Undergraduate Course Descriptions

For a complete listing of courses, please refer to the UCSD General Catalog.

Music 1A. Fundamentals of Music A (4 units)

This course, first in a three-quarter sequence, is primarily intended for students without extensive musical experience. It introduces music notation and basic music theory topics such as intervals, scales, keys and chords, as well as basic rhythm skills. Prerequisite: none.

Offered: Fall

Music 1B. Fundamentals of Music B (4 units)

This course, second in a three-quarter sequence, focuses on understanding music theory and developing musical ability through rhythm, ear training and sight singing exercises. Topics include major and minor scales, seventh-chords, transposition, compound meter and rudiments of musical form. Prerequisite: Music 1A.

Offered: Winter

Music 1C. Fundamentals of Music C (4 units)

This course, third in a three-quarter sequence, offers a solid foundation in musical literacy through exercises such as harmonic and melodic dictation, sight singing excerises and rhythm in various meters. Topics include complex rhythm, harmony and basic keyboard skills. Prerequisite: Music 1B.

Offered: Spring

Music 2A-B-C. Basic Musicianship (4,4,4 units)

Primarily intended for music majors. Development of basic skills: perception and notation of pitch and temporal relationships. Introduction of functional harmony. Studies in melodic writing. Drills in sight singing, rhythmic reading, and dictation. Prerequisites: Must be taken in sequence. Majors must be concurrently enrolled in Music 2AK.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 2AK-BK-CK. Basic Keyboard (2,2,2 units)

Scales, chords, harmonic progressions, transposition, and simple pieces. Prerequisites: Majors must be concurrently enrolled in Music 2A. Majors only.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 2JK. Jazz Keyboard (2 units)

This course will introduce basic voicings and voice leading, stylistically appropriate accompaniment, and basic chord substitution. For Music Majors with a Jazz and the Music of the African Diaspora emphasis to be taken concurrently with Music 2C. Prerequisites: Music 2AK and 2BK or passing proficiency exam, or consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in Music 2C. Majors only.

Offered: Spring

Music 4. Introduction to Western Music (4 units)

A brief survey of the history of Western Music from the Middle Ages to the present. Much attention will be paid to the direct experience of listening music and attendance of concerts. Class consists of lectures, listening labs, and live performances. Prerequisite: none.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 5. Sound in Time (4 units)

An examination and exploration of the art and science of music making. Topics include acoustics, improvisation, composition, electronic and popular forms. There will be required listening, reading, and creative assignments. No previous musical background required. Prerequisite: none.

Offered: Winter

Music 6. Electronic Music (4 units)

Lectures and listening sessions devoted to the most significant works of music realized through the use of computers and other electronic devices from the middle of this century through the present. Prerequisite: none. (Offered in alternate years.)

Offered: Spring

Music 7 . Music, Science, and Computers (4 units)

An exploration of the interactions among music, science, and technology, including the development and history of science and technology from the perspective of music, and the modern re-synthesis of these disciplines occurring around computers. Prerequisite: none. (Offered in alternative years.)

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 8. American Music (4 units)

A course designed to study the development of music in America. The focus may be on both the vernacular traditions including hymn singing, country music, jazz, blues, big band, rock, etc., as well as the cultivated traditions of various composers from William Billings to John Cage. Prerequisite: none. (Offered in selected years.)

Offered: Fall

Music 9. Symphony (4 units)

The symphonic masterworks course will consist of lectures and listening sessions devoted to a detailed discussion of a small number of recognized masterworks (e.g., Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Stravinsky, Ligeti, etc.). Prerequisite: none. (Offered in selected years.)

Offered: Spring

Music 11. Folk Music (4 units)

A course on folk musics of the world, covered through lectures, films, and listening sessions devoted to detailed discussion of music indigenous to varying countries/areas of the world. Topics vary from year to year. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: none. Additional Description: Music of Mexico

Offered: Winter

Music 12. Opera (4 units)

A study of opera masterworks that often coincide with operas presented in the San Diego Opera season. Class consists of lectures, listening labs, live performances, and opera on video. Prerequisite: none.

Offered: Winter

Music 13. Worlds of Music (4 units)

Through surveying selected musical traditions and practices from around the world, this course explores the ways in which music both reflects and affects social, cultural, and ecological relationships. Specific case studies will be covered through lectures, films, and listening sessions.

Offered: Fall,Winter

Music 14. Contemporary Music (4 units)

This course offers opportunities to prepare oneself for experiences with new music through preview lectures, to hear quality performances by visiting or faculty artists, to discuss each event informally with a faculty panel: an effort to foster informed listening to the new in music. Prerequisite: none.

Offered: Spring

Music 15. Popular Music (4 units)

A course on popular music from different time periods, covered through lectures, films, and listening sessions.

Offered: Winter,Spring

Music 15. Popular Music-Producers, Remixers & Electronic Music (4 units)

A course on popular music from different time periods, covered through lectures, films and listening sessions. Additional Description: This course explores the artistic and cultural influence of producers and remixers in EDM, hip hop, and pop music. While producers and remixers often work behind the scenes in an industry that is obsessed with stardom, these individuals have played key roles in creating the stylistic "personalities" and sociocultural meanings of diverse musical genres, through the innovative use of sound technologies. Through lectures, films, and listening sessions, students will learn about production and remix tools including drum machines, samplers, turntables, and analog and digital synthesizers, as well as effects such as reverb, delay, and compression. Moving from the 1980s through today, we will cover multiple sub-genres of EDM (house, techno, trance, breakbeat, jungle, and dubstep); hip hop (old school, trap, grime, and more); and pop (new wave, synth pop, grunge, shoegaze, and Top 40). We will also explore selected genres from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Throughout the course, students will explore the relationship between producers and remixers, culture, and politics in a globalizing musical world. We will pay particular attention to how issues of race and gender have shaped the development of EDM, hip hop, and pop in different time periods and places. Interested students will have opportunities for hands-on creative projects using a variety of production and remix tools. This course is open to all students, and requires no prior musical or technological experience.Professor Sarah Hankins

Offered: Fall

Music 16. The Beatles (4 units)

This course will explore The Beatles from musical, cultural, historical, technological, and critical angles. It will place them in context, examining their assorted confluences and wide influences. The group will be critically examined as artists, innovators, and public personalities. Listening, watching, and discussion will provide a broader, deeper, and more personal understanding of the group's enduring appeal. Prerequisites: none

Offered: Fall

Music 17. Hip Hop (4 units)

This class presents a broad chronological overview of the development of hip hop as a musical form from the late 1970s through today. It examines the development of the style in relation to direct context and to earlier African American musical and cultural forms, and considers the technological and legal issues that have impacted its development. The class is listening-intensive and students will be expected to know and recognize essential structures and production techniques. Prerequisites: none

Offered: Fall,Spring

Music 20. Exploring the Musical Mind (4 units)

How do we transform complex sounds into comprehensible and meaningful music? What physiological, neurological, cognitive, and cultural systems are involved? Why do we make music in such diverse ways around the globe? Does music have evolutionary or ecological significance? What is the relationship between music, motion, and emotions? This course explores contemporary understandings of how we hear and how we become musical and invites students to listen to new music in new ways.

