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104 Writing Through Popular Music

This course will introduce students to important concepts in effective academic writing by thinking about and thinking through popular music. Our complex relationships to popular music confront us with a host of challenging social, cultural, political, and ethical issues. How do we use music to construct, maintain, or challenge private and public identities? How are race, gender, class, sexuality, and the nation constructed through popular music? What is the role of music in our everyday lives? How do concepts of intellectual property, new technologies and forms of musical creativity, and commercial interests influence the music that we listen to? Thinking critically about these issues will refine students’ writing, and writing well about these issues will refine students’ thinking. These questions, among others, will generate a series of assignments designed to encourage students to develop clear and persuasive writing styles. As a writing-intensive course, we will focus on fundamentals of writing style, grammatical accuracy, thesis development, and research methodologies crucial to successful written communication. We will use weekly reading assignments drawn from the field of popular music studies to frame and debate important issues emanating from global popular music cultures and to provide models of successful written scholarship. Peer review and a strong focus on editing and revising will be central to the course. Students will also take advantage of the resources of the Writing Center.

Students admitted in consultation with the Dean of Students' Office and/or their academic adviser. Preference given to first-year students.  Limited to 12 students. Spring semester. Professor Engelhardt.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

105 African Popular Music

(Offered as BLST 204 [A] and MUSI 105.)   This course focuses on twentieth-century African popular music; it examines musical genres from different parts of the continent, investigating their relationships to the historical, political and social dynamics of their respective national and regional origins.  Regional examples like highlife, soukous, chimurenga, and afro-beate will be studied to assess the significance of  popular music as a creative response to social and political developments in colonial and postcolonial Africa.  The course also discusses the growth of hip-hop music in selected countries by exploring how indigenous cultural tropes have provided the basis for its local appropriation.  Themes explored in this course include:  the use of music in the construction of identity; popular music, politics and resistance; the interaction of local and global elements; and the political significance of musical nostalgia. 

Omitted 2013-14.  Five College Professor Omojola.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Spring 2016

107 Sonic Architecture: Sound as Anthropogenic and Experiential Medium

(Offered as ARCH 106 and MUSI 107.) Sound––heard or otherwise perceived––influences human existence, how we interpret lived experience, how we understand places and events. Yet our awareness of sound varies individually and contextually.

This course posits sound as a medium that can be constructed and environmentally transformed. How do spatial acoustics inform and affect us? How is sound intrinsic to individual and social experience?

Built environments and architectural forms embody structured acoustic dynamics, whether their particular sonics are design features or ephemeral artifacts of spatial constructs. Musical and engineered sound products directly engage the human activities of sound making and consuming, often abstracted from specific spatial environments, yet substantially linked to sense of place through cultural context. From vibratory mechanics to conceptual design, we will examine the material and immaterial ramifications of sonic structures and the structuring of sounds, their human interactive potentials and experiential implications. An interdisciplinary range of texts, works, and concepts will drive our exploration and analysis of sound as an environmental constant and fundament to human experience.

Students will develop two projects: a concise research paper that initiates a literature review and poses a perspective on a theme related to course discussion, and a design proposal for a space, object, artwork/installation, experiment or music/sound composition that will be presented to the class.

Open to all students; no prerequisites or prior experience necessary. 2 class meetings per week.

Five College Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow Miriam Kolar. Spring 2014.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Fall 2015

111 Introduction to Music

FALL SEMESTER DESCRIPTION:

This course is intended for students with little or no background in music who would like to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of how music works. Students will be introduced to different kinds of musical notation, melodic systems, harmonies, meters, and rhythmic techniques with the goal of attaining basic competence in the performance and creation of music. The music we analyze and perform will be drawn from the Western tonal tradition as well as a variety of other musical traditions. Assignments will include notational exercises, short papers, and the preparation of music for classroom performance. This course serves as a prerequisite for many other Music Department offerings. Three class meetings and one lab section per week.

