Welcome to Professors Kevin Fellezs and Benjamin Steege!

The Department of Music at Columbia University welcomes two new faculty members, both joining us officially as of the Spring 2012 semester.

Kevin Fellezs has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music, in a joint appointment with the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia.  His book titled Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk and the Creation of Fusion (Duke University Press, 2011) is a study of fusion (jazz-rock-funk) music of the 1970s framed by insights drawn from critical race theory and jazz/popular music studies. He has published articles in Jazz Perspectives, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and the Institute for Studies in American Music Newsletter. He has also published essays in a number of edited anthologies including Alien Encounters: Asian Americans and Popular Culture (Duke University), One World Periphery Reads the Other: Knowing the "Oriental" in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula (Cambridge Scholars), and Heavy Metal: Controversies and Countercultures (Equinox). His research interests extend further, to Asian American popular music, Asian music, and the musical cultures of the Pacific. Prof. Fellezs holds the  PhD in History of Consciousness/American Studies from The University of California at Santa Cruz, and previously taught at the University of California at Merced.

This spring, Prof. Fellezs will be teaching:

Spring 2012 African-American Studies W3030 section 001
AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC; 3 points;
Tuesday Thursday 11:00am-12:15pm 603 Hamilton Hall 

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Benjamin Steege  has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music. Prof. Steege comes to Columbia having previously taught at Stony Brook University. He specializes in the history of music theory in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular emphasis on musical and scientific modernisms, the history of psychology, and the history of listening. His book, Helmholtz and the Modern Listener, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Other publications appear in Current Musicology, Journal of Music Theory, Zeitschrift fur die Gesellschaft der Musiktheorie, and Journal of the American Musicological Society (forthcoming). He is on the editorial board of Music Theory Spectrum, and has been a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010-11) and recipient of an Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship (2005-06).

This spring, Prof. Steege will be teaching:

Spring 2012 Music G6333 section 001
PROSEMINAR IN MUSIC THEORY; 3 points;
Wednesday 10:10am-12:00pm 701A Dodge Hall.
 
Spring 2012 Music G4360 section 001
ANALYSIS OF TONAL MUSIC; 3 points;
Tuesday 3:10pm-5:00pm
Room TBA

Salsa, Soca, and Reggae: Popular Musics of the Caribbean

Course Information

Course Title: 
Popular Musics of the Americas: Salsa-Soca-Reggae
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V2020
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Prof. Christopher Washburne

SALSA, SOCA, REGGAE
Spring 2012
Call Number: 72947 Points: 3  
Day/Time: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
Location: 622 Dodge Hall
Instructor: Christopher J Washburne

A survey of major syncretic urban popular music styles of the Caribbean, exploring their origins, development, and sociocultural context.

The prerequisite for this course is C1123 or F1123 Masterpieces of Western Music or BC 1001x or 1002y Introduction to Music, or equivalent.

Please note that this course is already over-enrolled.  Not all registrants may be accommodated.

Spring 2012 -- Courses in the Department of Music

Explore our course offerings for Spring 2012!

V2014 Popular Musics- Americas: Country Music    
Instructor: Aaron Fox Call #: 68348, 3 pts, TR 2:40pm-3:55pm, 405 Dodge
This is an undergraduate lecture/discussion survey course that combines a detailed musical and social history of "country" as an American and global popular music genre with an introduction to key issues in the academic study of popular music as exemplified by the growing scholarly literature on country. Inarguably, the genre (formerly known as "hillbilly" and "country and western" and sometimes "folk" music) constitutes a crucially important strand in the history of music in the 20th century, both in the United States and globally.

V3030 Asian American Music    
Instructor: Ellie Hisama Call #: 62292, 3 pts, MW 10:35am-11:50am, 404 Dodge
Examination of the diverse ways in which Asian Americans have understood and shaped their musical prac- tices. We will explore the ways in which Asians have been represented via sound, text, and image, and will consider Asian Americans' participation in composed music traditions, jazz, traditional/folk music, diasporic music, improvised music, and popular musics. The course will reflect on readings from musicology, ethnomu- sicology, and music theory as well as fields outside of music in order to consider Asian American music in relation to critical issues of diaspora, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, polyculturalism, and political activism.

