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Amherst College Music for 2014-15

101 Discovering Music: Listening Through History

This course teaches the close reading of music through guided listening in a variety of traditions and historical periods. The topic may change from year to year. In 2014-15, we focus on aural analysis of musical texture and form through an historical survey of works stretching from medieval Europe (twelfth-century Gregorian chant) to twentieth- and twenty-first-century America (blues, swing, Broadway, bebop, and minimalism). Composers whose works we will study include: Hildegard von Bingen, G. Palestrina, C. Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, P. Tchaikovsky, C. Debussy, G. Puccini, A. Copland, G. Gershwin, Duke Ellington, T. Monk, P. Glass, and composers of classical Broadway musicals. Lectures will be supplemented by in-class performances. In addition to weekly listening and reading assignments, coursework includes attending concerts. Two 80-minute lectures and one 50-minute section per week.

Spring semester. Professor Schneider.

2014-15: Not offered

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.

2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2014

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.

Limited to 30 students.  Omitted 2014-15.  Five College Professor Omojola.

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012

106 Master Musicians of Africa I: West Africa

(Offered as BLST 214 [A] and MUSI 106.) This course concentrates on the lives and music of selected West African musicians. Departing from ethnographic approaches that mask the identity of individual musicians and treat African societies as collectives, this course emphasizes the contributions of individual West African musicians whose stature as master musicians is undisputed within their respective communities. It examines the contributions of individual musicians to the ever continuous process of negotiating the boundaries of African musical practice. Individuals covered this semester include Babatunde Olatunji (Nigerian drummer), Youssou N’Dour (Senegalese singer), Kandia Kouyate (Malian jelimuso) and Ephraim Amu (Ghanaian composer). The variety of artistic expressions of selected musicians also provides a basis for examining the interrelatedness of different African musical idioms, and the receptivity of African music to non-African styles. 

Limited to 30 students.  Fall semester.  Five College Professor Omojola.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009

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.  Two class meetings per week.

Spring semester.  Five College Mellon Fellow Kolar.

2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014

108 Music and Social Change

Does music effect social change? Who decides? Our consideration of these questions will be organized around three primary topics: Crime and Punishment; Violence and Pacifism; and Race and Gender. Among the musical works to be studied are George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures, and Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars. As a writing-intensive course, we will focus on how to write persuasively about music and culture, and how to employ research in support of this goal. As well as addressing the mechanics of effective writing, the course will emphasize experience with editing and revising, including peer review.

Limited to 12 students. Omitted 2014-15. Professor Kallick.  (Students admitted in consultation with the Dean of Students' Office and/or their academic advisor.)

2014-15: Not offered

111 Introduction to Music

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: Visiting Professor Mendonca.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
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

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. Professor Robinson.

2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
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

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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

114 Auralized Architectures: Re-Sounding the Ancient Past

(Offered as ARCH 206 and MUSI 114) Enlivened with sound, ancient sites, structures, and musical instruments are given voice by archaeoacoustics research techniques. How can digital technologies enable us to engage these long-silent traces of past life? How might sonic re-constructions or "auralizations" be situated to communicate multiple interpretations of the distant past? How do sonic architectures relate to other archaeological evidence? We will examine such questions through cross-disciplinary readings and discussion of theories and methods commonly and uncommonly employed in archaeology and sound studies. Via computer laboratory and field exercises, we will explore how audio digital signal processing (DSP) techniques can be applied to questions of ancient humanity and musical archaeology. Comparative examples of local, present-day sonic dynamics of the built environment will additionally inform our inquiry.  Three class meetings for 50, 50, and 90 minutes.

Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Five College Mellon Fellow Kolar.

 

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014

121 LGBT Perspectives in Popular Music

(Offered as MUSI 121 and SWAG 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. Omitted 2014-15. Valentine Professor Morris.

2014-15: 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. Omitted 2014-15. Valentine Professor Morris.

2014-15: 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 2014-15. Professor Engelhardt.

2014-15: Not offered
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 2014-15. Professor Engelhardt.

