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David Harnish, PhD, CHAIR
Christopher Adler, PhD
Edwin Basilio, EdD
Kay Etheridge, DMA
Marianne Richert Pfau, PhD
Ronald Shaheen, PhD
Angela Yeung, PhD

The mission of the Department of Music is to educate and prepare all students with musical interest to excel and succeed in the areas in which they are most gifted. We endeavor to instill in our students a critical sense of the role of music and music-making in society, both historically and today. We seek to inspire them with creative possibilities in the performance and composition of music, and to give them the critical self-awareness to continue to develop as musicians, thinkers, and citizens beyond their time at USD.

Students may pursue music as a major, double-major, minor, an elective for their core curriculum requirement, or a concentration for the liberal studies degree. Music majors receive a bachelor of arts degree in music with an option for emphasis in performance, music theory, composition, or music history and culture. Our ensembles are open to all students, regardless of their major and/or minor.
The department of music sponsors a concert series on campus during each academic year. Open to the public, the concert series features performances by music faculty, student ensembles, and guest artists of national and international stature. The department of music also hosts a one-week summer chamber music festival on campus every July.

For more information about the music department go to www.sandiego.edu/music.

The Music Major

The music curriculum affords a broad basis of study in music within the context of the liberal arts education. The major provides a thorough knowledge of music literature from the Middle Ages to the present, through balanced course offerings in music theory, composition, music history, and solo and ensemble performance. Music majors choose a General Music Major or a Music Major with Emphasis.

Preparation for the Major

All majors are required to complete the following courses (26 units):
Theory/Composition: MUSC 120, 205, 210, 211, 220, 221
History/Culture: MUSC 130; and one course from MUSC 101D, 102D, 103, 109, 140
Performance: Four semesters of individual music lessons (main instrument or voice); and Four semesters of a performance ensemble, to be chosen from MUSC 150/350, 153/353, 154/354, 155/355, or 157/357; Choral Scholars must take MUSC 152/352

The General Music Major

The General Music Major is suitable for students who wish to obtain a sophisticated appreciation and understanding of music and gain proficiency in the creation and performance of music without an emphasis in one area.

In order to obtain a General major in music, the student must satisfy the core curriculum requirements as set forth in this course catalog, and enroll in at least 25 units of upper division elective courses in Music, and complete the following requirement in the History/Culture area:
Two courses from MUSC 330, 331, 332.

The Music Major with Emphasis

The Music Major with Emphasis is suitable for students who wish to pursue a career or advanced study in the music field. The student selects an emphasis in Performance, Music History and Culture, Composition, or Theory. Entrance into the Performance Emphasis requires an audition by the end of the first year of study. Other emphases should be declared by the beginning of the third year of study.

In order to obtain a major in music with emphasis, the student must satisfy the core curriculum requirements as set forth in this course catalog, enroll in at least 25 units of upper division elective courses in Music, and complete the following courses and the emphasis requirement below:

Theory/Composition: MUSC 420, and two from MUSC 310, 320, 321, 424, 494.
History/Culture: two from MUSC 333W, 340, 440W, 441, 442, 444D, 493. MUSC 495 Senior Project (1) in the area of emphasis

Emphases

Performance Emphasis

Individual music lessons of major instrument, voice, or conducting every semester, six of which must be upper division. Entrance into Performance Emphasis is by audition only.

Theory Emphasis

Must take one additional upper division course in music theory (MUSC 310, 320, 321, 424 or 494).

Composition Emphasis

Must take MUSC 411, 412 and 413, or substitute independent studies for each, prior to enrollment in MUSC 495 Senior Project.

History/Culture Emphasis

Must take one additional upper division seminar in Music History/Culture (MUSC 333W, 340, 440W, 441, 442, 444D or 493)

The Music Minor

Students may choose the Comprehensive Minor for a balanced experience in the fundamentals of music, or a more flexible General Minor that is comprised largely of electives.

The Comprehensive Music Minor

Take 26 units in Music including the following courses:

  • Theory/Composition: MUSC 120, 205, 210, 211, 220, 221.
  • History/Culture: MUSC 130; one course from MUSC 101D, 102D, 103, 109, 140; and one from MUSC 330, 331, 332
  • Two semesters of a performance ensemble, to be chosen from MUSC 150/350, 153/353, 154/354, 155/355, or 157/357; Choral Scholars must take MUSC 152/352.
  • Three additional units in Music.

The General Music Minor

Take 26 units in Music including the following courses:

  • Theory/Composition: Music 120
  • History/Culture: MUSC 130 and 140
  • Two semesters of a performance ensemble, to be chosen from MUSC 150/350, 153/353, 154/354, 155/355, or 157/357.
  • One upper division course in Theory/Composition or History/Culture (3 units)
    12 additional units in Music.

