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Fall 2014 Music Courses!

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.

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 11:40am-12:55pm
Location: To be announced
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.

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
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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
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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
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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.

Tonal Composition (MUSIV3244, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Tonal Composition
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3244
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Sophia (Zosha) Di Castri

Fall 2014
Music V3244
TONAL COMPOSITION
Section 001 Call Number: 22344 Points: 3
Day/Time: TR 4:10pm-5:25pm
Location: To be announced 
Instructor: Sophia (Zosha) Di Castri (bio)

Training in composing in tonal styles, including Baroque fugues; Classical minuets, variations, and sonata-form movements; Romantic songs and preludes.

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 )
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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
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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.  

Collegium Musicum (MUSI V1580, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Collegium Musicum
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V1580
Points/Credits: 
1
Instructor: 
Anne Levitsky

Fall 2014 Music V1580
COLLEGIUM MUSICUM

Call Number: 78533 Sec. 001 Points: 1
Day & Time: MW 7:30pm-10:00pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Anne Levitsky (aal2140@columbia.edu)

Performance of vocal and instrumental music from the medieval, Renaissance, and baroque periods. The Collegium usually gives one public concert each term.

May be taken for Pass credit only. Prerequisite: an audition to be held during the registration period. Contact the department for further details (212-854-3825).  Email Anne Levitsky at aal2140@columbia.edu to set up an audition.

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Columbia University's esteemed Collegium Musicum incorporates vocal and instrumental performance practice techniques, improvisation, and gesture in bold, imaginative concerts inspired by historical performance practice.

Introductory Ear Training (MUSI V1312x/y, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Introductory Ear Training
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V1312x/y
Points/Credits: 
1
Instructor: 
Various, multiple sections

Fall 2014 Music V1312
INTRODUCTORY EAR-TRAINING

Two Sections:

SECTION 001 
Call Number: 65180 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: 70784 Points: 1
Day/Time: TR 3:10pm-4:00pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes: REPORT TO FIRST CLASS FOR PLACEMENT TEST

MUSI V1312x or y-V1312y Introductory Ear Training 1 pt. A student may place into a higher level of this course by passing an examination given on the first day of the class. V1312 is an introduction to basic skills in sight reading. Instruction includes reading rhythms in simple meter, solfege recitation, and sight-singing simple melodies. Lab Required.

"Masterpieces of Western Music" ("Music Humanities" W1123, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Masterpieces of Western Music (Music Humanities)
CU Directory Course Number: 
HUMA W1123
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Members of the Music Department Faculty. For inquiries, contact the Music Department office

Fall 2014 HUMA W1123
"Masterpieces of Western Music"
("Music Humanities" Core Curriculum Course)

This course is offered every semester in multiple sections and at various times and locations.  Please see the table below for available sections and current enrollments.  Sections are capped at 25 students.

Masterpieces of Western Music is the Department's flagship course, our contribution to Columbia's esteemed Core Curriculum, and required of every student in Columbia College.  More information on Music Humanities (and a list of online resources) can be found here.

Registration Procedure: All information concerning registration in HUMA W1123 is included in the registration materials sent to students. It is the expectation of the College that all students complete Music Humanities by the end of their third year.

Description: Part of the Core Curriculum since 1947, "Music Humanities'' aims to instill in students a basic comprehension of the many forms of the Western musical imagination. 

Fundamentals of Music (MUSI V1002) - Fall 2014 Sections

Course Information

Course Title: 
Fundamentals of Music
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V1002
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Multiple Sections

MUSI V1002x
Fundamentals of Music
 
(2 Sections)

SECTION 001
Call Number: 72907 Points: 3 
Day/Time: MW 4:10pm-5:25pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes: EAR TRAINING CO-REQ REQUIRED FOR MAJ/CONC
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SECTION 002 
Call Number: 71648 Points: 3
Day/Time: TR 4:10pm-5:25pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes: EAR TRAINING CO-REQ REQUIRED FOR MAJ/CONC

MUSI V1002x Fundamentals of Music 3 pts. Corequisites: Introductory Ear-Training (V1312, or higher, as determined by placement exam). Introduction to music, including notation, written and aural skills, and basic conceptual resources of music theory. Exploration of scale, mode, rhythm, meter, texture and form, with reference to a diverse range of musics. (Through Spring 2014, this course was entitled Fundamentals of Western Music.)

