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Music

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First Session, 2020

MUSC 112 Richard Luby International Violin Symposium 2020 (Group Lessons in Strings) (1)

MUSC 112 Richard Luby International Violin Symposium 2020 (Group Lessons in Strings) (1). This course offers intensive instruction, performance opportunities, and exchange of interpretation ideas ranging across five centuries of violin repertoire. Artist-Faculty include Antti Tikkannen and Minna Pensola (Meta4Quartet, Sibelius Academy), Nicholas DiEugenio (UNC-CH), Aaron Berofsky (University of Michigan), and Fabian Lopez (UNC-G). Course dates are May 18-24, with arrival on May 17 and departure on May 25. Program fee. Contact Assistant Professor Dr. Nicholas DiEugenio at nicholas.dieugenio@unc.edu.

MUSC 145 Introduction to Jazz (3)

A survey of jazz music from its origins to the present. The course builds skills in critical listening and blends discussion of musical materials and historical and cultural contexts.

MUSC 148 Introduction to Black Music (3)

An introduction to black musical cultures with a focus on understanding how music is made within social, geographical, and political contexts. The course includes experiential learning, live concert attendance, and conversations with practicing musicians in various musical traditions.

MUSC 188 Introduction to Women and Music (WGST 188) (3)

The role of women in performance, composition, patronage, and the music business across a wide range of repertories.

MUSC 239 Introduction to Music Technology (3)

MAYMESTER. A practical study of selected aspects of computerized music technology, including one or more of music-notation software, MIDI sequencing, digital sound production and storage, and computer composition.

MUSC 286 Music as Culture: Frank Ocean (3)

MAYMESTER. This course will focus on the music of Frank Ocean. We will develop critical listening skills through close examination of his artistic output, while exploring a number of cultural issues through a variety of course materials; these will include academic readings drawn from musicology, cultural studies, critical race theory, and queer studies, along with alternative media forms, such as podcasts, zines, radio shows, and interviews. The course has no pre-requisites, and the instructor welcomes students from a diverse array of academic, artistic, and cultural backgrounds.

Second Session, 2020

MUSC 121 Fundamentals of Music (3)

ONLINE. Notational and theoretical materials of music, with musicianship skills developed. Intended for the nonmajor who wishes to learn to express musical ideas in clear, correct notational form.

MUSC 145 Introduction to Jazz (3)

A survey of jazz music from its origins to the present. The course builds skills in critical listening and blends discussion of musical materials and historical and cultural contexts.

The Carolina Hip Hop Institute

The Carolina Hip Hop Institute is a new 11-day program that immerses students into the art and culture of hip hop. Students choose from one of three courses: MUSC 156 (Beat Making Lab), MUSC 157 (Rap Lab) and MUSC 286 (Hip Hop Dance) and earn three hours of college credit to satisfy VP (visual and performing arts) requirements. Instructors are experienced, professional artist-educators who will work with students to develop their artistry as well foster skills in entrepreneurship and conflict transformation through hip hop. Each class day has two parts: a focused session with individual teachers and, following a dinner break, jam sessions and discussions among the three classes. No audition is required, but students should be committed to learning or developing skills in rap, beatmaking, or dance; some experience is helpful but not required. The program will take place June 22 to July 2, 2020 (inclusive of Saturday, but with Sunday, June 28, off), meeting from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. The program draws its instructors, structure, and philosophy from the Next Level (https://www.nextlevel-usa.org/) international hip-hop exchange program, which was developed at UNC and has conducted workshops in 30 countries since 2014. Please contact Prof. Mark Katz (mkatz@unc.edu) for more information.

MUSC 146  Introduction to World Musics (3)

Topics may include the performance cultures of Native America, south Asia, Australia, Africa, east Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas.In this course, students learn how to form and articulate sophisticated ideas about the social practice of music in several contexts throughout the world. By studying musical networks as global phenomena, we can understand other types of social relationships, be they political, economic, religious, colonial, or otherwise.

MUSC 156 Beat Making Lab (3)

An introductory hands-on study of the composition of electronic instrumental tracks for hip-hop and dance music. Students make beats, learn about the history and culture of the art form, and examine beat making as a case study in entrepreneurship. MUSC 156 is offered as part of The Carolina Hip Hop Institute.

MUSC 157 Rap Lab  (3)

An introductory hands-on study of the art of emceeing. Students engage in a rigorous lyricism curriculum, developing the skills to write, recite, and improvise lyrics in live and recorded settings. Students also explore the history of hip-hop culture and analyze the aesthetics of emcees from around the world. MUSC 157 is offered as part of The Carolina Hip Hop Institute.

MUSC 286 Music as Culture: Topic: Hip Hop Dance and Culture (3)

An introductory hands-on study of the art of hip hop dance and its culture. Students will learn a variety of urban dance styles and well as study their history and culture. MUSC 286 is offered as part of The Carolina Hip Hop Institute.

MUSC 286 Music as Culture: The Beatles and Their Times (3)

This course presents a history of The Beatles, examining the group and its music in the context of 1960s British and U.S. cultures. We will study the landscape of popular music from which the group emerged—including British skiffle and pop musics and U.S. rock and pop—and trace how The Beatles both reflected and helped shape 1960s musical, cultural, and social developments. The course will also touch on 1960s music industry practices, including recording, performing, and marketing.

MUSC 296 Independent Studies (1-3)

Available only to music majors by permission of the director of undergraduate studies. Intensive study on a particular topic under faculty supervision

MUSC 364 The UNC Summer Jazz Program (3)

Satisfy the Experiential Education requirement by attending the UNC Summer Jazz Workshop.  This five-day course runs Monday through Friday, June 15-19, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (with breaks) and applies to Summer Session II (though the course dates and daily schedule are different than other courses offered during Summer Session II). Students have their choice two attend the workshop in one of two ways:

  1. (Non-performance) – Students may opt to enroll in the Jazz
    History/Music Journalism through social media class at the workshop
    where they study jazz history and learn basic music skills, and they
    attend the evening concerts and learn how to write reviews using blogs
    and other forms of social media.  These students are not required to
    perform during the workshop or to have any prior musical training.2. (Performance) – Students may opt to enroll to play in a jazz combo
    throughout the week and to perform in the final Friday afternoon student
    concert.  These students will take the morning jazz theory and
    improvisation classes, play in a combo, participate in group lessons,
    sit in with the faculty during the jam sessions in the afternoon,
    and attend the evening concerts.APPLICATIONS FOR THE WORKSHOP MAY BE SUBMITTED TO:
    https://music.unc.edu/unc-cms/workshops/un-summer-jazz-workshop-application-form/LEARN MORE ABOUT MUSC 364 UNC SUMMER JAZZ WORKSHOP:
    https://music.unc.edu/summerjazzworkshop

    For more information contact, Dr. Stephen Anderson at anderssr@email.unc.edu.

MUSC 890 Independent Studies (3)

The faculty assists and advises graduate students in work on particular research projects. Available to musicology graduate students only.

MUSC 993 Master’s Thesis (3)

MUSC 994 Doctoral Dissertation (3)