MPP Weekly Announcements (Nov. 28, 2011)

Music Performance Program Weekly Announcements -- Nov. 28, 2011
Free Concerts and Events!

November 29, 2011
CU Jazz Ensemble and CU Brazilian Ensemble
8PM, Italian Academy, FREE

December 2, 2011
Columbia New Music Fall Concert
Reception afterward
8PM, Lerner C555, FREE

December 3, 2011
MPP Chamber Ensembles in Concert
4PM, James Room, Barnard College, FREE

December 3, 2011
CU Jazz Vocal Ensemble
8PM, 112 Dodge Hall (enter on College Walk), FREE

December 4, 2011
Guitar Ensemble Concert
6:30PM, 301 Philosophy Hall, FREE

December 4, 2011
MPP Chamber Ensembles in Concert
7PM, Italian Academy, FREE

December 4, 2011
Columbia University Orchestra
8PM, Roone Arledge Auditorium, FREE

December 4, 2011
CU Jazz Ensembles with special guest artist Walter Thompson
8PM, Miller Theatre, FREE

December 5, 2011
Gagaku/Hogaku Ensembles Concert
7:30PM, St. Paul's Chapel, FREE

MPP Weekly Announcements (Nov. 8, 2011)

MPP Weekly Newsletter for Nov. 8, 2011

November 11, 2011
Songs of Innocence: Works by Bach, Vivaldi, Vaughn Williams, Poulenc, and Richard Pearson Thomas (premier) performed by Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Dwight Manning, Nicole Becker, Jocelyn Stewart, and Richard Pearson Thomas
10:30AM, Milbank Chapel, 525 W. 120th St. btw Broadway and Amsterdam

November 13, 2011
Aspects of Orpheus, Holly Druckman's (CC'12) Senior Thesis
Each of these three concert-lectures will explore how the myths surrounding the Orpheus figure have been depicted in music across history. The first concert will include works of Monteverdi, Gluck and Debussy, among others, performed by Columbia students.
4PM, 301 Philosophy Hall, FREE

November 16, 2011
BCJ/MPP Joint Concert
Students in the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program and the Music Performance Program collaborate
7PM, Miller Theatre, FREE

November 18, 2011
Voice Ensemble Concert
7:30PM, 301 Philosophy Hall, FREE

November 29, 2011
CU Jazz Ensembles
8PM, Italian Academy, FREE

MPP Weekly Announcements (Nov. 1, 2011)

Music Performance Program Weekly Newsletter (Nov. 1, 2011)

CONCERTS AND EVENTS
--November 3, 2011
Songs of Innocence: Works by Bach, Vivaldi, Vaughn Williams, Poulenc, and Richard Pearson Thomas (premier) performed by Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Dwight Manning, Nicole Becker, Jocelyn Stewart, and Richard Pearson Thomas
7PM, Milbank Chapel, 525 W. 120th St. btw Broadway and Amsterdam

--November 4, 2011
Ramin Arjomand: Fall Solo Piano Concert
Composer/pianist Ramin Arjomand presents an original all-improvisation program
8PM, Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard College, FREE

--November 4, 2011
CU Free Jazz Ensemble
Come down and experience the sonic universe of the Columbia University Free Jazz Ensemble, with wild harmonic and melodic content by Corey Dansereau (trumpet), Carl Majeau (sax), and Ben Caine (piano); sonic booms by Max Gorelick (guitar) and Caitlin Kelliher (bass); rhythmic refraction by Ian Marsanyi (drums), and Adam Reis (drums). Directed by Ole Mathisen.
8:30PM, Dodge 112, FREE

--November 11, 2011
Songs of Innocence: Works by Bach, Vivaldi, Vaughn Williams, Poulenc, and Richard Pearson Thomas (premier) performed by Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Dwight Manning, Nicole Becker, Jocelyn Stewart, and Richard Pearson Thomas
10:30AM, Milbank Chapel, 525 W. 120th St. btw Broadway and Amsterdam

--November 13, 2011
Aspects of Orpheus, Holly Druckman's (CC'12) Senior Thesis
Each of these three concert-lectures will explore how the myths surrounding the Orpheus figure have been depicted in music across history. The first concert will include works of Monteverdi, Gluck and Debussy, among others, performed by Columbia students.
4PM, 301 Philosophy Hall, FREE

--November 16, 2011
BCJ/MPP Joint Concert
Students in the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program and the Music Performance Program collaborate
7PM, Miller Theatre, FREE

--November 18, 2011
Voice Ensemble Concert
7:30PM, 301 Philosophy Hall, FREE

MPP Weekly Announcements (October 25, 2011)

Music Performance Program Weekly Newsletter, October 25th, 2011
CONCERTS AND EVENTS
-- October 29, 2011
Columbia Classical Performers Halloween Concert
Works by Beethoven, Debussy, Haydn, Ravel, Shostakovich, and Vivaldi
Artwork from the Artist's Society will be on display, and homemade baked goods will be available, including pumpkin pie
7:30PM, 301 Philosophy Hall, FREE

-- October 31, 2011
Voice Ensemble Concert
7:30PM, 301 Philosophy Hall, FREE

-- November 4, 2011
Ramin Arjomand: Fall Solo Piano Concert
Composer/pianist Ramin Arjomand presents an original all-improvisation program
8PM, Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard College, FREE

-- November 4, 2011
CU Free Jazz Ensemble
Come down and experience the sonic universe of the Columbia University Free Jazz Ensemble, with wild harmonic and melodic content by Corey Dansereau (trumpet), Carl Majeau (sax), and Ben Caine (piano); sonic booms by Max Gorelick (guitar) and Caitlin Kelliher (bass); rhythmic refraction by Ian Marsanyi (drums), and Adam Reis (drums). Directed by Ole Mathisen.
8:30PM, Dodge 112, FREE

-- November 13, 2011
Aspects of Orpheus, Holly Druckman's (CC'12) Senior Thesis
Each of these three concert-lectures will explore how the myths surrounding the Orpheus figure have been depicted in music across history. The first concert will include works of Monteverdi, Gluck and Debussy, among others, performed by Columbia students.
4PM, 301 Philosophy Hall, FREE

-- November 16, 2011
BCJ/MPP Joint Concert
Students in the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program and the Music Performance Program collaborate
7PM, Miller Theatre, FREE

MPP Weekly Announcements (October 19, 2011)

Music Performance Program Weekly Announcements, Oct. 19 2011

Digital Music Lab Information Sessions (Oct. 7, 12, & 21, Registration Required)

The Music & Arts Library will offer 3 info sessions in October on the resources of the
Digital Music Lab. They will provide an overview of the available software and hardware
in the Lab, and highlight some sample projects & applications. Software includes Finale,
Sibelius, Logic Pro, Audacity, Amadeus Pro, MacGamut, and the recent additions of
Max/MSP, Ableton Live, Audiosculpt, Open Music, SPEAR and Transcribe!.

Sessions will be offered on:
    * Friday, 10/7, 1-2:30pm
    * Wednesday, 10/12, 1-2:30 pm
    * Friday, 10/21, 2-3:30 pm

Sessions are open to all full-time students, faculty, and staff. Registration is required, and is available at:

http://library.columbia.edu/indiv/music/music_lab/musiclabtrainings.html

The Digital Music Lab home page is at:
http://library.columbia.edu/indiv/music/music_lab.html

Music & Arts Library
Columbia University, 701 Dodge Hall
212-854-8523 (voice)

Important Announcement for Prospective Graduate Applicants in Ethnomusicology

The Department of Music would like to make prospective applicants to our PhD program in Ethnomusicology aware of the following announcement:

The graduate program in Ethnomusicology in the Department of Music at Columbia University will admit its next incoming cohort for the 2013-2014 academic year, with applications reviewed beginning in December 2012. The program in Ethnomusicology is not admitting a cohort for  2012-2013 and is therefore not accepting applications in the current (2011) cycle. 

For more information about the graduate program in ethnomusicology, see ethnocenter.org.

For questions regarding the 2012 admissions cycle, contact Professor Lila Ellen Gray (leg2114@columbia.edu).