Introductory Ear Training (MUSI V1312x/y, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Introductory Ear Training
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V1312x/y
Points/Credits: 
1
Instructor: 
Various, multiple sections

Fall 2014 Music V1312
INTRODUCTORY EAR-TRAINING

Two Sections:

SECTION 001 
Call Number: 65180 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: 70784 Points: 1
Day/Time: TR 3:10pm-4:00pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes: REPORT TO FIRST CLASS FOR PLACEMENT TEST

MUSI V1312x or y-V1312y Introductory Ear Training 1 pt. A student may place into a higher level of this course by passing an examination given on the first day of the class. V1312 is an introduction to basic skills in sight reading. Instruction includes reading rhythms in simple meter, solfege recitation, and sight-singing simple melodies. Lab Required.

"Masterpieces of Western Music" ("Music Humanities" W1123, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Masterpieces of Western Music (Music Humanities)
CU Directory Course Number: 
HUMA W1123
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Members of the Music Department Faculty. For inquiries, contact the Music Department office

Fall 2014 HUMA W1123
"Masterpieces of Western Music"
("Music Humanities" Core Curriculum Course)

This course is offered every semester in multiple sections and at various times and locations.  Please see the table below for available sections and current enrollments.  Sections are capped at 25 students.

Masterpieces of Western Music is the Department's flagship course, our contribution to Columbia's esteemed Core Curriculum, and required of every student in Columbia College.  More information on Music Humanities (and a list of online resources) can be found here.

Registration Procedure: All information concerning registration in HUMA W1123 is included in the registration materials sent to students. It is the expectation of the College that all students complete Music Humanities by the end of their third year.

Description: Part of the Core Curriculum since 1947, "Music Humanities'' aims to instill in students a basic comprehension of the many forms of the Western musical imagination. 

Fundamentals of Music (MUSI V1002) - Fall 2014 Sections

Course Information

Course Title: 
Fundamentals of Music
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V1002
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Multiple Sections

MUSI V1002x
Fundamentals of Music
 
(2 Sections)

SECTION 001
Call Number: 72907 Points: 3 
Day/Time: MW 4:10pm-5:25pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes: EAR TRAINING CO-REQ REQUIRED FOR MAJ/CONC
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SECTION 002 
Call Number: 71648 Points: 3
Day/Time: TR 4:10pm-5:25pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: TBA
Notes: EAR TRAINING CO-REQ REQUIRED FOR MAJ/CONC

MUSI V1002x Fundamentals of Music 3 pts. Corequisites: Introductory Ear-Training (V1312, or higher, as determined by placement exam). Introduction to music, including notation, written and aural skills, and basic conceptual resources of music theory. Exploration of scale, mode, rhythm, meter, texture and form, with reference to a diverse range of musics. (Through Spring 2014, this course was entitled Fundamentals of Western Music.)

Jewish Music in New York (MUSI V2030, Fall 2014) -NOTE NEW DAYS/TIME: Mon/Wed 2:40-3:55

Course Information

Course Title: 
Jewish Music in New York
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V2030
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Prof. Tina Frühauf (visiting)

Note updated days/time for this course, which will meet in fall 2014 from 2:40-3:55 on Monday and Wednesday 
 

Music V2030 JEWISH MUSIC IN NEW YORK
Section 001  Points: 3 
Fall 2014
MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Instructor: Prof. Tina Fruhauf

 

Course Description:
With the arrival of the first Jewish immigrants in New York in the mid-1600s until today, Jewish music in the City has oscillated between preserving traditions and introducing innovative ideas. This course explores the variety of ways people have used music to describe, inscribe, symbolize, and editorialize their Jewish experience. Along these lines, it draws upon genres of art music, popular music, and non-Western traditions, as well as practices that synthesize various styles and genres. Diverse musical experiences will serve as a window to address wider questions of identity, memory, dislocation, and connections to New York's dynamic and eclectic music culture. We will experience the City's Jewish soundscape by visiting various venues and meeting key players in today's music scene, in order to engage in the ongoing dialogues that define Jewishness in New York. Although a basic familiarity with Judaism and/or music is helpful for this course, it is by no means required. You do not need to know Jewish history to take this class, nor do you need to be musically literate. All translations will be provided, and all musical analysis will be well explained.

Congratulations to Dr. Marti Newland!

The Department of Music congratulates Dr. Martha ("Marti") Newland, who successfull defended her dissertation, entitled Sounding "Black": An Ethnography of Racialized Vocality at Fisk University, on June 23, 2014.  Her dissertation was sponsored by Prof. Aaron Fox.  Dr. Newland, a former winner of Columbia's Myerson Award for excellence in Core Curriculum teaching, has accepted a two year appointment as a Core Lecturer for Music Humanities at Columbia.

 

Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Appointed as Lecturer and Director of Music Performance!

The Department of Music warmly welcomes Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska to our faculty.  Dr. Stern-Baczewska has been appointed as a Lecturer in Music and as the new Director of the Columbia Music Performance Program. 

Biography:  Pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Stern-Baczewska (pronounced BaCHEVska) joins the faculty of Columbia University as Director of the Music Performance Program. As an award-winning soloist and recording artist, she performs internationally. Her performances, hailed as "eloquent and technically flawless" (The Washington Post), have been broadcast on radio stations across America, including WQXR, NPR, Voice of America, and on European Radio and Television. This season's highlights include piano lecture-recitals on the music of Chopin's teachers, performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, harpsichord performances of Polish keyboard music from the time of Copernicus (1543) to Kosciuszko (1777), Bach's Triple Concerto BWV 1044 with the West Chester Baroque, concert of 17th-century Italian sonatas with the members of Dorian Baroque, among others.

Her CD "A Tribute to Glenn Gould" (2008) contains J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and R. Strauss' Sonata op. 5, the first and last piano works ever recorded by Gould. The three subsequent albums, "Music for Dreams" were released in collaboration with BlueSleep(r), a medical team specialized in research and treatment of sleep disorders. She continues to create music for health and wellness as Artistic Director at BlueSleep Music.

Baczewska worked with the Columbia students in 2012, teaching Fundamentals of Western Music. She returns to Columbia having served on the faculty of the Mannes College New School for Music, John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, Manhattan School of Music's Pre-College Division, and the Concordia Conservatory. Every summer she joins the faculty of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival and the New York Piano Festival. Her guest teaching appearances also include remote master classes using Yamaha Disklavier and the Remote Lesson technology. She is a published music critic, having written for the New York Concert Review. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Polish Minister of Culture.

As an administrator, Magdalena brings her corporate experience to Columbia, having worked in the Artist Relations division of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. (a subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation of America).

Congratulations to Dr. Harald Kisiedu

The Department congratulates Dr.  Harald Kisiedu, who recently defended his dissertation, "European Echoes: Jazz Experimentalism in Germany, 1965-1974." Dr. Kisiedu's dissertation was sponsored by Prof. George Lewis. 

Zosha Di Castri Appointed Assistant Professor of Composition!

The Department of Music warmly welcomes and congratulates Zosha Di Castri, who has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music (Composition).  Prof. Di Castri, who will soon complete her DMA in the Department, will begin her appointment on July 1, 2014

Ms. Di Castri is a Canadian composer/pianist living in New York. Her work (which has been performed in Canada, the US, and Europe) extends beyond purely concert music, including projects with electronics, installations, and collaborations with video and dance. Her latest work, Serafiniana, for solo amplified violin, amplified harp, orchestra, and electronics was premiered in Toronto by Esprit Orchestra in May. Other recent orchestral compositions have been programmed by the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra among others. Zosha has made appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the L.A. Philharmonic in their chamber music series and has worked with many local groups including Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink, Ekmeles, and Ensemble Pamplemousse. She was the recipient of the Jules Leger Prize for New Chamber Music for her work Cortege in 2012, and participated in Ircam's Manifeste Festival, writing an interactive electronic work for Thomas Hauert's dance company ZOO. Upcoming projects include an evening-length collaborative interdisciplinary work with David Adamcyk and ICE, and a piece for the Cecilia String Quartet. Zosha is presently completing her doctorate and will begin a tenure-track appointment in the summer of 2014.

Learn more about Prof. Di Castri's work on her Columbia Composers bio page!

Read an article (with audio samples) about Prof. Di Castri in musicworks magazine.

Music Majors Olivia Harris & Solomon Hoffman Perform & Arrange the National Anthem for Commencement!

On May 22, 2014, for the Columbia University Commencement Ceremony, graduating Columbia College Music Major Olivia Harris, along with fellow students Taylor Harvey and Brittany Carroll-Watts, brilliantly performed a striking arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner," arranged by Columbia graduating Music Major Solomon Hoffman. 

 

Enjoy the performance! 

 

Dr. Ashley Fure Appointed Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music!

The Department of Music is delighted to welcome Dr. Ashley Fure as an incoming Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music for 2014-16. 

Dr. Fure is an American composer interested in chaotic matter and music's ability to convey movement. She works in both acoustic and electroacoustic media and collaborates frequently with artists from other disciplines.  A 2013-14 Fulbright Fellow in France, Fure is currently creating a 65 minute electroacoustic ballet with choreographer Yuval Pick commissioned by IRCAM for the 2014 Manifeste Festival in Paris. She earned a Phd in Music Composition from Harvard University, where she studied with Chaya Czernowin, and further degrees from IRCAM (Cursus 1 and 2), Oberlin Conservatory (B.Mus), and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Notable honors include a 2013 Impuls International Composition Prize, a 2012 Darmstadt Stipendienpreis, a 2012 Staubach Honorarium, a 2011 Jezek Prize, and a 2010 10-month residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude.  

Visit Ashely Fure's website here!

Dr. Bryan Parkhurst Appointed Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music!

The Department of Music is delighted to welcome Dr. Bryan Parkhurst as an incoming Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow for 2014-16!

Dr. Parkhurst earned his PhD in philosophy and music theory from the University of Michigan, where he was supported by both a Regents Fellowship and a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship.  His dissertation, "Sound's Arguments: Philosophical Encounters with Music Theory," which was written under the supervision of Kendall Walton, Ramon Satyendra, and Kevin Korsyn, engages closely with the thought of such figures as Schenker, Lewin, Kant, Hegel, Hanslick, Schopenhauer, Dewey, and Wittgenstein.   He is currently researching a book about Hegel and Hauptmann.  Additionally, Bryan is interested in Marxist philosophy generally and Marxist aesthetics in particular, as well as in the grand question of whether and how it is possible for music to be philosophy (Marxist or otherwise).  Bryan's recent publications appear in Music Theory Online, The Journal of Aesthetic Education, The Journal of Interdisciplinary Humanities, and elsewhere.  He is a also a harpist and accordionist. 

DMA Alumnus Timothy Polashek Publishes "The Word Rhythm Dictionary: A Resource for Writers, Rappers, Poets, and Lyricists"

Columbia DMA alumnus Timothy Polashek (Composition, D.M.A. 2002) has written a new book entitled The Word Rhythm Dictionary: A Resource for Writers, Rappers, Poets, and Lyricists.  A result of Polashek's interdisciplinary research and creative projects in music theory, cognition, and composition, as well as computer science and linguistics, the book is new kind of dictionary--one that reflects the use of "rhythm rhymes" by rappers, poets, and songwriters of today. Dr. Polashek is professor music and director of music technology studies at Transylvania University.

Learn more about the book here: 

http://rowman.com/ISBN/9780810884168

 

Graduating Seniors Olivia Munson, Josh Owens, & Alexander Porter Win Departmental Honors!

The Department of Music is pleased to announce that Departmental Honors for 2014 are awarded to the following graduating senior music majors:

Alexander Porter (Columbia College) for his project (advised by Prof. Joseph Dubiel), "Of Diagrammatology in Music and Architecture," which included both an extended essay and two original creative works, a composition called "Diachronism" and a short play called "Broken Images."  All were woven together by Alex's stimulating, imaginative exploration of time, memory, and space across both musical and architectural dimensions. A complete PDF version of Alexander's thesis can be downloaded here.

Olivia Munson (Columbia College) for her essay (advised by Prof. Aaron Fox) "A Space for Musical Therapy: On Nationalism, Modernity, Music, and Medicine in the Transition from Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic."  This essay looks at the use of music for medicinal or therapeutic purposes across broad historical span of Turkish history.  Olivia's essay represents an impressive combination of on-the-ground fieldwork and sophisticated theoretical-historical analysis.

Dr. Jessica Schwartz Appointed Assistant Professor of Musicology at UCLA!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Dr. Jessica Schwartz, currently completing her two year term as a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department, who has been appointed Assistant Professor of Musicology at The University of California, Los Angeles!