Students with some musical experience contemplating MUSI 111 are encouraged to take a self-administered placement exam available on reserve in the Music Library and on the Music Department Website (www.amherst.edu/~music/TheoryPlacement.pdf). Students are also encouraged to discuss placement in music theory with a member of the Music Department.

Limited to 30 students. Fall semester.  Professor Engelhardt.

SPRING SEMESTER DESCRIPTION:

This course is intended for students with little or no background in music who would like to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of how music works. Students will be introduced into the technical details of music such as musical notation, intervals, basic harmony, meter and rhythm. Familiarity with basic music theory will enable students to read and perform at sight as well as to compose melodies with chordal accompaniment. Music analyzed and performed during the course will be drawn primarily from the Western tonal tradition. Assignments will include notational exercises, short papers and preparation of music for classroom performance. This course serves as a requisite for many of the music department offerings. Three class meetings and one lab section per week.

Students with some musical experience contemplating MUSI 111 are encouraged to take a self-administered placement exam available on reserve in the Music Library and on the Music Department Website (www.amherst.edu/~music/TheoryPlacement.pdf). Students are also encouraged to discuss placement in music theory with a member of the Music Department.

Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Senior Lecturer Chernin.

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

112 Exploring Music

Through analysis, performance, and composition, we will build a solid working understanding of basic principles of melody and harmony common in Western musical traditions. Assignments will include writing short melodies and accompaniments as well as more detailed compositional and improvisational projects. We will use our instruments and voices to bring musical examples to life in the classroom. Two class meetings and one lab session per week. Students who have not previously taken a course in music theory at Amherst College are encouraged to take a self-administered placement exam available on reserve in the Music Library and on the Music Department Website (www.amherst.edu/~music/TheoryPlacement.pdf ). Students are also encouraged to discuss placement in music theory with a member of the Music Department. This course is considered a point of entry to MUSI 241.

Requisite: MUSI 111, or equivalent ability gained by playing an instrument or singing. Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Valentine Professor Morris.

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

113 Jazz Theory and Improvisation I

A course designed to explore jazz harmonic and improvisational practice from both the theoretical and applied standpoint. Students will study common harmonic practices of the jazz idiom, modes and scales, rhythmic practices, the blues, and understand the styles of jazz in relation to the history of the music. An end-of-semester performance of material(s) studied during the semester will be required of the class. A jazz-based ear-training section will be scheduled outside of the regular class times. Two class meetings per week. This course is considered a point of entry to MUSI 241.

Students who have not previously taken a course in music theory at Amherst College are encouraged to take a self-administered placement exam available on reserve in the Music Library and on the Music Department Website (www.amherst.edu/~music/TheoryPlacement.pdf).  Students are also encouraged to discuss placement in music theory with a member of the Music Department. 

Requisite: MUSI 111 or 112 or equivalent, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Senior Lecturer Diehl.

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015

121 LGBT Perspectives in Popular Music

(Offered as MUSI 121 and WAGS 121.)  LGBT Perspectives in Popular Music is an introduction to the ways that LGBT people and members of other sexual minorities have participated in popular music as composers, performers, and crucial audiences. In this historical survey of the recorded repertory of (mostly) American popular song, students will acquaint themselves with music in a wide range of vernacular styles and explore the social, political, and aesthetic contexts within which they have appeared. Representative figures in this respect include blues singers like Bessie Smith or Billie Holiday; composers of standards and musicals, such as Cole Porter or Stephen Sondheim; and Post-Stonewall musicians from Alix Dobkin to Rufus Wainwright. The course is designed to be welcoming to non-majors, and knowledge of musical notation and technical vocabulary is not required to enroll.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Valentine Professor Morris.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013

122 Introduction to Music and Film

(Offered as MUSI 122 and FAMS 376) Introduction to Music and Film acquaints students with the primary concepts and methods used in contemporary scholarship on film music. Through a combination of readings, in-class discussion, and outside film screenings, students will gain skill in the analysis and interpretation of films with special focus on the contributions of sound to the cinematic experience. In addition, the selection of films for study will familiarize students with a broad range of film genres and styles. The course is designed to be welcoming to non-majors, and knowledge of musical notation and technical vocabulary in music or film is not required to enroll.

