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Music History Course Listings

Lower Division Courses

1. Introduction to Music History. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Designed for Music History minors. Survey of issues and methods of music history and criticism for nonmajors. Letter grading.

3. Introduction to Classical Music. (5)

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of music of Western classical tradition, with emphasis on historical context, musical meanings, and creation of the tradition itself. P/NP or letter grading.

5. History of Rock and Roll. (5)

Lecture, four hours. Analysis of forms, practices, and meanings of rock and roll music, broadly conceived, from its origin to the present. Emphasis on how this music has reflected and influenced changes in sexual, racial, and class identities and attitudes. Letter grading.

6GA-6GB. Musicianship for Musicology Graduate Students. (2-2)

Seminar/laboratory, three hours. Designed to help entering graduate students remedy entrance deficiencies. S/U grading.

7. Film and Music. (5)

Lecture, four hours; film viewing, two hours. History of music and cinema, particularly ways music is used to produce meanings in conjunction with visual image. P/NP or letter grading.

8. History of Electronic Dance Music. (5)

Lecture, four hours. Survey of groove-based electrified dance music from its origins in 1960s’ pop and soul to present, covering disco, house, techno, ambient, rave, and jungle. Emphasis on interaction of technology, musical structures, psychoactive drugs, and club cultures to induce “altered states” of musical consciousness; promise (versus reality of) political and spiritual transformation; electronic dance music as new “art” music. P/NP or letter grading.

9. American Popular Song. (4)

Lecture, four hours. American popular music before advent of rock and roll in 1950s, with special emphasis on song tradition of Tin Pan Alley. P/NP or letter grading.

10. Music Now. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Guided interactive tour of contemporary musical landscape. Current events in historical perspective, with special attention to questions of culture, taste, and value hierarchies. Discussion and evaluation of representative works and practices from avant-garde, mainstream, world, and popular spheres. Letter grading.

12W. Writing about Music. (5)

Lecture, four hours; laboratory, one hour. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Emphasis on learning specific skills, incorporating technical description, historical contextualization, subjective reaction, and certain stylistic conventions necessary in writing about music. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

26A-26B-26C. History and Analysis of Music I. (5-5-5)

Lecture, four hours; laboratory, one hour. Course 26A is enforced requisite to 26B, which is enforced requisite to 26C. Students must receive a grade of C– or better to proceed to next course in sequence. History and literature of music from ancient world to 1815, with emphasis on analysis of representative works of each style period. Materials selected illustrate history of style and changing techniques of composition. Letter grading.

28A-28B-28C. Collegium Musicum. (2-2-2)

Lecture, three hours. Preparation: ability to read music. Group performance of Western vocal and instrumental music. Some coordination with content of courses 26A, 26B, 26C. P/NP or letter grading. 28A. Medieval Period; 28B. Renaissance Period; 28C. 17th and 18th Centuries.

60. American Musical. (5)

Lecture, four hours; discussion, 90 minutes. Survey of American musical in 20th century, beginning with its roots in operetta, vaudeville, and Gilbert and Sullivan, and focusing on its connections to politics, technology, film, opera, and variety of popular musical styles, including Tin Pan Alley, jazz, and rock. P/NP or letter grading.

62. Mozart. (5)

(Formerly numbered 132.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Designed for students who do not read music. Life, works, and mythology of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in context of both his age and our own. P/NP or letter grading.

63. Bach. (5)

(Formerly numbered 133.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Designed for undergraduate students. Life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach. P/NP or letter grading.

64. Motown and Soul: African American Popular Music of 1960s. (5)

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of developments in post-World War II African American popular music, with special attention to musical achievements of Motown Records, Stax, and other rhythm and blues, funk, and soul music centers of production. Relationships between musical forms and cultural issues of 1960s, including Civil Rights Movement, counterculture, black nationalism, capitalism, and separatism, and larger dimensions of African American experience as mediated through groove-based music. P/NP or letter grading.

65. Blues in American Music. (5)

(Formerly numbered 22.) Lecture, four hours. History of blues, both as specific genre and as range of techniques and approaches that have been at center of American music and culture, from 19th-century roots to present. Exploration of commonly accepted blues mainstream exemplified by figures like Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, and B.B. King, but also central role blues has played in jazz, folk, country, gospel, rock, soul, and rap. While following evolution of music through 20th century, examination of how blues has served as metaphor for African American culture as it permeates American traditions. P/NP or letter grading.

66. Getting Medieval. (5)

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Exploration of idea of medievalism in music and culture from Wagner to video games. Music covered includes film scores, opera, Gregorian chant, early music revival, folk songs, progressive rock, and Goth. Letter grading.

68. The Beatles. (5)

(Formerly numbered 4.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of life and music of the Beatles within social and historical context of 1960s. P/NP or letter grading.

