New Graduate Course for Fall 2011:
GENDER/SEXUALITY/MUSIC: THEORY, HISTORY AND CRITICISM
Call #: 95946
Prof. Ellie Hisama
Exploration of gender and sexuality studies in music theory and historical musicology. Music explored will include classical music, popular music and jazz. Prerequisites: One graduate course in music and permission of the instructor.
Composition and Cognition
Prof. Alfred Lerdahl
This seminar studies contemporary compositional practice from the perspective of the cognitive science of music. Particular reference is made to the instructor's theories. Issues include compositional vs. perceptual grammars; cognitive constraints on compositional systems; perceptual critiques of serialism, spectralism, and other recent compositional methods; the cognitive organization of rhythm, pitch, and timbre. The student develops a major research project, first as class presentation and then as a term paper.
Seminar in Historical Musicology: Music and Biography
What constitutes interpretive adequacy in a musical biography? The framing of lives and works says as much about writers as about their subjects. Negotiating the complexities of a representation of career, personality, and music, biographers both construct and are situated in intellectual history. Will the chronological narrative reveal the composer's voice, the musician's gift? In this seminar, we will examine the theory, practice, and limits of biography as well as autobiography. The initial focus will be on composers and musicians of the 18th and early 19th centuries, but topics for seminar reports and papers may be drawn from any period.
Approaches to Classical Form
Prof. Nathan Martin
This course provides an introduction to William Caplin's theory of formal functions and to James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy's Sonata Theory through readings and analytical assignments; some attention is given also to the antecedents to both approaches in the German Formenlehre tradition.
20TH CENTURY MUSIC
Call Number: 25089 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Prof. George Lewis (bio)
A multicultural survey of composers, improvisers, sounds, practices and social issues in the music of "the long 20th century." Engages form, technique, genre, style, canon, media reception, constructions of gender and race, cultural nationalisms, and the impact of transnationalism and globalization. Reading knowledge of music is very helpful but not required.
Listening to Hip-Hop
Prof. Ellie Hisama
An interdisciplinary exploration of hip-hop music and culture from its beginnings to the present through historical, analytical, and critical perspectives. The course's primary focus will be on critical listening. Readings will help to situate particular pieces of music, artists, and genres within their cultural, political, and social contexts. Using through historical, analytical, and critical perspectives, we will examine hip-hop's complex relationships to politics, race, gender, sexuality, class, region, and diaspora as evident in performances, recordings, videos, films, and popular culture.
NOTICE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED
The Institute for Research in African-American Studies and the Department of Music at Columbia University are pleased to announce the following position:
The Institute for Research in African-American Studies and the Department of Music at Columbia University seek to hire an Assistant Professor with a specialization in African-American Music. The responsibilities of the position include undergraduate and graduate teaching; research and publication; and institutional service. We seek candidates with specializations in musicology, ethnomusicology, or music-centered studies in arts, humanities or social science fields; whose research centers on global Afrodiasporic/circum-Atlantic positions, practices and discourses; and whose teaching and research are informed by critical race/ethnicity theory and postcolonial discourses. Candidates must have earned the doctoral degree by July 1, 2011.
To learn more or to begin the application process, please visit the following link:
Review of applications will begin JANUARY 1, 2011.
(Note correction from earlier posting, which had listed an earlier date.)
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbians past and present are invited to the Columbia Music Department's reception at the AMS/SMT meetings in Indianapolis
Saturday, November 6
10 pm to midnight
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
BECHSTEIN ARTIST SERIES
Victoria Tzotzkova, piano
(PhD candidate in Music, Columbia University)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Bechstein Piano Centre
207 West 58 Street
Tickets: $15, available at the door
Music by Chopin, Debussy, Vladigerov, Grieg, Rachmaninoff