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Professors R.J. Guenther, L. Youens

Associate Professors K. Ahlquist, B. Fritz, D. Boyce (Chair)

Assistant Professors R. Baker, E. Montague

Adjunct Professors K. Lornell, M. Peris (Piano), J.D. Levy (Jazz), J. Albertson (Guitar), F.B. Conlon (Piano), T. Konstantinov (Piano), R. Birch (Trumpet), M. Findley (Violin), P. Fraize (Jazz Performance/Saxophone), B. Dahlman (Piano), A. Rojas (Guitar), S. Hilmy (Electronic Studio)

Adjunct Instructor G. Becker (Choral)

Professorial Lecturers E. Guenther (Pipe Organ), E. Field (Violin), C.J. Pickar, L. Barnet (Cello), J. Krash (Literature), N. D’Alimonte (Orchestra), R. Ocampo (Voice), J. Gascho (Harpsichord)

Lecturers B.R. Seidman (Harp), S. Wellman (Voice), S.M. Fearing (French Horn), M. Von Villas (Opera), J.C. Connell (Percussion), L. Gilliam (Recorder), A. Reiff (Voice), S. Stang (Flute), L. Ferguson (Clarinet), M. Scarlett (Voice), G. Corella (Tuba), D. Jones (Clarinet), D. Sciannella (Trombone), E. Drennen (Jazz Violin), C. Stabile-Libelo (Oboe), A. Lucini (Latin Percussion), J. Koczela (Bass), E. Dircksen (Bassoon), U. Wassertzug (Viola), A. Crockett (Voice), H. Burney (Jazz Bass), T. Wilson (Jazz Trumpet)

Bachelor of Arts with a major in music—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite courses—Mus 1101, 1102, 1051 (or equivalent). Students must achieve grades of C or better in Mus 1101 and 1051 to declare the music major.

3. Two courses (6-8 credits) in one language other than English, beginning at the level at which the student places.

4. Required courses in the major—Mus 2101, 2102, 2105, 2106, 3126, 3127, 3139, 4198; 4 credits of private performance study courses; 2 credits of music ensemble courses. In addition, 12 credits of music electives are required, at least 3 of which must be from a course numbered 2662 and above. The distribution of these electives is as follows: history and literature (Mus 2109, 2110, 2121, 2122, 2111, 3175), 3 credits; theory and composition (Mus 2174, 2134, 2135, 2137, 2661-62, 3174, 4184), 3 credits; free electives in music, 6 credits. Because of the various options available in the B.A. program in music, students should consult with music faculty advisors at the earliest opportunity. All majors are expected to attend departmental lectures, master classes, and concerts, as appropriate.

5. Music majors are required to complete an approved independent project in their senior year, concurrently with registration in Mus 4198. This project consists of a total of 2 to 6 credits, accumulated through registration for Mus 4199 and/or any upper-division private performance study course.

Special Honors in Music—To receive Special Honors in music, a student must meet the requirements stated under University Regulations and maintain a 3.5 grade-point average in music courses and at least a 3.0 average overall. The student must complete the required senior independent project for at least 3 credits with a minimum grade of A–.

Minor in music—21 credit hours of music courses, consisting of Mus 1101, 1102, 1051; 3 credits chosen from Mus 2106, 3126, 3127; 3 credits chosen from Mus 2105-2122, 3126, 3127, 3175; 3 credits of private performance study or ensemble; and 6 credits of music electives, two of which must be upper-division. All minors are expected to attend departmental lectures, master classes, and concerts, as appropriate.

Minor in jazz studies—23 credit hours of music courses, consisting of Mus 1101, 1102, 1108, 2173, 1051, 2174, 2661; 4 hours of jazz performance techniques (Mus 1571-72 or 2072); and 2 hours of ensemble participation (Mus 1061 or 1071). All minors are expected to attend departmental lectures, master classes, and concerts, as appropriate.


