Info for Current Columbia Students

DMA Alumnus Andrew Byrne to Head Symphony Space

Andrew Byrne, a Columbia Music Department DMA alumnus (1999),  has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Symphony Space, one of New York's pre-eminent performance venues.  He begins September 15th, taking over the already planned 2014-2015 season. Previously, Dr. Byrne was Director of Festivals and Special Projects at Carnegie Hall to  Andrew Byrne studied with Jonathan Kramer and Fred Lerdahl in the 1990s and received his DMA in composition in 1998 with Fred Lerdahl as sponsor.

For more information see The New York Times
or
Andrew Byrne's website.

Peter M. Susser in Italy

Dr. Peter M. Susser, (DMA 1994), Director of Undergraduate Musicianship, attended the soundSCAPE Composition and Performance Exchange in Maccagno, Italy, July 2014. There he gave a presentation on Performance Skills and the music of Gyorgy Ligeti. 

 

Indigeneity and Music: talks by Amanda Minks & Deise Lucy Montardo (Sept. 18, 12-2)

Event Date: 
Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology), CU Morningside Campus @ 116th St

The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a colloquium on:

Indigeneity and Music

featured speakers:

Amanda Minks (University of Oklahoma):
"Constructing Culture and Indigeneity on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua"

Deise Lucy Montardo (Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Brazil; President. Brazilian Ethnomusicology Association [ABET]):
Music and Cosmology in Lowland South America: Guarani and Baniwa cases

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
12 noon - 2pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)
Columbia University Morningside Campus (B'way and 116th St.)

Free and Open to the Public


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MPP: 2014-15 Auditions for Lessons & Ensembles Announced

The Music Performance Program is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Audition Schedule for all Columbia undergraduate students. See below for information on auditioning and signing up for lessons, ensembles, and prizes.  

Jazz-Lesson and Ensembles

Directed by Professor Chris Washburne, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program offers both undergraduate and graduate students jazz performance opportunities and private lessons.

The Jazz Performance Program Ensembles include the CU Big Band led by Don Sickler, Brazilian music with Adriano Santos, Ole Mathisen's Free Jazz ensemble, jazz vocal ensembles taught by Christine Correa, and intermediate to advanced-level combos led by various instructors. All ensembles perform at an intermediate level or higher and require some past jazz experience.

Auditions for the Jazz Performance Program are held in the Fall semester only. Be sure to sign up for a time slot ahead of time at 618 Dodge Hall. You must participate in a jazz ensemble in order to be considered for private lessons.  Do not register until you have received confirmation of placement.

ALL AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE IN 112 DODGE.

Instrumental-Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 from 11:00AM - 9:00 PM

Vocal-Friday, September 5th  2014 from 11:00AM - 2:00 PM 

Audition Requirements:

Instrumentalists: 

Prepare two jazz standards (a rhythm section will be provided to accompany auditions). Only one selection may be requested. You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading abilities.

Vocalists:

1.  Please prepare two selections to show interpretative abilities (improvisation optional).   You may be requested to sing only a brief excerpt of one selection, so plan accordion

Instrumentation (MUSI W4525, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Instrumentation
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI W4525
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Jeffrey Milarsky

Fall 2014
Music W4525

INSTRUMENTATION
Section 001 Call Number: 69864 Points: 3 
Day/Time: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Jeffrey Milarsky (bio)

Analysis of instrumentation, with directional emphasis on usage, ranges, playing techniques, tone colors, characteristics, interactions and tendencies, all derived from the classic orchestral repertoire. Topics will include theoretical writings on the classical repertory as well as twentieth-century instrumentation and its advancement. Additional section will be provided with live orchestral demonstrations.

Prerequisite: Advanced music majors and extensive music background.

Field Methods & Techniques in Ethnomusicology for Undergrads (MUSI G4401, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Field Methods and Techniques in Ethnomusicology
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI G4401
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Aaron Fox (Fall 2014)

Fall 2014 
Music G4401
ETHNOMUSICOLOGICAL FIELD METHODS/TECHNIQUES (for undergraduates!)
Section 001 Call Number: 62038 Points: 3
Day/Time: T 4:10pm-6:00pm
Location: To be announced

Instructor: Prof. Aaron A. Fox (bio)

The goals of this course are practice-oriented. The end result will be short fieldwork-based project of approxiamtely 20 pages in length. In order to complete the paper, students will conduct fieldwork, read and synthesize relevant literatures, and think carefully about the questions in which they are interested and methods of addressing them through ethnographic inquiry.