Music Courses (MUSC)

MUSC 101D AMERICAN MUSIC (3)
This course will explore a variety of musical styles and practices from the late 1800s to the present, including blues, jazz, folk, rock, musical theater, art music, and the many faces of popular music. Historical and cultural aspects will be examined in order to better understand how political events, cultural values, social norms, and racial and gender discrimination influenced each of these musical styles. Topics will include nationalism in post-war years, lyrical sexism in popular music, Tin Pan Alley and the greatest years of American songwriting, the rise of rock ‘n roll, folk music as protest, and the golden age of the American musical. How are all of these styles linked together as forms of American music, and when does music in America become American music. No previous musical training is necessary. This course fulfills a core curriculum requirement under Fine Arts.

MUSC 102D JAZZ (3)
This course examines the nature and history of jazz in America from its roots to the present. In contrast to Western European music, American jazz traces its history primarily through the performances of individual artists; the performers are the creators of jazz. The lives and contributions of legendary musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charles Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman will be profiled. The geographical, socio-political and religious context will be considered in order to better understand the development of each musical style. This course fulfills a core curriculum requirement under Fine Arts.

MUSC 103 MUSIC FOR THE STAGE (3)
A survey course that examines the history and masterworks of music-theater, beginning with the birth of opera but concentrating on the role of music-theater in the United States. The course includes discussion of important aesthetic, social, and musical developments that shaped music-theater in the last 500 years, while examining the ever-changing balance in the importance of text, music, and spectacle. Reading, writing, listening, and concert attendance required. This course fulfills the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts.

MUSC 105 CLASS PIANO I (1)
Designed for students with no prior keyboard training. Study of notation, keys, scales, chords, and elementary piano repertoire. Class sessions will include ensemble playing, sight reading, melodic harmonization, improvisation and individual coaching on theory, technique and repertoire. Students will be expected to practice five days a week in order to be prepared for each class session. May be repeated for credit up to 2 units.

MUSC 107 CLASS VOICE (1)
Voice study in a classroom environment for all levels of singers. Students will be introduced to the elements of classical vocal technique, which they will apply in the performance of classical and musical theater repertoire. Fee required to pay for accompanist. May be repeated for credit up to two units.

MUSC 108 CLASS GUITAR (1)
Guitar study in a classroom environment for beginners. Basics of traditional notation, chordal accompaniment, and development of right and left hand techniques. Emphasis on how the guitar is used in a variety of styles including classical, flamenco, blues, and jazz. Students must have their own instrument. May be repeated for credit up to two units.

MUSC 109 INTRODUCTION TO SONIC ARTS (3)
A survey of the natural, cultural, historical, and artistic experience of sound with an emphasis on the use of sound in artistic and critical engagements with the world. Topics include: acoustic ecology, philosophy of music, musical instrument technology; scientific and mathematical application of sound; radical challenges to musical traditions in the 20th century, including electronic, experimental, and improvised musics; installations and sound sculpture; technologies of sound reproduction; copyright and technological change; sampling; and DJ culture. Cross-listed as ARTH 109. This course fulfills a core curriculum requirement and may be taken to fulfill a major or minor requirement.

MUSC 120 FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC THEORY (3)
Establishes a firm foundation for music theory, including Western music notation, rhythm, scales and transpositions, intervals and inversions, chords, tonal harmony, and their practical application in singing and keyboard playing. This course fulfills a core curriculum requirement and may be taken to fulfill a major or minor requirement.

MUSC 130 MUSIC IN SOCIETY (3)
An introduction to musical terminology, followed by a survey of classical music from the Middle Ages to the present, focusing on the social, political, and religious function of music in its society. Reading, writing, listening, and concert visits required. This course fulfills the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts.

MUSC 140 MUSIC IN WORLD CULTURES (3)
This course explores music as an aspect of human culture focusing on selected non-Western music styles from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. It examines broad historical, cultural, and social contexts of music and contributes to cross-cultural understanding. Students study local, regional, national and global values of music; become familiar with traditional, religious, folk, art, and popular musical styles of several countries; and acquire active listening skills and a mastery of music terms. They examine the roles of the media, politics, religion, gender, and popular trends on expressive culture, and explore the interdisciplinary nature of music and the connections between the arts and human values. This course fulfills the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts.

MUSC 150/350 CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLES (1)
Study and public performance of chamber music, instrumental or vocal. On- and off-campus performances each semester. Audition and fee required. Must be taken concurrently with individual music lessons on enrolled instrument. May be repeated for credit without limit. This course fulfills one unit of the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts. Go to www.sandiego.edu/music for more information.

