Music

  • Faculty

    Music

    Jeffrey Riehl, Chair
    Professors Broening, Cable, Davison
    Associate Professors Becker, Fillerup, Love, McGraw, Riehl
    Visiting Assistant Professor Hudson

    Director of Accompaniment Kong
    Music Librarian Fairtile
    Piano Technician Breakall
    Over 30 adjunct music faculty members teach applied music lessons. Adjuncts are professional musicians including principals of the Richmond Symphony.

    Information for prospective majors: All prospective music majors must audition on voice or their primary instrument before beginning private lessons and pass a full-faculty expanded jury after four semesters of applied study.

  • Major

    The Music Major

    Note: A grade of C- (1.7) or better is required in each course comprising the major or minor.

    12 units, including:

    Theory/Composition

    MUS 110 Tonal Harmony I: Common Practice Period or MUS 111 Analysis and Composition of Popular Music

    MUS 200-level or above theory course or MUS 306 Introduction to Composition

    Musicology, two units chosen from:

    MUS 226 Music and Media in Popular Culture

    MUS 228 Historical Musicology

    MUS 229 Cultural Musicology

    Performance

    Applied music, one unit chosen from: 

    • Any MSAP couse(s)
    • MUS 130 Class Guitar
    • MUS 131 Class Piano
    • MUS 132 Class Voice
    • MUS 230 Class Guitar II
    • MUS 232 Intermediate Class Piano

    One unit of music ensemble (MSEN) or MUS 202 Global Rhythms

    Five units of music electives, of which up to one unit may be MSAP

    Capstone

    MUS 400 Capstone Seminar

    MUS 401 Capstone Project

    No more than two units of transfer work may apply to the major.
  • Minor

    The Music Minor

    Note: A grade of C- (1.7) or better is required in each course comprising the major or minor.

    Six, including

    Performance

    .5 unit of applied music, chosen from:

    • any MSAP course
    • MUS 130 Class Guitar
    • MUS 131 Class Piano
    • MUS 132 Class Voice
    • MUS 230 Class Guitar II
    • MUS 232 Intermediate Class Piano

    .5 unit of music ensemble (MSEN) or MUS 202 Global Rhythms

    Theory/Composition

    MUS 110 Tonal Harmony I: Common Practice Period or MUS 111 Analysis and Composition of Popular Music

    One additional unit in theory/composition

    Musicology

    One unit, chosen from:
    • MUS 226 Music and Media in Popular Culture
    • MUS 228 Historical Musicology
    • MUS 229 Cultural Musicology
    One additional unit in musicology

    One elective in music

    No more than one unit of transfer work may apply to the minor.

  • Honors

    Honors Program

    The music honors program recognizes the most distinguished majors, who complete an advanced course of study, culminating in an honors thesis. Successful applicants will be assigned an advisor to guide their work and monitor their progress.

    Students should declare their intention to seek honors and meet with the honors coordinator in their sophomore year.

    Students must have completed 18 or more units of course work and at least four or more units in music (excluding prerequisites) with an overall grade point of at least 3.3 or above. Honors candidates must be recommended by at least one full-time member of the Department of Music.

    Application for departmental honors must include:

    (1) a one-page letter from the student describing how the program requirements will be met,
    (2) a letter of recommendation from a full-time faculty member of the music department,
    (3) the student's transcript, and
    (4) a writing sample consisting of a paper written in a music course.

    Applications must be submitted to the department chair by November 1 (March 1 for the spring term applicant) of the junior year, approved by the music faculty and submitted to the arts and sciences honors committee by November 15 (March 15 for the spring term applicant).

    To earn departmental honors, students must complete 3.5 units of honors course work, including MUS 400, MUS 401 / MUS 402, and two honors independent study courses or two standard elective courses with special work above and beyond the norm.

    Units earned from MUS 400, MUS 401, and MUS 402 are in addition to the 12 units required for the music major. Honors students are to maintain a grade point average of at least 3.3 while participating in the program.

  • Related
  • Curriculum

Courses

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  • MUS 095 Repetoire/Colloquium Class

    Units: 0

    Description

    Attendance at weekly repertoire/colloquium class and selected performances, lectures or presentations. Enrollees taking private lessons must perform in class at least once during the semester. May be repeated. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

    Prerequisites

    Music major or minor.

  • MUS 101 Listening to Music: An Introducton to the Western Classical Tradition

    Units: 1

    Description

    Refines listening skills through study of selected major composers, styles, and genres of the Western classical tradition. Explores music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras, including works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky, and many others. Genres to be covered include the symphony, string quartet, sonata, opera, song, and choral music. Attendance at selected concerts on campus is required.