This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in the junior or senior year only.  Permission of the instructor is required. Class size is limited to 12 students, with priority given to Barnard College Ethnomusicology majors and other Music major/concentrators.  Please contact Prof. Fox as soon as possible if you intend to register for this course. 

Ear Training V (MUSI W4318, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Ear Training V
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI W4318
Points/Credits: 
1
Instructor: 
Peter M. Susser

Fall 2014
Music W4318
EAR TRAINING V
Section 001 Call Number: 18100 Points: 1
Day/Time: MW 12:10pm-1:00pm
Location: To be announced
Notes: CLOSED TO STUDENTS NEW TO EAR TRAINING SEQUENCE
Instructor: Peter M Susser

Advanced dictation, sight singing, and musicianship, with emphasis on 20th-century music.

Music and Politics in Pre-Revolutionary France (MUSI W4150, NEW for Fall 2014!)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Music and Politics in Pre-Revolutionary France
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI W4150
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Julia Doe

Fall 2014
Music MUSI W4150

MUSIC & POLITICS IN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE (New for 2014!)
Section 001 Call Number: 27746 Points: 3 
Day/Time: MW 10:10am-11:25am
Location: 701a Dodge Hall
Instructor: Julia Doe (bio)

This course examines the relationship between musical and political institutions in France, from the reign of Louis XIV through the fall of the monarchy. We will 1) survey the development of musical style through listening and analysis; and 2) investigate how representative works reflected broad changes in the production and consumption of music during the grand siecle and age of Enlightenment. Topics will include: systems of court patronage and theatrical privilege; the rise of music criticism in the public sphere; the influence of the philosophes; salon culture; and the role of the arts in the historiography of the Revolution.

Listening to Hip-Hop

Course Information

Course Title: 
Listening to Hip-Hop
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3395
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Ellie Hisama

Fall 2014 Music V3395
LISTENING TO HIP-HOP

Section 001
Call Number: 24116 Points: 3 
Day/Time: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: 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.

Music Theory IV (MUSI V3322, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Music Theory IV (was "Chromatic Harmony and Counterpoint II")
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3322
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
TBA

Fall 2014 Music V3322
MUSIC THEORY IV (formerly "Chromativc Harmony and Counterpoint II")
Section 001
Call Number: 66270 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW 1:10pm-2:25pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA

 A one-hour weekly lab is required, to be scheduled at the beginning of the term. Prerequisites: V3321. Corequisites: One course from Ear-Training I-IV (V2314,V2315V3316, or V3317, as determined by placement exam.) Intermediate analysis and composition in a variety of tonal and extended tonal idioms. (Through Spring 2014, this course was entitled Chromatic Harmony and Counterpoint II.)

 

Music Theory III (MUSIV3321, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Music Theory III (was "Chromatic Harmony and Counterpoint I")
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3321
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Ellie Hisama (Section 1); Joseph Dubiel (Section 2)

Fall 2014 Music V3321
MUSIC THEORY III (Formerly "Chromatic Harmony and Counterpoint I")
(2 Sections)

SECTION 001

Call Number: 77017 Points: 3 
Day/Time: MW 1:10pm-2:25pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Ellie Hisama
__________
SECTION 002 
Call Number: 25267 Points: 3
Day/Time: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Joseph P Dubiel

 A one-hour weekly lab is required, to be scheduled at the beginning of the term. 

Prerequisites: MUSI 
V2319. Corequisites: One course from Ear-training I-IV (V2314,V2315V3316, or V3317, as determined by placement exam.) Intermediate analysis and composition in a variety of tonal idioms. (Through Spring 2014, this course was entitled Chromatic Harmony and Counterpoint I.) Lab Required.

Asian Humanities: Musics of India & West Asia (AHMM V3321y Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Asian Music Humanities: Musics of India and West Asia
CU Directory Course Number: 
AHMM V3321y
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Melissa Bilal (Section 1); Niko Higgins (Section 2)

Fall 2014 Asian Humanities: MUSI/AHMM V3321
MUSICS OF INDIA & WEST ASIA
(2 Sections)

SECTION 001
Call Number: 18554 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW 6:10pm-7:25pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Melissa Bilal
__________________________________
SECTION 002
Call Number: 26410 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW 6:10pm-7:25pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Nicholas Higgins

A topical approach to concepts and practices of music in relation to other arts in the development of South and Asian civilizations.  Subjects will include both classical and vernacular traditions, including diasporic idioms.  Global Core and fulfills Music Humanities requirements for students in General Studies.  