Offered: Spring

Music 32. Instrumental Instruction (2 units)

Individual instruction on intermediate level in instrumental technique and repertory. For declared Music majors and minors only. Students must be simultaneously enrolled in a performance ensemble or non-performance music course. May be taken six times for credit. Prerequisites: audition and department stamp.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 32V. Vocal Instruction (1 units)

Individual instruction on intermediate level in vocal technique and repertory. For declared Music majors and minors only. Students must be simultaneously enrolled in a performance ensemble or non-performance music course and in Music 32VM. May be taken six times for credit. Prerequisite: Audition and Department Stamp.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 32VM. Vocal Masterclass (1 units)

All students enrolled in voice lessons (32V or 132V) perform for one another and their instructors. Students critique in-class performances, with emphasis on presentation, diction, dramatic effect, vocal quality, and musicality in a critically supportive manner. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Music 32V or 132V.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 33A. Introduction to Composition I (4 units)

This course is intended to provide the prerequisite knowledge necessary to pursue an emphasis in composition. Topics covered will include notation, calligraphy, instrumentation, orchestration, and twentieth-century music literature. Prerequisite: Music 2C or consent of instructor.

Offered: Fall

Music 33B. Introduction to Composition II (4 units)

This course is intended to provide the prerequisite knowledge necessary to pursue an emphasis in composition. Topics covered will include notation, calligraphy, instrumentation, orchestration, and twentieth-century music literature. Prerequisite: Music 33A.

Offered: Winter

Music 33C. Introduction to Composition III (4 units)

This course is intended to provide the prerequisite knowledge necessary to pursue an emphasis in composition. Topics covered will include notation, calligraphy, instrumentation, orchestration, and twentieth-century music literature. Prerequisite: Music 33B.

Offered: Spring

Music 43. Department Seminar (1 units)

The department seminar serves both as a general department meeting and as a forum for the presentation of research and performances by visitors, faculty and students. Required of all undergraduate Music and Music Humanities major every quarter a student is a declared music major. Four units or four quarters of enrollment are required of all undergraduate ICAM music majors who choose the MUS 43 Department Seminar option for their Visitor Series requirement.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 80. Special Topics in Music (1 - 4 units)

Lower division course with various topics will be offered during the summer sessions each year.

Offered: Summer

Music 87. Freshman Seminar: Anatomy of the Groove (1 units)

The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges, and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to 15 to 20 students, with preference given to entering Freshman. Additional Description: For more information & descriptions, go to http://ugseminars.ucsd.edu/UGSEM_SeminarListing.asp?qtr=sp13&c=f. Please note, Freshmen Seminars meet on specific dates; they may not meet consistently throughout the quarter.

Offered: Fall

Music 87. Freshman Seminar: Computational Creativity (1 units)

The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges, and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to 15 to 20 students, with preference given to entering Freshman. Additional Description: For more information & descriptions, go to http://ugseminars.ucsd.edu/Listing.aspx. Please note, Freshmen Seminars meet on specific dates; they may not meet consistently throughout the quarter. (S. Dubnov)

Offered: Winter

Music 87. Freshman Seminar: Music in the Human Experience (1 units)

The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges, and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to 15 to 20 students, with preference given to entering Freshman. Additional Description: For more information & descriptions, go to http://ugseminars.ucsd.edu/Listing.aspx. Please note, Freshmen Seminars meet on specific dates; they may not meet consistently throughout the quarter. (D. Borgo)

Offered: Winter

Music 95B . Instrumental Choir for Bass (2 units)

Instrumental course consisting of quartets, quintets, sextets, or octets of specific instruments, i.e. percussion, etc. The ensemble promotes good performance ensemble skills and will expose students to great composers from the classical to the contemporary periods.

Offered: Winter

Music 95C. Concert Choir (2 units)

Open to all university students, the Concert Choir meets twice a week to prepare one program of choral literature each quarter. Repertoire chosen from a wide variety of musical styles. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 95D. Symphonic Chorus (2 units)

A 120-voice, intermediate-advanced choral ensemble combining UCSD students with community members, which performs a subscription series of masterwork concerts with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 95E. Chamber Orchestra (2 units)

Rehearsal of varied works for full orchestra culminating in at least one public performance each quarter.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 95G. Gospel Choir - Pass/No Pass only (2 - 3 units)

The goal of this course is to lead students in experiencing the singing and understanding of Gospel music and its various styles, as well as other forms of sacred music of the 20th century of the African American experience. The course may be taken for either two units or three units. Extra sections and concerts are required for three units; the instructor will announce these requirements at the first class session.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 95JC. Jazz Chamber Ensembles (2 units)

Small jazz ensembles will be arranged by audition and organized according to instrumentation and student interest, and ability. Each ensemble will meet on a weekly basis under faculty guidance and will have the opportunity for both on- and off-campus performances. Prerequisites: By audition only; Department stamp required.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 95K. Chamber Singers (2 units)

An advanced choral group. Preparation, stylistic interpretation and performance of music from the 12th century to the present for accompanied and unaccompanied voices. Basic music reading skills are encouraged. Prerequisites: By audition only. http://musicweb.ucsd.edu/ugrad/ensembles.php Attend the first class meeting to schedule an audition. Department stamp required.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 95L. Wind Ensemble (2 units)

An intermediate to advanced level ensemble performing traditional to contemporary band literature.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 95W. World Music Ensembles: Indian Classical Music Ensemble (2 units)

An Indian Classical Music Ensemble with a focus on the Sitar and Tabla. No previous background necessary. Additional Description: An Indian classical music ensemble with a focus on the Sitar and Tabla or an instrument of your choice. Voice students are encouraged to join. Students will be introduced to the concepts of Raga and Tabla through fixed compositions and ear training. While no previous background is necessary, all students MUST attend the first meeting of class. Failure to do so will require students to drop the course. This first meeting is to assign students to proper groups and offer a broad survey of the history and theory of the tradition.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 101A. Music Theory and Practice I (4 units)

Study of modal coounterpoint in the style of 16th century. Two-voice species counterpoint studies. Analysis of music of the period. Musicianship studies:sight singing, dictation and keyboard skills. Prerequisites: Music 2C and 2CK.