70. Beethoven. (5)

Lecture, four hours. Designed for undergraduate students. Life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven. P/NP or letter grading.

72. Sacred Music. (5)

(Formerly numbered 139.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Study of forms and liturgies of Western church music. P/NP or letter grading.

75. History of Jazz. (5)

(Formerly numbered 150.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. History and analysis of variety of jazz styles, from late 19th-century forerunners to the present, with emphasis on social meanings of musical practices. Letter grading.

88. Sophomore Seminars: Music History. (2)

Seminar, two hours. Designed for sophomore Music History majors or students interested in pursuing Music History major. Introduction to music history as academic discipline, with particular emphasis on musicology at UCLA. Study of music and its history and consideration of theoretical issues central to musicology as it is practiced today, including gender and sexuality, music and politics, race, popular music studies, and jazz studies. Letter grading.

Upper Division Courses

126A-126B-126C. History and Analysis of Music II. (5-5-5)

Lecture, four hours; laboratory, one hour. Requisites: course 26C, Music 20A, 20B, 20C. Course 126A is requisite to 126B, which is requisite to 126C. Students must receive a grade of C– or better to proceed to next course in sequence. History and literature of music from 1815 to the present, with emphasis on analysis of representative works of each style period. Materials selected illustrate history of style and changing techniques of composition. Letter grading.

130. Music of the U.S. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Survey of music in the U.S. from Colonial times to the present. P/NP or letter grading.

135A-135B-135C. History of Opera. (5-5-5)

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Designed for undergraduate students. P/NP or letter grading. 135A. Baroque and Classical Periods; 135B. Romantic Period; 135C. 20th Century.

M136. Music and Gender. (5)

(Same as Women’s Studies M136.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Analysis of gender ideologies in several musical cultures; representations of gender, the body, and sexuality by both male and female musicians; contributions of women to Western art and popular musics; methods in feminist and gay/lesbian theory and criticism. Letter grading.

M137. Gay and Lesbian Perspectives in Pop Music. (5)

(Same as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies M137.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of English-language popular music in the 20th century, with focus on lesbians, gay men, and members of other sexual minorities as creators, performers, and audience members. Letter grading.

140. Music, Media, and Consumer Society. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Consideration of impact of recording technologies (gramophone, tape recorder, Walkman, sampler), broadcast media (radio, television, MTV, Internet), and global capitalism (record labels, advertising, Muzak) on way we consume and are consumed by music. How music functions and malfunctions on records, under movies, behind ads, and in semiotic fabric of everyday life. Letter grading.

149. Symphony. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Designed for undergraduate students. Survey of symphonic literature from Haydn through 20th century. Letter grading.

160. Selected Topics in American Musical. (6)

Seminar, 90 minutes. Enforced corequisite: attendance, but not enrollment, in course 60 lecture. Exploration of connections and disconnects between American musical on stage and American film musicals. Letter grading.

162. Selected Topics in Music of Mozart. (6)

Seminar, two hours. Preparation: ability to read music and engage in melodic, harmonic, and formal analysis. Enforced corequisite: attendance, but not enrollment, in course 62 lecture. Limited to Music History majors and minors. Intensive discussion of selected pieces by Mozart and of certain topics important to fuller understanding of his contributions to musical culture of Enlightenment, as well as to contemporary culture. Letter grading.

163. Bach: Study of Selected Works. (6)

Seminar, two hours. Enforced corequisite: attendance, but not enrollment, in course 63 lecture. Limited to Music History majors and minors. Examination of Bach’s music in greater depth. Letter grading.

164. Selected Topics in African American Popular Music of 1960s. (6)

Seminar, two hours. Enforced corequisite: attendance, but not enrollment, in course 64 lecture. Intensive discussion of developments in post-World War II African American popular music, with special attention to musical achievements of Motown Records, Stax, and other rhythm and blues, funk, and soul music centers of production. Relationships between musical forms and cultural issues of 1960s, including Civil Rights Movement, counterculture, black nationalism, capitalism, and separatism, and larger dimensions of African American experience as mediated through groove-based music. Letter grading.

165. Blues and Individual Expression. (6)

Seminar, two hours. Enforced corequisite: attendance, but not enrollment, in course 65 lecture. Limited to Music History majors and minors. In-depth look at specific blues artists, with special attention to issues of authenticity, biography, personal and group identity, commercialism, musical style, and evolving history of American music and culture in 20th century. Letter grading.

166. Medievalism and Music History. (6)

Seminar, two hours. Enforced corequisite: attendance, but not enrollment, in course 66 lecture. Exploration of ways in which specific approaches and attitudes to past shape music history, composition, and performance, with special focus on folk music and early music revivals. Letter grading.