Ear Training IV (MUSIV3317, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Ear Training IV
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3317
Points/Credits: 
1
Instructor: 
TBA

Fall 2014 Music V3317
EAR-TRAINING IV


2 Sections:

SECTION 001
Call Number: 18670 Points: 1   Textbook Information
Day/Time: MW 4:10pm-5:00pm Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes: CLOSED TO STUDENTS NEW TO EAR TRAINING SEQUENCE

________________

SECTION 002
Call Number: 75387 Points: 1
Day/Time: TR 4:10pm-5:00pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes: CLOSED TO STUDENTS NEW TO EAR TRAINING SEQUENCE

Techniques of musicianship at the intermediate level, stressing the importance of musical nuances in sight-singing. Emphasis is placed on chromatically inflected four-part harmonic dictation.

Ear Training III (MUSIV3216, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Ear Training III
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3216
Points/Credits: 
1
Instructor: 
TBA

Fall 2014 Music V3316
EAR-TRAINING III
(2 sections)


SECTION 001
Call Number: 12186 Points: 1   
Day/Time: MW 3:10pm-4:00pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes:  CLOSED TO STUDENTS NEW TO EAR TRAINING SEQUENCE
_______________
SECTION 002 
Call Number: 73831 Points: 1
Day/Time: TR 12:10pm-1:00pm 
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes: CLOSED TO STUDENTS NEW TO EAR TRAINING SEQUENCE

Sight-singing techniques of modulating diatonic melodies in simple, compound, or irregular meters that involve complex rhythmic patterns. Emphasis is placed on four-part harmonic dictation of modulating phrases.

Techniques of 20th Century Music (MUSIV3310, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Techniques of 20th Century Music
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3310
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Sophia (Zosha) Di Castri

Fall 2014
Music V3310
TECHNIQUES OF 20th CENTURY MUSIC
Section 001 Call Number: 12208 Points: 3
Day/Time: TR 4:10pm-5:25pm
Location: 814 Dodge Hall
Instructor: Sophia (Zosha) Di Castri (bio)

Course Description V3310:

This course focuses on the analysis of significant pieces from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries via the close study of new techniques used by composers and theorists. Through listening, analysis, discussion, and composition, we will engage with a diversity of approaches to post-tonal music from the Euro-American avant-gardes. Music studied will include solo, chamber, and large ensemble works, as well as experimental vocal music, music theatre, and electronic/mixed-music genres.

Week-to-week work required of you: listening, study, analysis of assigned pieces sometimes accompanied with short readings (come prepared to share your perspectives in class); several miniature compositional response exercises. 

Plus two main assignments: a 20-minute oral presentation on a research/analysis topic of your choice; a final composition to be performed and presented in class

This course fulfills the requirement of a 3000-level advanced theory elective for the Major.

The prerequisite for this course is V3322y (Music Theory IV)  or equivalent.

Introduction to Composition I (MUSI 3239x, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Introduction to Composition
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3239x-V3240y
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas

Fall 2014 Music V3239x
INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITION I
Section 001 Call Number: 23074 Points: 3  
Day/Time: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
Location: To be announced
Enrollment: 23 students as of July 15, 2014
Instructor: Georg Friedrich Haas (bio)

Composition in shorter forms. Basic issues of musical structure and expression are explored in traditional and contemporary repertory.

The prerequisites for this course are V1002 Fundamentals of Western Music and the instructor's permission. 

20th Century Music (MUSI V3172, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
20th Century Music
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3172
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Prof. George Lewis

Fall 2014
Music V3172
20TH CENTURY MUSIC
Section 001
Call Number: 65591 Points: 3 
Day/Time: MW 10:10am-11:25am
Location: To be announced
Instructor: 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.

History of Western Music: Middle Ages-Baroque (MUSI V3128 Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
History of Western Music: Middle Ages-Baroque
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3128
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Prof. Susan Boynton

Fall 2014
Music V3128
HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC: MIDDLE AGES-BAROQUE
Section 001
Call Number: 28382 Points: 3 
Day/Time: TR 2:40pm-3:55pm
Location: To be announced
Notes: MUSIC MAJORS/CONCE PRIORITY
Instructor: Susan Boynton  (bio)

Pre- or co requisite:V2318-V2319. Topics in Western music from Antiquity through Bach and Handel, focusing on the development of musical style and thought, and analysis of selected works.