Offered: Fall

Music 101B. Music Theory and Practice II (4 units)

Study of tonal harmony and counterpoint. Analysis of Bach chorales and other music from the Baroque period. Musicianship studies: sight singing, dictation, and keyboarding skills. Prerequisites: Music 2C

Offered: Winter

Music 101C. Music Theory and Practice III (4 units)

Tonal harmony and counterpoint. Analysis of larger classical forms: Sonata, Variation, Minuet and Trio, Rondo. Musicianship studies: sight singing, dictation, and keyboarding skills. Prerequisites: Music 101B

Offered: Spring

Music 102. Topics in Music Theory (4 units)

Selected topics in music theory. Covers Western classical repertoire from 1850 to the present. Includes chromatic and post-tonal harmony, formal analysis. Prerequisite: MUS 101B

Offered: Fall

Music 103 A. Seminar in Composition I (4 units)

Individual projects in composition will be critically reviewed in seminar with fellow student and faculty composers. Prerequisites: 33ABC. (Course must be taken in sequence - Music 103 A-B-C)

Offered: Fall

Music 103B. Seminar in Composition II (4 units)

Individual projects in composition will be critically reviewed in seminar with fellow student and faculty composers. Prerequisites: Mus 103A

Offered: Winter

Music 103C. Seminar in Composition III - (4 units)

Individual projects in composition will be critically reviewed in seminar with fellow student and faculty composers. Prerequisites: Music 103B

Offered: Spring

Music 103D-E-F. Honors Seminar in Composition (4,4,4 units)

Advanced individual projects for senior music majors pursuing honors in composition. Projects will be critically reviewed in seminar with fellow students and faculty composers. Prerequisites: Music 103A-B-C and admission into the Department of Music Honors Program in composition. Department stamp required.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 105. Jazz Composition (4 units)

This course will explore a range of compositional possibilities from song forms to modal and more extended forms. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: Music 104 or consent of instructor.

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 106. Topics in Music Analysis (4 units)

Topics in musical analysis. Covers full range of musical repertoire 1900 to present, including musics that do not depend on notation. Prerequisite: MUS 2C

Offered: Winter,Spring

Music 107. Critical Studies Seminar: Theorizing Concerts (4 units)

Additional Description: Instructor: Jann Pasler. "Theorizing Concerts" In this seminar, students will be asked to investigate one concert organization of their choice as well as to think beyond conventional notions and imagine new ways of theorizing concerts. Together, using the example of the concerts chosen by each student, we will examine concepts underlying  various kinds of concerts, spaces and places for concerts, leadership and patronage, performance rituals, concerts as public culture, programming and repertoire, audience development, the business of concerts and beyond. Readings and discussion will come from a broad range of fields, but mostly students will be expected to do their own research on their chosen organization. After examining their chosen concert organization from all these perspectives, they will be asked to develop one of them in a final paper, or direct their theorizing to conceive/create/curate a new kind of concert experience.

Offered: Spring

Music 107. Critical Studies Seminar (4 units)

Explore music in relation to various traditions of critical thought and their methodologies, such as in literature, cultural studies, sociology, and philosophy. Readings and scores to be determined by the professor. Additional Description: Seminars on subject areas relating to the established dimensions of music and in which theoreticians have produced a substantial body of work. These include studies in analysis, timbre, rhythm, notation, and psychoacoustics. Offerings vary depending on faculty availability and interest. Analytical paper required. Professor M. Dresser Fall 2014 - In this seminar, students will be asked to investigate one concert organization of their choice as well as to think beyond conventional notions and imagine new ways of theorizing concerts. Together, using the example of the concerts chosen by each student, we will examine concepts underlying various kinds of concerts, spaces and places for concerts, leadership and patronage, performance rituals, concerts as public culture, programming and repertoire, audience development, the business of concerts and beyond. Readings and discussion will come from a broad range of fields, but mostly students will be expected to do their own research on their chosen organization. After examining their chosen concert organization from all these perspectives, they will be asked to develop one of them in a final paper, or direct their theorizing to conceive/create/curate a new kind of concert experience.

Offered: Spring

Music 110. Intro to Ethnomusicology Seminar (4 units)

This seminar introduces the central theories, methods, and approaches used to study the musics of contemporary cultures, in their local contexts. In addition to surveying key writings, students will document music from their local environment. Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor. (Offered in selected years.)

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 111. World Music Traditions - Persian Music (4 units)

Offered: Spring

Music 112. Topics in European Music Before 1750 (4 units)

This course will address topics in medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music; topics will vary from year to year. May be repeated five times for credit. Prerequisites: knowledge of music notation or consent of instructor; Music 4, 8-10 or 120 recommended.

Offered: Winter

Music 113. Topics in Classic, Romantic, and Modern Music (4 units)

This course will focus on Western music between 1750 and the early 20th century; topics will vary from year to year. May be repeated five times for credit. Prerequisites: knowledge of music notation or consent of instructor; Music 4, 8-10 or 120 recommended.

Offered: Fall,Winter

Music 114. Music of the Twentieth Century (4 units)

An exploration of materials and methods used in the music of our time. There will be an extra discussion group for music majors. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: none.

Offered: Fall,Winter

Music 115. Women in Music (4 units)

A survey of the biographical, historical, sociological, and political issues affecting woman musicians, their creativity, their opportunities, and their perception by others. It compares and contrasts the work of women composers, performers, patrons, teachers, and writers on music from the Middle Ages through the present. Prerequisite: none

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 116. Popular Music Studies Seminar - Topic TBA (4 units)

This course examines special topics in popular music from various sociopolitical, aesthetic, and performance perspectives. Readings include recent literature in cultural studies, musicology, and/or performance practice. Topics vary. May be taken three times for credit. Prerequisites:Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 120A. History of Music in Western Culture I (4 units)

First part of intensive historical, analytical, and cultural-esthetic examination of music Western Culture from the ninth through the twenty-first centuies. Considers both sacred and secular repertories from Gregorian chant through early opera, c. 800-1600. Prerequisites: Music 1C or 2C, or passing grade on proficiency exam. Music majors should be enrolled concurrently in Music 101A. Department stamp required for non-majors.

Offered: Fall

Music 120B. History of Music in Western Culture II (4 units)

Second part of intensive historical, analytical, and cultural-esthetic examination of music Western Culture from the ninth through the twenty-first centuies. Considers both instrumental and vocal repertories, from the "Baroque" to the "Romantic," c. 1600-1830. Prerequisites: Music 120A. Music majors should be enrolled concurrently in Music 101B. Department stamp required for non-majors.

Offered: Winter

Music 120C. History of Music in Western Culture III (4 units)

Third part of intensive historical, analytical, and cultural-esthetic examination of music Western Culture from the ninth through the twenty-first centuies. Considers both established traditions and new trends, from Romanticism through Modernism and Post-Modernism, c.1890-present. Prerequisites: Music 120B. Music majors should be enrolled concurrently in Music 101C. Department stamp required for non-majors.

Offered: Spring

Music 126. Blues: An Oral Tradition (4 units)

This course will examine the development of the Blues from its roots in work-songs and the minstrel show to its flowering in the Mississippi Delta to the development of Urban Blues and the close relationship of the Blues with Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. (Cross-listed with Ethnic Studies 178.) Prerequisite: none.

