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Study of concepts, skills, and techniques necessary to read and understand music. An introduction to intervals, scales, key signatures, triads, and solfège. Not available for credit toward a Music major or minor.

Analytical and critical listening to music of various historical periods. Primary attention is given to music of the European-American classical tradition as well as popular music styles. Not available for credit toward a Music major or minor. Fall, Spring.

A cultural, social, and historical survey of Latin American folk and art music that emphasizes African, European, and Amerindian roots of representative regional and national styles. Students learn through readings, lectures, films, listening, and performance on indigenous instruments. Fall.

A study of selected folkloric, popular, and non-Western art music traditions and their historical, social, and cultural contexts. Fall, Spring.

The study of recurring issues concerning women composers, teachers, performers, and patrons, in both historical and contemporary cultures. Spring.

Study of the growth and diffusion of popular music and its surrounding culture in the '50s and '60s, including concurrent historical events and movements as well as trends in other arts. Fall, Spring.

Jazz from its origins through modern developments. Ethnic backgrounds, contributing factors, style characteristics, and interrelationships, literature, and performers. Fall, Spring.

This course offers an interdisciplinary examination of Brazilian arts and culture, with an emphasis on music, literature, and film. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Spring.

This course examines the history of music in the United States, with an emphasis on 20th-century music. Students will study traditional, popular, and classical music from historical and social perspectives. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Fall, even years.

The course will enrich anyone's appreciation for this art form and provide an introduction to the music of the film industry. The development of film music will be traced from the early Silent Film era through the advent of the "Talkies" and on to the grand Romantic scores of modern times. Fall, Spring.

Jewish Music from biblical times to the present. Includes liturgical, cantorial, holiday, folk, and concert music; Israeli, Yiddish, Klezmer, and contemporary synagogue music; choral tradition and music of the Holocaust. Fall, Spring.

Students will explore cultural origins, diversity, and the role of music by using examples from various representative regions of Latin America. Prerequisite: 24 ISP credits, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring.

Presented in a seminar format, this course involves a study of how experimentalism and avant-garde developed in the context of rock music. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101.