  • MUS 107 Music Fundamentals

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    For students with little or no previous training in theory or piano. Practical understanding of intervals, scales, keys, chord structures, and rhythm, using keyboard and sight-singing as vehicles of instruction. Does not count toward music major.

  • MUS 109 Elementary Musicianship

    Units: .5

    Description

    Proficiency-based study of sight singing, ear training, rhythm reading, and other essential musicianship skills for majors, minors, and advanced non majors. A prerequisite for all theory study. May be satisfied by examination.

  • MUS 110 Tonal Harmony I: Common Practice Period

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Entry-level music theory course. Study and application of harmonic practice in Western music of 17th and 18th centuries by means of original compositions and analysis of selected literature. Continuation of musicianship exercises from Music 109.

    Prerequisites

    Music 109 and permission of instructor.

  • MUS 111 Analysis and Composition of Popular Music
  • MUS 112 Recording Techniques

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to the technical foundations of audio engineering and recording designed to give students a set of skills needed to record, mix, and master musical projects using microphones, pre-amps, mixers, and digital audio workstations.

  • MUS 114 Popular Music of the 1970s and 1980s
  • MUS 115 The Jazz Tradition

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    For general student. Survey of cultural history of jazz; jazz styles from 1917 to present; and evolution of jazz from African music, music of slavery, ragtime, and blues. Includes concert attendance and performance project.

  • MUS 116 Music Scenes

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Sections are designed each semester around on- and off-campus concerts. Students consider historical, social, and cultural issues particular to each concert and interact with visiting artists and University of Richmond's ensemble in residence, eighth blackbird.

  • MUS 117 Salsa Meets Jazz

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    For general student. Traces influx of Latin-American music into North American jazz. Connects music and dances of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Brazil to their subsequent synthesis in jazz.

  • MUS 122 America's Music and Media

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Topically-based survey of media and technological innovations that have facilitated the creation and distribution of diverse American musical forms from the late-19th century through the early 21st. Investigates changes in the production and consumption of American music from the circulation of sheet music, wax cylinders, and player pianos that dominated the turn of the 20th century to the Mp4 files and Digital Audio Workstations (D.A.W.) we enjoy today.

  • MUS 123 Meaning and Music

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    For general student. Explores aspects of meaning as it pertains to the musical arts. Considers such issues of emotion and music, expectations of the listener, music and representation, and composer/performer intentions.

  • MUS 125 Indonesian Theater and Music

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    This course will be a highly interdisciplinary introduction into the rich and complexly interconnected traditions of theater and music from the island nation of Indonesia. Students will study the history and form of various traditions and partake in numerous hands-on workshops involving traditional shadow theater, comedy, dance, and gamelan orchestral music.

  • MUS 130 Class Guitar

    Units: .5

    Description

    Introduction to guitar through folk music.

  • MUS 131 Class Piano

    Units: .5

    Description

    For beginning piano student. Introduction to elements of music via the keyboard.

  • MUS 132 Class Voice

    Units: .5

    Description

    For the beginning voice student. Introduction to the basic elements of vocal technique through the study of body and breath control, vocal exercises, beginning repertoire, and performance experience.

  • MUS 134 Songbirds and Sirens

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSHT

    Description

    Examines the ways in which performers, composters, and operatic works shape and relfect cultural attitudes about gender and music. The interdisciplinary nature of opera, which combines text, music, and theatrical performance, will be considered through methodologies developed in music, literary criticism, theater and gender studies. Interplay between operatic characters and the public and private lives of women singers will deepen our engagement with both the artistic works we study and the cultures in which they were first forged.

  • MUS 137 Gender, Sex, and the Romantic Piano

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    A cultural history of the nineteenth-century piano that examines composers, performers, and musical works in the context of social and cultural events. Performance of piano music at students' own level. Analysis of texts and images to consider how aesthetics and musical styles relate to social norms, sexuality, gender, spectatorship, and celebrity. No previous piano experience is necessary, but the ability to read musical notation (staff music) is strongly recommended; this skill will be assumed and will not be taught in the course.

  • MUS 138 Special Topics in Music

    Units: 1

    Description

    Selected topics in music not covered in the music program. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

  • MUS 201 Documents of Music History

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to primary sources (manuscript and printed scores, composers' writings, and concert reviews) used in music study and research. By focusing on the recurring themes of creation, dissemination, and consumption of musical works, students will learn to apply these resources to fundamental questions about music in a variety of historical periods.