Offered: Fall

Music 127. Discover Jazz (4 units)

Offers an introduction to jazz, including important performers and their associated styles and techniques. Explores the often provocative role jazz has played in American and global society, the diverse perceptions and arguments that have surrounded its production and reception, and how these have been inflected by issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Specific topics vary from year to year. (Cross listed with Ethnic Studies 179.)

Offered: Winter,Spring

Music 128. Principles and Practice of Conducting (4 units)

The theory and practice of instrumental and/or choral conducting as they have to do with basic baton techniques, score reading, interpretation, orchestration, program building, and functional analysis. Members of the class will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge in the conducting of a small ensemble performing literature from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Prerequisites: Music 2A-B-C and 101A-B-C. Department stamp required.

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 130. Chamber Music Performance (4 units)

Instruction in the preparation of small group performances of representative instrumental and vocal chamber music literature. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor through audition. May be taken for credit six times, unlimited thereafter for zero units.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 131. Advanced Improvisation Performance (4 units)

Master-level class instruction in advanced improvisation performance for declared majors and minors only or by consent of instructor. May be taken for credit six times, unlimited thereafter for zero units. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor through audition.

Offered: Spring

Music 132. Pro-Seminar in Instrumental Instruction (4 units)

Individual or master class instruction in advanced instrumental performance. For declared Music majors and minors only. Students must be simultaneously enrolled in a performance ensemble or non-performance music course. May be taken six times for credit. Prerequisites: audition and department stamp.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 132R. Recital Preparation (4 units)

Advanced instrumental/vocal preparation for senior music majors pursuing honors in performance. Repertoire for a solo recital will be developed under the direction of the appropriate instrumental/vocal faculty member. Prerequisites: by audition only, Music 132. Department stamp required. Additional Description: Advanced instrumental/vocal preparation for senior music majors pursuing honors in performance. Repertoire for a solo recital will be developed under the direction of the appropriate instrumental/vocal faculty member. Special audition required.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 132V. Pro-Seminar in Vocal Instruction (3 units)

Individual instruction in advanced vocal performance. For declared Music majors and minors only. Students must be simultaneously enrolled in a performance ensemble or non-performance music course, and in the Voice Masterclass, Music 32VM. May be taken six times for credit. Prerequisites: audition and department stamp.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 133. Projects in New Music Performance (4 units)

Performance of new music of the twentieth century, with readings relevant to the selected repertory. Normally offered in Winter Quarter only. Required minimum of one time for all Music majors. May be taken two times for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor through audition. Department stamp required.

Offered: Winter

Music 134. Symphonic Orchestra (4 units)

Repertoire is drawn from the classic symphonic literature of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries with a strong emphasis on recently composed and new music. Distinguished soloists, as well as The La Jolla Symphony Chorus, frequently appear with the orchestra. The La Jolla Symphony Orchestra performs two full-length programs each quarter, each program being performed twice. May be repeated six times for credit. Prerequisites: audition and department stamp required. Additional Description: Students participating must enroll for credit. May be repeated six times for credit.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 137A-B-C. Jazz Theory and Improvisation (4,4,4 units)

Study of Jazz theory and improvisation, focused on fundamental rhythmic, harmonic, melodic, and formal aspects of modern jazz style. Application of theoretical knowledge to instruments and concepts will be reinforced through listening, transcription work, and composition and improvisation exercises. Prerequisites: Music 2A-B-C, proficiency exam, or consent of instructor.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 143. Department Seminar (1 units)

The department seminar serves both as a general department meeting and as a forum for the presentation of research and performances by visitors, faculty, and students. Required of all undergraduate music majors every quarter who entered UCSD prior to Fall 2016.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 150. Jazz and the Music of the African Diaspora: Special Topics Seminar- Miles Davis (4 units)

An in-depth writing and listening intensive investigation into a jazz or diaspora-related music history topic. Topics vary from year to year. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: MUS 126/ETHN 178, or MUS 127/ETHN 179, or consent of instructor.

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 151. Race, Culture, and Social Change (4 units)

Aggrieved groups generate distinctive cultural expressions by turning negative ascription into positive affirmation and be transforming segregation into congregation. This course examines the role of cultural expressions in struggles for social change by these communities inside and outside the U.S. (Crosslisted with Ethnic Studies 108). Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor. Additional Description: Summer 1, 2012

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 152. Hip Hop: The Politics of Culture (4 units)

Examination of hip hop's music, technology, lyrics and dance and its influence in graffiti, film, music video, fiction, advertising, gender, corporate investment, government and censorship with a critical focus on race, gender, popular culture and the politics of creative expression. (Crosslisted with Ethnic Studies 128). Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 170. Musical Acoustics (4 units)

An introduction to the acoustics of music with particular emphasis on contemporary digital techniques for understanding and manipulating sound. Prerequisites: Music 1A, or 2A, or 4. Depending on the instructor, this course may include the following tools: pd. Additional Description: Offered Fall Quarter Only

Offered: Fall

Music 171. Computer Music I (4 units)

A practical introduction to computer techniques for desktop audio editing, MIDI control, and real-time music algorithms using the MAX programming environment. Restriction: JR OR SR Standing; Music 170 recommended. Depending on the instructor, this course may include the following tools: Max/MSP, pd, Matlab. Additional Description: Offered Winter Quarter Only

Offered: Winter

Music 172. Computer Music ll (4 units)

Computer synthesis techniques including wavetable and additive synthesis, waveshaping, and sampling. Transformation of musical sounds using filters, modulation, and delay effects. Fourier analysis of sounds. Prerequisite: Music 171. Depending on the instructor, this course may include the following tools: Max/MSP, pd. Additional Description: Offered Spring Quarter Only.

Offered: Spring

Music 173. Electronic Music Production and Composition (4 units)

Creative music production using digital audio workstations (DAWs), emphasizing hands-on composition projects including tempo warping, beat and tonality matching, virtual drum kits, chord progressions, sound processing and effects, arrangement, and re-mixing in the context of both popular and experimental genres. Existing works are analyzed and dissected for aesthetic value and production technique. JR or SR standing. Restricted to ICAM Music and ICAM Visual Arts and Music majors.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 174A. Audio and MIDI Studio Techniques I (4 units)

First class in a year-long sequence. Surveys hardware and software resources in an advanced analog/digital and media studio. Required [course] for use of the Studio. Topics include: electronic and computer music, digital and analogue audio signal mixing and manipulation, studio devices, interfacing, compositional applications, MIDI synchronization, performance and student projects. 174A focuses on signals, mics, device based recording, mixing, monitoring. Prerequisites: Music 170; Music majors, ICAM-Music and ICAM-Visual Arts majors and minors; or consent of instructor. Depending on the instructor, this course may include the following tools: Pro Tools HD, Altiverb, Waves.

