Summer 2014 Course Listings

We will add Summer 2015 courses and descriptions as they become available. In the meantime, the sample 2014 course listings show the typical variety of courses available during the Summer Sessions. Click a course title to see its description. Sign up to be notified when 2015 courses are posted.

Music

Departmental Representative:
Professor George Lewis
615 Dodge Hall
212-854-5837
gl2140@columbia.edu

Summer 2014

Music

  • MUSI S3142Q. Critical Approaches to Music Technologies: From the Record to Auto-Tune. 3 pts.
    Runs from the week of Jul 07 to Aug 15

    The course surveys 20th and 21st century music technologies in avant-garde/experimental as well as mainstream/popular genres. Through assigned readings from various fields, students will explore the way music technologies shape musical discourse at large. We will trace the various ways audio-technological practices trouble traditional concepts such as ownership, authorship, musical value, embodiment, performance, or virtuosity, and call for new constructs such as sound synthesis, Liveness, or 'fair use.' Students will develop a vocabulary and devise a writing style to assist in the interpretation of music. Empirical listening experience, the experience of a concert or a sound-art installation, and attention to Internet-based music cultures will also feed class discussions.

  • MUSI S3630D. Recorded Sound. 3 pts.
    Runs from the week of May 27 to Jul 03

    Prerequisites: Instructor's permission required

    Main objective is to gain a familiarity with and understanding of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering of recorded music and sounds using Pro Tools software. Discusses the history of recorded production, microphone technique, and the idea of using the studio as an instrument for the production and manipulation of sound.

    Music Humanities

  • HUMA S1123D. Masterpieces of Western Music. 3 pts.
    Runs from the week of May 27 to Jul 03

    Equivalent to Music F1123 and C1123. Part of the Core Curriculum since 1947, Music Humanities aims to instill in students a basic comprehension of the many forms of the Western musical imagination. Its specific goals are to awaken and encourage in students an appreciation of music in the Western world, to help them learn to respond intelligently to a variety of musical idioms, and to engage them in the various debates about the character and purposes of music that have occupied composers and musical thinkers since ancient times. The course attempts to involve students actively in the process of critical listening, both in the classroom and in concerts that the students attend and write about. The extraordinary richness of musical life in New York is thus an integral part of the course. Although not a history of Western music, the course is taught in a chronological format and includes masterpieces by Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky, among others. No previous knowledge of music required. Space is limited. Columbia University undergraduates who need this course for graduation are encouraged to register during early registration.

  • HUMA S1123Q. Masterpieces of Western Music. 3 pts.
    Runs from the week of Jul 07 to Aug 15

    Equivalent to Music F1123 and C1123. Part of the Core Curriculum since 1947, Music Humanities aims to instill in students a basic comprehension of the many forms of the Western musical imagination. Its specific goals are to awaken and encourage in students an appreciation of music in the Western world, to help them learn to respond intelligently to a variety of musical idioms, and to engage them in the various debates about the character and purposes of music that have occupied composers and musical thinkers since ancient times. The course attempts to involve students actively in the process of critical listening, both in the classroom and in concerts that the students attend and write about. The extraordinary richness of musical life in New York is thus an integral part of the course. Although not a history of Western music, the course is taught in a chronological format and includes masterpieces by Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky, among others. No previous knowledge of music required. Space is limited. Columbia University undergraduates who need this course for graduation are encouraged to register during early registration.

  • The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.

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