    Prerequisites

    Music 101.

  • MUS 202 Global Rhythms

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Exploration of repertoires from various global music traditions. Performance of traditional instruments from Asia and Africa and participation in performances and workshops with expert native performers. No prior experience necessary

  • MUS 203 Musical Exoticism

    Units: 1

    Description

    Studies the conditions under which misperception and appropriation occur, under what conditions can mutually beneficial interactions take hold, and how can future musics may celebrate the potential of cultural difference without falling into exotifying tendencies. Topics include the upheavals of colonialism, the musical misrepresentation of other cultures, the innovation of some of the most popular and powerful music of the past 150 years: jazz, Cajun music, Kpop, Hip-hop and Bluegrass.

  • MUS 205 Diction for Singers

    Units: .5

    Description

    Study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its application to singing diction in a variety of languages. Preparation and performance of works in the languages being studied.

    Prerequisites

    Current enrollment in applied study in voice or piano.

  • MUS 206 Selected Topics in Vocal Performance

    Units: .5

    Description

    Focuses on a variety of topics related to the voice and vocal performance.

    Prerequisites

    MSAP 060, MSAP 160, or MUS 132

  • MUS 207 Musical Theatre and Opera Scene Workshop

    Units: .5

    Description

    Study of stage techniques for the singer applied to various scenes from operatic and musical theater repertoire resulting in staged performance by class members. May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites

    Current enrollment in applied voice instruction or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 208 Global Pop

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Focuses on popular music from outside the Euro-American cultural sphere. Uses methodologies and theories from ethnomusicology, cultural studies and anthropology to critically investigate the emergence of so-called popular musics around the globe beginning in the early 20th century. How is the 'pop-classical,' 'high-low' division of the arts that characterizes cultural production in the West transformed in different locales? Includes direct engagement in various local genres through hands on performance workshops.

  • MUS 211 Tonal Harmony II: Chromaticism

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continuation of MUS 110. Study and application of harmonic practice in Western music of the 18th and 19th centuries by means of original compositions and analysis of selected literature. Continuation of musicianship exercises from Music 109.

    Prerequisites

    Music 110 or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 213 Any Sound You Can Imagine: Recording, Transforming and Organizing Sound

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSVP

    Description

    Introduces students to the techniques, tools, aesthetic ideas, and traditions of organizing sound in meaningful ways using computers. Students will learn recording techniques, principles of digital audio, and techniques of audio transformation and organization in the service of producing several original brief compositions. In addition, students will study relevant readings and pieces drawn from the electronica, electroacoustic, and experimental repertoires.

  • MUS 214 Jazz Arranging

    Units: 1

    Description

    Comprehensive study of evolution of jazz arranging and composition from 1920s to present. Score analysis of representative works by Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, and others. Extensive listening. Students will arrange for small and large jazz ensembles.

    Prerequisites

    Music 110.

  • MUS 217 Soundscapes

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    A consideration of sound, broadly conceived. Analysis of local soundscapes and transformations in the meanings of sound, noise and silence in contemporary American culture using the methodologies of sound studies and ethnomusicology. Performance of experimental and ecological compositions by composers including John Cage and John Luther Adams. No previous music experience necessary.

  • MUS 221 Music in Film

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    For general student. Study of interaction of music and visual image in Hollywood film; emphasis on nature of musical meaning, music and association, and music as a cultural code.

  • MUS 225 The Music Industry: History, Technology, and Promotion

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examines stories of the inner workings of the American music industry. Overview of how the twentieth and twenty-first music business has worked in financial, legal, and artistic terms; how music technologies of recording, reproduction, and consumption operate; and how musical tastes and cognition affect the ways in which music is created, disseminated, and heard.

  • MUS 226 Music and Media in Popular Culture
  • MUS 228 Historical Musicology

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduces students to research methodologies in historical musicology using case studies drawn from Western art music. Emphasis is placed on discovering and using primary sources, interpreting contemporary scholarship, and articulating ideas through writing and oral discourse.

    Prerequisites

    MUS 110 or permission of department.

  • MUS 229 Anthropology of Music

    Units: 1

    Description

    Third in series of courses devoted to the exploration of significant topics and issues, methodologies, and theories applicable to historical and ethnographic music studies. Taught through examination of a broad cross selection of musical styles, genres, and traditions.