MUSC 151/351 USD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (1)
Study and public performance of orchestral music, instrumental or vocal. On- and off-campus performances each semester. Audition and fee required. Must be taken concurrently with individual music lessons on enrolled instrument. May be repeated for credit without limit. This course fulfills a core curriculum requirement.

MUSC 152/352 CHORAL SCHOLARS (1)
A highly selective vocal ensemble devoted to intensive study of choral literature from all historical periods. Students serve as ambassadors for the university; demanding performance schedule. By audition only; minor in music, voice lessons, leadership skills required. May be repeated for credit without limit. Go to www.sandiego.edu/choralscholars for complete information.

MUSC 153/353 CONCERT CHOIR (1)
A mixed choral ensemble devoted to the study and performance of choral literature from all historical periods. Audition and fee required. May be repeated for credit without limit.Go to www.sandiego.edu/music for more information. This course fulfills one unit of the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts.

MUSC 154/354 OPERA WORKSHOP (1)
Training in preparation of productions of operas and musicals; coaching, directing, staging, and lighting, culminating in full performance. May be repeated for credit without limit. Go to www.sandiego.edu/music for more information. This course fulfills one unit of the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts.

MUSC 155/355 JAZZ ENSEMBLE (1)
Study and public performance of jazz music, instrumental or vocal. On- and off-campus performances each semester. No audition or fee required. Individual lessons on enrolled instrument available each semester. May be repeated for credit without limit.Go to www.sandiego.edu/music for more information. This course fulfills one unit of the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts.

MUSC 157/357 GAMELAN ENSEMBLE (1)
This hands-on performance course focuses on the technique and performance of gamelan (a bronze percussion orchestra from Bali, Indonesia) as an exploration of Asian communal music making. The gamelan angklung students will play is a four-toned village ensemble consisting of metal xylophones, gong chimes, cymbals, gongs, and drums. The course introduces students to the gamelan instruments, the techniques of performance, the gamelan’s performance practice, and its cultural role within Bali, greater Indonesia, and Southeast Asia. Class activity may include selected readings and video presentations. The course culminates in a final concert in which all students participate. Go to www.sandiego.edu/music for more information. This course fulfills one unit of the core curriculum requirement for Fine Arts. May be repeated for credit.

MUSC 160-181/360-381 INDIVIDUAL MUSIC LESSONS (1)
Students may enroll in Individual Music Lessons if they are music majors, music minors, or actively enrolled in one of our ensembles such as Chamber Music Ensembles, Symphony Orchestra, or Concert Choir. Each student has to complete a graded jury at the end of each semester, and may also perform in recitals. Music majors, chamber music students, and vocalists in the Choral Scholars have the fee for one Individual Music Lesson enrollment reimbursed each semester. A fee of $540 for music minors and non-music majors may be required. The department of music provides accompanists for juries and one rehearsal; students must pay for additional times. Vocalists must pay additional accompanist fees as per request of instructor. All Individual Music Lessons require the approval of a full-time music faculty member. 300-level Individual Music Lessons are for performance emphasis music majors and advanced performers only. Audition into the performance emphasis is required. May be repeated for credit without limit.

160/360 Piano
161/361 Voice
162/362 Strings: violin
163/363 Strings: viola
164/364 Strings: violoncello
165/365 Strings: double bass
166/366 Woodwinds: flute/piccolo
167/367 Woodwinds: oboe/English horn
168/368 Woodwinds: clarinet/bass clarinet
169/369 Woodwinds: bassoon/contrabassoon
170/370 Woodwinds: saxophone
171/371 Brass: horn
172/372 Brass: trumpet
173/373 Brass: trombone/tuba
174/374 Percussion
175/375 Harp
176/376 Early Music Performance Practice (winds)
177/377 Early Music Performance Practice (strings)
178/378 Guitar
179/379 Pipe organ/harpsichord
180/380 Conducting
181/381 Improvisation

MUSC 200 COMPREHENSIVE MUSICIANSHIP FOR EDUCATORS (3)
The purpose of the course is to provide future teachers with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to successfully teach music in the elementary classroom, for Liberal Studies Majors. The major components are music literacy through basic musical notation reading and composition, music performance skills in singing, conducting, playing keyboards, handbells, autoharps, and pedagogical considerations for teaching music to children. Classroom observations or a teaching practicum is required. No previous musical experience necessary. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor or Liberal Studies advisor required.

