For more information about the Music in General Studies Program, the music minor, and the rock history certificate, visit the non-major offerings on the Jacobs website.
MUS-Z 100 THE LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – LEONE
The best music is live music. Learn how to listen to music through weekly in-class performances. Interact with instrumentalists, singers, dancers, choreographers, conductors, and composers. Classical, rock, jazz, and world music.
MUS-Z 101 MUSIC FOR THE LISTENER – GLEN & VAN DEN BOGERD
Find out what performance caused a riot in 1913, the identity of a 19th century “rock star,” and the composer of the most popular piece for two hundred years! In this course, the listener is exposed to diverse types of music.
MUS-Z 103 JAZZ IMPROV/MUSIC THEORY – O. NELSON
Designed for the student who has an interest in jazz and wants to learn how jazz improvisation and theory skills can enhance their personal music expression.
MUS-Z 111 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THEORY – VARIOUS
Introduction to the language and notation of music: listening, reading and writing, and its use across genres and historical periods.
MUS-Z 120 MUSIC IN MULTIMEDIA – LINDSAY & RENK
Learn to produce your own music as you explore how music interacts with other modalities in today’s ads, films, and videogames.
MUS-Z 130 MUSICAL PERFORMANCE CONTEXTS – LEONE
Faculty and students of the Jacobs School of Music will perform in class and talk about the music. Students will meet jazz and rock musicians, vocalists and instrumentalists, conductors, and composers. Students will go behind the scenes of an opera and a ballet, meeting leads and the director.
MUS-Z 165 BEGINNING UKULELE – TZVETKOV
Learn to play the Ukelele! No prior musical experience required.
MUS-Z 171 OPERA THEATRE
Discover the passion and drama of the operatic stage through videos, guest artists, and backstage tours.
MUS-Z 190 JAZZ FOR LISTENERS – O. NELSON
Learn how to listen to jazz, and how to relate jazz to the social/cultural environment in which it was created. Lectures enhanced with live performances.
MUS-Z 201 HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC – HOLLINDEN
Discover music from the roots of Rock to the British Invasion.
MUS-Z 203 HISTORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL III – HOLLINDEN
Survey of 1970’s-80’s rock: Prog Rock, Metal, Glam, Krautrock, Funk, Rap, Punk, and more.
MUS-Z 204 WOMEN MUSICIANS – ALTIZER
Celebrate the powerful roles women have played in classical and popular music, from Hildegard von Bingen through Beyoncé.
MUS-Z 205 HISTORY OF MUSIC PRODUCTION – MAHERN
A historical look at how recorded music and music producers have impacted and enriched our culture.
MUS-Z 208 HISTORY OF PUNK ROCK – MAHERN
An investigation of the musical and cultural impact of Punk, Garage, and Post Punk from the early 1960’s to now.
MUS-Z 211 MUSIC THEORY II – KOMER & LUBELL
Deepen your musical insight by learning the principles of part writing, musical form, harmonic analysis, and modulation. (Prereq: MUS-Z111)
MUS-Z 213 LAT AMER/LATINO POP MUSIC AND CULTURE – LEON
An introduction to Latin American and Latino popular music genres, their historical and cultural contexts, and their impact in the United States.
MUS-Z 260 MUSIC IN AMERICAN SOCIETY – GRIEB
American music history and its place in society, past and present: Native American music, African-American music, music for church, concert and home, and much more.
MUS-Z 264 MUSIC AND VIDEOGAMES – STANG
This course covers the art of videogames, including music, visual art, and storytelling. No experience playing videogames required.
MUS-Z 265 AMERICAN COUNTRY MUSIC – GRIEB
A listening-based course on American country music from the 1920s to the present. Also considered are topics such as country music and race, politics, religion, and culture.
MUS-Z 280 MUSIC OF THE SILK ROAD – HUSEYNOVA
Explore music traditions of the Silk Road and their impact on music of today.
MUS-Z 282 MUSIC OF RUSSIA – HUSEYNOVA
An introduction to Russian music. Repertoire will include examples from music by its iconic composers, as well as folk music, sacred music, rock, pop music, and jazz.
MUS-Z 283 POPULAR MUSIC OF EUROPE & ASIA – HUSEYNOVA
This class introduces the styles and genres of popular music in Europe and Asia and discusses the impact of American pop music on the international scene.
MUS-Z 284 MUSIC IN GLOBAL CINEMA – BISHOP
Discover film-scoring traditions from India to East Asia, Africa to Latin America, and Iran.
MUS-Z 288 VIDEOGAME MUSIC/WORLD CULTURES – STANG
Become familiar with video game culture and the music that surrounds it in a diverse survey of several countries: Japan, India, China, Indonesia, Russia, Poland, among others.
MUS-Z 290 REMIXING – LINDSAY
Whether newb or a pro, gain the production skills you need to create your own hit remixes across genres.
MUS-Z 313 LEGAL ASPECTS – MUSIC INDUSTRY – N. DAVIS
Learn about the legal issues affecting the music industry, including copyright, sampling, licenses, and more.
MUS-Z 315 MUSIC FOR FILM – ALTIZER
From The Jazz Singer to the present, learn how to analyze and better appreciate how music shapes our filmgoing experience.
MUS-Z 320 ADV SPEC TOPICS MUSIC/NON-MAJORS
Z320: MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS – YEE-PAULSON
Learn about the music of some of the most famous films of the past four decades: Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, and more.
Z320: THE ALBUM – LUBELL
Through case studies drawn from many decades, genres, and formats, develop an understanding of how albums work as complete artistic expressions, and their places within music’s technological and commercial landscapes.
Z320: EXPLORATIONS IN MUSIC – GLEN, GUNTREN, LUBELL
Explore music in three consecutive five-week sessions devoted to topics germane to today’s music lover. “Music, Minds, and Bodies” delves into mindfulness, and the mind-body connection through music. “Music and the Environment” explores the way musicians from diverse backgrounds illuminate and celebrate the complex relationships with the natural world. “Music and the Audience” investigates the ways audiences relate and react to important musical moments.
Z320: MUSIC & DRINK – D. NELSON
Music & Drink explores the ways coffee and tea houses, bars, clubs, and other spaces create cultural communities through musical participation, performance, and imbibing in countries around the globe from the eighteenth century to present.
MUS-Z 393 HISTORY OF JAZZ – CASWELL
Discover the periods and major performers of jazz, including composers, trends, influences, stylistic features and more.
MUS-Z 401 THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES
An in-depth look at the music, lives, and times of the Beatles. Heighten your listening and deepen your appreciation for these musical legends.
MUS-Z 402 MUSIC OF FRANK ZAPPA – HOLLINDEN
Discover the complex, boundary-pushing and breathtaking music of one of the 20th century’s most pioneering musical innovators.