Offered: Fall

Music 174B. Audio and MIDI Studio Techniques II (4 units)

Second class in a year-long sequence. Surveys hardware and software resources in an advanced analog/digital and media studio. Required [course] for use of the ICAM Studio. Topics include: electronic and computer music, digital and analog signal mixing and manipulation, studio devices, interfacing, compositional applications, MIDI synchronization, performance and studio techniques, and student projects. 174B focuses on digital audio workstations, computer-based mixing and editing, sound file transformation. Prerequisites: Music 170; Music 174A; Music majors, ICAM-Music and ICAM-Visual Arts majors and minors, or consent of instructor. Depending on the instructor, this course may include the following tools: Pro Tools HD, Altiverb, Waves.

Offered: Winter

Music 174C. Audio and MIDI Studio Techniques III (4 units)

Third class in a year-long sequence. Surveys hardware and software resources in an advanced analog/digital and media studio. Required [course] for use of the ICAM Studio. Topics include: electronic and computer music, digital and analog audio signal mixing and manipulation, studio devices, interfacing, composition applications, MIDI synchronization, performance and studio techniques , and student projects. 174C focuses on MIDI, synchronization, and sound-for-picture. Prerequisites: Music 170; Music 174B; Music majors, ICAM-Music and ICAM-Visual Arts majors and minors, or consent of instructor. Depending on the instructor, this course may include the following tools: Pro Tools HD, Altiverb, Waves.

Offered: Spring

Music 175. Musical Psychoacoustics (4 units)

Survey of psychoacoustical phenomena, theories of hearing, and their relation to musical perception and cognition. Techniques of psychoacoustical experimentation. Music 170 recommended. Depending on the instructor, this course may include the following tools: Matlab.

Offered: Spring

Music 176-. Music Technology Seminar (4,4 units)

Selected topics in music technology and its application to composition and/or performance. Offerings vary according to faculty availability and interest. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Music 172 or consent of instructor. Additional Description: Professor N. Diels

Offered: Winter,Spring

Music 177. Music Programming (4 units)

Fundamentals of programming music software in C and C++. DSP implementation of oscillators, filters, delay, reverb and spectral processing; programming techniques specific to audio and MIDI and simple GUI design for parameter control and signal display. Implementation using a plug in or external programming interface such as for VST, Audio Unit, PD or Max/MSP.

Offered: Fall

Music 195. Instructional Assistance (2 units)

Assisting in the instruction of an undergraduate music class under the direct and constant supervision of a faculty member. May be taken for credit three times. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and departmental approval.

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 201A. Projects in New Music Performance: Just Intonation (1-4 units)

Performance of contemporary music. Different sections represent active performance ensembles. A core requirement for graduate degree students as outlined in the curriculum. The number of units is based on work performed by agreement with instructor. See instructors for additional information. New students should attend graduate auditions during Welcome Week. Additional Description: This workshop will focus on the intricate tuning issues of extended just intonation. It will begin with the 5 limit intervals and chords exploring difference tone tuning, enharmonic issues and the syntonic comma. The workshop will include the prime number partials 7, 11 and 13 with many of the chroma associated with those partials. Of particular interest is the general application of utonality as presented and used by Partch and Johnston. Maximum of 7 students with consent of instructor. Instructor: John Fonville

Offered: Winter

Music 201A-A. Projects in New Music Performance: (1-4,1-4 units)

Performance of contemporary music. Different sections represent active performance ensembles. A core requirement for graduate degree students as outlined in the curriculum. The number of units is based on work performed by agreement with instructor. See instructors for additional information. New students should attend graduate auditions during Welcome Week. Additional Description: Instructor: Susan Narucki

Offered: Fall,Spring

Music 201A. Projects in New Music Performance: Palimpsest (1-4 units)

Performance of contemporary music. Different sections represent active performance ensembles. A core requirement for graduate degree students as outlined in the curriculum. The number of units is based on work performed by agreement with instructor. See instructors for additional information. New students should attend graduate auditions during Welcome Week. Additional Description: Rehearsals and performance of works by Reynolds, Stockhausen, Frey and Qingqing Wang. Instructor: Aleck Karis

Offered: Winter

Music 201A. Projects in New Music Performance: Opera (1-4 units)

Performance of contemporary music. Different sections represent active performance ensembles. A core requirement for graduate degree students as outlined in the curriculum. The number of units is based on work performed by agreement with instructor. See instructors for additional information. New students should attend graduate auditions during Welcome Week. Additional Description: "Kallisti Chamber Opera" Project. Three performances of chamber opera repertoire, TBD. Enrollment by permission of instructor.  Instructor: Susan Narucki

Offered: Spring

Music 201A. Projects in New Music Performance: Bass Ensemble (1-4 units)

Performance of contemporary music. Different sections represent active performance ensembles. A core requirement for graduate degree students as outlined in the curriculum. The number of units is based on work performed by agreement with instructor. See instructors for additional information. New students should attend graduate auditions during Welcome Week. Additional Description: Instructor: Mark Dresser

Offered: Winter

Music 201B-B-B. Projects in New Music Performance: Improvisation Ensemble (1-4,1-4,1-4 units)

Performance of contemporary music. Different sections represent active performance ensembles. A core requirement for graduate degree students as outlined in the curriculum. The number of units is based on work performed by agreement with instructor. See instructors for additional information. New students should attend graduate auditions during Welcome Week. Additional Description: Improvisation Ensemble, "The Art of Conduction". This performance laboratory and ensemble introduces the methods of Butch Morris' Conduction idiom; a platform for conducted compositional language and improvisatory experimentation. Defined by Morris as "an improvised duet for ensemble and conductor", the ensemble will be featured in Conduction Concert Series at The Loft throughout the Winter quarter. In addition, participants will be presented with an opportunity to perform, compose and direct conductions. A discussion and evaluation of other conducted improvisational techniques including Anthony Braxton's Language Music will be explored through interviews and conducted application. Instructor: Stephanie Richards

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 201C. Projects in New Music Performance: Percussion Ensemble (rfbf) (1-4 units)

Performance of contemporary music. Different sections represent active performance ensembles. A core requirement for graduate degree students as outlined in the curriculum. The number of units is based on work performed by agreement with instructor. See instructors for additional information. New students should attend graduate auditions during Welcome Week. Additional Description: Percussion Ensemble red fish blue fish. Instructor: Steven Schick

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 201D. Projects in New Music Performance: Composition Juries (1-4 units)

Performance of contemporary music. Different sections represent active performance ensembles. A core requirement for graduate degree students as outlined in the curriculum. The number of units is based on work performed by agreement with instructor. See instructors for additional information. New students should attend graduate auditions during Welcome Week. Additional Description: First year Collaborative Projects for Performers and Composers. Only first year performance students can enroll in this course. Instructor: Steven Schick

Offered: Fall

Music 202. Advanced Projects in Performance (1-4 units)

Advanced performance of new music with members of the performance faculty (SONOR). Students taking this course do not need to take Music 201 that quarter. Enrollment by consent of instructor/director of SONOR. Additional Description: Students must submit a Performance/Project Proposal Form (located on the Music Intranet) to the Graduate Advisor. This form must include titles, composers, instrumentation, duration, proposed course credit, performers, and have supervising faculty and Performance Chair approval. Each group will be mentored by a member of performance faculty. May be taken in lieu of 201.  The number of units is based on work performed by agreement with instructor. See instructors for additional information. For FALL only: Students may (but are not required to) present the work(s) in public performance.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 203A-B-C-D. Advanced Projects in Composition (6,6,6,1-4 units)

Meetings and laboratory sessions devoted to the study of composition in small groups. Consent of instructor required. Additional Description: The composition seminar, required of all entering graduate composers, is taught on a rotating basis by the Music Department composition faculty and has several purposes: to intensify the collegiality of student composers both with regard to ideas and techniques and to become better acquainted with each other's outlooks and needs in order to achieve the most congenial and productive match-ups between faculty and students for subsequent individual study. Seminars typically include group meetings and individual attention as appropriate. Composition Juries - At the end of the first Fall quarter in residence (in January), and again following Spring quarter (in October), all new graduate composition students are reviewed in juries by the composition faculty. Following the performance and discussions of the day, the composition faculty meets to assess the students' work. Details about the jury process are provided during Welcome Week and throughout the quarter. Instructor: Rand Steiger

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 204. Focus on Composition (2 units)

The purpose of this seminar is to bring in the entire population of the graduate composition program (all students and faculty) for in-depth discussion of critical issues in music theory and composition. Each meeting will feature a formal presentation by either a student, faculty member, or visitor, followed by lively and challenging debate on relevant issues. Additional Description: Seminar meets throughout the year on a biweekly basis in the evening. Participation is required of all enrolled graduate composition students every quarter in residence. Other students are welcome to participate. Each session begins with a one-hour talk (including recordings) by the featured composer, followed by at least one hour of discussion. Lively and challenging debate on relevant issues is encouraged. Instructors: Chinary Ung (Fall), Lei Liang (Winter), and Rand Steiger (Spring)

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 205. Focus on Integrative Studies (2 units)

Meets on a biweekly basis to facilitate presentations by advanced students and invited guests and to encourage in-depth discussion between students, faculty, and visitors about theoretical and artistic issues of interest. Participation is required of all enrolled IS students until advanced to candidacy. Others are welcome to participate. Additional Description: Instructors: Sarah Hankins (Fall), Amy Cimini (Winter), and Nancy Guy (Spring)

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 206. Experimental Studies Seminar: Advanced Rhythm Reading (4 units)

Seminars growing out of current faculty interests. The approach tends to be speculative and includes individual projects or papers as well as assigned readings. In the past, such areas as new instrumental and vocal resources, mixed media, and compositional linguistics have been offered. Additional Description: "The Foundations of Advanced Rhythm Reading." The goal of this course is to guide one towards having the freedom to perform any rhythm, regardless of notational or performative intricacy and ultimately nudge rhythm reading to the background of consciousness and to remove yet another technical obstacle to being musical. We want 1) to ensure that one is never perplexed by what is being asked via conventional notation - that one never has to avoid performing any music because one is stumped by the notation nor has to hear a rhythm before one can perform it, and 2) To ensure that one is always capable of producing, in a timely fashion, an excellent performance of the target rhythm and know that it is correct. Prior to conventional notation, we will be learning to create measured rhythms without prior audition and activating one's rhythm intuitions, including learning a) reckoning strategies, b) computational tools, and c) concomitant physical coordination. We will be learning how to create silent time-rulers and comparison structures that are flexible enough to allow for contextual imperatives and exercise our considerable abilities at fineness of distinction. The course will concentrate on rhythms communicated via the conventional notation system, eventually exploring the full range of intricacies and subtleties possible. We will be focusing on the measured rhythms of set pieces. Topics include: notational inelegance, problematic rhythms, arithmetic questions, hidden patterns, notation translation, and the design of effective learning pieces and tests that explore all classes of rhythmic problems. This course is guaranteed not to impair one's ability to be expressive. Instructor: Edwin Harkins

Offered: Spring

Music 206. Experimental Studies Seminar: Sound Installation Art I (4 units)

Seminars growing out of current faculty interests. The approach tends to be speculative and includes individual projects or papers as well as assigned readings. In the past, such areas as new instrumental and vocal resources, mixed media, and compositional linguistics have been offered. Additional Description: "Sound Installation Art I" This seminar introduces students to historic, contemporary, and critical issues surrounding sound installation art. Issues as how conceptual, spatial and sonic needs define the work's language and application, and how this is a tool for communication and artistic expression are subjects under discussion. The weekly assigned readings, in class discussions and guest lectures provide a theoretical and philosophical context to critically engage with themes such as musical interactivity, the role of technology, perceptive behavior modes, aesthetics and phenomenological thoughts as it relates to the practice of sound and/or installation art. The course intends to provide the students with an opportunity to extend their critical interest and understanding of the field and as a result to develop their reflective approach towards their own work and practice. This course welcomes music students from all areas and an hourly research presentation and a final paper will be expected of everyone. This course will feature a sequel that is studio-based, allowing a small number of students to develop and realize sound installation projects. Instructor: Katharina Rosenberger

Offered: Fall

Music 206. Experimental Studies Seminar: Hearing Seascapes (4 units)

Seminars growing out of current faculty interests. The approach tends to be speculative and includes individual projects or papers as well as assigned readings. In the past, such areas as new instrumental and vocal resources, mixed media, and compositional linguistics have been offered. Additional Description: Hearing Seascapes: A Collaborative Seminar on the Sonification of Coral Reefs: This seminar provides an unusual opportunity for grad students from both the Music and the Engineering Departments to develop an interdisciplinary project centering around the sonification of coral reefs. Through creative processes in musical composition and data visualization, our highly collaborative project and data-driven approach seek to initiate dialogues between artists and scientists and lead to a new way to immerse the viewers in a scientific and artistic experience of coral reefs, its colors, its calcification process, etc. Here, music serves an instrument to give the visualization of coral reefs a voice both literally and figuratively.The seminar welcomes composers, performers (especially for those performers who compose and/or improvise), computer-musicians and scholars to explore and to re-imagine how music can be created, where music can be experienced, and how science and music can intersect in a fully integrated way. Instructor: L. Liang

Offered: Spring

Music 206. Experimental Studies Seminar: Frequency-domain audio techniques (4 units)

Seminars growing out of current faculty interests. The approach tends to be speculative and includes individual projects or papers as well as assigned readings. In the past, such areas as new instrumental and vocal resources, mixed media, and compositional linguistics have been offered. Additional Description: A survey of existing techniques and open questions for frequency-domain audio processing. Topics to include: the analysis/synthesis chain and its two theoretical frameworks; windowing effects; multiple-time-scale approaches; inverse-FFT synthesis; phase coherence across analysis windows and channels. Some mathematics and signal processing background will be needed; if in doubt check with instructor. Instructor: Miller Puckette

Offered: Spring

Music 206. Experimental Studies Seminar (4 units)

Seminars growing out of current faculty interests. The approach tends to be speculative and includes individual projects or papers as well as assigned readings. In the past, such areas as new instrumental and vocal resources, mixed media, and compositional linguistics have been offered.

