A list of all Undergraduate courses in Music.

DEPARTMENTAL

1 Perceiving the Performing Arts
Professional artists in the fields of dance, music and theatre introduce students to the fundamental concepts of their respective disciplines. Students go to Bay Area performances in each art form studied. Team taught.

142 Performing Arts in Production (.5 or 1.0)
Either half or full course credit is available for participation in the technical aspects of a Performing Arts departmental production: elements of stagecraft, costuming, marketing, front of house, etc. Required for Technical Theatre and Design majors, and Theatre minors, but open to all interested students. 
*Does not satisfy an Area requirement.

160 Special Topics in Performing Arts
Offered every other year, this course covers in-depth a specific aspect of the performing arts only touched on in other courses.  Rotating topics include: African-American Dance, Great Composers, American Musicals, Dance and Film, Theatre and Social Justice, and Directing for the Stage, among others. Although this upper-division course is open to all interested students without prerequisites, prior completion of Performing Arts 1 is strongly recommended.

197 Special Study
An independent study, internship or research course for students whose needs are not met by the regular course offerings of the department. Permission of the chair and instructor required.

198 Senior Project
During their senior year, majors in dance, music or theatre, under the supervision of a faculty member, are required to develop a project that demonstrates their expertise and creativity. The project may take the form of a solo performance, involvement with a performing arts group off campus, a substantive essay, or directing / designing / choreographing a student production. Written proposal must be approved by the appropriate program director prior to registration for the academic year in which the project will occur. Prerequisite: Completion of all lower-division major courses.

MUSIC

10 Rock to Bach: Introduction to Music
Students in this class cultivate the ability to listen more deeply. They study the evolution of classical music, jazz, blues and early rock through exposure to more than three dozen composers — from Bach to Miles Davis to Little Richard.

11 Music Fundamentals
Students learn to read musical notation and study the basic construction of music through scales, key signatures, chords, and the relationship between melody and harmony.

12 Applied Music (.25)
Beginning and intermediate levels. May be repeated for credit every semester.
*Does not satisfy an Area requirement.

14 World Music and Dance
A survey of music and dance from China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Native American culture.
Satisfies both the Diversity and the Area A requirement.

Perfa 19 Performing Ensembles (.25)
NightinGaels (chorus), Jazz Band, Chamber Musicians, Orchestra or Wind Symphony. Admitted by audition. May be repeated for credit every semester.

110 Medieval and Renaissance Music (.5)
An examination of various aspects of music from the Middle Ages through the 16th century, with a focus on musical forms, vocal and instrumental technique, and performance contexts.

111 Symphonic Music
This course familiarizes students with masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire, while teaching them how to listen with more understanding to the works of Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler and many others. There is a particular emphasis on the music of the 19th century. Students learn not only the development of the symphonic form but also its relationship to the social milieu of the time.

112 Private Music Instruction Lab (.25)
Performing arts majors, minors or students enrolled in Perfa 101 receive private instruction in any orchestral instrument, piano, voice, classical guitar or jazz guitar. Each student participates in a weekly master class. May be repeated for credit every semester.
*Does not satisfy an Area requirement.

113 Jazz and Blues in America
An examination of the development of jazz and blues in the United States from 19th-century precursors to the present. Major artists and trends are studied through directed listening and analysis of the cultural context from which they arose.
Satisfies both the Diversity and the Area A requirement.

114 Music Theory/Ear Training
Students learn basic principles of harmony (chords) and voice-leading, improve their music-reading skills, learn how to notate simple melodies, and identify types of chords and intervals by ear. Ability to read music is required before enrolling in this class. Prerequisite: Perfa 11 or permission of instructor.

115 Music in Performance
This course emphasizes the history and aesthetics of music by attending live concerts throughout the Bay Area. Students hear music from all historical periods performed by outstanding orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists in a variety of concert halls. Prerequisite: Performing Arts 1.

117 Form and Analysis
Combines the study of chromatic harmony with analysis of scores to determine the unity of form and content in selected compositions: e.g., a Bach fugue, a Mozart concerto, a Brahms symphony, a 20th-century atonal work. Prerequisites: Perfa 114.

118 Twentieth-Century Composers
Students will become familiar with the 20th century’s most important classical music composers such as Stravinsky, Bartok, Copland, Debussy and Cage, as well as the music and aesthetics of living composers.

119 Music and the Enlightenment (.5)
This course examines the evolution of opera, fugue, symphony, and other forms through the works of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and other composers. It explores how the intellectual and political values of the 17th and 18th centuries were conveyed through music.

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