Music Appreciation & Theory Classes
Welcome to the Music Appreciation and Music Theory class page. Below is a list of Music Appreciation & Theory classes for the Spring 2014 semester.
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Music's Role In Activism
Brian Lauritzen | 6-Week Course | $235 | Olive 230
Join KUSC's Brian Lauritzen as he unfolds the role that music can play in activism. Whether it's funding for the arts, political implications, or even music's role in social justice, this course will explore the many ways in which music has been part of the fight for a cause. Supplemental field trips will accompany the course. Field trips are in addition to class and are not necessary for class participation. Additional information will be available upon registration.
Tuesdays | February 4- March 11 | 6:30-8:00pm
Workshop in Classical Music Presentation
John Steinmetz | 6-Week Course | $235 | Olive 270
Be a part of the artistic process in this exciting new course. Each week students from the Colburn Conservatory will give musically inspired performances for the class followed by a deep discussion about the music, or a related topic. The workshop atmosphere allow the audience to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the process and growth of each student.
Mondays | February 3 – March 10 | 5:30-7:00pm
Mondays | March 24 – April 28 | 5:30-7:00pm
Masterpieces of Western Music
Doug Dutton | 12-Week Course | $350 | Location TBD
A survey of the acknowledged masterpieces of Western Music from its origins to the present within an historical and aesthetic framework. The spring semester will continue the survey, including some of the lesser-known, but equally worthy chamber music and solo masterworks of Western Music. No prior technical musical expertise is required.
Wednesdays | January 29 – April 23 | 6:00 – 7:30pm
Chamber Music from Trio to Octet
Doug Dutton | 6-week course | $235 | Grand 242
There is no dearth in masterpieces in chamber music literature: this course moves from trio, through quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, and ends with a great octet in this progressive survey of special repertoire.
Wednesdays | January 29 – March 5 | 7:30 – 9:00pm
Six Sacred Choral Masterpieces
Doug Dutton | 6-week Course | $235 | Grand 242
An introduction and close examination of six monumental masterpieces of choral literature, including works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Britten.
Wednesdays | March 19 – April 23 | 7:30 – 9:00pm
Liz Kinnon | 13-Week Course | $400 | Olive 230
Learn common tools and strategies by analyzing the solos of jazz masters, explore theory and harmony as it applies to the jazz idiom, and gain the skills needed to improvise a solo. Areas of study include: ear training, chord extensions, common progressions and form. Prerequisites: Ability to read music, strong knowledge of all major scales, key signatures, and triads. Familiarity with 4-part chords strongly recommended.
Jazz Theory and Improv II
Sundays | February 2 – April 27 | 10:30am – 12:00pm
Music Theory & Ear Training
Warren Spaeth | 13-Week Course | $350 | Olive 272
Designed for those interested in exploring the elements that comprise a piece of music. From simple folk songs to symphonic repertoire, this course will discuss melody, harmony, form, and rhythm. Prerequisite: Ability to read music.
Tuesdays | February 4 – April 29 | 7:00 – 8:00pm