Offered: Winter

Music 206. Experimental Studies Seminar: Deep and shallow (4 units)

Seminars growing out of current faculty interests. The approach tends to be speculative and includes individual projects or papers as well as assigned readings. In the past, such areas as new instrumental and vocal resources, mixed media, and compositional linguistics have been offered. Additional Description: Deep and shallow: machine learning for music generation. Instructor: Shlomo Dubnov

Offered: Fall

Music 206. Experimental Studies Seminar: (4 units)

Seminars growing out of current faculty interests. The approach tends to be speculative and includes individual projects or papers as well as assigned readings. In the past, such areas as new instrumental and vocal resources, mixed media, and compositional linguistics have been offered. Additional Description: Instructor: Charles Curtis

Offered: Fall

Music 207. Theoretical Studies Seminar (4 units)

Seminars on subject areas relating to the established dimensions of music and in which theoreticians have produced a substantial body of work. These include studies in analysis, timbre, rhythm, notation, and psychoacoustics. Offerings vary depending on faculty availability and interest. Analytical paper required. Additional Description: .

Offered: Winter,Spring

Music 207. Theoretical Studies Seminar: Musical Creativity and Science (4 units)

Seminars on subject areas relating to the established dimensions of music and in which theoreticians have produced a substantial body of work. These include studies in analysis, timbre, rhythm, notation, and psychoacoustics. Offerings vary depending on faculty availability and interest. Analytical paper required. Additional Description: This seminar brings together four individuals in a coordinated sharing of their extensive experience in considering and utilizing the resources of science/technology in enabling or suggesting innovative creative goals. The scheduled sessions begin with presentations by the two UCSD faculty composers regarding how science-oriented information and tools have influenced their creative paths. There follow presentations by the two visitors: one discussing and demonstrating the logistics of multimedia presentations (including explanation and demonstration of the Projection Design process for using images) The second presents a series of five, two-part lectures. The initial segment of each lecture is a "primer" on a psychological principle/phenomenon especially relevant to innovative projects. This is followed by a more extended exploration of issues stretching from form, through auditory scene analysis, timbre and instrumentation, and the cognitive dynamics of music listening. We believe this seminar offers a unique opportunity for any individual interested in explorative creation, one that will help them identify and explore resources that can inform and enable their work. Individual in-class presentations will be augmented by a paper expanding upon a previously submitted and approved abstract. Instructors: Roger Reynolds and Rand Steiger; Guest Instructors: Ross Karre (Co-Artistic Director, ICE New York) and Stephen McAdams (McGill University)

Offered: Fall

Music 207. Theoretical Studies Seminar: Scholarly Writing intended for Publication (4 units)

Seminars on subject areas relating to the established dimensions of music and in which theoreticians have produced a substantial body of work. These include studies in analysis, timbre, rhythm, notation, and psychoacoustics. Offerings vary depending on faculty availability and interest. Analytical paper required. Additional Description: This seminar will create a kind of "think-tank" atmosphere for productive thinking and critical discourse. Its purpose is to help students produce (or revise) an article or book chapter that they wish to submit for publication, or advance work on their dissertations-in-progress with the benefit of group discussions and interactions. It will begin with each student defining his or her focus for the quarter, reflecting on its potential significance and its intended readership, reading and studying a wide array of abstracts in various publications, and writing an abstract for their writing project, all of this followed by peer review and discussion. Each student will then choose an article or book chapter for study and discussion that best represents what he or she admires in terms of argument, style, or method; the following week, each will write a short essay aiming to emulate such aspects in their own work. Finally, students will turn to writing or revising their own article or dissertation chapter, and then distributing it for group discussion. The seminar will be conducted in such a way that, in addition to the professor, everyone in the seminar reads one another's various assignments and offers critical feedback. Limited to 6 or 7 advanced graduate students. Instructor: Jann Pasler

Offered: Winter

Music 209. Advanced Music Theory and Practice: (4 units)

Advanced integrated studies in music theory; composition and styles study through analysis and performance. This course is intended primarily for doctoral students and may be taken by M.A. students only with special approval of M.A. adviser and course instructor. A major research or analytical publishable paper required.

Offered: Spring

Music 210. Musical Analysis (4 units)

The analysis of complex music. The course will assume that the student has a background in traditional musical analysis. The goal of the course is to investigate and develop analytical procedures that yield significant information about specific works of music, old and new. Reading, projects, and analytical papers. Additional Description: Core course. May be offered in alternate years. Instructors: Chinary Ung (Winter), Anthony Davis (Spring)

Offered: Winter,Spring

Music 211. Introduction to Ethnomusicology (2 units)

Introduces the field of ethnomusicology by highlighting important thinkers, concepts, and issues and by orienting students toward work of an anthropological, ethnographic, or comparative nature. Students who have taken and passed MUS 208A may not get credit for MUS 211. Additional Description: Instructor: Nancy Guy

Offered: Spring

Music 213. Introduction to Critical Studies (2 units)

Introduces important themes and thinkers from the fields of critical theory and cultural studies and explores how musical behaviors and phenomena relate to matters of ideology, nationality, ethnicity, social class, race, and gender. Students who have taken MUS 208C for credit may not take MUS 213 for credit. Additional Description: Instructor: Jann Pasler

Offered: Winter

Music 214. Introduction to Creative Practice (2 units)

Surveys the terrain of contemporary creative music and investigates the social, cultural, historical, and technological dimensions of its manifestations and practice. Students who have taken MUS 208D for credit may not take MUS 214 for credit. Additional Description: Instructor: Anthony Davis

Offered: Fall

Music 228. Conducting (4 units)

This course will give practical experience in conducting a variety of works from various eras of instrumental and/or vocal music. Students will study problems of instrumental or vocal techniques, formal and expressive analysis of the music, and manners of rehearsal. Required of all graduate students. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Offered in selected years.) Additional Description: Core requirement for all graduate students. May be offered in alternate years. Instructor: Chinary Ung

Offered: Spring

Music 232. Pro-Seminar in Music Performance (4 units)

Individual or master class instruction in advanced instrumental/vocal performance. Prerequisite: consent of instructor through audition. Additional Description: Taken every quarter by students with an emphasis in Performance. Instructors: Performance faculty

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 234. Symphonic Orchestra (4 units)

Repertoire is drawn from the classic symphonic literature of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries with a strong emphasis on recently composed and new music. Distinguished soloists, as well as The La Jolla Symphony Chorus, frequently appear with the orchestra. The La Jolla Symphony Orchestra performs two full-length programs each quarter, each program being performed twice. May be repeated six times for credit. Prerequisites: audition required. Additional Description: Students participating must enroll for credit. Instructor: Steven Schick

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 245. Focus on Performance (2 units)

The purpose of this seminar is to bring together performance students, faculty, and guests for discussion, presentation of student and faculty projects, performances by guest artists, and master classes with different members of the performance faculty. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (S/U grade option only). Additional Description: A regular gathering of all the performance graduate students for music-making and discussion; presentation of student and faculty projects; performances by guest performers; master classes with different members of the performance faculty. Meets biweekly. Taken by Performance emphasis MA students every quarter in residence, and DMA students every quarter until advancement to candidacy. Instructors: Performance faculty

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 250. Special Projects (1-12 units)

An umbrella course offered to music graduate studentsin lieu of normal seminar offerings.Topics will be generated by faculty and graduate students and submitted in December each year for review by faculty.Students may register for up to four units of a specialized research topic with given faculty. May be taken forup to twelve units a quarter. (S/U grading option only). Additional Description: A proposal form signed by faculty sponsor is required prior to enrollment. Approved course offerings will be posted.