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2013

127 Music, Human Rights, and Cultural Rights

While music is commonly thought of as a human universal, questions concerning the universality of human rights and the relativity of cultural forms are becoming more urgent because of global interaction and conflict. Music gives voice to human dignity and makes claims about social justice. Music is a register of power and domination, as is its silencing. The specific cultural contexts that give music its meaning may not translate into global arenas, thus highlighting the dilemmas of universality. In this course, we will examine musical censorship in Senegal, Afghanistan, and Mexico, music and the indigenous rights of the Naxi in China and the Suyá in Brazil, the use of music as an instrument of torture by the United States military, music and HIV/AIDS activism in Uganda, popular music and minority language protection in the Russian Federation, and the place of music in the study of trauma, disabilities, and human ecology. The course will feature visiting performers and will pay particular attention to the discretely musical aspects of human and cultural rights. Our work will be oriented towards activism beyond the classroom. Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Mendonca.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2008

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

 

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

 

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15 the fee is $???, 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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

188 Creating Musical Drama

Students enrolled in this course will join together as the creative team for a fully staged production of George Bizet's Carmen, the quintessential music drama of love and jealousy that unfolds in the colorful Andalusian landscape of bull fights, matadors, soldiers, gypsies, and thieves. A cast of professional singers will perform for this fully staged production with members of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mark Lane Swanson. Professional directors, designers, and performers will be class guests on a regular basis. Each member of the class will have the opportunity to make creative decisions in a class bounded together by collaboration. Singers will become part of the collaboration later in the semester and will share their perspective with class members.

Offered only occasionally when resources are available, this course is open to students with no prerequisite. The collaborative creative experience shapes the course requirement: all class members must commit themselves to the experience, including the preparatory phase of background reading, relevant research, and guided close listening. Celebrated in the professional opera world as an ideal way for newcomers and those experienced with music and theatre, this course is a special opportunity to learn by doing.

 Admission with consent of the instructor. Omitted 2014-15. Professor Kallick.

2014-15: Not offered

190 Words--Music--Drama

How and why do words combine with music? How and why do text and music become musical theater? These questions will guide us in exploring the alchemy that fuses words, music, and drama. The course is open to anyone curious about this process and open to experimenting in a workshop setting. We will both explore the creative work of others as well as design new works of our own making. Throughout the course, students will act as creators alongside a range of visitors from the professional worlds of music and theater.

Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 16 students. Spring semester. Professor Kallick.

2014-15: Offered in 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. Fall semester. Professor Móricz.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2013

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 Kallick.

2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2014

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.  Omitted 2014-15.  Professor Kallick.

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2011, Fall 2013

225 Jazz Film: Improvisation, Narrativity, and Representation

(Offered as MUSI 225 and FAMS 375.)  Jazz occupies a special role in the development of American film. From The Jazz Singer (1927), the first American film that included synchronized sound, to the sprawling Jazz: A Documentary by Ken Burns (2001), filmic representations of jazz speak to fundamental ways that Americans negotiate difference and imagine national identity. This course examines the relationship between jazz and American culture through three modalities: improvisation, narrativity, and representation. How might jazz improvisation influence the construction of film? Is there an "improvised film"? Moreover, jazz musicians often speak about "telling stories" through their music. How might this influence narrative structure in film and inform the ways that stories about jazz musicians are constructed in film? And how might these stories about jazz musicians reflect larger debates about race, gender, sexuality and nationality? Assignments will include guided viewing of several important jazz films, required reading, and a series of essays.

Limited to 20 students.  Omitted 2014-15. Professor Robinson.

2014-15: Not offered

226 Jazz History to 1945: Emergence, Early Development, and Innovation

(Offered as MUSI 224 and BLST 234 [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 to 1945 examines its early roots in late 19th-century American popular culture and its role as American popular music in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Using themes that connect the evolution of jazz practices to social and racial politics in American popular culture, we will look closely at the work of well-known historical figures (Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and several others) as well as the vibrant communities that nurtured and prompted their innovative musical practices. Two class meetings per week.

Fall semester.  Professor Robinson.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2010

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 2014-15. Professor Robinson.

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012

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. Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Mendonca.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 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 semester: Professor Engelhardt. Spring semester: Professor Schneider. 

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
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

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 Sawyer.

2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014

243 Jazz Form and Analysis

An upper level theory course designed for majors or students with prior jazz performance or theory experience. Students do not need a background in jazz to enroll in this course, and this course may be used to satisfy the second required course of the music theory sequence for majors (in place of MUSI 242).

Among the topics to be explored in the course will be melodic, harmonic and formal concepts from: hot jazz of the 1920s, big bands of the 1930s and 1940s, bebop of the 1940s, the post-bop legacies of hard bop, cool jazz and their manifestations today, as well as the jazz avant-garde and fusion of the 1960s and 1970s. Students will gain an understanding of the formal principles of various types of small and large ensemble jazz composition and improvisation.

Required coursework will include melodic, harmonic and formal/structural analysis of compositions, arrangements, and improvisations from various historical and stylistic periods within the development of jazz. We will carry out these investigations through listening, transcription, and composition/writing projects. This is not a performance course; however, certain assignments will require basic performance exercises on piano and/or another instrument with which the student is familiar (including voice).

Requisite: MUSI 241 or consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Robinson.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014

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. Omitted 2014-15. Senior Lecturer Diehl.