1101 Elements of Music Theory (2) Boyce, Montague
  Notation, scales, keys, intervals, terms, rhythms, and chord structure and progression. Introduction to music literature, with emphasis on rudimentary aural analysis. (Fall and spring)
1102 Comprehensive Musicianship I (3) Boyce
  Aural and keyboard skills development through dictation, sight singing, and performance and improvisation at the keyboard. Prerequisite: Mus 1101, 1051. (Fall and spring)
1103 Music in the Western World (3) Krash and Staff
  Introductory history of musical styles, related to listening; study of music materials and media. Not open to music majors. (Fall and spring)
1104 Topics in Music (3) Staff
  A rotating set of classes; topics may include: American music, a composer, the opera, and musical life in Washington, D.C. (Fall and spring)
1105 Introduction to Musical Thought and Practice (3) Staff
  Introduction to concepts, methods, and practices that guide the study and performance of music. Old and new paradigms of musical thought are subject to discussion and critical investigation.
1107 Music of the World (3) Ahlquist
  Introduction to music in culture through comparative study of music from a variety of cultures worldwide.
1108 History of Jazz (3) Lornell
  Introduction to the styles, composers, and performers of jazz music from its origins to the present. (Spring)
2101 Harmony (3) Boyce, Montague
  Study of tonal harmonic practice from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century repertoires. Concurrent registration in the weekly keyboard lab is required. Prerequisite: Mus 1102. (Spring)
2102 Comprehensive Musicianship II (3) Boyce, Montague
  Aural and keyboard skills development through dictation, sight singing, and performance and improvisation at the keyboard. Prerequisite: Mus 2101. (Fall and spring)
2105 Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3) Ahlquist, Lornell
  Models of understanding music as a cultural endeavor. Application and critique of models in the design and execution of student independent field research. Prerequisite: Mus 1101 or Anth 1002 or 1004 or permission of instructor. Same as Anth 2505. (Spring)
2106 Music History III: 20th-Century Art Traditions (3) Staff
  Western musical traditions and styles since Romanticism and approaches to music as art in contemporary society. Prerequisite: Mus 1101. (Fall)
2109 Orchestra Literature (3) Guenther
  History and styles of orchestra literature, analysis of representative works. Prerequisite: Mus 2101 or permission of instructor.
2110 Chamber Music Literature (3) Youens
  History and styles of chamber music literature, analysis of representative works. Prerequisite: Mus 2101 or permission of instructor.
2111 Keyboard Music Literature (3) Staff
  History and styles of keyboard literature from the 16th century to the present. Prerequisite: Mus 2101 or equivalent.
2121 Opera (3) Youens
  History and styles of opera, analysis of representative works. Prerequisite: Mus 2101 or equivalent. (Fall)
2122 Music in the United States (3) Ahlquist
  History of music and musical life in the United States, emphasizing relationships among traditions of diverse origin. Prerequisite: Mus 1101 or permission of instructor.
2123 Musical Cultures of Black Americans (3) Lornell
  Musical genres and styles developed by African Americans since Reconstruction in their historical and cultural contexts. Emphasis on black musical contributions to the cultural life of Washington, D.C.
2134 Composition (3) Boyce
  Introduction to 21st-century compositional practice; concepts of post-tonal analysis; emphasis on style studies and original student works. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Mus 2101.
2135 Counterpoint (3) Staff
  Study and practice of 16th-century contrapuntal techniques. Prerequisite: Mus 1102.
2137 Orchestration (3) Staff
  Instrumental scoring. Prerequisite: Mus 2101.
2140 Pedagogy (3) Staff
  Principles, materials, and methods of teaching in selected areas. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
2173 Comprehensive Musicianship for Jazz (2) Levy
  Aural and keyboard skills development through dictation, sight singing, and performance and improvisation at the keyboard, with emphasis given to skills associated with jazz performance. Prerequisite: Mus 1102. (Fall)
2174 Introduction to Jazz Harmony (3) Fraize
  Analysis and composition of tunes in jazz/pop styles. Study of rhythmic characteristics, voice-leading, and chord/scale relationships within a jazz context. Prerequisite: Mus 1102. (Spring)
2661-62 Electronic and Computer Music (3-3) Hilmy
  Fundamental electronic and computer music concepts. Analog and digital sound synthesis techniques and theory, MIDI, studio recording techniques, signal processing, properties of sound, acoustics and psycho-acoustics, history and aesthetics. Laboratory fee. Mus 2661 is prerequisite to Mus 2662.
3126 Music History I: Antiquity through Early Baroque (3) Youens
  The development of Western European music from its earliest traceable roots to the end of the early, experimental Baroque period. Prerequisite: Mus 1102 and sophomore standing. (Spring)
3127 Music History II: The Tonal Era (3) Ahlquist
  Styles, structures, social foundations and aesthetic change in European music of the late 17th through the late 19th centuries. Prerequisite: Mus 1102.
3139 Form and Analysis (3) Montague
  Analysis of musical forms in representative musical literature. Prerequisite: Mus 2101 or equivalent. (Fall)
3174 Topics in Music Theory and Composition (3) Staff
  A seminar on variable topics in the discipline of music theory, analysis, and composition. Topics may include analysis of post-tonal music, advanced jazz arranging, analysis of 14th-century vocal music, developments in extended instrumental techniques since 1950. Prerequisites depend on the topic; consult the department.
3175 Topics in Music History and Literature (3) Staff
  A seminar on variable topics in music history and literature in all traditions and styles. Topics may include German musical Romanticism, introduction to critical musicology, the music of Josquin des Prez, and vernacular music in Washington, D.C. Prerequisites depend on the topic; consult the department.
4184 Advanced Composition (3) Boyce
  Private instruction in composition in tutorial format. Prerequisite: Mus 2134.
4198 Senior Seminar (1) Staff
  Restricted to music majors in their final spring semester. Presentations of required senior projects in process; readings and discussion to place the projects in a broader musical and intellectual context. Corequisite: Mus 4199 or any upper-division private performance study course.
4199 Independent Research (1 to 4) Staff
  Under the guidance of an assigned instructor. May be repeated for credit. Majors in their senior year take Mus 4198 as a corequisite.