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 252. Integrative Studies Seminar in Systems Inquiry (4 units)

Traces the development of systems thinking and encourages work of a transdisciplinary nature, integrating models, strategies, methods, and tools from natural, human, social, and technological realms.

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 270A. Digital Audio Processing (4 units)

Digital techniques for analysis, synthesis, and processing of musical sounds. Sampling theory. Software synthesis techniques. Digital filter design. The short-time Fourier transform. Numerical accuracy considerations. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Additional Description: Part of the three-course sequence 270ABC for first year Computer Music students. Digital techniques for analysis, synthesis, and processing of musical sounds. Sampling theory. Software synthesis techniques. Digital filter design. The short-time Fourier transform. Numerical accuracy considerations. Tamara Smyth

Offered: Fall

Music 270B. Musical Cognitive Science (4 units)

Theoretical bases for analyzing musical sound.Approaches to perception and cognition, including psychoacoustics and information processing, bothecological and computational. Models of audition including Helmholtz's consonance/dissonance theory and Bregman's streaming model. Musical cognition theories of Lerdahl and Narmour. Neural network models of music perception and cognition. Models of rhythm. The problem of timbre and timbre perception. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Offered: Winter

Music 270D. Advanced Projects in Computer Music (4 units)

Meetings on group basis with computer music faculty in support of individual student research projects. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and completion of Music 270A-B-C. Additional Description: Taken by Computer Music emphasis MA students every quarter of the second year, and PhD students every quarter in residence, after completion of the 270ABC sequence.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 271A. Survey of Electronic Music Techniques (2 units)

A hands-on encounter with several important works from the classic electronic repertory, showing a representative subset of the electronic techniques available to musicians. Intended primarily for students in areas other than computer music. Prerequisite: none. Additional Description: Composition emphasis students may petition through the Graduate Advisor to substitute Music 271 for the Music 291 core requirement.

Offered: Winter

Music 271B. Survey of Electronic Techniques II (4 units)

A continuation of 271A, with emphasis on live interactive techniques (e.g., audio processing; analysis/resynthesis; score following). Prerequisite; Music 271A. Additional Description: Composition students may petition through the Graduate Advisor to substitute this for the Music 291 core course.

Offered: Spring

Music 271C. Survey of Electronic Techniques III (4 units)

A continuation of 271A and B, with emphasis on compositional techniques (e.g., computer aided composition; production; spatialization). Prerequisite; Music 271B. Additional Description: Composition students may petition through the Graduate Advisor to substitute this for the Music 291 core course.

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 272. Seminar in Live Computer Music (4 units)

Group projects to create new pieces of live electronic music involving research in electronic music and/or instrumental techniques. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite; Music 271ABC or permission of instructor.

Offered: Not offered this year

Music 291. Problems and Methods of Music Research and Performance (2 units)

The course will give practical experience in historical research, including use of important source materials, evaluation of editions, and examination of performance practice problems. (S/U grade option only.) Additional Description: Composition emphasis students may petition through the Graduate Advisor to substitute Music 271 for the Music 291 core requirement. May be offered in alternate years.

Offered: Spring

Music 298. Directed Research (1-4 units)

Individual research. (S/U grades permitted.) May be repeated for credit. Enrollment by consent of instructor only. Additional Description: Research with selected faculty on individual basis, with units per agreement between student and faculty. Six unit minimum required specifically for preparation of PhD/DMA qualifying exams, normally taken with each of the Music committee members for S/U grade.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 299. Advanced Research Projects and Independent Study (1-12 units)

Individual research projects relevant to the student's selected area of graduate interest conducted in continuing relationship with a faculty adviser in preparation for the master's thesis or doctoral dissertation.(S/Ugrades permitted.) Additional Description: Six unit minimum required in preparation of MA thesis. Twelve units quarterly required after PhD/DMA qualifying exams, to prepare for doctoral dissertation; normally taken with music committee chair and/or members for S/U grade.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 500. Apprentice Teaching (1-4 units)

Participation in the undergraduate teaching program is required of all graduate students at the equivalentof 25 percent time for three quarters (six units is required for all graduate students). Additional Description: All TAs must simultaneously enroll in Music 500 with the course instructor each quarter in which they are a TA. Participation in the undergraduate teaching program is required of all graduate students at the equivalent of 25% time for three quarters, or 33% for two quarters (6 units of Music 500). Units correspond to hours of work per week. Enroll as follows: 2 units = 10 hours (equivalent to 25% TA), 3 units = 13.5 hours (equivalent to 33% TA), and 4 units = 20 hours (equivalent to 50% TA.). It is the student's responsibility to seek out teaching experiences to acquire 6 units of Music 500 if no TA is assigned. NOTE: New TAs also enroll in FALL quarter for 1 unit of MUS 501 with the department Faculty TA Advisor, Prof. Jane Stevens, for New TA Training.

Offered: Fall,Winter,Spring

Music 501. Apprentice Teaching - Non-departmental (4 units)

Consideration and development of pedagogical methods appropriate to undergraduate teaching. Additional Description: TAs with appointments in a non-Music department or college (e.g. 6th College) with a MUSIC department instructor enroll in Music 501, instead of 500, as follows: 2 units = 10 hours (equivalent to 25% TA), 3 units = 13.5 hours (equivalent to 33% TA), and 4 units = 20 hours (equivalent to 50% TA.). TA's must enroll in MUS 501 in FALL quarter only with Prof. Jane Stevens for New TA Training.

Offered: Fall

ICAM 160A. Senior Project in Computer Arts I (4 units)

Students pursue projects of their own design over two quarters with support from faculty in a seminar environment. Project proposals are developed, informed by project development guidelines from real world examples. Collaborations are possible. Prerequisites: VIS 141B or VIS 145B or VIS 147B or MUS 172. Open to ICAM majors only. Offered winter quarter only. Two production course limitation.

Offered: Winter

ICAM 160B. Senior Project in Computer Arts II (4 units)

Continuation of ICAM 160A. Completion and presentation of independent projects along with documentation. Prerequisite: ICAM 160A. Open to ICAM majors only. Offered spring quarter only. Two production course limitation.

Offered: Spring