MUSC 205 CLASS PIANO II (1)
Designed for students with elementary piano reading skills. Sight reading, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, and piano technique and repertoire. Students are challenged to perform with good tone quality, rhythmic accuracy, melodic phrasing, dynamic contrasts, nuance, and a sense of imagination. Prerequisite: MUSC 105, 120 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

MUSC 210 AURAL AND KEYBOARD SKILLS I (1)
Practical application of Harmony I; must be taken concurrently with MUSC 220.

MUSC 211 AURAL AND KEYBOARD SKILLS II (1)
Practical application of Harmony II; must be taken concurrently with MUSC 221.

MUSC 220 HARMONY I (3)
Elementary harmony and composition; study of figured bass, cadences, modulations, basic harmonic progressions, voice-leading principles; and introduction to harmonic, linear, and formal analysis. Prerequisite: MUSC 120 or consent of instructor; must be taken concurrently with MUSC 210.

MUSC 221 HARMONY II (3)
Continuation of Harmony I; study of chromatic harmony, advanced harmonic, linear, and formal analysis, composition in small forms, and introduction to 20th-century techniques. Prerequisite: MUSC 220 or consent of instructor; must be taken concurrently with MUSC 211.

MUSC 310 FORM AND ANALYSIS (3)
Study of musical forms from all historical style periods and survey of historical and contemporary analytic methods; analysis and writing in various styles and forms. Prerequisite: MUSC 221 or consent of instructor.

MUSC 320 INSTRUMENTATION AND CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION (3)
A careful examination of contemporary writing for Western instruments through understanding instrument construction and analysis of modern repertoire. Includes both standard and experimental playing techniques, notation of score and parts, extensive composition, and some informal performance opportunities. Prerequisite: MUSC 221 or consent of instructor.

MUSC 321 COUNTERPOINT AND SCHENKERIAN ANALYSIS (3)
Species counterpoint, polyphony, contrapuntal writing in historical styles from Renaissance to Romantic eras and selected 20th-century works, and Schenkerian analysis. Composition of contrapuntal music in any style and some informal performance opportunities. Prerequisite: MUSC 221 or consent of instructor.

MUSC 330 MUSIC HISTORY I: ANTIQUITY-1600 (EURIPIDES-MONTEVERDI) (3)
A historical survey of music through the Renaissance, presented in a cultural context. We will study composers of Western music and learn how to distinguish their works according to changing style characteristics, shifting esthetic and philosophical perspectives, and changing historical circumstances. Historical study, informed listening and criticism, writing based on library research, analytical writing, live concert visits . Prerequisite: MUSC 130 or consent of instructor.

MUSC 331 MUSIC HISTORY II: 1600-1830 (MONTEVERDI-BEETHOVEN) (3)
A historical survey of music from the Baroque through the Viennese Classical Era, presented in a cultural context. Students will study composers of Western music and learn how to distinguish their works according to changing style characteristics, shifting esthetic and philosophical perspectives, and changing historical circumstances. Historical study, informed listening and criticism, writing based on library research, analytical writing, live concert visits. Prerequisite: MUSC 130 or consent of instructor.

MUSC 332 MUSIC HISTORY III: 1830-PRESENT (SCHUBERT TO PHILIP GLASS) (3)
A historical survey of music from the Romantic Era through the present, offered in a cultural context. Students will study composers of Western music and learn how to distinguish their works according to changing style characteristics, shifting esthetic and philosophical perspectives, and changing historical circumstances. Historical study, informed listening and criticism, writing based on library research, analytical writing, live concert visits. Prerequisite: MUSC 130 or consent of instructor.

MUSC 333W PRO-SEMINAR IN MUSICOLOGY (3)
Changing topics, e.g. Musical Manuscripts; Bach’s Cantatas; Early Music Performance Practices; Choral Music Literature). May be repeated for credit when topics change. Pre-requisite: one from MUSC 330, 331, 332, or consent of instructor.

MUSC 340 TOPICS IN WORLD MUSIC (3)
This course explores the relationships between music and culture in a global context, surveying the musical application of topics such as cultural identity, nationalism, politics, religion, aesthetics, border crossings, gender, race, economics, copyright law, cultural appropriation, and technology. Case studies from around the world are examined in depth through readings, listenings, and live performances.

MUSC 411 COMPOSITION STUDIO 1 (1)
Individual free composition. Weekly meetings of Studio for presentation and critique of work-in-progress, collaborative performances of drafts, and planning and preparation for annual Student Composers Concert. Study of manuscript and computer notation, professional score and part preparation, selected topics in contemporary music and composition. Offered every Fall. May be repeated for credit. Enrollment required in junior year for composition emphasis majors. Prerequisite: MUSC 210 and 220.