Limited to 40 students. Fall semester. Valentine Professor Morris.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013

123 Sacred Sound

Sacred Sound examines the relationship between music and religion in broad comparative perspective. In the context of major world religions, new religious movements, and traditional spiritual practices, we will address fundamental issues concerning sacred sound: How does music enable and enhance the ritual process? How is sound sacred and what are its affects? What happens as sacred sound circulates globally among diverse communities of listeners and in secular spaces? Listening, reading, and discussion will include Sufi music from Pakistan, Haitian Vodou, the songs of Ugandan Jews, Orthodox Christian hymns from Estonia, Islamic popular music from Malaysia, Chinese Buddhist chant, spirit possession music from Bali, and the music of Korean Shamans. We will also benefit from visiting performers and the sacred sounds of religious communities in and around Amherst. Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 25 students. Omitted 2013-14. Professor Engelhardt.

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Fall 2012

124 Global Sound

(Offered as MUSI 124 and FAMS 310.) This course explores the global scale of much music-making and musical consumption today. Migration, diaspora, war, tourism, postsocialist and postcolonial change, commerce, and digital technology have all profoundly reshaped the way musics are created, circulated, and consumed. These forces have also illuminated important ethical, legal, and aesthetic issues concerning intellectual property rights and the nature of musical authorship, the appropriation of "traditional" musics by elites in the global North, and local musical responses to transnational music industries, for instance. Through a series of case studies that will include performances and workshops by visiting musicians, Global Sound will examine how musics animate processes of globalization and how globalization affects musics by establishing new social, cultural, and economic formations. Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 25 students. Omitted 2013-14. Professor Engelhardt.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2013

136H Choral Ensemble (Women's Chorus, Glee Club, Concert Choir)

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

 

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

137H Jazz Ensemble

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

138H Jazz Combo Ensemble

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

139H Orchestra Performance

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

 

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

140H Chamber Music Performance

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

141H Piano Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

142H Voice Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

143H Violin Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

144H Viola Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

145H Trumpet Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

146H Percussion Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

147H Saxophone Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

148H French Horn Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

149H Clarinet Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

150H Cello Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

151H Classical Guitar Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

152H String Bass Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

153H Flute Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

154H Choral Conducting Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

155H Orchestra Conducting Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

156H Fiddle Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

157H Banjo Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

158H Jazz Piano Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

159H Jazz Voice Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

160H Jazz Guitar Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

161H Jazz Bass Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

162H Bassoon Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

163H Organ Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

164H Tuba Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

165H Trombone Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

166H Harp Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

167H Oboe Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

168H Lute Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

169H Mallets Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

170H Veena Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

171H Tabla Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

172H Mridangam Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

173H Balafon Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

174H Recorder Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

175H Mandolin Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

176H Shakuhachi Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

177H Harpsichord Performance Instruction

136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 141H-178H entail individual performance instruction and have a fee associated with the course. For 2013-14 the fee is $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. 136H-178H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. 141H-178H may be elected only with the consent of the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take 141H-178H as a full course.

b.         For 141H-178H, fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument, voice, or ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semester be consecutive.

d.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

e.         Only with special permission of the Music Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Music Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your class Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining. A student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

221 Music and Culture I

(Offered as MUSI 221 and EUST 221.) One of three courses in which music is studied in relation to issues of history, theory, culture, and performance, with the focus of the course changing from year to year. This course is an introduction to European music in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. We will begin by singing Gregorian chant and will go on to cover such topics as the music of the Troubadours, the polyphonic style associated with Notre Dame, the development of musical notation, Renaissance sacred polyphony, madrigals, court dances, and the birth of opera. Throughout the course we will seek to bring the music we study alive by singing and/or playing. We will also host several professional performers of “early music” who will help us understand how this music is likely to have sounded at the time of its creation.

