music of the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
MUS 230 and MUS 334 or consent of instructor 3/4 course

Spring Semester information

Matthew Balensuela

390A: Tps:Debates in American Music c. 1900

A discussion-based investigation of composers, works, and topics associated with music in America from the late-nineteenth to early- twentieth centuries. The course will be a series of questions or controversies of this period such as: the search for the "Great American Symphony," who "invented" jazz, and the effects of recording technology on music and audiences.


Fall Semester information

Elissa Harbert

390A: Tps:Women in Western Music

Despite women's severe underrepresentation in the canon of famous composers and musicians, women have always been a powerful presence in the music world, composing, performing, and championing music throughout the ages. This course explores the diverse musical activities of women in classical and popular musics of Europe and North America from the Middle Ages to the present. In addition to introducing you to many individual women and their cultural contexts, we will consider approaches to the study of gender and sexuality, misogynist and feminist perspectives in music scholarship and criticism, and representations of women and gender in historical and contemporary media.
As an S Course, assignments will include formal presentations, in-class discussion activities, and an audio podcast as well as written exams and daily reading, listening, and viewing assignments.
Prerequisites: MUS 265 and MUS 266 or consent of instructor.