  • MUS 230 Class Guitar II

    Units: .5

    Description

    For the intermediate level guitarist not yet ready for private instruction.

    Prerequisites

    MUS 130 or permission of instructor

  • MUS 231 Conducting Fundamentals

    Units: 1

    Description

    Essentials of instrumental and choral conducting. Rehearsal techniques and practical experience in directing musical groups.

    Prerequisites

    Music 109 or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 232 Intermediate Class Piano

    Units: .5

    Description

    Piano study in a class setting for students who have passed MUS 131 or have had some private study in the past. The course assumes a sound knowledge of basic piano technique and music reading.

  • MUS 235 I Want My MTV: Music Video and the Transformation of the Music Industry

    Units: 1

    Description

    Engagement with early music videos, as well as corresponding albums and related cultural multimedia as primary sources, to analyze the critical relationships between the music and images that premiered on the MTV network in its first decades. Situation of videos in their historical and cultural contexts using methodologies from a variety of disciplines, including film and cinema studies, sociology, the music industry, ethnomusicology and musicology.

  • MUS 238 Special Topics in Music

    Units: 1

    Description

    Selected topics in music not covered in the music program. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

  • MUS 304 Music Entrepreneurship

    Units: 1

    Description

    Building a career in music and developing skills beyond musicianship that contribute to success in the field of music. Considers the specialized skills and diversified experiences required for the next generation of cultural leaders.

    Prerequisites

    Music major or minor, or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 306 Introduction to Composition

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction of materials and techniques of acoustic composition through readings, listening assignments, composition exercises, and performances.

    Prerequisites

    Music 110 or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 307 Composition

    Units: .5

    Description

    Directed projects in various styles for traditional and/or electronic media. May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites

    Music 306 or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 310 Managing Performing Arts Organizations

    Units: 1

    Description

    For those interested in managing and leading a performing arts organization, this course is a review of topics essential for successful management of a performing arts organization. Includes nonprofit and alternative organizational structure, organizational development and structure-- (management, board of directors, and staffing), leadership and management styles, budget development and fiscal management, strategic planning, marketing and audience development, legals issues, and other related topics. (Same as Theatre 310.)

    Prerequisites

    Major or minor in music, theatre or dance or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 313 Advanced Computer Music

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continuation of Music 213. Exploration of audio computer systems, including digital recording and mixing devices. Creation and transcription of music for computer-controlled performance.

    Prerequisites

    Music 213 or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 338 Special Topics in Music History, Theory or Music Education

    Units: 1

    Description

    Selected topics such as musical genre, works of specific composers, or techniques of teaching and learning music. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

    Prerequisites

    Music 109 and 227 or 228 or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 345 Philanthropy in the Arts

    Units: 1

    Description

    Survey of strategies, tools and techniques involved in generating contributed income for arts organizations from private individuals, foundations, corporations, business, and government agencies. Central issues include underlying psychological and practical bases of fundraising in the arts and exposure to research and methods involved in developing donor prospects. Fundraising techniques, including direct mail, telemarketing, grant writing, personal appeals, major gift solicitation, special events, capital campaigns, endowment campaigns, sponsorships, and planned giving. Does not satisfy major or minor requirements. (Same as ARTH 345 and THTR 345.)

    Prerequisites

    MUS 310, ARTH 322, or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 350 Student Recital

    Units: .5

    Description

    Preparation and performance of a solo recital by students in applied study or composition. Non-capstone recitals do not count towards the music major.

    Prerequisites

    Current enrollment in applied study or composition or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 388 Individual Internship

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.

    Prerequisites

    Departmental approval

  • MUS 395 Independent Study

    Units: .5

    Prerequisites

    Department approval.

  • MUS 400 Capstone Seminar

    Units: .5

    Description

    First half of a one-year capstone experience for the senior music major. Seminar on topics in musicology, music performance, music theory, composition, music production, music industry.

    Prerequisites

    Acceptance in department honors program.

  • MUS 401 Capstone Project

    Units: .5

    Description

    Second half of a one-year capstone experience for the senior music major. Guided completion of thesis or project in performance, composition, theory/analysis, musicology, music production, music industry. Concurrent registration for applied study may be required.

    Prerequisites

    Senior music major.

  • MUS 402 Honors Thesis/Project

    Units: .5

    Description

    Guided research and preparation for thesis or project in performance, composition, theory/analysis, musicology.

    Prerequisites

    MUS 401 and acceptance into department honors program.

  • MUS 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.

    Prerequisites

    Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor