Graduate Courses, Music

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Graduate Courses
in Music

For a detailed description of upcoming graduate student seminars, please view the live Google document.

In summary, the upcoming courses are as follows:

Fall 2021

Music 210A Proseminar in Theory and Analysis, Sam Nichols, crn 52911, 1:10 – 4, F

Description: TBA

Music 221 Music and Humor, Beth Levy, crn 52912, 1:10 – 4, M

Description: This course will explore manifestations of musical humor from a variety of genres and time periods (primarily 18th to 21st century). Together we will explore what makes music funny, how musical jokes operate in different genres and contexts, and how comic play aims to disrupt or reinforce social relations. Likely topics include: theories of humor, 18thC Opera, Wagner Parodies, 20thC musical theater, the Marx Brothers, cartoon music, humor in jazz, P. D. Q. Bach, Weird Al Yankovic, and a variety of “postmodern” parodies. Students may select from any genre, geographical area, or time period for their own individual projects, which will be shared with the class at several stages, culminating in final presentations during the last week of the quarter. Because humor thrives on the transgression of norms, we will encounter many instances of potentially offensive language and assumptions; students should come prepared to meet these instances with thoughtful critique and resilience. If you have concerns about the course content at any point, please come and talk with me.

Winter 2022

MUS 221 Topics in Musicology, Pierpaolo Polzonetti, crn TBA, time TBA

Description:TBA

MUS 223 Topics in Ethnomusicology: Juan Diego Diaz, crn TBA, time TBA

Description: TBA

Spring 2022

MUS 210C Proseminar in Ethnomusicology, Juan Diego Diaz, crn TBA, time TBA

Description: This course is designed to impart familiarity with the intellectual history and major concepts, premises, theoretical approaches, analytical techniques, and methods of ethnomusicology as it has evolved in international scholarship, especially in the Anglophone world. The quarter begins with a historical overview of the discipline from the late nineteenth century to the present day and closes with an exploration of selected methods and topics employed in ethnomusicological scholarship. 

MUS 223 Topics in Ethnomusicology, Henry Spiller
crn TBA, time TBA

Description: TBA

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