Dr. Schwartz holds the PhD in Ethnomusicology from New York University, where she completed a dissertation entitled:  "Resonances of the Atomic Age: Hearing the Nuclear Legacy in the United States and the Marshall Islands, 1945-2010," advised by Prof. Jairo Moreno.  She has published articles in, among other places,  Transactions of the Royal Historical Society,Women and Music, and Music & Politics.  Dr. Schwartz is also the founder of  the Marshallese Educational Initiative, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding educational opportunities for Marshallese and raising awareness of Marshallese issues.

Congratulations to all our graduates!

Graduates, their families, and their professors at the Commencement reception in Dodge Hall on May 21, 2014.

Congratulations to the Doctoral Graduates!

Smiles at the GSAS doctoral convocation on Sunday, May 18, 2014 and at the department's luncheon on Wednesday, May 21 after Commencement.

Dr. Juliet Forshaw Appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Oswego!

The Department congratulates Dr. Juliet Forshaw (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2014), who has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Oswego for 2014-15. Juliet recently defended her dissertation, "Dangerous Basses, Heroic Tenors, and Non-Ingenues: Singers and the Envoicing of Social Values in Russian Opera, 1836-1905."

Dr. Toby King Appointed Assistant Professor of Music at UNC Asheville!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Jonathan "Toby" King (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2014), who has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music at The University of North Carolina at Asheville!  Mr. King's dissertation is entitled "Implications of Contemporary Bluegrass Music Performance at and around a New York City Jam Session," and it is sponsored by Prof. Aaron Fox. Dr. King defended his dissertation on June 2, 2014. 

Lauren Flood Wins Whiting Dissertation Fellowship!

Lauren Flood (Ethnomusicology) has been awarded a dissertation completion fellowship for 2014-15 from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. The title of her dissertation is "Building and Becoming: DIY Music Technology in New York and Berlin," and it is sponsored by Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa. 

Dr. Kate Heidemann Appointed Faculty Fellow at Colby College!

The Department of Music congratulates Music Theory PhD alumna DrKate Heidemann.  Dr. Heidemann has been appointed Faculty Fellow in Music at Colby College for the 2014/15 academic year.  

Dr. Heidemann recently defended her dissertation, entitled "Hearing Women's Voices in Popular Song: Analyzing Sound and Identity in Country and Soul," advised by Professor Ellie Hisama. 

 

Elaine Sisman Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences!

Elaine Sisman, Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music (Historical Musicology), has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the members are some of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders: see the complete list here and the press release here.

Dr. Julia Doe appointed Assistant Professor of Music

The Department of Music at Columbia University welcomes Dr. Julia Doe who has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music.

Dr. Doe holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Yale University, where she also served as an affiliate of the Whitney Humanities Center. She is a scholar of eighteenth-century opera, with particular emphasis on the music, literature, and politics of the French Enlightenment. Her current book project examines the development of opera-comique in the final decades of the Old Regime, as it engaged with emerging discourses of national and cosmopolitan musical style. Portions of this work have appeared in The Opera Journal, and have been supported by grants and prizes from the Fulbright Program, the National Opera Association, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Dr. Doe is presently completing a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia and will begin a tenure-track appointment in the summer of 2015.

David Gutkin Wins Whiting Dissertation Fellowship!

David Gutkin (Historical Musicology) has been awarded a dissertation completion fellowship for 2014-15 from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. The provisional title of his dissertation is "American Opera and the Figuration of National History in the Late Twentieth Century."

Aaron Johnson Appointed Visiting Professor at Bates College

Aaron J. Johnson (Historical Musicology, Ph.D. 2014) has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2014-2015 academic year at Bates College, where he will teach courses is Jazz History, African American Music History, Music Theory, and Cultural Politics. This spring, AJ defended his dissertation, "Jazz and Radio in the United States: Mediation, Genre, and Patronage," and published "A Date with the Duke: Duke Ellington on Radio, 1923-1953" in Musical Quarterly last December.  AJ won the Meyerson Award for excellence in teaching Music Humanities.

Dr. Courtney Lara Bryan Awarded Princeton Postdoc!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates DMA alumna Dr. Courtney Lara Bryan, who has been awarded a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. Ms. Bryan recently defended her dissertation, which was advised by Prof. George Lewis. 

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