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Music History (MUHI) Classes

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. This listing is not considered authoritative. Please visit Access.SMU for authoritative course offerings including meeting times, professor, and more.

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MUHI 1302 (3). INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC IN WORLD SOCIETIES.
Introductionto basic elements of music within the context of cultural traditions of world musics. Students study musical traditions of Western art music; jazz; African-American gospel music; and musics of India, China, Africa, and Latin America. Musical forms, techniques, terminology, and chro- nology are presented, but primary emphasis is placed upon listening to and experiencing a diverse sample of music and exploring music’s roles in societies.

MUHI 1321 (3). MUSIC: ART OF LISTENING.
An investigation of the elements of music (melody, rhythm, harmony, form, timbre) as they develop and change throughout the various historical periods of music. Emphasis is on active listening. For nonmajors. Does not satisfy music history requirements for music majors.

MUHI 1322 (3). INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH MUSIC.
Surveys the Jewish musical tradition, spanning over two millennia and five continents; its place in Jewish life; and its influences on church and mosque melodies. Music-reading and non-English languages not required.

MUHI 3301 (3). SURVEY OF MUSIC HISTORY I.
Surveys the origins and evolution of musical forms, compositional procedures, performing practices, and musical instruments in the West from the rise of the Christian liturgy through the death of J.S. Bach. Presented within the contexts of related arts and historical events, as time permits. Includes listening, score analysis, and practice in writing about music. Prerequisite: MUHI 1302.

MUHI 3302 (3). SURVEY OF MUSIC HISTORY II.
Surveys musical forms, styles, compositional procedures, and performing practices from the late 18th century to the present day. Presented within the contexts of related arts and historical events, as time permits. Includes listening, score analysis, and practice in writing about music. Prerequisite: MUHI 3301.

MUHI 3339 (3). MUSIC FOR CONTEMPORARY AUDIENCES.
An examination of the interaction of the various forms of popular musical expression (folk, blues, soul, rock, Muzak, and film music) and their impact upon American culture.

MUHI 3340 (3). JAZZ: TRADITION AND TRANSFORMATION.
Bunk, Bird, Bix, Bags, and Trane. From blues to bop, street beat to free jazz. A study of the people and music from its African, Euro-American origins through the various art and popular forms of the 20th century.

MUHI 3343 (3). MUSIC AND IDENTITY IN COLONIAL AND POSTCOLONIAL FRANCE.
For undergraduate students with or without musical backgrounds. Explores music in France and in the colonies of the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa from the late 19th century to the present, including events that led to the invention of new musical styles in these geographical areas. Also, the music of the diaspora in France. Focuses on the incorporation of foreign musical elements by composers living in France, including the social context for severalmusical compositions, and the musical traditions of Java, Spain, and Russia, which provided sources of inspiration for these works. Examines how music has been used in colonial and postcolonial contexts to construct regional, ethnic, and national identities in France and formerly colonized countries. Does not satisfy music history requirements for music majors or minors; may be taken by music majors or minors as an elective. (SMU-in-Paris).

MUHI 4192 (1). DIRECTED STUDY IN MUSIC HISTORY.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUHI 4292 (2). DIRECTED STUDY IN MUSIC HISTORY.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUHI 4301 (3). RESEARCH PROJECT IN MUSIC HISTORY.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUHI 4302 (3). SEMINAR IN MUSIC HISTORY.
Provides advance investigation into a variety of topics in music history, including music aesthetics, the works of a specific composer or compositional school, music within the context of a specific time and/or place, or in-depth studies of works relative to a particular genre. Topics are announced each term. Writing intensive. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: MUHI 3301, 3302.

MUHI 4320 (3). ORGAN HISTORY/LITERATURE.
A survey of the literature for the organ, Renaissance to contemporary. Required of organ majors and concentrations (undergraduate).

MUHI 4345 (3). SURVEY OF OPERA HISTORY.
A chronological survey of opera, beginning with a brief introduction to medieval and Renaissance precedents, followed by an in-depth presentation of selected Baroque and Classical masterworks. Explores the ways 19th-century Romantic opera synthesized music, literature, art, and elements of politics and culture. Also, investigates the musical language and dramatic substance of selected works from 20th-century operatic repertoire. Students spend a significant amount of time viewing operas on video and laser disc, and in certain cases making comparative studies of productions. Prerequisite: MUHI 3302.

MUHI 4347 (3). SYMPHONIC LITERATURE.
Examines representative orchestral works from the late Baroque era to the present day. Attention is directed to the forms, compositional procedures, and orchestration devices employed by selected composers who reflect the various stylistic orientations within this time frame. Prerequisite: MUHI 3302.

MUHI 4348 (3). GUITAR HISTORY/LITERATURE.
(spring term of odd-numbered years) Examines the history of guitar and its music from the early 16th century to the present. Included are the vihuela and Baroque guitar, four-string Spanish guitar, and related literature. Emphasis is given to the evolution of the modern instrument and its repertoire. Prerequisite: Completion of the music history sequence or permission of division head.

MUHI 4355 (3). MUSIC AND CULTURE: STUDIES IN POPULAR MUSIC.
Focuses on music as an element of culture formation. Explores current scholarship to introduce the multidisciplinary study of the role of human agency in creating meaningful spaces in which music unfolds its sociopolitical and cultural dimensions. Prerequisite: MUHI 3302.

MUHI 4384 (3). SURVEY OF CHORAL LITERATURE.
(spring term of even-numbered years) A survey of choral music from the medieval era to the present. Examines representative compositions with regard to genre, form, compositional procedures, and stylistic aspects. Includes sociopolitical conditions, the intellectual and artistic outlooks of patrons and composers, and other external influences. Prerequisite:Completion of the music history sequence or permission of division head.

MUHI 4392 (3). DIRECTED STUDY IN MUSIC HISTORY.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

MUHI 5206 (2). PERFORMANCE PRACTICUM IN EARLY MUSIC.
(spring term of evennumbered years) Studies in the interpretation of Baroque music from a stylistic point of view.

MUHI 5207 (2). ORGAN SURVEY.
Covers organ building fundamentals of construction and design and organ history as it relates to the development of a style-conscious concept of enrollment. Required of organ majors and concentrations (undergraduate). Recommended elective for the M.M. and the M.S.M. degree.

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