Non-Major Classes

2017 Non-Majors Summer Classes

GEN MUS 170-0-20
Introduction to Music
Instructor: Eric Singh
6-week session, June 19-July 29
MW, 1:00-3:30

In this course, students will examine Western "art music," also referred to as "classical music." During the quarter, by exploring the history of the Western canon from the Medieval period to the present, and defining and discussing musical form and compositional techniques, students will acquire basic musical literacy and skills for critical listening. Furthermore, we will situate and dissect musical genres in their historical, political, and philosophical contexts in order to gather an understanding of history through music. Students should expect to prepare readings and listening assignments for discussion and to turn in two concert reports; there will also be listening quizzes and comprehensive midterm and final exams. 

Distro: (VI. Literature and Fine Arts)

GEN MUS 175-0-20
Special Topics in Music Literature: Music Festivals from Woodstock to Lollapalooza

Instructor: Rachel Tollett
6-week session, June 19-July 29
TTh, 1:00-3:30

Examining the social and musical place of historical and contemporary music festivals, this course asks questions about cultural place and musical performance. Beginning with historical festivals, such as Woodstock, Altamont, and the Newport Jazz/Folk Festivals, we will build on these events with a look toward the Chicago music festival scene - ranging from large paid festivals (e.g., Lollapolooza) to free neighborhood festivals (e.g., Grant Park Music Festival, Jazz Fest, or even Evanston's Summer Dance). How do we participate in the festival as a temporal music experience?  How have increased costs and capital ventures changed the dialogue surrounding music festivals in the last 50 years? How do musicians and audiences experience festivals differently? The class will comprise lectures, readings, and discussion, as well as actual attendance, observation, and participation at local music festvals during the class term.    

Distro: (VI. Literature and Fine Arts)

GEN MUS 176-0-20
Special Topics in Applied Music: Pop Songwriting and Analysis

Instructor: Joan Arnau Pamies
6-week session, June 19-July 29
MW, 1:00-3:30

This class is divided into two main frameworks: analysis and songwriting. You will learn compositional strategies by studying a variety of pop-influenced traditions. We will look in detail at songs by George Gershwin, Marvin Gaye, the Shaggs, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead, among other influential artists, with the goal of acquiring analytical tools that will enhance your own songwriting abilities. You will have the chance to present your compositions in class as a means to receive feedback from both the instructor and your colleagues. Basic music background is welcome but not required. 

GEN MUS 252-0-20

Instructor: Susan Piagentini
6-week session, June 19-July 29
TTh, 10:00-12:30

An introduction to musicianship designed for the non-music major, this course explores the vocabulary and elements of tonal music through composition, performance, and analysis activities. While emphasis will be placed on harmonic structure and function, we will also discuss other factors that contribute to our enjoyment and understanding of a broad range of music, such as rhythm, meter, and melodic construction. 

Distro: (II. Formal Studies)

MUS TECH 322-0-20
Recording Techniques

Instructor: Christopher Mercer
3-week session, June 19-July 7
MTWThF, 10:00-11:50

The class will look in detail at microphone design and placement techniques, covering stereo miking; close and distant miking of voices, acoustic instruments, and ensembles; and “source” recording for sound design and musique concrète applications. The class will also introduce practical issues related to field and studio recording and a variety of fundamental audio concepts including signal flow, console design, word clock, time code, dynamics processing, and effects processing. Students will make their own recordings using the techniques discussed in class with the goal of producing professional-quality projects. The course is open to both music majors and non-majors.