Summer Sessions

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The Department of Music offers a roster of courses every summer, including Music 20A: Basic Musicianship, 26AC: Music in American Cultures, Music 27: Introduction to Western Music, Music 128R (History of Jazz in America), and several other undergraduate classes. You do not have to be a U.C. Berkeley student to enroll in these courses.

See Summer Sessions for enrollment/additional class information.

Summer 2011

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Classes:

Basic Musicianship (Music 20A)

Description: Want to learn some basic music theory, or just polish up those musicianship skills? The Music Department’s non-major Basic Musicianship course 20A is a great course for instrumentalists and singers alike, but can also be taken by students with little or no musical background. It has been a popular course during the regular academic year, with long wait lists every semester. This course is highly recommended for prospective music majors who have not had formal course work in musicianship or who would like to brush up on their skills before taking the musicianship placement exam for entrance to the music major. INSTRUCTOR: TBD

Prerequisites: None

Sessions (Six weeks-A, Eight weeks-B & C):

  • A: May 23-July 1, M-Th from 10:30am-12pm, 117 Morrison Hall
  • B: June 20-August 12, M-Th from 10:30am-12pm, 117 Morrison Hall
  • C: June 20-August 12, M-Th from 5-6:30pm, 117 Morrison Hall

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Introduction to Music Theory (Music 25A)

Description: A writing course based on traditional harmony. Beginning linear and vertical analysis. For general students. Emphasis on written exercises.

Prerequisites: 20A or other basic musicianship course or consent of instructor.

Sessions (Eight weeks-C):

  • C: June 20-August 12, M/W/Th from 4-6pm, 124 Morrison Hall (Instructor: Robert Yamasato)

Music in American Culture (Music 26AC)

Description: Two perspectives are developed: 1) diverse music of groups in America and 2) American music as a unique phenomenon. Groups considered are African, Asian, European, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American. Lectures and musical examples are organized by topics such as music of socio-economic subgroups within large groups, survival of culture, pan-ethnicity, religious and concert music, and the folk-popular music continuum.

Prerequisites: None

Sessions (Six weeks-A & D):

  • A: May 23-July 1, M-Th from 2-4pm, 125 Morrison Hall (Instructor: Pattie Hsu)
  • D: July 5-August 12, M-Th from 10am-12pm, 125 Morrison Hall (Instructor: Kendra Salois)

Introduction to Western Music (Music 27)

Description: Devoted to the development of listening skills, and a survey of major forms and types of Western art music.

Prerequisites: None

Sessions (Eight weeks-C):

  • C: June 20-August 12, T-Th from 2-4pm, 125 Morrison Hall (Instructor: Laura Biggs)

Music Now (Music 29)

Description: This course explores the basic materials and models that set the boundaries for various present-day musical experiences. Students are exposed to the terminology and modes of engagement with the aim of inspiring new paradigms of listening (e.g., listening to silence, noise, space, and timbre). Composers and musicians of today continue to explore new ways of defining and organizing sounds into music. The course focuses on the most adventurous music of our time, but the concepts learned can be applied to any style of music. This course is designed to enrich and deepen the students’ musical abilities through direct involvement with musical materials. Direct engagement through listening and participatory learning is accomplished in part with software created at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies. The course does not require students to be able to read music nor to own a personal computer.

Prerequisites: None

Sessions (Six weeks-A):

  • A: May 23-July 1, M-Th from 2-4pm, 128 Morrison Hall (Instructor: Ken Ueno)

Music and Trance (Music 74/139)

Description: This course examines the relationship between music and altered states of consciousness, including trance. In addition to surveying music in traditional ritual performances (including possession, shamanism and ecstatic trances), we will also look at non-ritual performances from across the world (both popular and classical). We will pay particular attention to musical interaction and to the way altered states impact acts of musical expression. Cultural as well as physiological viewpoints will be considered.

Prerequisites: None

Sessions (Six weeks-A):

  • A: May 23-July 1, T-Th from 10am-12pm, 128 Morrison Hall (Instructor: Timothy Fuson)

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Music and Theater in East Asia (Music 74/139)

Description: This course explores the sounds, cultural engagements, and sociopolitical significances of influential transnational musical styles and musical theaters from East Asia. Themes of group identity, class, gender, ethnicity, globalization, and modernization are addressed.

Prerequisites: None

Sessions (Six weeks-D):

  • D: July 5-August 12, M-Th from 2-4pm, 128 Morrison Hall (Instructor: Pattie Hsu)

J.S. Bach (Music 128D/DM)

Description: An introduction to the music of J. S. Bach (1685-1750), a central figure in the history of Western Art Music. The course includes discussion of his organ music, harpsichord works, cantatas, Passion settings, and instrumental chamber music; discusses the relationship between Bach’s biography and his compositions; and places study of the man and his music in its cultural and historical context. Required work will include one medium-length paper, one longer research paper, and one analytical study. There will also be weekly reading and listening assignments. Music 128D is open to non-majors. Music majors should enroll in Music 128DM.

Prerequisites: Must be a music major to enroll in 128DM

Sessions (Eight weeks-C):

  • C: June 20-August 12, M-Th from 10am-12pm, 128 Morrison Hall (Instructor: Jonathan Rhodes Lee)

History of Jazz (Music 128R/RM)

Description: A survey of jazz music from the 1920s through the 1980s covering the major stylistic periods, including the New Orleans and Chicago styles of the 1920s, big band jazz, bebop, hardbop, free jazz, fusion and neo-classicism. Major innovators to be studied in depth include Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. The course is geared to the general student; music students may receive major credit for it by registering for Music 128RM.

Prerequisites: Must be a music major to enroll in 128RM

Sessions (Six weeks-A & D):

  • A: May 23-July 1, M-Th from 12-2pm, , 128 Morrison Hall (Instructor: David Milnes)
  • D: July 5-August 12, M-Th from 12-2pm, , 128 Morrison Hall (Instructor: David Milnes)

Gospel Chorus (Music 143)

Description: A course that focuses on the performance of choral music of the African American gospel music tradition with a particular emphasis on contemporary performance techniques. The Gospel Chorus, as is the case with other formal University music performance ensembles, will prepare music to be presented to the public in at least two concerts each semester. Students are selected for the chorus on the basis of individual auditions.

Prerequisites: Must audition

Sessions (Eight weeks-C):

  • C: June 20-August 12, M/W from 6-10pm, 125 Morrison Hall (Instructor: Mark Wilson)