Performance study courses are offered both fall and spring, and may be repeated for credit. Music majors and minors, Presidential Arts Scholarship students, and other students with skills or potential appropriate to the department’s select ensembles are eligible for private lessons. Eligibility and placement for students new to private performance study are determined at a placement fair held at the beginning of each semester. For courses numbered in the 1500s, students may not register in the same semester for both the 1- and 2-credit course in the same instrument or in voice. Mus 1051-1095 and 1151 do not include individual lessons and do not require a supplementary fee. All other performance study courses include individual lessons and require a supplementary fee. Supplementary fees for private performance courses are nonrefundable after the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters; consult the Music Department for details. The supplementary fee is waived during the fall and spring semesters for full-time music majors and minors and for music Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

Required practice: a minimum of three hours a week for 1-credit courses and six hours a week for 2-credit courses.

1051-52 Class Piano for Music Majors and Minors (1-1) Staff
  Study of the rudiments of musical notation and piano playing in a small classroom setting. Open to majors and minors who need basic keyboard facility.
1061 Instrumental Ensemble (1) Staff
  Chamber ensemble groups are approved by audition. Section numbers are .11 guitar ensemble, .12 percussion ensemble, .13 jazz combo, .14 keyboard ensemble, .15 string ensemble, .16 woodwind ensemble, .17 brass ensemble, .18 Baroque ensemble, .19 Latin band, .20 blues band.
1071 Jazz Band (1) Levy
  Preparation and performance of classic and contemporary “big band” literature. Prerequisite: audition before director.
1081 University Orchestra (1) D’Alimonte
  Preparation and performance of orchestral literature. Prerequisite: audition before director.
1083 University Band (1) Fritz, Birch
  Section .10 is University Symphonic Band; Section .11 is University Wind Ensemble.
1093 University Singers/Chamber Choir (1) Becker
  Preparation and performance of choral literature. Prerequisite: audition before director. Section .10 is University Singers; Section .11 is Chamber Choir.
1095 Vocal Theater Workshop (1) Von Villas, Conlon
  Development of body awareness for the stage, acting improvisations, and character development. Scenes chosen from the opera, operetta, and musical theater repertoire. Musical coaching, use of makeup, and audition preparation.
1151 Conducting (3) Fritz
  Technique of conducting, score reading, rehearsal procedures, analysis, and interpretation of selected musical literature; practice in conducting. Prerequisite: Mus 2101. (Fall, even years)
1511-12 Piano (1-2) Staff
1513-14 Voice (1-2) Staff
1515-16 Pipe Organ (1-2) E. Guenther
1517-18 Classical Guitar (1-2) Rojas
1519-20 Violin (1-2) Field, Findley
1521-22 Viola (1-2) Wassertzug
1523-24 Cello (1-2) Barnet
1525-26 Bass (1-2) Koczela, Burney
1527-28 Flute (1-2) Stang
1529-30 Recorder (1-2) Gilliam
1531-32 Oboe (1-2) Stabile-Libelo
1533-34 Clarinet (1-2) Ferguson, Jones
1535-36 Saxophone (1-2) Fraize, Jones
1537-38 Bassoon (1-2) Dircksen
1539-40 French Horn (1-2) Fearing
1541-42 Trumpet (1-2) Birch, Wilson
1543-44 Trombone (1-2) Sciannella
1545-46 Tuba (1-2) Corella
1547-48 Harp (1-2) Seidman
1549-50 Percussion (1-2) Connell, Lucini
1557-58 Harpsichord (1-2) Gascho
1571-72 Jazz Performance Techniques (1-2) Staff
  Section numbers are .10 piano, .11 bass, .12 percussion, .13 guitar, .14 brass, .15 woodwind.
Departmental prerequisite: Private performance courses listed below are open by examination.
Required practice: a minimum of eight hours a week for 2-credit courses.
2012 Piano (2) Staff
2014 Voice (2) Staff
2016 Pipe Organ (2) E. Guenther
2018 Classical Guitar (2) Rojas
2020 Violin (2) Field, Findley, Wassertzug
2022 Viola (2) Wassertzug
2024 Cello (2) Barnet
2026 Bass (2) Koczela
2028 Flute (2) Stang
2030 Recorder (2) Gilliam
2032 Oboe (2) Stabile-Libelo
2034 Clarinet (2) Ferguson, Jones
2036 Saxophone (2) Fraize, Jones
2038 Bassoon (2) Dircksen
2040 French Horn (2) Fearing
2042 Trumpet (2) Birch
2044 Trombone (2) Sciannella
2046 Tuba (2) Corella
2048 Harp (2) Seidman
2050 Percussion (2) Edgar, Lucini, Connell
2058 Harpsichord (2) Gascho
2072 Jazz Performance Techniques (2) Staff
2318 Orchestral Instrument (2) Staff
4085 Advanced Performance Study (3) Staff
  Private study in vocal or instrumental performance. Public performance and a minimum of 12 hours of practice per week are required. Prerequisite: audition before a faculty committee.

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