Requisite: MUSI 112 or consent of the instructor. Omitted 2013-14. Professor Móricz.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2013, Fall 2014

222 Music and Culture II

(Offered as MUSI 222 and EUST 222.)  One of three courses in which the development of Western music is studied in its cultural-historical context. As practical, in-class performance and attendance at public concerts in Amherst and elsewhere will be crucial to our work. Composers to be studied include Beethoven, Rossini, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Berlioz, Wagner, Verdi, Musorgsky, and Brahms. Regular listening assignments will broaden the repertoire we encounter and include a wide sampling of Classical and Romantic music. Periodic writing assignments will provide opportunities to connect detailed musical analysis with historical-cultural interpretation. A variety of readings will include music-historical-aesthetic documents as well as selected critical and analytical studies. Class presentations will contribute to a seminar-style class environment. This course may be elected individually or in conjunction with other Music and Culture courses (MUSI 221 and  223). Two class meetings per week.

Requisite: MUSI 111, 112, or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Schneider.

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

223 Music and Culture III

(Offered as MUSI 223 and EUST 223.)  Does music effect social change, and who decides? This third semester of the Music and Culture series will consider these questions through attentive listening to music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and related readings. Our investigation will be organized around three primary areas: Crime and Punishment, Violence and Pacifism, and Race and Gender. Among the works to be studied are Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Britten's War Requiem, Bernstein's West Side Story, Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars, Shostakovich's Symphony Babi Yar, Bob Dylan's album The Times They Are a-Changin', the compilation album Red, Hot, & Blue, and John Adam's The Death of Klinghoffer. Assignments will include regular listening, periodic short papers, and a culminating project. This course may be elected individually or in conjunction with other Music and Culture courses (MUSI 221 and 222). Two class meetings per week.

Requisite: Music 111 or 112, or consent of the instructor.  Fall semester.  Professor Kallick.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Fall 2015

227 Jazz History After 1945: Experimentalism, Pluralism, and Traditionalism

(Offered as MUSI 227 and BLST 244 [US].)  One of two courses that trace the development of jazz from its emergence in early 20th-century New Orleans to its profound impact on American culture. Jazz History after 1945 explores the emergence of bebop in the 1940s, the shift of jazz's relationship with American popular culture after World War II, and the dramatic pluralization of jazz practice after the 1950s. We will also look at the emergence of fusion and the jazz avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s, and theorize the reformulation of "tradition" during the 1980s. Central to our examination will be the phenomenon of "neoclassicism" common in jazz discourse today, measuring that against the radical diversity of jazz practice around the world. Many figures central to the development of the varied post-bebop directions in jazz will be discussed: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Ornette Coleman, the New York Downtown scene, and many others. Two class meetings per week.

Omitted 2013-14. Professor Robinson.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Spring 2016

238 Pioneer Valley Soundscapes

(Offered as MUSI 238 and FAMS 312.)  This course is about exploring, participating in, and documenting the musical communities and acoustic terrain of the Pioneer Valley. The first part of the course will focus on local histories and music scenes, ethnographic methods and technologies, and different techniques of representation. The second part of the course will involve intensive, sustained engagement with musicians and sounds in the Pioneer Valley. Course participants will give weekly updates about their fieldwork projects and are expected to become well-versed in the musics they are studying. There will be a significant amount of work and travel outside of class meetings. The course will culminate in contributions to a web-based documentary archive of Pioneer Valley soundscapes. We will also benefit from visits and interaction with local musicians. Two class meetings per week.

Requisite: MUSI 111, 112, or consent of the instructor.  Limited to 12 students. Spring semester.  Professor Engelhardt.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2014

241 Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint

Basic principles of harmonic and contrapuntal technique. Emphasis will be on the acquisition of writing skills. This course is the first of the required music theory sequence for majors. Three hours of lecture and two ear-training sections per week.

Students who have not previously taken a course in music theory at Amherst College are encouraged to take a self-administered placement exam available on reserve in the Music Library and on the Music Department Website (www.amherst.edu/~music/TheoryPlacement.pdf ).  Students are also encouraged to discuss placement in music theory with a member of the Music Department.

Requisite: MUSI 112 or consent of the instructor.  Fall and spring semesters. Professor Schneider. 

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

242 Form in Tonal Music

A continuation of MUSI 241 and the second of the required music theory sequence for majors. In this course we will study different manifestations of formal principles, along with the relationship of form to harmony and tonality. We will start with pre-tonal music (Lassus) focus on the understanding of musical form in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Topics to be covered will include minuet, variation, sonata form, the romantic character piece and eighteenth-century counterpoint. There will be analyses and writing exercises, as well as model compositions and analytic papers. Two class meetings and two ear-training sections per week.

Requisite: MUSI 241 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Moricz.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

246 Jazz Theory and Improvisation II

A continuation of MUSI 113, this course is designed to acquaint students with the theory and application of advanced techniques used in jazz improvisation. Work on a solo transcription will be a main focus throughout the semester. An end-of-semester performance of material(s) studied during the semester will be required of the class. A jazz-based ear-training section will be scheduled outside of the regular class times. Two class meetings per semester.

Requisite: MUSI 113 and/or performance experience in the jazz idiom strongly suggested. Musical literacy sufficient to follow a score. Limited to 16 students. Spring semester. Lecturer Diehl.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2016

247 Advanced Topics in Jazz

In this class we will explore jazz through transcription, composition, arranging and improvisation. Materials for transcription will range from the classic renditions of jazz standards by Gershwin and Kern to highly complex works by such greats as Wayne Shorter and Charles Mingus. Advanced approaches to improvisation will include the exploration of new source materials including the Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns by Nicolas Slonimsky as used by John Coltrane. Using members of the class as a laboratory band we will seek to develop our own unique compositional voices that draw on jazz traditions.

Requisite: MUSI 113, 246 and/or performance experience in the jazz idiom strongly suggested. Musical literacy sufficient to follow a score. Admission with consent of the instructor. Omitted 2013-14. Lecturer Diehl.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2015

260 Words and Music for Theatrical Performance

(Offered as THDA 280 and MUSI 260.) Conducted as a collaborative workshop among student writers and composers, this course explores the close relationship between words and music. While working together on new music/text pieces for the stage, we will seek to arrive at various definitions of "music theater." In addition to ongoing creative assignments, we will examine existing works in various genres, including songs, musical theater, opera and other experimental forms.  Featured writers and composers will include Brecht and Weill, Auden/Kallman and Stravinsky, Sondheim and Bernstein, and Goodman and Adams, among others. Although students with varied experience in musical composition and/or creative writing will be admitted, all students should expect both to write text, to compose music and to work together doing so. Regular class meetings will be supplemented by individual tutorials. The course will culminate in a public performance of final projects created in collaboration with other students.  

Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 16 students. Omitted 2013-14. Professor Bashford.

 

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

265 Electroacoustic Composition

This course provides instruction in the use of electronic equipment for composition of music. Topics to be considered include approaches to sound synthesis, signal editing and processing, hard disk recording techniques, sequencing audio and MIDI material, and the use of software for interaction between electronics and live performers. The course will also survey the aesthetics and repertory of electroacoustic music. Assignments in the use of equipment and software as well as required listening will prepare students for a final composition project to be performed in a class concert.

Requisite: MUSI 241 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 10 students. Spring semester.  Visiting Lecturer S. Robinson.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2014, Spring 2016

269 Composition I

This course will explore compositional techniques that grow out of the various traditions of Western art music. Innovations of twentieth-century composers in generating new approaches to melody and scale, rhythm and meter, harmony, instrumentation, and musical structure will be examined. The course will include improvisation as a source of ideas for written compositions and as a primary compositional mode. Instrumental or vocal competence and good music reading ability are desirable. Assignments will include compositions of various lengths and related analytical projects. Two class meetings per week.

Requisite: MUSI 111 or 112, and consent of the instructor. Limited to 10 students. Fall semester. Professor Sawyer.

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015

310, 310H Performance and Analysis II

Members of the class will be assigned to chamber ensembles, representing a range of repertoire from the past and present. Ensembles will include both student and artist musicians, who will prepare works for performance in class sessions and private coachings. Intensive class analysis will serve as the basis of musical expression and interpretation. This course is open to singers and instrumentalists. MUSI 310 may be elected either as a full credit or half credit and may be repeated.

Admission with consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Kallick.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

352 Performance in Place: Site Specific 

(Offered as THDA 352, FAMS 342 and MUSI 352.)  The focus of this studio course will be to create performances, events, happenings and installations in multiple locations both on and off campus.  This course is especially designed for students in dance, theater, film/video, art, music and creative writing who want to explore the challenges and potentials in creating performances outside of traditional "frames" or venues (e.g., the theater, the gallery, the lecture hall, etc.). At the center of our inquiry will be questions of space, place and community.  In the first few weeks of the semester we will tour different sites and research multiple historical and contemporary examples of site-specific performances and artists across media. We will then select different sites--based on student interest and location access--and spend the rest of the semester creating events/performances on site.  Students will work in collaborative teams to create these performances for these places.  Interaction with communities at these sites will also be explored, connecting the artistic work to community engagement and raising awareness of the issues and ethics involved in site-specific performance. These projects will be performed in process and at the end of the semester in a three-day festival. Different guest artists in dance, theater, art, sound and political activism will join the class and work with designated groups.  (Class meeting Fridays 1-4; outside rehearsal/lab sessions TBA.)

Requisite: Previous experience in improvisation and/or composition in dance, theater, performance, film/video, music/sound, installation, creative writing, and/or design is required. Omitted 2013-14.  Professor Woodson with Guest Artists.

 

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2016

371 Composition Seminar I

Composition according to the needs and experience of the individual student. One class meeting per week and private conferences. This course may be repeated.

Requisite: MUSI  269 or the equivalent, and consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Sawyer.

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015

372 Composition Seminar II

A continuation of MUSI 371. One class meeting per week and private conferences. This course may be repeated.

Requisite: MUSI 371 or the equivalent and consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Visiting Lecturer Yakub.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

421 Songwriting in Tin Pan Alley

Songwriting in Tin Pan Alley is a seminar focusing on the song repertoires associated with the commercial songwriting industry in New York City during the first half of the twentieth century. The course will introduce students to the formal characteristics of music and lyrics as well as some of the most widely admired composers of these songs, and consider the broader social/musical worlds encompassing the repertory. In addition to analysis and interpretation in writing, students will also attempt to craft their own songs in these styles. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major.

Requisite: MUSI 241 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Valentine Professor Morris.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014

422 Music and Revolution: The Symphonies of Mahler and Shostakovich

(Offered as MUSI 422 and EUST 371.)  Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) and Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) are arguably the two greatest symphonic composers after Beethoven. In this course we will compare and contrast their highly charged music and explore the eras in which they worked--for Mahler, imperial Vienna on the eve of World War I, and for Shostakovich, revolutionary Russia under the tyrannical reign of Joseph Stalin. The class will attend Mahler and Shostakovich performances in New York and Boston. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major.

Requisite: MUSI 241 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Kallick.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2010, Spring 2014

439 Improvised Music: Spectrum, Theory, and Practice

Functioning as a combined seminar and performance workshop, this course explores the theory and practice of musical improvisation. Rather than focus on one specific musical style, we will define “improvised music” in an inclusive way that draws equally from American and European experimental musics, various approaches to post-1965 jazz improvisation, and several musical traditions from around the world that prominently use improvisation. Students will be encouraged to develop new performance practices drawn from and in dialogue with these diverse musical traditions. Reading, listening, and video assignments will help familiarize students with the burgeoning field of improvised music studies and will serve to guide class discussions. Students with any musical/stylistic background are encouraged to enroll. Two class meetings per week. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major.

Requisite: Basic instrumental or vocal proficiency and consent of the instructor. Senior seminar. Limited to 10 students. Omitted 2013-14. Professor Robinson.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2013, Fall 2015

442 Serving the Tsars and the Party

(Offered as MUSI 442 and EUST 313.)  Russian music has long been a staple of the repertory of "classical music" in the concert halls of the world, but the relationship of the seductive sounds of this music to the complex culture that produced it is rarely understood outside of Russia. This course examines connections between Russian culture and Russian music through in-depth analysis of individual works of music and reading of related canonic texts. Starting with the emergence of Russian nationalism and the nationally motivated myths of Pushkin and Glinka in the 1830s, we will critically assess the achievements of the Russian national school in music in the nineteenth century; explore the Western face of Russian art through the showcases of Diaghilev's Russian Ballet in Paris in the first decades of the twentieth century; follow the cataclysmic changes in cultural politics after the October Revolution and their effect on music; and take a close look at musical politics during the years of Stalinist terror. Composers to be discussed include Glinka, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major.

Requisite: MUSI  242 or consent of the instructor.  Omitted 2013-14. Professor Móricz.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012

443 Repertoire and Analysis

A continuation of MUSI 242. In this course we will study music by a wide variety of nineteenth-century composers, including Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Musorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. Works will be considered from a number of different analytical perspectives including methods current in the nineteenth century and those developed more recently. Comparing analytical methods of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries will enable students to gain a critical perspective on each and to learn about the limits of analysis and interpretation in general. Work will consist of short weekly assignments, papers, and class presentations. Two class meetings and two ear-training sections per week. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major.

Requisite: MUSI 241 and 242, or consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Móricz.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2016

448 Patterns, Principles and Processes in Sound

How do people organize sound into music? How do they organize themselves to make music? What do musicians hear in and think about the music they are making? How can one describe and compare patterns, principles, and processes in different musics? This course addresses these questions through the close study of rhythm, groove, and meter, harmonic practices, mode and tuning, pedagogy, composition, and improvisation, and musical form in a variety of musical traditions from around the world. Our explorations will cover popular, classical, and improvised musics from the Balkans, the Indian subcontinent, North and South America, West and East Africa, the Caribbean, and East and Central Asia, as well as globalized forms of hip hop and electronic dance music, for instance. The goal of this course is to develop translatable ways of thinking analytically about and listening closely to musical patterns, principles, and processes. This course includes lecture-demonstrations by visiting artists, weekly listening and analytical work, and hands-on engagement with music. Two class meetings per week.  Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major.

 Requisite: MUSI 111, 112, or consent of the instructor. Omitted 2013-14. Professor Engelhardt.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013

449 Seminar in the Anthropology of Music: Arvo Pärt and the Present Age

This course examines the music and cultural impact of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. We will explore the aesthetic, cultural, religious, and media-related aspects of his music within a set of global cultural formations and social transformations. Our focus on Pärt's music and persona will include representations of Pärt in media and scholarship, the use of his music in the films of Tom Tykwer, Werner Herzog, Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Moore, and others, and the impact of record labels like ECM, for instance. This will enable us to engage a number of issues critical to the present age, including the ways in which popular, jazz, classical, and non-Western musics interact, the appeal of spirituality and religious orthodoxy in a secular world, and the ways in which cosmopolitan identity and post-Soviet nationalism are expressed musically. This course will culminate in written, composition, or performance projects. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major.

Fall semester. Professor Engelhardt.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013

490H, 390, 490 Special Topics

Independent Reading Course. A half course.

Fall and spring semester.

2016-17: Offered in Fall 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

499D, 499 Senior Departmental Honors

Advanced work for Honors candidates in music history and criticism, music theory, ethnomusicology, composition, or performance. A thesis, a major composition project or a full-length recital will be required. No student shall elect more than one semester as a double course. A double course.

Spring semester.

2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016