 

Music Theory II (MUSI V2319, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Music Theory II
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V2319
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
TBA

MUSI V2319y
Music Theory II (formerly "Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint II")

Section 001 
Call Number: 12276 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW 1:10pm-2:25pm
Location: To be announced

Instructor: TBA
Notes: MUSIC MAJORS/CONCENTRATORS HAVE PRIORITY

A one-hour weekly lab is required, to be scheduled at the beginning of the term. Prerequisites: V2318. Corequisites: One course from Ear-Training I-IV (V2314,V2315V3316, or V3317, as determined by placement exam.) Elementary analysis and composition in a variety of tonal idioms. (Through Spring 2014, this course was entitled Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint II.)

Music Theory I (MUSIV2318, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Music Theory I
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V2318
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Various, multiple sections

Fall 2014 Music V2318
MUSIC THEORY I   
(formerly "Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint I")

Section 001
Call Number: 11614 Points: 3 
Day/Time: MW 1:10pm-2:25pm
Location: To be announced
Notes: REPORT TO FIRST CLASS FOR ENTRANCE TEST
Instructor: Peter M Susser ( pms3@columbia.edu )
____________________
Section 002
Call Number: 66812 Points: 3 
Day/Time: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
Location: To be announced
Notes: REPORT TO FIRST CLASS FOR ENTRANCE TEST
Instructor: Mariusz Kozak  ( mk3611@columbia.edu

Prerequisites: MUSI V1002 or the equivalent, as well as placement exam administered in the first class meeting every semester the course is offered. (Through Spring 2014, this course was entitled Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint I.) Corequisites: One course from Ear-Training I-IV (V2314, V2315, V3316, or V3317, as determined by placement exam.) Elementary analysis and composition in a variety of modal and tonal idioms.

Ear Training II (MUSI V2315, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Ear Training II
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V2315
Points/Credits: 
1
Instructor: 
Various, multiple sections

Fall 2014 Music V2315
EAR-TRAINING II
(2 Sections)

Section 001
Call Number: 76151
Points: 1  

Day/Time: MW 3:10pm-4:00pm
Location: To be announced

Instructor: TBA
Notes: CLOSED TO STUDENTS NEW TO EAR TRAINING SEQUENCE
_____________
Section 002
Call Number: 61438 Points: 1 
Day/Time: TR 12:10pm-1:00pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes: CLOSED TO STUDENTS NEW TO EAR TRAINING SEQUENCE

Techniques of sight-singing and dictation of diatonic melodies in simple and compound meter with strong emphasis on harmonic dictation.

 

Ear Training I (MUSI V2314, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Ear Training I
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V2314
Points/Credits: 
1
Instructor: 
Various, multiple sections

Fall 2014 Music V2314
EAR-TRAINING I
(Two Sections)

SECTION 001
Call Number: 15174 Points: 1
Day/Time: MW 12:10pm-1:00pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes: REPORT TO FIRST CLASS FOR PLACEMENT TEST
_____________________
SECTION 002
Call Number: 21977 Points: 1 
Day/Time: TR 3:10pm-4:00pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes: REPORT TO FIRST CLASS FOR PLACEMENT TEST

MUSI V2314x or y Ear Training, I 1 pt. Designed to improve the student's basic skills in sight-singing, and rhythmic and melodic dictation with an introduction to four-part harmonic dictation.

Introduction to Digital Music (MUSI V2205, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Introduction to Digital Music
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V2205
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Prof. Brad Garton

An introduction to the potential of digital synthesis by means of the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). The goals of the course, in addition to teaching proficiency in elementary and advanced MIDI techniques, are to challenge some of the assumptions about music built into the MIDI specifications and to foster a creative approach to using MIDI machines. (This course was previously called MIDI Music Production Techniques).

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

Due to high demand, prospective students should attend the first meeting of the class, and be aware that placement will be determined by various factors including permission of the instructor. 

The Music of Russia: A Survey (MUSI V2145, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Russian Music: A Survey
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V2138
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Deborah Bradley-Kramer

Fall 2012 Music V2138
RUSSIAN MUSIC
Section 001 Call Number: 63017 Points: 3  
Day/Time: MW 11:40am-12:55pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Deborah J Bradley-Kramer

This course is detailed survey of Russian national and international composers from Glinka to Shostakovich, and will also address Russian realism, orientalism, the relationship between composers and poets of the Russian Symbolist era, the Ballets Russes, Soviet film music, and musical aesthetics. A knowledge of Russian is not required.  

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