MUSC 412 COMPOSITION STUDIO 2 (1)
Individual free composition, continues MUSC 411. Collaborate in production of Student Composers Concert. Presentation of Senior Project proposal. Offered every Spring. May be repeated for credit. Enrollment required in junior year for composition emphasis majors. Prerequisite: MUSC 211 and 221.

MUSC 413 COMPOSITION STUDIO 3 (1)
Individual free composition, continues MUSC 412. Composition work centers on Senior Project. Offered every Fall. Prerequisite: MUSC 310 and 412 and declared composition emphasis.

MUSC 420 DIGITAL AUDIO COMPOSITION (3)
Analysis of historical and contemporary experimental music and sound provides the foundation for structured and creative composition using digitized sound. Includes an introduction to sampling, recording techniques, digital audio editing, effects processing, and mixing using Digital Performer and related software. Workshop format includes critique of work-in-progress and opportunities for public performance. Cross-listed as ARTV 420. Prerequisite: MUSC 109/ARTH 109 recommended but not required. Prior musical experience not required.

MUSC 424 ART AND THE SOUNDSCAPE (3)
Artistic and scholarly investigation into the soundscape — the totality of the sonic environment invested with significance by human imagination. Creative work in media of the students choice, including new and cross-disciplinary media such as sound art, installation art, electronic music, phonography, instrument construction and the internet. Critical writing about creative work and its social and historical situation. Cross listed as ARTV 424. Recommended prerequisite: MUSC 109/ARTH 109.

MUSC 440W TOPICS IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY (3)
This course explores and applies the current issues within the field of Ethnomusicology, and may include critical examinations of the field itself, theoretical approaches toward world musics, or conceptual areas—identity, cultural politics, religion, class, race, gender, exoticism, hybridity—in contexts both local and global. Issues within the field are examined in depth through readings, listenings, discussions, and live performances.

MUSC 441 BACH, BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS (3)
Three major composers of far-reaching influence. We will study their contributions to solo, chamber, orchestral and vocal genres, and consider their secular music for entertainment at court and in the concert hall, their sacred music for worship and private edification, and their music for the theater stage. Focus will be on musical style characteristics, esthetic principles, philosophical perspectives, and historical circumstances. Historical study, informed listening and criticism, writing based on library research, analytical writing are central aspects of the course.

MUSC 442 OPERA (3)
Focus will be on the evolution of opera in music history, in chronological order, as seen through contemporary documents. These documents include memoirs, letters, histories, polemical writings, reviews, biography essays, and poetry. Such historical responses to opera illustrate changing attitudes of successive generations of opera lovers to the art form, as well as demonstrate the impact contemporary views have had on composers of opera and on operatic developments themselves. Historical study, informed listening and criticism, writing based on library research, analytical writing are central aspects of the course.

MUSC 444D THE BEBOP ERA (3)
This course is designed to study the musical and social history of the bebop era. The focus will be on examining how the inherent qualities of the music itself (an unprecedented creative freedom expressed through virtuosic improvisations and a newly complex harmonic language) are a direct result of the basic human rights and privileges that these artists were denied due to color and/or gender. In other words, the bebop era represents both a stylistic evolution and a social revolution. The musical pioneers such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk will be thoroughly studied. Additional topics: why bebop music was always considered outside the mainstream of popular music; why commercialism was considered a corrupting influence on the artist; how bebop influenced jazz in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Live performances. This course fulfills the diversity experience requirement. No previous musical training necessary.

MUSC 493 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC HISTORY (3)
Changing inter-disciplinary topics, e.g. Music and Faith; Women in Music; Music and Politics; Music and Poetry; Music and USD’s Print Collection; may be repeated for credit when topics change. Fulfills an upper division elective requirement in the history/culture area. Prerequisites may apply.

MUSC 494 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC THEORY/COMPOSITION (3)
An examination of selected topics in depth, with extensive analytical or creative opportunities. Previous courses have included Post-Tonal Music, Rhythm and Time. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Prerequisites may apply.

MUSC 495 SENIOR PROJECT (1)
Public presentation during the senior year of a solo recital, the performance of a substantial original composition, a written research project or analytical study, under the direction of a faculty supervisor. For Music majors only, according to area of emphasis. General music majors may design a senior project or conduct service learning in consultation with faculty advisor. This course should be taken in the final semester of the degree program.

MUSC 498 MUSIC INTERNSHIP (1-3)
Practical experience in music management through service to a university or community performance organization. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of music department director required.

MUSC 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1)
Individual work in theory, composition, musicology, or liturgical music with the approval of the music faculty. For Music majors only. Prerequisite: Approval of music department director required.