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2014

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. Spring semester. Senior Lecturer Diehl.

2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2011, Spring 2013

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 2014-15. Professor Bashford.

 

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013

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. Omitted 2014-15.  Visiting Lecturer S. Robinson.

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2014

266 Electroacoustic Performance and Improvisation

This course introduces students to current trends in improvisation-oriented electroacoustic performance. Using laptop computers in dynamic performance situations, we will develop techniques to generate sound and modify and enhance the sound of acoustic instruments. Hardware topics will include audio interfaces, cabling, mixing boards, MIDI controllers, microphone techniques, and networking. A wide variety of specialized software will be explored, including Max/MSP, Ableton Live, Reason, and others. Assignments will focus on preparing students to perform and improvise using new "instruments" built through customized hardware and software configurations. Directed listening and reading will introduce students to the development of electroacoustic music since the 1960s. The course culminates with a class performance.

Requisite: MUSI 112 or 113, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 10 students. Spring semester. Professor Robinson.

 

2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011

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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

309, 309H Performance and Analysis I

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 309 may be elected either as a full credit or half credit and may be repeated.

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

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011

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.

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014

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 2014-15.  Professor Woodson with Guest Artists.

 

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013

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.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

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. Professor Sawyer.

2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014

390, 390H, 490, 490H Special Topics

Independent Reading Course. A full course.

Fall and spring semesters.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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. Omitted 2014-15. Valentine Professor Morris.

2014-15: 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. Omitted 2014-15. Professor Kallick.

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2010, Spring 2014

423 Wagner's Operas: A Dark Day Dawning

Exploring the operas of Richard Wagner (1813-83) requires that we enter a world of impending doom. The course will investigate this music of catastrophe in the context of culture and politics, both of his age and our own. Our primary focus will be on The Ring of the Nibelung (the Ring Cycle) as well as on opera production and performance. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major.

Requisite: MUSI 112 or consent of the instructor. Omitted 2014-15. Professor Kallick.

2014-15: Not offered

428 Seminar in Popular Music: Popular Music and Cultural Identity

Music often serves as one of the primary ways that we create and maintain identities. Our social groups--peers, colleagues, acquaintances--are often determined by shared affinities for specific musical styles, artists, and the world views they come to represent. Yet music is also frequently used to catalyze various forms of social and political activism, challenge our relationship to society and structures of power, and initiate change. This seminar explores the nature of popular music and its relationship to culture, politics, and identity. The first part of the course surveys the discourse of popular music studies and the various trends in cultural studies that have prompted new ways of examining the relationship between popular music and social and cultural identities. We will use this theoretical landscape to analyze an array of popular music cultures in and beyond the United States. The second part of the course focuses on developing multifaceted research projects that put these theories to use. Students will be encouraged to combine ethnographic research (interviews, location-based research) with historical and critical analysis to generate a unique, personal project exploring the relationship between music and identity. Two class meetings per week. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major.

Requisite: MUSI 111 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students.  Omitted 2014-15.  Professor Robinson.

2014-15: Not offered

429 Music, Film and Culture: Ethnographic Perspectives

This seminar will explore the relationship of music and film, with a focus on ethnographic film and ethnographic film-making. How does our understanding of music inform our experience of film? How, in turn, does our immersion in film and its conventions inform our understanding of different musics? How are such conventions localized and expanded in different cultural settings? How does ethnographic film both react against, and make use of, other stylistic conventions of film-making in achieving its ends? Practical exercises in ethnographic film-making (and their analysis) during the semester will lead towards ethnographic, historical, creative, or performance-based projects. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major in music.

Limited to 15 students.  Spring semester. Visiting Professor Mendonca.

2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015

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 2014-15. Professor Robinson.

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2013

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 2014-15. Professor Móricz.

2014-15: 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. Omitted 2014-15. Professor Móricz.

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 2013

444 Twentieth-Century Analysis

In this seminar we explore stylistic characteristics of compositions that demonstrate the most important tendencies in twentieth-century music. Instead of applying one analytical method, we try out various approaches to twentieth-century music, taking into consideration the composers’ different educational and cultural backgrounds. The repertory of focus will consist of compositions written in the first half of the twentieth century in Europe, Russia and America (including words by Debussy, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Bartok, Copland), but will also sample music by late twentieth-century composers. 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 or 242, or consent of the instructor.  Fall semester. Professor Móricz.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Spring 2011

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 2014-15. Professor Engelhardt.

2014-15: 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.

Omitted 2014-15. Professor Engelhardt.

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013

498, 498D, 499, 499D 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 full course.

Fall semester.

2014-15: Offered in Fall 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013
 

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