168. 1968. (6)

Seminar, two hours. Enforced corequisite: attendance, but not enrollment, in course 68 lecture. Exploration of central issues in history and culture of 1960s as they crystallize or are brought out by events of 1968 to understand 1968 not as an iconic year in itself, but rather to use it as lens for observing cultures of music and music-making in 1960s. Letter grading.

170. Beethoven: Study of Selected Works. (5)

Seminar, 90 minutes. Corequisite: attendance, but not enrollment, in course 70 lecture. Designed to meet needs of students who read music and wish to examine Beethoven’s music in greater depth. Letter grading.

172. Selected Topics in Sacred Music. (6)

Seminar, two hours. Enforced corequisite: attendance, but not enrollment, in course 72 lecture. Introduction to some ways that music has been held to embody, support, and enact sacredness, including experience of god(s), sense of transcendental, work of liturgy, and intersections of music, politics, and religion. Letter grading.

CM186. Music Industry. (4)

(Same as Ethnomusicology CM182 and Music CM182.) Lecture, four hours; outside study, eight hours. Limited to Ethnomusicology, Music, and Music History majors. Examination of influence of music industry on way music is created, performed, listened to, evaluated, and used today. Historical approach taken, beginning with music published in 18th century and continuing through development of audio recordings to MTV and popular music today. Concurrently scheduled with course CM288. Letter grading.

188. Topics in Music History. (4)

Lecture, three hours; laboratory, one hour. Variable topics selected from several outstanding composers in Western art music. Consult Schedule of Classes for topics to be offered. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

190. Research Colloquia in Music History. (1)

Seminar, one hour. Designed for senior Music History majors. Designed to bring together students undertaking supervised tutorial research in seminar setting with one or more faculty members to share their work with their peers, as well as act as interlocutors for other course members. Students expected to present their work and to discuss and help critique work of others at similar stage of development. P/NP grading.

191A-191G. Junior Variable Topics Research Seminars: History of Music. (4 each)

Seminar, three hours. Requisites: courses 26A, 26B, 26C. Designed for junior Music History majors. Special aspects of music of each period studied in depth. Reading, discussion, and development of culminating project. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading. 191A. Middle Ages; 191B. Renaissance; 191C. Baroque; 191D. Classic; 191E. Romantic; 191F. 20th Century; 191G. Other Topics.

191T. Capstone Seminar: Music History. (4)

Seminar, three hours. Requisites: courses 26A, 26B, 26C. Limited to Music History majors. Supported by discussion and oral presentation, students formulate and write their senior theses. Normally taken in Fall Quarter of senior year. P/NP or letter grading.

193A. Music History Journal Club Seminars for Minors. (2)

Seminar, two hours. Limited to junior/senior Music History minors. Overview of music history as academic discipline to introduce students to readings and lectures on current topics in field. Study of music and its history under number of guises, including historical study of music, addressing both research methodologies and historical narratives. Theoretical issues central to musicology as it is practiced at UCLA and elsewhere, including gender and sexuality, music and politics, race, popular music studies, and jazz studies. P/NP grading.

193B. Music History Performance Seminars for Minors. (2)

Seminar, two hours. Limited to senior Music History minors. Overview of how music historians engage with issues of musical performance. Consideration of how historical concerns, theoretical issues, and methodologies can inform music as practice, especially as it is performed, recorded, listened to, danced to, and otherwise “consumed.” P/NP grading.

193C. Music History Journal Club Seminars for Majors. (2)

Seminar, two hours. Limited to Music History majors. Introduction to discipline through discussion of readings and lectures on current topics in field, with focus especially on its practice at UCLA, and addressing research methodologies and development of bibliographic control. Normally taken in junior year. P/NP grading.

193D. Music History Performance/Analysis Seminars for Majors. (2)

Seminar, two hours. Recommended requisite: course 193C. Limited to Music History majors. Introduction to how music historians engage with issues of musical performance. and of how historical concerns, theoretical issues, and methodologies can inform music as practice, especially as it is performed, recorded, listened to, danced to, and otherwise consumed. Continued attention to issues of bibliographic control. Normally taken in senior year. P/NP grading.

197. Individual Studies in Music History. (2 to 4)

Tutorial, two hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Individual intensive study, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Assigned reading and tangible evidence of mastery of subject matter required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.

198. Honors Research in Music History. (2 to 4)

Tutorial, two hours. Preparation: completion of minimum of four upper division music history courses with departmental grade-point average of 3.5 or better and overall GPA of 3.0. Limited to junior/senior Music History majors. One- to two-term independent research study project under supervision of appropriate faculty member, culminating in department honors thesis of approximately 25 pages. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.

199. Directed Research in Music History. (2 to 4)

Tutorial, two hours. Preparation: 3.0 grade-point average. Limited to junior/senior Music History majors. Supervised individual research under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper or project required. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.

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